British Cycling is delighted to confirm that Manchester’s HSBC UK | National Cycling Centre will host the opening rounds of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series in April 2019, along with a round of the 2020 series.
Delivered in partnership with UK Sport and Manchester City Council, April’s event will see the world’s best BMX riders make a welcome return to the venue to battle for the world cup title and qualifying points ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Since hosting its first world cup round in 2013, Manchester’s indoor track has established itself as a firm favourite for many international riders, and recent changes to track are set to ensure thrilling competition over the weekend of April 27th and 28th.
Jonathan Rigby, British Cycling Commercial Director, said:
“We are thrilled to be welcoming the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup back to Manchester in 2019 and 2020. The atmosphere and the calibre of racing at previous world cup events here has been second to none, and after a break of three years, I’m sure British BMX fans will be delighted that international BMX is returning to this country.
“In recent months, the BMX track has undergone significant changes which will deliver the highest possible level of competition at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, while also adding to the legacy of the event by providing a first-class training and competition facility for the entire community.”
Unlike previous events staged at Manchester, both days of competition will feature qualifying moto events and finals. Tickets for both days will go on sale on 18 October, and will be available to purchase via ticketmaster.co.uk/britishcycling. British Cycling members will receive an exclusive 15% discount which will be available between 18 and 26 October.
Esther Britten, Head of Major Events at UK Sport, said:
“As athletes build toward Tokyo 2020, we are pleased that the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup will be part of an exciting package of international sporting events, backed by National Lottery funding, that will be staged across the country over the next two years.”
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, said:
“BMX is hugely popular in Manchester, and growing all the time with help from British Cycling and the fantastic facilities we have in the city. The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup will be a special date in the diary for BMX lovers from across the region – and the UK – as an opportunity to see some of the best riders from across the globe push what is possible on two wheels.”
British riders have a fantastic recent track record at Manchester: Liam Phillips won four world cup titles in a row between 2013 and 2016, with current European champion Kyle Evans taking silver to complete a British one-two in 2016.
Further details on tickets will be released in due course, while British Cycling members will receive email correspondence notifying them of discount details.