Earlier today the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) made some major announcements in regards to upcoming World Championship events. All events span over various cycling disciplines. Of course to us, BMX was the main stand out. 15 events through 2020 were awarded in seven disciplines.
In the release, UCI stated, “In a demonstration of the sport's continued globalisation and the UCI's strong desire to take the sport to new territories and regions, eleven countries, including Turkey – a first in the history of UCI World Championships.” This list also included Canada, Poland, Germany, and of course the USA.
So what does this mean for us BMX diehards? How does Houston, Texas sound? That is right, Houston will be the host of the 2020 BMX World Championships. This is solid news for the race industry in the US. After having a multi-year hiatus from the event the states are diving in full throttle. The wheels are already fully turning for the upcoming 2017 World Championships in Rock Hill, SC. Now with a second World Championships to be held in Houston, the US is on a roll to product what could be the biggest championships in history.
If you are trying to figure out which facility will host the event, look no further than the North Houston Bike Park. The facility has been in the planning stages for quite some time, and now they have officially broke ground. According to USA BMX, the new bike park will be a 30-acre extreme sports complex to support both racing and freestyle BMX disciplines. In a USA BMX release, Sally Bradford, Executive Director of the Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority, said, "We are excited to host this incredible event and invite the world to enjoy this wonderful complex.”
USA BMX CEO Bernard Anderson added, "USA BMX is absolutely thrilled that the UCI BMX World Championships will once again return to the US. The North Houston Bike Park is going to be revolutionary in action sports. The Participants of the World Championships will be treated to both an amazing venue and incredible Texas hospitality. We look forward to welcoming the world's best BMX riders to Houston."
North Houston Bike Park Rendering
Between the two US hosted events, the UCI also announced the 2019 BMX World Championships will once again return to Zolder, Belgium. They represented as the host country in 2015 and put on a great event. Something that can be expected again in a couple of years. The only question mark that now remains is the host city in 2018. There have been rumors of Baku, Azerbaijan being the host, but it has yet to be confirmed.
For now we can sit back and prep for 2017 in South Carolina and look forward to another trip to Belgium in 2019. When 2020 hits, the Houston event will without a doubt be nothing short of world class if we want to speculate. Based off the current bike park under construction, it will be hard to find a facility that will offer the same great amenities. The other silver lining is the inflated amount of attention the event will receive due to 2020 being the next Olympic cycle as the rings make their way to Tokyo. Let’s get ready to rock!