It all went down to the wire at the Santa Fe Bike Park in Santiago as 65 riders from 21 countries lined-up to compete for the coveted rainbow stripes this past Saturday in Chile.
Switzerland’s Christa von Niederhäusern became the first rider in the history of the sport to not only be on the podium for every World Final since 2018, but also becoming a double World Champion after her unbeatable performance to clinch yet another gold medal.
Newcomer from Czech Republic and 2nd placed Sabina Košárková set the fastest time of the day for the Women’s category in 25.334 with Vineta Petersone from Latvia snatching 3rd place from the 2021 World Champion, Aiko Gommers.
The Netherlands’ Niels Bensink claimed his first gold medal in unbelievable form to take home the rainbow stripes with his custom built 22’ Meybo bike after fierce battles in the men’s category in all rounds.
Alec Bob from the USA took home the silver medal with the bronze for France’s Thibault du Pont. Last year’s World Champion, Eddy Clerte crashed heavily in the semi-finals taking him out of contention after he set the fastest track time of 23.048 earlier in the day.
1st Niels Bensink
2nd. Alec Bob
3rd. Thibault du Pont
4th. Eddy Clerte
1st. Christa von Niederhäusern
2nd. Sabina Košárková
3rd. Vineta Petersone
4th. Aiko Gommers