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
According to a media survey commissioned by the Estonia’s action sports series Simple Session 2018, the event reached 500 million people worldwide via traditional and social media. The report compiled by Meltwater, a digital media monitoring company established in Norway and based in San Francisco, finds that mentions of this year’s Simple Session competition had a cumulative reach of 500 million people worldwide. The report counted social media posts, as well as traditional media articles published online. The survey was conducted over three months: from January 1st to March 31st 2018.
Social media mentions of Simple Session within the quarter amounted to 4664. Social media
Two-time Olympian Caroline Buchanan started her freestyle World Championships debut strong qualifying herself into the final 12 for finals. Before colliding with another rider in practice forcing her out of the competition. Caroline will return to the AIS in the coming days to work out a plan to recover from another injury setback just months after jumping back on to her bike. Buchanan compound fractured her finger at the UCI freestyle world championships in China, where she made the finals in her first attempt at a new discipline.
"Unfortunately I collided with another rider in practice and broke my finger, so I'll get [it in a cast] and
Monster Energy congratulates Monster Army’s Justin Dowell on winning the 2018 UCI Urban World Cycling Championships in Chengdu, China. Heading into the finals, the 18-year-old was a man with a mission, saying he “wanted to win more than anything” and that he had “tricks up his sleeves” that would do the job. The Virginia Beach native has been traveling Europe and training for this competition for the entire year. After finishing 8th last year in the World Championships he earned himself a spot in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, but was unable to attend the competition. Using that let down as motivation he has his eyes set on the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan and wanted to start that journey with a World Championship title.
Dowell was joined in the finals by Monster Army and fellow American Jeremy Malott, as well as Monster Energy’s Ben Wallace and Alex Nikulin, from Great Britain and Russia respectively.
However, it was Dowell who stomped his “dream run” and finished with a 92.2 after his first run. Using his second run as a preemptive victory lap, it was a run that would be hard to top, with his creative combinations and unique lines. Dowell is known to trick every hip and use every transfer to
Dual Olympian, Caroline Buchanan will try her hand at a new discipline of cycling when she competes in the final round of the 2018 UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup in Chengdu China from 2-4 November. "It has been quite a challenging year for me, most of my years have been an athlete focus" said the 28-year-old, who married her longtime partner Barry Nobles in the USA last month. 2018 has been a human focus; life and health have taken priority.
"I have never had six months off the bike before, so the challenge for me this year was all about being patient, sit through injuries, recover and get back into competition again." In true Buchanan style, when faced with one challenge, the best response is to take on another. The Canberran has
Team USA walked away from the 2018 UCI Urban World Championships with four medals in BMX Freestyle. On the women’s side, 23 year-old Perris Benegas (Reno, Nev.) took gold with Angie Marino (San Diego, Calif.) and Hannah Roberts (Buchanan, Mich.) taking silver and bronze sweeping the women’s podium. On the men’s side, Justin Dowell (Virginia Beach, Va.) took gold. “In the women’s class, Angie and Perris had similar runs where they used a lot of the park and had great flow. While Hannah might have not had the result she was looking for, she laid down some great tricks,” said Jamie Staff, USA Cycling Performance Director for BMX Racing and Freestyle, “Justin’s run was extremely energetic, he has really learned how to use the course to its full advantage. We’re looking forward to what all of our athletes will do leading into 2020, but this has been a great building year for the BMX Freestyle program.”
Benegas, who came into the World Championships ranked 22nd in the World Cup standings, blew the competition out of the water in her final round taking advantage of every second for a complete and cohesive run showcasing her energy and technical skills.
“What an amazing overall experience the Urban World Championships were,” started Benegas, “It really came down to believing in myself and trusting in the process I started with USA Cycling. Accomplishing the goal of World Champion is something I’ve always wanted.”
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FISE WORLD SERIES 2018. Catch all the action from the last stop straight out of CHENGDU - CHINA. Last opportunity to watch live this season! FISE Chengdu presented by Honor starts in a week, so make sure you have your live appointment written in bold in your calendar of the UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup. Find out below how to livestream our events.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3: 13:30 UTC+8 / 06:30 UTC+1 / 01:30 UTC-4 UCI BMX FREESTYLE PARK WORLD CUP MEN SEMI FINAL
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4 09:45 UTC+8 / 02:45 UTC+1 / 21:45 UTC-4 (November 1) UCI BMX FREESTYLE PARK WORLD CUP WOMEN FINAL
14:10 UTC+8 / 07:10 UTC+1 / 02:10 UTC-4 UCI BMX FREESTYLE PARK WORLD CUP MEN FINAL
16:50 UTC+8 / 09:50 UTC+1 / 04:50 UTC-4 UCI BMX FREESTYLE FLATLAND WORLD CUP FINAL
This year FISE presented by Honor is bringing more to Chengdu than just 1 event. Pidu District will not only be hosting the final stop of the tour, they are also committing to the future of action sports in the region by opening a FISE Academy. This is supported by a new Park specially built for the event, which will stay on as a legacy for the people of Pidu to enjoy. FWS is committed to developing Urban Sports worldwide. This couldn't be done without offering young people the chance to get involved in these sports. For this reason, FISE opened Academies specialized in several sports all around the world, designed to share the passion and help young talent to flourish. The FISE Pidu Academy opening will coincide with the last event of the 2018 tour as we aim bring something that will satisfy the Chinese people’s appetite for Skateboard and BMX
We've entered the month of October and we'd like to show you what's going on in BMX this month. With BMX Racing happening at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires on October 7th and BMX Freestyle taking place in BA on 10-11 October, we have interesting events on the calendar. It will be the first time BMX Freestyle Park will be part of a Youth Olympic Games so make sure to check back in for coverage on that one next week. Also the X-Games are coming to Australia for the first time. We've got a crew out there taking care of the coverage as well. As we go we will add flyers of the October events to this post so check in to see if anything is happening in your corner of the planet.
October 2018 BMX Events:
05 October 2018 -06 October 2018: Oldschool gathering with Perry Kramer and Eddie King Supershow & ShineAt 1312-1322 Western Hwy, Caroline Springs, Victoria, Australia.
07 October 2018 until 11 October 2018: Jeux Olympiques de la Jeunesse - BMX / Youth Olympic Games - BMX BMX Racing BMX Freestyle Park.