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The world championships selection policy for elite and junior elite riders was released by Cycling Australia in late 2017, with further testing and analysis dates that may contribute to selection being released this week.

Australian elite and junior elite (under 19) BMX riders hopeful of riding at the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships will be afforded an opportunity to demonstrate their ability on a bike in front of Cycling Australia Technical Director – BMX, Wade Bootes in January and March.

In 2018 Cycling Australia have mandated that national selectors in all disciplines select athletes who they consider in their absolute discretion will have the best chance of:

  • Being capable of achieving medal winning results at UCI World Championships; and
  • Athletes with potential to progress towards medal winning results at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics/Paralympics, or at future World Championships in Olympic events.

You can read the Cycling Australia General Selection Eligibility Criteria and Appeals GUIDE HERE.

Other selection criterion that may be considered includes: “The athlete’s performance trials and testing as directed by the national discipline coach/technical director.”

Accordingly, Bootes has created four dates for testing, which will be held exclusively at the Sleeman Sports Complex. They are as follows:

  • Monday January 22, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Monday January 29, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Friday March 2, time TBC
  • Saturday March 3, time TBC

Testing will include analysis of SX eight-metre stat times (Kink and ramp – full lap optional), technical ability/execution to ride a SX track (assessed against a scorecard) and watt bike peak power output.

Athletes are strongly encouraged to request a full copy of their results and attain a detailed report from their performance in testing. This can be included in their portfolio, and for future testing reference.

These test sessions are open to any elite or junior elite rider who holds aspirations of being selected to represent Australia at the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.

BMX Australia encourages all athletes who believe this to be of importance to them, to attend a test session.

However be aware that Cycling Australia has made it clear that this testing is only in place for athletes to record an official time/assessment to be used as partial evidence to be considered for nomination to the Australian Cycling Team.

The full selection selection criteria specific to BMX can be viewed HERE.

It should be noted that within the BMX selection policy, elite athletes would be required to race exclusively overseas to achieve the requisite performance standard. Junior elite riders will also need to race overseas, or win any of the first two rounds of the BMX Australia National Series, the 2018 UCI Oceania Titles or BMXA National Championships to be considered for selection.

The above-mentioned test sessions can be used as supporting evidence to any results achieved at earmarked events.

You can read the full performance clauses for BMX below.

  1. SELECTION EVENTS AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS (BMX SX)

3.1. Elite Men and Women BMX SX – If athletes attain a minimum of two performances in the events listed below at 3.3 or 3.4 they will automatically eligible for consideration. If athletes do not attain such performances they may be considered in accordance with clause 4 of the Australian Cycling Team General Selection Eligibility Criteria and Appeals Guide, December 2017 and selectors may use absolute discretion.

3.2. U19 Men and U19 Women BMX SX – If athletes attain a minimum of two performances in the events listed below at 3.5 they will automatically eligible for consideration. If athletes do not attain such performances they may be considered in accordance with clause 4 of the Australian Cycling Team General Selection Eligibility Criteria and Appeals Guide, December 2017. and selectors may use absolute discretion.

3.3. Elite Men

  • 2017 SX World Championships – USA Top 8
  • 2017 SX World Cup 1 & 2 – Argentina Top 8
  • 2018 SX World Cup 1 & 2– France Top 8
  • UEC SX European Rnd 1 & 2 – Italy Top 5
  • UEC SX European Rnd 3 & 4 – Belgium Top 5
  • USABMX SX Rnd 1 & 2 – Oldsmar, FL Top 4
  • USABMX SX Rnd 1 & 2 – Rock Hill, SC Top 4

3.4. Elite Women

  • 2017 SX World Championships – USA Top 6
  • 2017 SX World Cup 1 & 2 – Argentina Top 6
  • 2018 SX World Cup 1 & 2– France Top 6
  • UEC SX European Rnd 1 & 2– Italy Top 4
  • UEC SX European Rnd 1 & 2– Belgium Top 4
  • USABMX SX Rnd 1 & 2– Oldsmar, FL Top 3
  • USABMX SX Rnd 1 & 2– Rock Hill, SC Top 3

3.5. U19 Men and Women

3.5.1 Selectors may use absolute discretion to consider athletes based on their potential to progress to Podium category within 3-5 years. The following UCI events may be considered in selecting athletes for U19 BMX SX. 

  • 2017 SX World Championships – USA Top 3
  • UEC SX European Rnd 1 & 2– Italy Top 6
  • UEC SX European Rnd 1 & 2– Belgium Top 6
  • USABMX SX Rnd 1 & 2– Oldsmar, FL Top 3
  • USABMX SX Rnd 1 & 2– Rock Hill, SC Top 3
  • Continental Championships – Perth Win
  • National Championships – Perth Win
  • National Series Rnd 1 – Penrith Win
  • National Series Rnd 2 – Frankston Win

For any enquiries regarding the Cycling Australia BMX selection policy, or for further information on the upcoming performance trials and testing, please contact Cycling Australia Technical Director – BMX, Wade Bootes: wade.bootes@cycling.org.au