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FISE unveils 2016 World Series calendar, new BMX Freestyle Park World Cup

The International Festival of Extreme Sports (FISE) has announced the five cities that will host events during this year’s edition of its World Series and has also confirmed the addition of a new BMX Freestyle Park World Cup event to its schedule, in partnership with the International Cycling Union (UCI).

The FISE World Series features competitions across the action sport disciplines of BMX, skateboard, mountain bike, inline skate and wakeboard. This year’s Series will begin with a round in Montpellier, France, from May 4-8, with BMX, inline skate, skateboard, mountain bike slopestyle and wakeboard events scheduled to take place.

The Series will then move on to Osijek in Croatia with a BMX event that will run from July 21-23, before crossing over to Denver in the US for a round scheduled to run from September 3-5 featuring competitions in skateboard, BMX flat, inline skate and regular BMX.

Edmonton in Canada will then host round four of the Series from September 16-18, with events in mountain bike slopestyle, skateboard, BMX flat and BMX due to take place. The 2016 Series concludes with a round in Chengdu, China, where, from October 28-30, competitors will take part in events spanning BMX, mountain bike slopestyle, inline skate, skateboard and wakeboard.

Confirmation of the 2016 calendar comes as Hurricane Action Sports, organiser of the FISE World Series, and the UCI also announced that the BMX Freestyle Park World Cup will be added to the calendar this year.

The UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup will feature a series of events and serve as a key meeting prior to next year’s planned launch of the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships, which is set to comprise the BMX Freestyle Park, Cross Country Mountain Bike Eliminator (XCE) and Trials.

UCI president Brian Cookson said: “With this initiative, BMX Freestyle Park and cycling are reaching a new milestone in their pursuit of worldwide recognition. Hurricane, our partner, will bring its renowned knowledge and skills in terms of event organisation. The UCI will bring the discipline high-level recognition and will keep pushing to develop the sport while answering a great demand from BMX fans.”

Hervé André-Benoit, chief executive of Hurricane Action Sports, added: “This collaboration will allow the acceleration of the development of freestyle disciplines and we are proud to contribute, along with UCI, to this new step in the BMX evolution.”