At the inaugural UCI urban cycling world championships, 17-year-old Jaden Chipman hailing from Lowell, Ont. finished seventh amoung junior riders and 34th overall in the men’s BMX freestyle competition in qualifying. With BMX freestyle park on the program for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the athletes were vying for the honor of wearing rainbow stripes for the first time in Chengdu, China.
Chipman was Canada’s sole representative at the world championships. Qualifying for BMX freestyle park consists of two runs running for one minute during which tricks, difficulties, course obstacles and judgments of originality is the deciding factors.
The big achievement by the young Canadian was landing a quad truck which consists of a 360 degree spin of the bike while simultaneously spinning the handlebars four times all in the air during a jump. Cycling Canada believes it’s the first time anyone has landed the quad truck in international competition.
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“I’m really happy about my two runs,” said Chipman. “I fell in my first run, but it was at the end, and I’m happy with the tricks I managed. I did a quad truck and I think overall I rode pretty well. I’m proud of my rides. I think it’s really cool to represent Canada here and ride in the first ever world championships.”
The 59.20 points Chipman earned in his two runs was not enough to see him move on to the next round.
“He definitely has a lot of skills; I really thought he would make it to the Semi’s, but the judges did not see it the same way,” said Jacques Landry, chief technical officer and head coach at Cycling Canada admitting that he still had limited knowledge of the sport. “Given he is of junior age, he’s got a lot of room for improvement.”