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2024 UCI BMX Racing World Cup: World’s best BMX Racing athletes to race in Brisbane just months out from 2024 Olympic Games

Current UCI World Champions and UCI World Cup winners, Olympians, and Australian national champions are set to light up Brisbane when the 2024 UCI BMX Racing World Cup comes to the River City this weekend.


On February 24 and 25, Sleeman Sports Complex in Chandler will host rounds 3 and 4 of the 2024 UCl BMX Racing World Cup, featuring the best international riders over two days of high-octane racing at Brisbane SX International BMX Centre.


With only a handful of tickets now remaining, riders and spectators can look forward to the incredible atmosphere and spectacle of BMX racing at the Chandler venue.


The event comes hot on the heels of the two first rounds in Rotorua, New Zealand, where Olympian and overall winner of the 2023 UCI BMX Racing World Cup, Saya Sakakibara (AUS), started the 2024 season in sensational fashion, winning both rounds.


Sakakibara and three-time Olympian Lauren Reynolds (AUS) will lead the Australian charge in the Women Elite category against the likes of two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariana Pajón from Colombia (COL).


In the Men Elite category, Queenslander and UCI BMX Racing World Cup podium finisher Izaac Kennedy (AUS) makes his long-awaited return to racing in Australia after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in July.


Kennedy will be joined by a host of other Aussie riders including former national champions Max Cairns, as he takes on an incredibly strong field featuring UCI World Champion Romain Mahieu (FRA), and fellow French rider and three-time Olympian Joris Daudet.


A strong contingent of local athletes will also compete across the Under 23 categories, headlined by Australian superclass champion Bella May, and Under 23 national champion Joel Marsh.


Aside from the honour of winning a round of the 2024 UCI BMX Racing World Cup, the event also carries extra weight in the context of an Olympic year.


The qualification period for Paris 2024 runs until June 24 this year, and with only 24 quota positions on offer at the Olympic Games for each gender, every international ranking point that can be earned at the UCI World Cup will be tightly contested.


AusCycling CEO Marne Fechner said Queenslanders can look forward to Brisbane being the center of the BMX Racing universe in the coming days.


“What an incredible privilege and opportunity it is to be hosting the UCI BMX Racing World Cup in an Olympic year. Every UCI ranking point is up for grabs, meaning Brisbane has attracted an exceptionally strong field of athletes, and they're going to leave everything out on the track. I’d encourage BMX Racing and sports fans alike to get to Brisbane SX in the coming days to witness the thrill of BMX Racing.


“Brisbane City Council and the Queensland State Government are fantastic partners of AusCycling, and I can’t thank them enough for their support in bringing this event to Australia. With several lead-in events to the UCI BMX Racing World Cup, this is the perfect opportunity for BMX Racing fans, riders, and their families to enjoy all Brisbane and the Sunshine state has to offer.”


The 2024 UCI BMX Racing World Cup is supported by Brisbane City Council, through Brisbane Economic Development Agency and the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland.


Queensland’s Tourism and Sport Minister Michael Healy welcomed competitors to Brisbane for the event.


“Fans will get the chance to see elite athletes of the highest quality competing at their competitive best as they gear up for Paris 2024, right here at Brisbane’s world-class facilities.


“It’s also a win for our local economy, with thousands of visitors expected to spend $3.5 million in the local visitor economy, which is great for local hospitality and accommodation providers and industry workers.


“It’s a great chance for fans and competitors to get out and enjoy Brisbane and the regions amazing visitor experiences and wonderful hospitality and see first-hand why Queensland continues to stake our claim as the nation’s sporting events capital.”


Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Brisbane is thrilled to be hosting an incredible weekend of world-class racing this February.


“The UCI BMX Racing World Cup is the latest in our major sporting events calendar, which provides more to see and do for sports fans across Brisbane,” Cr Schrinner said.


“It will be the perfect opportunity for local fans to cheer on BMX champions and Olympians, who will also be competing to represent Australia at the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris.


“This event is a big win for Brisbane’s economy, with the competition set to support local jobs and generate millions of dollars in economic benefits that flows on to our hotels, restaurants and tourism experiences.”


The Brisbane SX track is no stranger to elite level competition, having hosted the BMX Racing Oceania Championships in 2022 and again in 2024. However, this is the first time the venue has held a UCI World Cup round, and the venue will also host BMX Racing at the Brisbane 2032 Olympics.


The UCI BMX Racing World Cup concludes a week-long festival of BMX Racing at the venue that includes the 2024 Oceania Championships and AusCycling National Series, with more than 1500 riders and 2500 participants expected at the venue throughout the week.


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