Top BMX Riders to Compete This Summer at World Championships in Rock Hill

By:Marie McAden

Date:5/23/2017

More than 3,300 of the world’s top BMX riders will be coming to South Carolina this summer for the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships—and you can have a front-row seat to every jump, bunnyhop and barspin.

This exciting event takes place July 25-30 in Rock Hill’s Novant Health BMX Supercross Track, marking the first time in more than 15 years the competition has been held in the USA.

Modeled after the 2008 Beijing Olympic track, the Rock Hill racing facility was designed for speed with a 35-foot initial jump, asphalt turns for acceleration and a heart-stopping berm jump directly over the amateur track.

With more than 40 countries represented, the world championships will be the largest international sporting event in South Carolina history, drawing an expected 20,000 fans.

“We intend to roll out the red carpet for thousands of visitors from around the world and show them the true meaning of ‘Southern hospitality’,” said Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols.

Rock Hill will be hosting a wide range of special events and activities during the six-day championships, offering visitors the chance to see the area and experience the community’s Southern charm.

The festivities will begin with an opening ceremony Saturday, July 22, in downtown Rock Hill’s Fountain Park. The 6-10 p.m. community kickoff will include a presentation of flags from participating countries, more than 40 international food trucks, live music, kids’ amusement rides, bike safety programs, a BMX stunt show and autographs from Olympic medalists and elite BMX riders.

Other scheduled events will include historic bike exhibits, cycling-related art shows and activities at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center overlooking the Catawba River.

The action on the track begins July 23 with two days of practice sessions for the challenge classes, followed by four days of amateur racing in several categories, including riders ages 5-11, 12-16 and 17 and older. The final event—the elite rider championships—are scheduled for Saturday, July 29. Click here for updates on the racing schedule.

The only Olympic-caliber BMX training facility on the East Coast, the Novant Health BMX Supercross Track is built to standards set by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body for the sport of cycling, and includes a unique state-of-the-art surface for smooth and dust-free racing in all weather conditions.

The SX track features a 1,400-foot elite men’s track, 1,270-foot elite women’s track, 1,200-foot amateur track, 26.3-foot supercross start hill, 16.4-foot amateur start hill and a pump track. Riders of all ages and skill levels can participate in open practices and races held throughout the year. Bike rentals and private instruction also are available.

The BMX Supercross Track is one of several cycling facilities located in the Rock Hill Outdoor Center at Riverwalk. The recreation hub also includes the 250-meter world-class Giordana Velodrome for track cycling, a 1.5-mile closed criterium road course, seven miles of mountain bike trails winding through the woods along the Catawba River and the 2.5-mile multiuse Piedmont Medical Center Trail.

To purchase tickets to the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships, click here. For more information on the cycling facilities at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center, click here.

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