Each year the best in BMX racing all converge into one location to deem who is the best of the best at the UCI BMX World Championships. The most prestigious BMX race that is held each year, other than the Olympics, offers an opportunity for one Elite rider in 4 classes, Elite and Jr Men / Woman to take home the rainbow jerseys, to show the grand accomplishment for the next season as being a UCI BMX World Champion. This season, the best riders in the world all got together in Baku, Azerbaijan to compete for the Championship stripes and glory. The track in Baku is no stranger to high level competition, as in 2015, it hosted the European Games, where, Joris Daudet was the champion of the day. Now with the entire BMX World in attendance, could he do it once again?
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Join us for day three for the UCI World Challenge classes from Baku, Azerbaijan. Day three features all the 20" older age groups (13 and older) and Masters. Racing starts at 09:30 local and ends when the last rider crosses the line.
Join us for day two for the UCI World Challenge classes from Baku, Azerbaijan. Day two features all the younger age groups (12 and younger). Racing starts at 09:30 local and ends when the last rider crosses the line.
Team USA has arrived in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships. Twelve U.S. athletes will race for a chance to take home the rainbow jersey in both Junior and Elite divisions, including reigning UCI World Champions Corben Sharrah (Tucson, Ariz.) and Alise Willoughby (Chula Vista, Calif.), along with 2016 Olympic gold medalist Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev.). More than 2,000 athletes representing over 50 countries are expected to ride in the five-day event from June 5-9, with the finals scheduled for Saturday, June 9.
“The team is excited as we head into the World Championships in Baku,” said Jamie Staff, USA Cycling's Performance Director, BMX & Sprint Track. “Obviously we had much success last year in Rock Hill, but we realize we have our work cut out for us to repeat that again. We have finished off preparations with some training in Paris at the French BMX facility to get the riders in the right mindset for the race. I know our top athletes are now ready, and they will give it their best shot.”
The U.S. elite lineup also features: Jared Garcia (Victorville, Calif.), silver medalist at the 2017 USA Cycling BMX National Championships; two-time Olympian Nic Long (Lakeside, Calif.), who is racing in his 10th World Championships; two-time Olympian (2012, 2016) Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif.); 2018 USA Cycling BMX National Championships silver medalist Dani George (Palmdale, Calif.); and Mika Shaw (Bailey, Colo.), who has three top 20 finishes in this year’s UCI World Cup circuit.