Two Canadian riders will be forces to reckon with in just a few years
(Ottawa, ON – July 25, 2014) Cycling Canada would like to congratulate Canadian BMXers Avriana Hebert (Girls 14) and Alex Tougas (Boys 16), who won gold medals and W1 plates at the 2014 UCI BMX World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in the challenge classes.
Coach Ken Cools was thrilled with both performances: “Avriana Hebert was in a league of her own at this event. She was not challenged by any girl, on any lap. In her main event, she won from wire to wire and has become the new queen of the 14 year old girls class. Her athleticism and hard work will make her a force to reckon with for years to come as her potential has not even been tapped yet.”
Added Cools of Tougas back-to-back wins: “Alex Tougas dominated his class and repeated his success of last year with a back to back World Championships title, something that does not happen very often in the older categories. After a second place finish in his first qualifying round, Alex settled in and found his stride and did not drop another lap for the rest of the night, proving to everyone that he is hands down, the fastest challenge rider in the world!”
The junior and elite categories will be presented Saturday and Sunday.
RESULTS – CHALLENGE CLASSES – 2014 UCI BMX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Alex TOUGAS (Canada)
- Andrew HUGHES (Australia)
- Ryan PETTIGREW (United States of America)
- Avriana HEBERT (Canada)
- Mathilde BERNARD (France)
- Shelby GREEN (Australia)