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With only 26 days left until the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships, it’s time to start planning your trip to Rock Hill.

With only 26 days left until the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships, it’s time to start planning your trip to Rock Hill.

Finalizing all your travel details, signing up for your International rider’s license are essentials, but you also need to take the time to plan how you’re going to make the most of your trip!

But as a working BMX rider or parent, time is short and taking time out from your BMX preparations to see what else is available might not be an efficient use of your time. So luckily for you, we’ve taken the time to do a little research on how and where you can spend your downtime at this year’s world championships.

Here are our Top 4 things that are worth doing when you’re not racing:

1.    2017 UCI BMX World Championship Opening Ceremony & Community Kick-off

Commencing on 22 July at Fountain Park, Rock Hill, the Opening Ceremony and Community Kick-off will celebrate the largest international sporting event that South Carolina has EVER seen.

The event will begin at 6.00pm local time and will feature a presentation of flags from participating countries, 40+ food trucks, live music, a BMX stunt show, bike safety programs, kid zones and rides, and autographs by elite BMX riders and other attractions.

It’s also a chance to meet up with the rest of the Australian crew and represent our #BMXAFamily. This event is sure to deliver plenty of fun, and is a great way to meet other riders from your own country and around the world.

Don’t forget to click attending for this event on Facebook! 

2.     Visit Carowinds

Carowinds Amusement Park is an extremely popular destination for anyone travelling to South Carolina. The park features 13 (THIRTEEN!) rollercoasters, heaps of rides and attractions as well as an all-inclusive waterpark. It’s bound to provide hours of endless fun and adventure. There is also heaps of live entertainment and great dining venues for those looking for a more relaxed visit.

The park is located just twenty-five minutes by car from Rock Hill on the border between North and South Carolina. As if it isn’t already tempting enough, all world championship riders and their families are subject to a special offer provided by Carowinds that will cut ticket prices by 50% for single day passes.

See more information about tickets HERE

See more information about the park HERE

3.    Explore Rock Hill

Rock Hill is a dynamic town with tonnes of different ways that you can spend some downtime in between races or prior to/post the world championships.

If you are all about getting outdoors, Rock Hill is the place for you. There are ample outdoor activities to participate in during your stay including hiking, mountain biking, zip lining, ropes course, archery, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking and our personal favourite, disc golf.

Rock Hill also has some great spots where you can simply sit back and relax under the warmth of the summer sun. For those looking to take things a little slower, check out the likes of Glencairn Garden and the Piedmont Medical Center Trail. Both of these scenic locations are perfect for a family picnic or casual stroll.

Rich in culture, riders and families can also stop by spots such as the Main Street Children’s Museum, the Museum of York Country or Catawba Indian Nation & Cultural Center.

Take a look at the Visit Rock Hill SC website to find out more.

4.    Take a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina 

Located only 35 minutes from Rock Hill’s Novant Health BMX Track, why not jump state lines and visit Charlotte, North Carolina? The city has heaps to offer for anyone looking to explore a little more of America outside Rock Hill.

Charlotte is famously known as the home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, an massive interactive attraction paying honour to the history and heritage of NASCAR. Discovery Place is another popular spot, featuring three different museums (science, nature and kids) and also the Charlotte Observer Imax Dome.

There is nothing more American than spending a night at the ball park. Catch a game of Minor League baseball at the Charlotte Knights, the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. The team will be playing the Columbus Clippers from July 24th-27th and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders from July 28th-30th both at BB&T Ballpark, Charlotte. Get your tickets HERE