British Cycling today welcomed the UCI’s – the world governing body for cycling – announcement that the opening round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup is coming to Manchester’s National Cycling Centre next April.
It will be the second time that Manchester has hosted the Supercross World Cup, where British riders Shanaze Reade and Liam Phillips were victorious earlier this year.
The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup will be take place from 18 to 19 April 2014 at the National Cycling Centre’s BMX track, one of the only indoor purpose built tracks in Europe.
Reacting to the news, British Cycling’s Director for Cyclesport and Membership, Jonny Clay, said: “I’m delighted that the BMX Supercross World Cup is coming to Manchester for the second year in a row.
"This year’s event was a massive success and proved that Supercross is an exciting sport that can really draw the crowds. We look forward to building on this for next year’s event which we hope will be our biggest yet.”
"This year’s event was a massive success and proved that Supercross is an exciting sport that can really draw the crowds."
British Cycling’s Director for Cyclesport and Membership Jonny Clay
The 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester is part of UK Sport’s £27million National Lottery funded Gold Event Series which aims to bring 70 major championships to home soil to build on the wonderful success of London 2012.
Simon Morton, UK Sport’s Director of Major Events and International Relations said: “Securing a second UCI BMX World Cup for Manchester's new facility demonstrates that one year on the major events legacy is still going strong.
"The Gold Event Series now features more than 20 events ensuring that the UK remains one of the world leading event hosting nations.”
Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “Manchester is proud to once again host the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at our world class BMX Centre, based at the National Cycling Centre.
“Last year’s inaugural competition was incredibly successful with spectators being treated to thrilling contests between some of the world’s best BMX riders.
“The event is certain to prove an inspiration to local residents. In 2013, over 1,500 local school children attended practice sessions and I’m sure they’ll be even more interest next year.
“Hosting the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup further demonstrates Manchester’s status as the home of British Cycling, boasting the velodrome, indoor BMX centre and the newly opened Clayton Vale Mountain Bike Trail.”
2014 UCI BMX Supercross dates
|18-19 April 2014||Great Britain||Manchester|
|9-10 May 2014||Netherlands||Papendal|
|13-14 June 2014||Germany||Berlin|
|5-6 September 2014||Argentina||Santiago Del Estero|
|26-27 September 2013||USA||Chula Vista, CA|