2020 BMXA National Championships Cancelled

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After exhausting all options and avenues in an attempt to deliver the event, the BMXA board and management have made the decision to cancel the 2020 BMXA National Championships in Launceston. 

Given the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 crisis and following discussions with various stakeholders, it was determined that the safety of members and fairness to all competitors around the country could not be guaranteed, meaning the event will not take place this year.   

Due to the ever-evolving situation regarding COVID-19, hosting a national championships is simply not feasible,” BMXA CEO Shane Coppin said.

“In our decision to cancel the national championships, the board made it clear that the safety of all involved and facilitating the return of BMX at state and community level were the top priorities.”

Coppin praised the event’s local partners for their understanding and willingness to look at every possible avenue for the event to take place.

“Throughout what has been a very challenging process we have found Events Tasmania and the City of Launceston to be willing partners and we are extremely hopeful we can work with them again in the future,” he said.

A full refund of entry fees, admin fees and late entry fees can be obtained after completing the form that can be found HERE.

Once completed, the form can be forwarded to info@bmxaustralia.com.au.

The principal focus for BMXA for the remainder of this year will be fostering club racing and working to ensure all clubs can operate as soon as relevant localised restrictions allow.

The announcement follows earlier cancellations of the remainder of the 2020 National Series. BMXA will award the series winners based on the current standings and will be in touch with each respective winner in the coming weeks.

The UCI has also cancelled the 2020 World Championships. You can read about that HERE.

BMXA thanks its members and the community for their ongoing patience and support during this difficult time.

Planning around the 2021 BMXA calendar and beyond is well advanced and we will pass on any information as soon as it’s available.

UCI BMX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HOUSTON CANCELLED

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UCI confirmed in a press release last night that there will be no World Championships in the discipline of BMX for 2020, with the next world championships taking place in Papendal (Netherlands) on 17-22 August 2021, post the Olympic games in Tokyo.

Please CLICK HERE for the full statement from the UCI.

BMXA is continuing to work with stakeholders of the 2020 BMXA National Championships to be held in Launceston, with a view to providing a definite decision on the event in the coming weeks.

We greatly appreciate everyone’s patience, support and understanding as we work through these challenges.

BMXA 2020 National Series Update

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BMXA thanks its members and the community for their ongoing patience and support during this difficult time.

After intensive discussions and deliberation with stakeholders, the BMXA board and management have decided to cancel the remaining three rounds of the 2020 BMXA National Series.

This decision was not taken lightly with the board wanting to make sure the main focus for the rest of the calendar year was on club and local BMX recovery, followed by the 2020 National Championships in Launceston.

As the BMX calendar has been dramatically affected due to COVID-19, we do not want to oversaturate the market with events that may not be of the highest priority for many members, rather all clubs to foster the return of the sport in communities across the country.

The board is considering the possibility of a new national series round added to the national championships schedule in Launceston. However, this decision will not be made until greater clarification regarding state borders and nationwide restrictions are acquired, as well as a confirmation of the date.

In regard to national series standings and points, we will award 2020 national series prizes, with a decision to be made in the coming weeks on how this will happen.

Further information regarding the 2020 National Championships and 2020 Oceania Continental Championships will be passed on as soon as available, as well as any information regarding the 2020 UCI BMX World Championships in Houston.

BMX Update – Australian Cycling Team Olympic Nominations

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Cycling Australia (CA) have provided updates with regards to the nomination processes for BMX Race and BMX Freestyle after the suspension periods as of March 2020.

For BMX Race and BMX Freestyle, the Olympic qualification periods for which should have ended on the 1 June 2020 and 27 May 2020 respectively, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have replied favourably to the following propositions from the UCI:

BMX Race: The points awarded at two weekends of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup during the 2021 season and at the 2020 UCI BMX World Championships will be added to those taken into account in the ranking of 3 March 2020. The remaining UCI World Cup weekends are still to be determined and will be communicated at a later date. CA will also await further updates from UCI as to the rescheduled dates for the 2020 UCI World Championships and the 2021 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup schedule.

BMX Freestyle: The points awarded at two weekends of the UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup during the 2021 season will be added to those taken into account in the ranking of 3 March 2020. The weekends are still to be determined and will be communicated at a later date. 

