Nyhaug, which finished a remarkable fifth place at the 2013 UCI BMX World Championships after recovering from injuries, travelled the superb track in a stellar time of 30.98 seconds to win his third consecutive Championships time trial race.
“I am happy to win the time trial. I just wanted to come here and have a clean lap, focussing on the back side,” said Nyhaug, who just flew back from Berlin where he competed at an industry event. “I was definitely happy to get a fifth at the worlds, especially coming back from an injury. The way it played out, I felt like I could have stepped on the podium, but its racing and I am happy with being fifth in the world.”
Since turning elite, Nyhaug won all five Championships races in which he took part, clearly establishing himself as the rider to beat.
“Tomorrow is more or less the same as today. I want to focus on the little things, riding my race with clean laps and hopefully win again tomorrow,” added Nyhaug, who represented Canada at the Olympic Games last summer.
James Palmer finished in second place with a time of 32.41 seconds, while Connor McCormack took the third place at 32.84 seconds.
In the women’s race, Amelia Walsh rode away with the time trial title, posting the fastest time of 37.64 seconds, improving from her second place last year. In winning the race, Walsh earned her career first red and white jersey.
“I am super proud. It took me a while to get the red jersey. I haven’t done it yet in my career, and I was pretty stoked,” said Walsh, who finished 24th at the recent World Championships representing Canada. “I love the track here. It’s kind of long, but it pushes your limits. It’s kind of a mini supercross track. The jumps are a little bit smaller, and it’s got a nice start hill that’s a little bit like a supecross track.”
“[Winning] was definitely my objective coming here, especially after the World Championships which were kind of a bummer, and it’s good to be back on,” continued Walsh, who plans to race the supercross race at Chula Vista later this fall.
In second place of the women’s elite race came Chelsea Kingston with a time of 38.24 seconds. Rosemary Adams rounded up the podium with the third fastest time of the day of 38.83 seconds.
In the junior category, Elaine McAdam won the time trial race in the women’s race at 38.34 seconds, topping her sister Morgan McAdam and Erin Kinnie in second and third place respectively. Tanner Vandenhoven won the men’s race with a time 33.84 seconds, crossing the line just 0.07 second before Braden Wood and 0.09 second Hayden Mechielsen.
The competition is held on the newly refurbished track in St-Albert with brand new paved corners, a well-loved track from the group of riders.
The competition resumes tomorrow with the BMX motos and main races at the Canadian Championships.