BMX racing is set to scale new heights this July, when the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships take place in Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA from July 25-30, in what is being touted as the…
BMX racing is set to scale new heights this July, when the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships take place in Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA from July 25-30, in what is being touted as the biggest ever international sporting event in the US state.
Australian riders now have the opportunity to submit an expression of interest to compete at the event. It has been estimated that more than 3,300 riders from 40 countries will converge on the city in York County to take part.
This year will be the first time at the world championships have been held in the USA since Louisville, Kentucky hosted in 2001. Back then it was highly decorated Argentinian rider Gabriela Díaz and Britain’s Dale Holmes who secured the elite men and women’s titles.
Adding to the allure of the event is the chance for riders to race on an Olympic-like track. The designed takes inspiration from the track used at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which was BMX’s first foray into the world’s largest multi-sport event.
While selection for the Australian team is yet to take place, the expression of interest will assist BMX Australia to plan for this year’s event. You can find the selection criteria HERE.
Demand for the event in South Carolina his hitting fever pitch, with 40 hotels already participating in the event and more than 4,000 room nights already booked. Furthermore 31 out of 43 available RV spaces have been booked, and up to 45 food trucks are expected to park up at the track.
For those eager to pencil their name in for the event, but have not booked travel and would like to secure their place, BMX Australia are offering the opportunity to place a refundable deposit on travel for the event.
Should you or your rider not qualify for the world championships, you must submit notification of this by May 3 to claim your refund.
Capping off this event is the expectation that there will be upwards of 300 professional athletes for riders to rub shoulders with. Not that there needs to be much more incentive to sign up to this colossal event.