With specific regard to the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) nomination process, we will continue with our approach to nominate athletes with medal-winning potential as a priority,” said CA Performance Director Simon Jones.

These changes to the qualification window simply mean we have more time to get those nation quotas that will support our medal targets. With COVID-19 looking like it’s under control in Australia, we will need to make the best of this situation and work towards 2021 goals.

CLICK HERE for the full update from the Australian Cycling Team

BMXA will continue to update you regarding all changes surrounding Olympic qualification and UCI events.

BMX Australia Competition Update


As you are aware, BMXA have postponed a number of events as a result of COVID-19 and, as we have done from the outset, we continue to monitor the situation including the advice and regulations from Federal and State governments.

BMXA National Championships – BMXA now have set a proposed save the date for the rescheduled 2020 BMXA National Championships being Monday November 30 – Saturday December 5.

We have been working closely with our partners, including the Tasmanian Government, to set a date and with the existing circumstances this is the date we have arrived on.

While we are planning for the event to take place on these dates, unfortunately we are currently not in a position to say the event will go ahead with 100% certainty, so we advise members to take this into consideration when considering relevant bookings.

At this point in time, we also have no new information regarding the world championships so there is the potential for a clash in dates. If the world championships are rescheduled during the dates above, riders will have to choose between nationals or worlds.

Canberra, National Series round 3 – This event has been postponed. BMXA are investigating the options of rescheduling this event for later in the year. Further information will be disseminated once available.

Alongside the above postponed events, the following BMXA competitions remain in 2020:

Lake Macquarie, National Series round 4 – August 8th

The Cove National Series round 5 – October 24th

BMXA will continue to monitor the circumstances, in close reference to the Sport Australia Return to Sport Toolkit, before making firm decisions on the status of all of the above 2020 BMXA competitions.

Rebooting BMX within the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport


The guidelines are recommendations that should be followed by BMX clubs and members around the country and used alongside the relevant State and Local Government directives in your location.

Some State and Local Governments may also require clubs to complete a ‘Return to Business’ or ‘Steps to Restart’ application before they can re-open tracks. Your State BMX organisation will be able to keep you informed of these requirements.

The overwhelming cooperation is needed from all members and families in operating within the guidelines and also continuing to adopt good personal hygiene practices. We’re all in this together!

Please download the COVIDSafe app and if you are sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay away from the track and follow medical advice.

The AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport has three levels to take us from the present through to full sporting activity. The level your club and state is on can vary from state to state and even club to club.

BMX Reintroduction Guidelines

Get scoring with Sqorz BMX Management System


From a timing and scoring perspective there are a few things that clubs can do now before the track opens to check your timing system is operating as it should.

Are all the loops working OK? Is there any noise on the line? Are the decoders operating correctly? Is your network setup correctly?

In terms of software some clubs, states, territories in Australia are now using Sqorz. If your respective club is utilising the Sqorz software, it’s a good time to open up Sqorz, download the latest update and have a click around. You may want to review your series settings or make some class amendments.

If your registrar or anyone else wants a refresher course on Sqorz and maybe a deeper dive into some of the amazing functionality then don’t hesitate to get in touch with Martin Ward or Yuki Sakakibara on support@eventsoft.com.au or text/call 0414818450. They can line up a time and help you with the features you are interested in.

If you would like to understand more about Sqorz then get in touch with Martin or Yuki and arrange for a demo. Some of the features are:

  • 4 lane option for social distancing at races
  • Instant live results to mobile phones for all races
  • Series points are available immediately a race is completed
  • Fast easy registration process
  • Ability to run paperless events
  • Easy to learn and operate, training new volunteers is not a problem
  • Self-contained, no need for older versions of Microsoft and no need for MYLAPS software. Everything just works
  • Reduced time and effort in preparing for race events
  • Times displayed on big screens and animated results display for live video streaming
  • Training and practice times sent directly to mobile phones

Finally, Sqorz has been developed with input and feedback from users, registrars, scorers and riders. The contribution of the BMX community is pivotal for Sqorz’s development.

If you have any requests or ideas then please send to support@eventsoft.com.au. They’d be happy to discuss the requests with you.

Update regarding rescheduling of 2020 BMXA National Championships


As outlined in previous statements, the 2020 BMXA National Championships and Oceania Championships have been postponed, with the intention to reschedule them to a date in late 2020.

