PRESS RELEASE: The International Cycling Union is pleased to announce its partnership with Global SX Events Inc (GSX Events) which will hold part of the organization and marketing rights for the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series.
The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, the world’s leading BMX racing series, serves as the main qualification event for the 2012 Olympic Games. Introduced by the UCI in 2003, this series of races has revitalized BMX with its exciting and spectacular Supercross format.
UCI will maintain its role in governing the sport and will continue to draw up and manage the international calendar as well as establish the regulations for international competition.
UCI President Pat McQuaid explains, “BMX in general and the BMX Supercross World Cup in particular, are undergoing spectacular growth, which has accelerated since their Olympic baptism in Beijing in 2008. The UCI has invested considerably in the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup to bring it up to its current level, but I am convinced that the partnership that will now link the UCI and Global SX Events will allow BMX to continue its growth in optimal conditions: still under the aegis of the UCI, but making the most of GSX Events’ skills.”
Based in Gahanna, Ohio (USA), Global SX Events Inc will take over the general management of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, for which it will hold part of the organization and maketing rights. In addition, GSX Events will also be the UCI partner in another field: the UCI’s BMX track building service. With the recent development of the discipline worldwide, GSX Events (through EliteTrax) will be able to answer to the increased demands for the construction of high-level BMX tracks around the world. The BMX track building service will be led by the well-known track building expert Tom Ritzenthaler.
Gary Aragon, Chairman and President of GSX Events, says, “The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series is currently the leading international BMX event. But as the sport grows, the series will need to grow with it. GSX Events is committed to continually develop and advance the sport of BMX racing the world over. Our goal is to partner with the UCI to take the sport through this next phase of growth.”
The 2011 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup calendar:
8-9 April – Pietermaritzburg (RSA)
27-28 May – Papendal (NED)
19-29 August – London (GBR)
16-19 September – TBD
30 September-1 October – Chula Vista (USA)
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