UCI BMX World Championships: record participation in Rotterdam
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has published the entries list for the 2014 UCI BMX World Championships which take place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from July 23 to 27.
A record 2841 participants have announced their presence across the Challenge and Junior / Elite categories. They represent 41 countries, the highest number of countries since Birmingham (GBR) in 2012 when the 2204 participants represented 38 countries.
The 244 athletes registered in the Championship classes (Elite and Juniors) include reigning World Champions Caroline Buchanan (AUS) and Liam Phillips (GBR). These two athletes, who are also leading the 2014 UCI Supercross World Cup standings, will be up against reigning Olympic Champions Maris Strombergs (LAT) and Mariana Pajon (COL). World Champion in 2011, Pajon will be looking to regain the Elite Women’s World title, as will 2012 World Champion Magalie Pottier (FRA). In the men’s competition, double World Champion (2011 and 2012) Australia’s Sam Willoughby will be in the running for a third world title in Rotterdam.
UCI BMX Coordinator Ellen Bollansée welcomed the record number of entries, which reflects the ever-growing popularity and professionalism of the discipline.
“The BMX World Championships are unique in that the week leading up to the Elite racing, age-groupers from all over the world get to race at the same venue,” she said. “The fact that we have nearly 2600 athletes registered for the Challenge classes is a demonstration that cycling’s youngest Olympic sport is booming.
“But the main event of the Championships is of course the Elite racing,” added Ms Bollansée. “All the big names are coming to Rotterdam so the racing promises to be exceptional.”
To accommodate the exceptionally high number of entrants in the Challenge categories, the competition schedule has been slightly modified. The updated competition schedule can be found on the UCI website.