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I feel like I'm still jet lagged from my trip to the UCI Supercross round on in San Diego a week and a half ago and here we are on the brink of the next UCI Supercross race in Stavanger, Norway. From Twitter reports, we know that it is both cold and expensive, making me not feel so bad about watching the races live on BMXlive.tv this weekend. So far, 170 riders from 26 countries are signed up to hit the track. As the Olympics grow closer, every point matters for nations hoping to send more than one or two riders. For some, the difference in points will leave them with no riders eligible for a shot at 2012 Olympic Gold.
Unlike the track in Chula Vista, the race in Norway is going to be held on a temporary track, finished only days ago. A big change in this track versus former SX tracks we have seen on the Supercross Circuit is in the berms. Typically, an outdoor track will have berms paved with asphalt, while indoor tracks stick with dirt -- this time however, the track builders at Elitetrax pulled out the stops and meticulously laid bricks through the corners, including the landing of the jump going into the second turn. While the track may seem a bit tame in comparison to what we have seen, it has been getting rave reviews from riders who have had the chance to get some practice in today.
In Elite Men, all eyes are on Chase BMX's Connor Fields (USA). Fields has dominated the last two Supercross events and doesn't seem to be slowing down. Winning back-to-back races at Chula Vista doesn't come easy. Will he be able to keep it together in Norway? Or will David Herman step out into the spotlight a little bit more? Herman has made the last three Supercross main events, placing fifth in London and third at both Chula Vista races. On top of the American contenders, you can never write off Australia's Sam Willoughby, New Zealand's Marc Willers or France's Joris Daudet. All three of these guys could take a win on any given day in the right conditions.
All thing considered, there will certainly be some solid race action to check out this weekend. And in case you were wondering where Maris Strombergs is at, he has decided to sit this race out. With his spot in the Olympics secure, there is no need to risk an injury.