PEDAL POWER: Narelle Falkenhagen travelled to Medellin, Colombia, in late May to compete in the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships. Photo: Ricardo Salazar
PEDAL POWER: Narelle Falkenhagen travelled to Medellin, Colombia, in late May to compete in the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships. Photo: Ricardo Salazar Contributed

All new heights in Colombia

BMX: For the third year in a row, Narelle Falkenhagen travelled to foreign soil to compete against the world's best BMX riders.

The globe-trotting Falkenhagen travelled to Medellin, Colombia, in late May to compete in the 2016 UCI BMX world championships.

She had previously competed at the Circuit Zolder complex in Belgium in 2015 and under-cover at the Ahoy indoor arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 2014.

Despite being experienced in international grade racing, hitting the track in Colombia proved to be one of Falkenhagen's more challenging championships.

"I was sick due to the altitude but everyone helped me out," Falkenhagen said.

"They actually took my bike up the steps for me because I was having issues with my asthma."

Sitting almost 5000 feet above sea level, Falkenhagen wasn't the only one who battled altitude issues.

"It was harder on the Australians this year," she said.

Despite the issues, Falkenhagen said she enjoyed the championships.

"It was an interesting competition and done the Colombian way," she said.

"I found it fun and on the last day in a race I did two manuals, one on one jump and one on another.

"There was a lot of friendship, meeting people and getting autographs too."

Falkenhagen finished 17th in the 30+ cruiser class and claimed 49th in the 20 inch class.

It wasn't all about the racing for Falkenhagen, who arrived a week early in Colombia to travel and explore.

Following the championships Falkenhagen also travelled to the US where she went to the Johnson Space Centre in Houston and Disneyland in Los Angeles.

Falkenhagen said she was looking to make it four years in a row by travelling to the 2017 UCI BMX world championships in Rockhill in South Carolina.

She said she also aimed to attend the Grands in November 2017, which is to be held at Tulsa,

 

Oklahoma.


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