Canada’s BMX superstar, who was fifth at the World Championships last year, rode to his career best performance, proving that is a force to reckon with when at the start line. Throughout his young career as an Elite rider, Nyhaug rode three times to the podium, including a third place this season in Manchester, and twice in second place last season.
“The day went great. It was a battle out there with this track. There was no separation, and we had to fight for every inch. I honestly rode the best I possibly could… so stoked with the silver medal,” said Nyhaug, the six-time Canadian Champion, who started BMX racing at age 4.
Nyhaug overcame lots of adversities throughout his career, suffering from ruptured spleens in 2010 and 2012, just 11 weeks before the Olympic Games in London. He bounced back in 2013, finishing twice on the World Cup podium and fifth at the World Championships.
Ken Cools was thrilled with the team’s performance today, especially on Tory Nyhaug’s performance: “Tory Nyhaug – the kid is just an animal. Doesn’t matter how he goes in practice, when it comes down to racing, he proves time and time over that is a playoff player. He came back faster and faster from each lap. He capitalized on other’s mistakes and used his own strength and abilities to take the number 2 spot in the main event.”
In the junior women’s race, Daina Tuchscherer of Airdrie, AB also rode all the way to the main event in her first participation at World Championships and took the eighth place.
“It was honestly one of the greatest experiences I have ever had so far. I rode well in the semi-finals, so I was pretty excited. In the main, I was just so happy to be there. This is just the beginning for me, so this is really exciting,” said Tuchscherer.
Cools also had some great words for the young junior women rider from Airdrie, AB. “Daina is the girl of the future. She had a fantastic day, winning throughout the day. In the finals, she was the top 5 but bounced back in the eighth place of the junior women final, which is a great feat for a first year junior rider.
Cools continued on the other Canadian performances: “In the Elite men, all of our guys had great rounds, and they battle very hard throughout the day. Tanny Vandenhoven has a great day as well in the junior men, making it to the second round. Unfortunately for him, he had an outside lane and couldn’t use his third place advantage down the first straightaway, and got hung out on the first turn. He battled very hard.”
The 2014 Canadian BMX Championships will be held October 3-5 in Drummondville, QC.
1. Sam Willoughby (Australia)
2. Tory Nyhaug (Canada)
3. Tre Whyte (Great Britain)
35. James Brown (Canada)
58. Brandon Reid (Canada)
83. James Palmer (Canada)
1. Mariana Pajon (Colombia)
2. Alise Post (United States of America)
3. Laura Smulders (Netherlands)
36. Amelia Walsh (Canada)
1. Niek Kimmann (Netherlands )
2. Sean Gaian (United States of America)
3. Romain Racine (France)
43. Tanner Vandenhoven (Canada)
1. Domenica Michelle Azuero Gonzalez (Ecuador)
2. Shealen Reno (United States of America)
3. Tatiana Kapitanova (Russian Federation)
8. Daina Tuchscherer (Canada)