World BMX Champs For Auckland


Auckland’s Vector Arena will be the venue for the UCI BMX World Championships in 2013.

The world ruling body, Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) informed BikeNZ overnight that the joint bid with BMX New Zealand, Auckland City Council and the government has been successful.

The event will mid-July 2013, and at Vector a purpose-built track will be constructed using between 5000-6000 cubic metres of dirt.

The championship is expected to attract 4500 competitors, officials and supporters to the country for one of the world’s fastest growing sports that made its Olympic debut in Beijing.

Current BMX double World Champion Sarah Walker said it will bring much more attention to the sport.

BikeNZ says the event will provide an enormous boost for the sport in this country. Director Mark Elliott said: “This is another incredible step in the growth of cycling in New Zealand. With the Junior World Track Championships here in 2012, this event for BMX will continue to escalate the growth of our sport and greatly benefit the future champions we will see leading on the world stage through to the Rio Olympics in 2016.”

“We have a strong group of 15to 17 year old BMX riders who are pushing their way into our High Performance programme. The timing of this world championship will see a number of these athletes pushing to showcase their potential on home soil.”

BMX New Zealand president, Bruce Northwood said it is great news for his sport and now his organisation can go about the huge job of organising the event.





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