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Cheers to bmxworldcup.com, we delve into the ins and outs on how the upcoming 2020 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup works!

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The opening rounds of the 2020 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at Shepparton BMX Club are rapidly approaching, so before the gates drop, here’s a quick summary of the world cup including the format, the point system, and where the entire world cup will journey.

THE 2020 UCI BMX SUPERCROSS WORLD CUP

  • Round 1 – Shepparton BMX Club, Victoria (Australia) – February 1

  • Round 2 – Shepparton BMX Club, Victoria (Australia) – February 2

  • Round 3 – Bathurst BMX Club, New South Wales (Australia) – February 8

  • Round 4 – Bathurst BMX Club, New South Wales (Australia) – February 9

  • Round 5 – National Cycling Centre, Manchester (United Kingdom) – April 18

  • Round 6 – National Cycling Centre, Manchester (United Kingdom) – April 19

  • Round 7 – National Sports Centre, Papendal, (The Netherlands) – May 2

  • Round 8 – National Sports Centre, Papendal, (The Netherlands) – May 3

  • Round 9 – Rock Hill BMX Supercross, South Carolina (United States of America) – May 15

  • Round 10 – Rock Hill BMX Supercross, South Carolina (United States of America) – May 16

THE FORMAT

Early Rounds: Riders compete in the opening round of racing. The top four of each race go into the qualifier rounds while fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth place battle it out in the Last Chance Round.

Last Chance Round: Every rider who didn’t progress to the qualifiers has a chance to battle their way in through the last chance round. The riders who finish first or second in each race of the Last Chance Rounds progress, while the other riders pack up their bikes early.

The Qualifiers: The qualifiers begin the main road to the final gate drop. Depending on numbers, the qualifiers consists of 1/16 finals, 1/8 finals, quarterfinals, semi-finals and of course… the final!

Riders who don’t make it into the top four of each qualifying race are knocked out.

The Final: The remaining eight riders after the long knockout stages compete in the all-important final for a chance to finish on top of the podium and receive the most points.

THE POINTS

Obviously, the rider who picks up first in the final accumulates the most points. The top eight all get unique points for making it to the final. But from there, the points are distributed based on their overall ranking.

The points can be seen below.

FINAL

  • 1st = 150 points

  • 2nd = 130 points

  • 3rd = 115 points

  • 4th = 100 points

  • 5th = 90 points

  • 6th = 80 points

  • 7th = 75 points

  • 8th = 70 points

SEMI-FINALS

  • 9th – 10th = 65 points

  • 11th – 12th = 60 points

  • 13th – 14th = 55 points

  • 15th – 16th = 50 points

QUARTER FINALS

  • 17th – 20th = 40 points

  • 21st – 24th = 35 points

  • 25th – 28th = 30 points

  • 29th – 32nd = 25 points

1/8 FINAL

  •  33rd – 40th = 15 points

  • 41st – 48th = 10 points

  • 49th – 56th = 7 points

  • 57th – 64th = 4 points

Kicking off the world cup series with a win is a huge momentum boost for the remainder of the year. Getting ahead in terms of points is a powerful message to the rest of the competitors, and USA’s world champion Alise Willoughby couldn’t agree with the statement more.

“Obviously being an Olympic year, it’s so important to get that great start at Shepparton,” Willoughby said.

“With everything being so condensed in the schedule, there isn’t a lot of time to make up if you’re not where you want to be.

“More to that, Shepparton is well known for having the most similarity to the track in Tokyo, which means not only will the racing be really competitive, but it’s almost like a test run for the big show later in the year.”