Cycling Australia is pleased to announce the BMX Freestyle selections for the Australian Team which will contest the 2019 BMX Freestyle World Championships in China in November.
The Australian Team is headlined by 2017 world champion Logan Martin and 2018 World Championship bronze medallist Brandon Loupos.
Martin, who celebrated dual gold at the 2019 Summer X Games in Minneapolis in August, currently leads the 2019 FISE World Cup rankings after claiming bronze at the first two rounds.
Sydney’s Loupos opened the 2019 season in stunning style by recording the highest score ever recorded at a World Cup in his winning run.
Jake Wallwork, a World Cup winner in 2018, finished just off the podium at the 2018 World Championships and has two top twelve placings in the 2019 World Cup season.
Jason Watts and Natalya Diehm will make their Australian Team debuts off the back of winning the 2019 Vans BMX Pro-Skate Park Series.
“Australia has three athletes who have demonstrated podium potential at the World Cup and World Championship level in the last twelve months, with two new emerging athletes who have experienced strong results at an international level,” said Wade Bootes, Australian Cycling Team BMX Technical Director.
Significantly, the World Championships will be a key qualification opportunity for Australia for quota positions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“Australia currently ranked second behind the USA in the men’s rankings which qualifies one male position for Tokyo. While Australia isn’t currently in a qualifying position in the women, with a strong performance at the World Championships, we could secure a spot.”
Freestyle BMX, which will make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, sees cyclists perform a series of tricks during a ‘1 minute run’ across a ramp-filled course, with tricks judged on difficulty, originality, style and execution.
The third round of the 2019 BMX Freestyle World Cup will be held in China in November, just ahead of the World Championships also in China.
The 2019 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships will take place in Chengdu, China, from 6-10 November 2019.
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Logan Martin – Gold Coast: 2017 World Champion; Current leader – 2019 FISE World Cup Standings; Dual gold – 2019 Summer X Games; 2nd – 2019 Urban World Games
Brandon Loupos – Sydney: Gold – 2019 Urban Games winner; Bronze – 2018 World Championships; Gold – 2019 World Cup Round 1, 2018 National Champion
Jake Wallwork – Melbourne: Gold -2018 World Cup Round 3; 4th – 2018 World Championships: 3rd – 2018 National Championships
Jason Watts – Melbourne: 2019 Vans BMX Pro-Skate Park Series: 2nd – 2018 National Championships.
Natalya Diehm – Gladstone: Winner – 2019 Vans BMX Pro-Skate Park Series; 9th/13th 2019 World Cups