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Seeing the value in having their riders racing on the world stage, the state body has chipped in $1,000 per rider as they grasp the opportunity to race against Olympians, world champions and a smattering of hopeful elite riders.

Prodigious teenager Saya Sakakibara, her older brother Kai and Australian number four-ranked rider Andrew Hughes are all in Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, just outside the centre of Paris, France, and today will be taking on the first round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.

To get there, they have all travelled from different corners of the globe. Just a week ago Hughes was in the thick of the action at the 2018 BMX Australia National Championships in Bunbury, Western Australia. On Monday he left Australia’s warm west, en route to a chilly France.

Read more about the elite classes at this year’s national championships HERE.

Conversely the Sakakibara siblings have been in Europe for a handful of weeks now, and were last weekend racing the first two rounds of the UEC BMX European Cup.

You can read more about Saya’s gold medal winning performance, and Kai’s silver medal ride. HERE

While another set of top race results is the goal for all three this weekend, they also know that the opportunity to race for those results has been made possible with assistance from BMX NSW.

Seeing the value in having their riders racing on the world stage, the state body has chipped in $1,000 per rider as they grasp the opportunity to race against Olympians, world champions and a smattering of hopeful elite riders.

The assistance is something that isn’t lost on Kai Sakakibara, who said the extra funds will help them enjoy the “little extras”, that are sometimes unaffordable when so far from home.

“BMX NSW have kindly offered financial support to the tune of $1,000 for each of us for our travel this season,” Kai Sakakibara said.

“Being my fourth season in the elite class, I know how quickly costs can add up when venturing on long international stints. Accommodation, entry fees and transport are some of the costs that add up.

“The extra money means that we can afford all that, while not skipping the little extras that can too easily be neglected when not at home. Things like physio, nutrition and training tools help our performances.

“Hopefully our performances and journey can inspire other riders to continue pursuing their best in the amazing sport of BMX.”

The Sakakibara’s, of Southlake/Illawarra BMX Club located south of Wollongong, and Hughes – a resident of the Macarthur region – begin their world campaign today.

Racing commences today, Saturday March 31 (Sunday April 1 12:40am AEDT – note a 1 hour change to daylight standard time at 3am AEDT/2am AEST) for round one of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup. Finals are scheduled to take from 5:15am AEST that same day.

You can watch round one HERE.

Round two begins the next day at 1:40am AEDT, with finals scheduled to again start at 5:15am AEST.

You can watch round two HERE.