The UCI BMX World Championships are coming to Birmingham next year. Tickets are now on sale. The event, which takes place at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena, from May 24th-27th, will host over 2,000 riders from across the world, including Olympic GB hopefuls, Shanaze Reade and Liam Phillips who will be gunning for world titles in their last major outings before the London 2012 Olympics, with the event also providing the final opportunity for elite athletes to secure points to count towards qualification to the Games.
The event will showcase four days of BMX Racing with two different standards of rider competing, including an elite racing ‘Championships’ competition and the amateur ‘Challenge’ class.
A BMX Racing track will be built in the NIA. The venue has a 4000-seat capacity.
Three times winner of the UCI BMX World Championships Shanaze Reade said: “I’m looking forward to coming to Birmingham to compete in May. It’s fantastic that Birmingham is hosting the World Championships, and taking another World Championships title would be great preparation before the Olympics. I’m really excited about competing in my home country at major competitions twice next year.”
Jonny Clay, Event Director for the UCI BMX World Championships said: "The 2012 BMX World Championships is the latest in a string of major events that British Cycling has successfully bid for in recent years. We can already see the legacy of the event here in Birmingham with the creation of the new International BMX facility at Perry Park. As the event draws closer we’re looking forward to giving many more people the chance to participate in and watch the sport of BMX."