Australia's BMX scene is set to explode in Melbourne this weekend as Cycling Australia hosts the inaugural Freestyle BMX Nationals at Rampfest from 24-25 November 2018. Freestyle BMX is set to make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the event format sees cyclists perform a series of tricks during their ‘1 minute run’ across a ramp-filled course. Riders’ tricks are judged based on difficulty, originality, style and execution.
The Freestyle BMX Nationals will be the first opportunity for Australian riders to earn an official National Ranking, a significant move for the sport domestically ahead of the Tokyo Games. Australia currently boast some of the best riders in the world, the inaugural competition will pit a wave of professionals against keen locals and enthusiasts all striving for the coveted green and gold jersey.
Sydney’s Brandon Loupos, fresh from his bronze-medal performance at the 2018 UCI Urban World Championships in Chengdu, China last weekend will headline the Nationals. “I’m excited to come back from Worlds and hopefully put an exclamation point on the first ever nationals in Australia and be that number one Australian,” said Loupos.
Melbourne's Jake Wallwork, who claimed his maiden World Cup win in China last month and finished fourth at the World Championships, is thrilled for the first National Championship at his
BMX Big Air Finals are happening at noon on Sunday 21 October. The qualification round is behind us and here is how it turned out for BMX in Sydney, Australia. In the BMX Big Air Qualifier, Jaie Toohey earned the final transfer spot, besting fellow Australians Andy Buckworth, Matt Whyatt and Todd Meyn.
BMX Big Air Qualifier
Douglas Oliveira, 74.33 (BRA) Q Alex Landeros, 71.66 (USA) Q
The second annual Vans BMX Pro Cup series kicked off in Five Dock, Australia yesterday as 47 of the world’s leading men and women BMX park terrain riders rallied for the series’ first Pro Tour event of the season. Pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on two wheels, 2017’s Vans BMX Pro Cup World Champion Larry Edgar’s speed defying runs granted him the Australia Pro Cup victory, taking first place for carrying out colossal trick combinations that awed the crowd at the historical Five Dock Skatepark.
“I’m stoked to be back, this event is such a good time,” proclaims first place winner, Larry Edgar. “Riding with all my friends and watching everyone push the limits of their riding is so fun.”
What an intense day! The first stop of the 2018 edition of the Vans BMX Pro Cup brought us a lot of emotions. Sydney was not as sunny as the legend says and after rescheduling the women competition because of the rain we've been scared the weather would not let the event go until the end. Fortunately Mother Nature was on the ride side and we've been able to go through a great women competition, the men semi-finals and finals regrouping some of the best riders of the world.
Ryan Saville who arrived first during the Regional Qualifier yesterday was the favorite of the crowd and offered a great show. He's not the only one, the Australian audience enjoyed a show of great quality, the riders were in an amazing shape and always surprised the crowd. The biggest surprise was probably when Sergio Layos' bike landed in the audience... Oopsie!
Kevin Peraza's superman left everyone speechless, we've been really impressed by the resistance of Brandon Loupos after his massive crash at the end of the Best Trick contest. The australian Alex Hiam was in a great shape, he managed to arrive 2nd for the best trick and 3rd for the Pro Cup. At the end of the day Nina Buitrago won the best trick and Teresa Azcoaga won the first stop of the Pro Cup. For the men the local Jason Watts won the best trick and the winner of the 2017 edition, Larry Edgar won the very first stop of this 2018 edition.
Vans BMX Pro Cup, the world’s leading platform for elite BMX park terrain competition, kicks off the 2018 World Tour this weekend as the series’ first Pro Tour stop welcomes the globe’s best park terrain BMX men and women riders to Five Dock, Australia on April 27 – 28. 2017 Australia event winner Sergio Layos will defend his title against 2017’s Vans BMX Pro Cup World Champion Larry Edgar and Australian locals Jason Watts and Alex Hiam during the series’ inaugural event for the season.
One of Australia’s oldest standing skateparks, Five Dock Skatepark sits in a quiet suburb just west of the city of Sydney. Home to the “Deathbowl”, the iconic Five Dock Skatepark holds rich BMX and
We started the day off by taking a trip to the famous Sydney Opera house at Sydney Harbour after that we met up with our new friend Cameron picked us up and brought us over to the indoor skatepark called Warehouse 11! Everyone was excited to ride their BMX bikes on these awesome ramps and we met up with Australian BMX pro and also an Australian Silver medalist Snowboarder!
Do you remember the first BMX event you went to this year and how did it go? Brandon Loupos: Yes, it was the first stop of the Toyota Bmx Triple Challenge in Anaheim, CA. Went pretty good, Qualified 1st on the first day, then second in the semis and finished 4th in finals but I had fun! Can’t wait to do it all again in a couple of weeks!
ESPN, the leading action sports content provider and creator of the X Games, in collaboration with Seven West Media, Australia’s number one audience company, will bring X Games Sydney to Australia next year, October 19-21, 2018. X Games Sydney will feature Skateboard, BMX and Moto X competitions at Sydney Olympic Park. For the first time in the event’s more than 20 year history, an X Games event will take place in Australia, home to some of the world’s best action sports athletes. Australian athletes hold 138 medals, 45 of which are gold from X Games summer and winter events.
Seven West Media will air the competitions in Australia, while in the U.S. ESPN’s coverage will be