Relive the action from the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.

COVER PIC: The lads getting ready for their world championships. (Courtesy of BMXA)

The Australian contingent has made our country proud, as a grand total of 145 riders competed across 43 categories, assisting in making the 2019 edition of the UCI BMX World Championships the highest recorded number of participants in history.

Over 3700 riders from around the world came together in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium for five days of electrifying racing and it is safe to say that BMX was the real winner.

Australia came away from the event with 19 plates, eighth of them being gold, silver or bronze medals.

Join us as we go through each day and highlight all the highs of a truly unforgettable world championships.

Day 1 – Tuesday, July 23

The opening day of the event played host to the cruiser categories, as 32 Aussie riders as young as 7-years of age to 50+ joined the rest of the world in battling for a world title.

Australia’s week got off to spectacular start with TeamAUSBMX bagging four medals in fantastic fashion.

Claiming his 8th world championship gold medal, Pine Rivers’ Thomas Tucker found the top spot on the 13-14 boy’s podium and was joined by Nerang’s Callum Howarth, who picked up bronze.

Cairns’ Portia Eden also grabbed herself some gold, winning the 12 & under girl’s category while Clarence Valley’s Tahlia Marsh (pictured) took bronze in the 13-16 girl’s.

Making it to the final of their respective classes were Geelong’s Cameron Gatt (12 & under boy’s) and Bayside’s Letitia Weatherhead (40 & over women’s), who both finished eighth.

For a full wrap, take a look at that particular edition of the Zolder Dirt – HERE

DAY 2 – Wednesday, July 24

Day two of the world championships marked the first batch of 20inch challenge competitors, with female riders aged 13-and-under as well as male riders aged 11-and-under.

There were 44 Aussie shredders on the Zolder strip with many Aussie world champions launching their title defence. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for TeamAUSBMX with many world no.1 plates being handed to other competitors.

While there was disappointment, there was also glimmers of sunshine as four riders, three of them being national champions, claimed world plates after making it into their finals.

Aussie no.1 Cameron Gatt backed up from his performance in the cruiser category to finish fourth in the 11-boy’s, while Knox’s national champ Stephanie Alexander finished sixth in the 10-girl’s.

Flying the Aussie flag together in the 9-girl’s was the 1A from Tuggeranong, Amelia Stichbury, and Redland’s Molly Williamson. Stichbury finished seventh while Williamson came eighth.

For a full wrap, take a look at that particular edition of the Zolder Dirt – HERE

DAY 3 – Thursday, July 25

The longest and toughest day of the 2019 world championships had 38 riders from Australia take to the track with 12-16yr old male riders, as well as 14-16, 17-24 and 25 & over female competitors.

On a day that had racing delayed several times for medical and heat related issues, Tommy Tucker was thrust back into the spotlight.

This time, the Queenslander claimed his seventh consecutive 20inch world title, a remarkable achievement and a record that we hope can only increase as he continues to impress. Hopefully one day, we will see Tucker emerge on the elite men’s stage and even the Olympics.

Bringing his overall world title tally to 9, Tucker led two other Aussie riders in claiming a top three spot on the podium. Southside’s Abbey Richards won silver in the 14-girl’s class, while Terrigal’s Noah Elton picked up bronze in the 13-boy’s.

Joining the trio in making it to the finals was Ashmore’s Isabella Schramm, who finished fourth in the 14-girl’s, and Jingili’s Ian Orr who came fifth in the 14-boy’s.

Similar to Day 2, there were a handful of defending Aussie world champions or world plate holders who missed out on making it to the final.

This was the case for now former world no.1, Nerang’s Kira Hill, who was eliminated in the 15-girl’s semi-final, while Marsh had to relinquish her world no.6 plate in the 16-girl’s.

Howarth had to give up his world no.7 plate, getting knocked out in the 1/16 finals.

For a full wrap, take a look at that particular edition of the Zolder Dirt – HERE

DAY 4 – Friday, July 26

The fourth chapter of the world championships was a significantly shorter day of racing compared to its predecessors with only five world no.1 plates up for grabs.

Day four had only 13 riders from the green and gold army racing on a dramatically cooler day and Victoria’s Jamie Truran was the most successful of our contingent.

Racing in the 35 & over men’s class, the Wyndham Warrior battled through his motos and knockout rounds before making it to the final. A fantastic effort had the shredder finish fifth, capping off a great effort overall by the Aussie challenge riders.

For a full wrap, take a look at that particular edition of the Zolder Dirt – HERE

DAY 5 – Saturday, July 27

Championship day held the fastest and most competitive riders in the world as the elites wrapped up five thrilling days of racing.

The 13 riders from the Australian Cycling Team took up the challenge and tensions were high as recent world cup results were forgotten and focus was on that all-important gate drop.

Australia had three of its riders make the finals, with Rio Olympian Anthony Dean and Tokyo 2020 hopeful Saya Sakakibara producing fast laps all day to give themselves a fighting chance in the final.

But it was Foster’s rising star, and junior elite, Oli Moran who bagged Australia’s most successful result with the 17-year hanging in to clinch a silver medal.

Dean had a strong start but came down in the first berm to finish sixth, while Sakakibara slipped on her first landing to finish in seventh.

The four elite gold medals went to the Netherlands’ Twan Van Gendt in the elite men’s, USA’s Alise Willoughby in the elite women’s, France’s Tatyan Lui Hin Tsan in the junior elite men’s and New Zealand’s rising star Jesse Smith in the junior elite women’s.

For a full wrap, take a look at that particular edition of the Zolder Dirt – HERE

Australia’s outstanding efforts at this year’s world championships should be applauded.

Each and every one of TeamAUSBMX did their country proud and should be proud to have donned the green and gold jersey.

Thanks must also go to the BMXA staff and board members who managed the team and cared for their needs in some tough conditions!

For a full list of Australia’s results – HERE!

Do you want to be a part of TeamAUSBMX when they launch their 2020 world championship campaign in Houston, USA?

 More info on that event can be found – HERE!