As the sun shone on Hawrelak park, FISE World kicked off as the world’s best riders battled it out in a series of intense qualifications.
The aim of each athlete? Saturday’s semi-final.
First up was skateboard park as superstars of the sport, including Ryan Decenzo, lit up the course.
Decenzo wasted no time in laying down an effortless run, qualifying in first place with a score of 92 pts.
He will now compete in today’s semi-final against a lineup that includes Vincent Milou, Greg Lutzka, Victor Pellegrin, Beaver Fleming, Marks Austin (AKA Seaholm), Joseph Garbaccio and TJ Rogers.
Up next was qualification for the UCI World Cup BMX Freestyle Park.
With the crowd building, and the sun shining, 32 pro riders battled it out for one of 18 coveted spots in today’s semi-final.
USA’s Nick Bruce qualified first ahead of crowd-favourite Kevin Peraza who laid down a run that oozed style and class.
Red Bull rider Daniel Sandoval, Canadian superstar Drew Bezanson, and British powerhouse Alex Coleborn, also qualified with strong runs, as Aussie boy Logan Martin and living legend Daniel Dhers watched from the side (having received a bye into today’s semi-final).
But the excitement didn’t end there.
Edmonton’s historic Heritage Ampitheatre played host to one of the most incredible BMX Flat Qualifications the sport has ever seen.
In front of a packed and jubilant crowd, the atmosphere was electric and the athletes thrived.
Rider after rider delivered their best, and – as the crowd pleaded for more – the standard of riding reached heights that will live long in the memory of all those who were lucky enough to watch it live.
Flatland-icons and French duo Alex Jumelin and Matthias Dandois continue to take the sport to new heights, and this event was no different, with Jumelin qualifying in first, Dandois a close second.
There was also plenty for the local crowd to cheer as Canadian Jean Philippe Prevost, one of the most talented rider on the planet, clinched third place.
So there it is, day one at FISE World Edmonton did not disappoint, and with a Saturday full of semi-finals, Day two is going to be only one thing… epic.