Brisbane is set to welcome the worlds best BMX riders in 2026, with AusCycling announcing this week that the UCI BMX World Championships will be fought out locally.
The World Championships will be held at the Sleeman Sports Complex, home to Australia's only Olympic standard BMX supercross track.
The nine day event is expected to attract 3000 of the world's best BMX racers and more than 20,000 spectators to Brisbane, while delivering an estimated $7.2 million in direct spending to the Brisbane economy.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said: “Brisbane has a strong appetite for world-class sporting events and has the expertise to host them, and that’s why it’s a huge win for our city to secure the 2026 UCI BMX World Championships.
“We’re thrilled that Brisbane’s vibrant atmosphere, warm climate and stellar sporting facilities will be recognised on the world stage as BMX’s best talent from around the globe converge on our city and draw in droves of adrenaline-seeking spectators.”
Queensland previously hosted the BMX World Championships back in 1989, before BMX was recognised by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body of cycling.
More recently, Adelaide was the last Australian city to host the UCI BMX World Championships back in 2009, a year after BMX (and Kamikazi) made its Olympic debut at Beijing.
It was at Adelaide where Australian rider and ambassador for Bicycle Network's Happiness Cycle program Sam Willoughby won Junior Men gold.
Brisbane will be the first Australian host of the UCI BMX World Championships since Adelaide.
This comes just days after the UCI awarded Wollongong the prestigious UCI Bike City Label, making it the only city in the Southern Hemisphere on a list that includes Copenhagen, Paris, Tirol, Bergen and Vancouver.
Wollongong is set to host the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in September 2022.
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