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UCI seeks to boost BMX development with new World Cup series

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has added BMX Freestyle Park as a new discipline through the launch of the new UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup.

Next year, the inaugural UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup will run as part of the FISE World Series international extreme sports festival.

It will include a minimum of three rounds which will take place between February and December. The World Cup is intended to be a springboard for the introduction of the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships.

The latter event is slated to launch in 2017, featuring BMX Freestyle Park, mountain bike cross-country eliminator (XCE) and trials.

The UCI will collaborate with the French-based Hurricane Company on the development of BMX Freestyle Park. Hurricane has organised the FISE World Series for the past two decades.

UCI president Brian Cookson said: “The UCI’s strategy is to target cities for the organisation of major events where our own events will benefit from the conditions necessary to ensure their popular, media and economic success. Our partner Hurricane will provide us with its knowledge of organisation. The UCI will offer the discipline a high level of recognition, and will thus pursue the development of our sport by meeting the expectations of BMX fans. Thanks to this initiative, BMX Freestyle Park and cycling take another step in their continued globalisation.”

Hervé André-Benoit, Hurricane Company chief executive, added: “Our partnership is based on shared values and respects the discipline the way FISE has represented it for the past 20 years. Our collaboration will help accelerate the development of freestyle disciplines and we are proud to contribute, together with the UCI, to this new step forward for BMX.”