The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, which was organised and run by British Cycling, has been named as Manchester’s Major Sports Event of the Year at the Manchester Sports Awards Dinner which took place last night in Wythenshawe.
The World Cup forms a part of the UCI’s global BMX World Cup series and took place over two days at the National Cycling Centre in April. The event attracted over 2,500 fans from all over the world for action-packed racing featuring international and home grown stars of BMX.
Reacting to the news, Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s Director of Cycle Sport and Membership, said:
“It is great that the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup has been recognised for the impact it had on the Manchester sporting scene.
“As the home of British Cycling, Manchester plays an important part in our strategy to bring major events to this country. Winning the bid to host the event again in Manchester in 2014 is significant for us strategically and is testament to the success of this year’s event.
“Looking further ahead, 2014 should be an exciting 12 months for fans of cycle sport which several high-profile major events coming to Great Britain. We will be looking to use events such as the Tour de France and the Commonwealth Games to inspire the next generation of riders and continue to grow the national interest in our sport.”
"Manchester is the well established home of British Cycling and we are pleased that our partnership with the city has been recognised."
British Cycling’s Chief Executive, Ian Drake
British Cycling’s 16-year partnership with Manchester was also recognised last night when the sports governing body was named as the winner in the Outstanding Contribution to Sport in Manchester award category. The event organisers paid particular tribute to Brian Cookson on his achievements as President of British Cycling and wished him well in his new role as President of the UCI – the world governing body for cycling.
British Cycling’s Chief Executive, Ian Drake, commented:
“Manchester is the well-established home of British Cycling and we are pleased that our partnership with the city has been recognised. Since British Cycling’s facilities at the National Cycling Centre were set up we’ve won countless Olympic, Paralympic and World Championship medals, celebrated two British winners of the Tour de France, inspired one million more people to ride their bikes and have seen our membership reach a record high. We are proud of what has been achieved and there is plenty more to come yet.”