Tucson’s Corben Sharrah punches ticket to Rio

Corben Sharrah (Daylight Cycle Co.) bested a field of eight riders to win the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials – BMX Saturday in Chula Vista, Calif., clinching a BMX spot on the 2016 Olympic cycling team.

“I always dreamed of this day, and last week it was so hard dreaming of this over and over again, thinking of myself crossing the line first,” Sharrah said. “For it to unfold and actually happen, it just hit me. It feels good. All the hard work is paying off.”

Sharrah won all three of his motos heading into the main event, where he topped the final field in 37.38 seconds. Barry Nobles (DK Bicycles) and David Herman (Wheat Ridge, Colo.) rounded out the top three.

Jeffery Upshaw (Kuwahara USA) finished fourth, Tanner Sebesta (Stay Strong) crossed fifth and Justin Posey (Dan’s Comp) took sixth. Jared Garcia (Box-Thrill) and Tommy Zula (DK Bicycles) did not advance past the semifinal heats.

“You’re not done until you get that (Olympic) medal around your neck, and that’s the main goal,” Sharrah said. “I’d love to get that medal — get to Rio and do really well. Getting this race over with, getting this mentally out of the way and being able to put the head down and really hammer it for Rio – it’s going to be really awesome.”

Video by Holly Resh

Photo by Jerry Landrum/USA Cycling