The world’s best BMX riders to compete in Rotterdam at the BMX World Championships

 

Rotterdam will be entitled to call itself the BMX capital of the world in late July 2014. The world’s best BMX riders will battle it out for the world champion title at the BMX World Championships (23-27th July). In the run-up to the World Championships, some 2,500 international challenge riders, who are semi-profs ranging in age from 5 to almost 80, will show off their talent. Rotterdam will provide nearly a full week of fun and entertainment for BMX enthusiasts during the numerous side events. A real BMX camping site will even be set up in the city.

BMX is all about spectacle and action. The popularity of BMX (Bicycle Moto Cross) has grown by leaps and bounds since the sport debuted in the Olympics in 2008. The track in the Ahoy Rotterdam Arena will be set up so that the audience can nearly touch the riders during the competitions. The riders at the World Championships in Rotterdam will include Olympic champions Mariana Pajón and Maris Stromberg and world champions Caroline Buchanan and Liam Philips.

No less than 2,500 semi-profs from around the world will come to Rotterdam to compete with each other on 23-25 July during the run-up to the World Championships. A temporary camping site will be set up in Zuiderpark, which is located next to Ahoy, especially for these challenge riders and their families.

Rotterdam will offer BMX enthusiasts lots of fun activities in addition to all the competitions. A diverse range of side events will be held during the World Championships that will be well worth a visit. The BMX museum will provide unique insights into the history of the sport, the BMX cinema will show a unique BMX movie and young visitors will even have the chance to show their stunts on a mobile BMX track.

Rotterdam Top Sports City
The decision to hold the BMX World Championships in Rotterdam reflects the city’s ambition to be Europe’s top sports city. Rotterdam is already recognised nationally and internationally as a sports city that hosts a range of world-class sporting events such as the ABN AMRO Marathon Rotterdam, ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament and CHIO Rotterdam.

But Rotterdam also does much more in the field of sports. For example, it invests large amounts in exercise programmes for children. A 6,700 m2 skate park has also been built in the city centre where young people can skate for free. Sport is also more and more frequently leveraged as a means for achieving social objectives, with extra attention being paid to youth, the elderly and the disabled. Examples of this include the appointment of specialist sports physicians at the Erasmus Medical Centre and renovating and building sports fields as a means of improving neighbourhoods.

Within this context, a great deal of attention is being paid to recreational sports programmes in connection with the BMX World Championships. A school tour will be held during the run-up to the event that will enable pupils at 100 primary schools to receive BMX lessons. A BMX track will be built in the city centre and, after the World Championships, the first BMX club will be established in Rotterdam.

More information
See an atmosphere impression of the World Championships in Rotterdam here.
View the detailed programme here. For additional travel, accommodation and tourist information and for information about the city of Rotterdam, please visit Rotterdam Info at www.rotterdam.info.


Note for the editors, not for publication:
Rotterdam Partners will hold a press reception during the BMX World Championships. A bicycle trip through the city with former BMX world champions will form part of this reception. If you are interested in participating or would like to receive additional press information, please contact Kim Heinen, International Press Officer at Rotterdam Partners; K.Heinen@rotterdampartners.nl, +31 (0) 10 790 01 55, www.rotterdam.info.