King's Lynn BMX father and son Alan and Jared Hill in UCI World Championships bag fourth places in cruiser classes
Alan and Jared Hill have returned home from the UCI BMX World Championships with fourth places in their respective cruiser classes.
The father and son team had travelled to Nantes in France and both had looked good through the qualifying rounds.
Jared made it comfortably through to his first world championship final with a second place in the semi-final in the 13/14 cruisers and was followed by Alan, who also finished second to make his ninth world cruiser final.
Jared was looking good in the top three from the start in the final, but lost a bit of speed going for second that pushed him back to fourth which he held until the finish line for a great result in his first world final.
Alan followed in the 50+ cruiser with a great start, but a mechanical issue at the first jump pushed his handlebars back, making it tricky to get around the track at speed and not able to make any impression on his long time rival from Holland.
Alan did well to hold on to his placing though to join his son in fourth spot.
Two days later and it was Jared’s turn on the 20-inch in the 14 boys.
It was a huge field of 125 with a first cut of 64 riders to make it to the next stage of the competition.
Jared sailed through with a one/five/one in the motos and a third in the final 16.
Into the quarter-finals and Jared got a late gate, tried to get back into the mix for the top four but eventually finished seventh which was a disappointing result after cruisers but still 26th out of 125 riders.
The next day Alan lined up in the 35-plus class on the 20-inch.
It was a tough class with a lot of faster, younger riders but Alan made it as far as the quarter-finals which was the best he could he hope for given the level and age of the competition.