We intended to have the rescheduled date released by now, however, due to the unprecedented nature and global impact of COVID-19 that has also forced the postponement of the world championships, coordination amongst all stakeholders is difficult.

We eagerly await and have been seeking a date for the rescheduled 2020 UCI BMX World Championships to ensure that we do not potentially clash with those dates. As soon as the UCI announce a new date, provided there is no clash, we will be able to announce the new dates for the national and Oceania championships. We continue to seek a new date from the UCI.

Given the likely rescheduled date for the 2020 BMXA National Championships will be late in the year, BMXA are conscious that the 2021 National Championships cannot fall too close to this event. We are currently looking at a model where the 2021 BMXA National Championships are potentially held late next year.

BMXA is in constant talks with UCI and other stakeholders in order to finalise and release these dates as soon as possible.

Given Government advice amid the current situation, we also do not expect the 2020 National Series to re-commence until late in the year. We will continue to monitor this situation and update members as things develop.

We thank the BMXA community for your patience in these difficult times and appreciate your understanding as we endeavour to resolve these new event dates as soon as possible.

Updated information regarding National Championships refunds


While BMXA continue to work with the UCI and stakeholders to finalise and advise dates for the rescheduled 2020 BMXA National Championships and Oceania Championships to be held in Launceston in late 2020, we have an update on the status of refunds for these events.

Despite our original intent and every effort to do so, entry fees will not be refunded automatically. Manual refunding of entry fees, admin fees and late entry fees is still possible.

This is unfortunately due to significant challenges in processing automatic refunds.

We apologise that incorrect information was previously disseminated.

Therefore, if a rider originally entered either of the National and/or Oceania Championships scheduled for March, their entry will remain valid and they will still be entered for the rescheduled dates.

If you are still planning to attend the Nationals, no further action is required, you are already entered

If a rider can no longer attend the rescheduled Nationals and/or Oceania Championships, a refund can be obtained after completing the form that can be found HERE.

Once completed the form can be forwarded to info@bmxaustralia.com.au.

If you need any assistance with this, please don’t hesitate to contact BMXA, where we will be happy to assist.

Refunds will be accepted until 30 June 2020. From July 1, 2020, the BMX refund policy will become active, meaning refunds will only be accepted on medical grounds.

 

 

UCI BMX World Championships in Houston postponed


Given the announcement, BMXA are continuing to work with the UCI and stakeholders to finalise and advise dates for the rescheduled 2020 BMXA National Championships and Oceania Championships to be held in Launceston in late 2020. As soon as we are in a position to confirm and publicly announce the new dates we will do so.

We greatly appreciate everyone’s patience, support and understanding as we work through these challenges.

The UCI statement is below….

In the current context of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, which also affects the United States, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) regrets to announce the necessity to postpone the 2020 UCI BMX World Championships which were initially to take place at the Rockstar Energy Bike Park in the United States from 26 to 31 May.

The UCI fully supports the decision taken by the organisers of the Harris

County – Houston Sports Authority, the authorities of the city of Houston, in the state of Texas, and of Harris County. In view of the current health situation, holding the UCI BMX World Championships, preceded by the amateur Challenge class, would have potentially posed a risk to the health of the riders, all those involved in the event and the fans.

Regarding the qualification process for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the UCI BMX World Championships in Houston were initially to be the last event on the UCI International BMX Calendar offering qualification points, since the qualifying period was due to end on 1st June. In the context of the coronavirus and in the interests of safety and sporting fairness, the UCI recalls – as announced on March 15 – that it asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to stop the qualification period retroactively as of 3 March, given that until this date, no nation had been prevented from going to events because of the pandemic.

This position may of course be reviewed depending on the decisions taken by the IOC regarding the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Concerning the postponement of the 2020 UCI BMX World Championships, the UCI will work with the organisers to fix a new date. In accordance with the decisions announced on March 20 concerning disciplines other than road, in connection with the coronavirus, the UCI stresses that the UCI World Championships have priority within the framework of the revision of the UCI International Calendar with a view to the resumption of the 2020 season.

The UCI shares the disappointment of the BMX community after the decision to postpone the 2020 UCI BMX World Championships and wishes to thank the Organising Committee of the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority for its cooperation in this difficult situation, as well as the athletes, teams, partners and all parties involved in the event for their understanding.