World Champions and Olympic Games medal winners are among the prominent participants when the international BMX Supercross World Cup season starts 8-9 May in Copenhagen. The day of finals offers the spectators exciting BMX top sport, rock concert with some of Denmark’s best rock names, dj, competitions and “have-a-try” for the youngsters. The Olympic Games gold medal winner (men), Maris Strombergs from Latvia, and the World Champion 2008 (women), Shanaze Reade from Great Britain, are among
the favourites to go all the way at the BMX-track in Copenhagen. A track, which is regarded as one of the best in the world.
More than 120 riders are on the starting list in Copenhagen, all fighting for World Cup points within this spectacular upcoming sport, full of action, endurance and technique. Among these, five Danish riders, who must perform to their limit to qualify for the final heats.
”Two or three of our riders have the potential to go far in Copenhagen, even all the way to the final. However, both their mental and physical capacity must be top-tuned. We are training intensively these days and, no doubt, the World Cup is an important step on our way to our ultimate aim; the Olympic Games 2012 in London. We trust that the spectators, as in 2008, will give us their full support”, says Christian Poulsen, the national BMX team manager.
Lately and in no time, BMX Supercross has become popular all over the world, and especially the Beijing Olympic Games 2008 enhanced the interest for and number of members within the sport. This is also what the local BMX club, Københavns BMX Klub, has experienced.
”After the BMX Supercross World Cup 2008, we have been welcoming a lot of new members in all age groups to our club; many of whom were spectators at last year’s World Cup! Our members not only practise BMX, the majority of them also do voluntary work at the club, and a handful of them have been working tirelessly to stage this year’s World Cup”, says Nils Stærk, President of Københavns BMX Klub.
Rock concert with well-known names and “have-a-try” for the youngsters To add to this spectacular BMX-event, a concert with the rock band BeMyeX is scheduled at the day of finals, 9 May. The band will be composed for this special occasion and consists of some of Denmark’s best rock musicians: Jacob Binzer (guitar), Jesper Elnegaard (drums), Rune Funch (guitar), Assi Roar (bass) and Jacob Illeborg (vocal). The band is scheduled to play four times during the afternoon of 9 May. Prepare yourselves for a spectacular display of both rock music and BMX!
The Swedish dj Uncle R adds to the amusement and, furthermore, a lot of exciting happenings will carry you through the day. A particular BMX-track and gear for free will be at children’s disposal during the day, supervised by competent members of BMX-clubs from all over the country. Please see bmxcopenhagen.com as the programme is constantly updated.
Bike City Copenhagen The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup is part of Bike City Copenhagen (BCC), which HRH Crown Prince Frederik is protector for. Copenhagen is the only city in the world, which has been appointed as Bike City by the UCI by now and between 2008 and 2011 Copenhagen is host of 6 major international cycling events.
Beyond the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup it is among others the prestigious World Road Championship 2011. Behind BCC stand as strong partners as the Danish Motor Sport Union, the Danish Cycling Federation, Sport Event Denmark, The City of Copenhagen and Wonderful Copenhagen. For more information please visit bikecitycopenhagen.com.
In continuation of BCC, efforts are made to win the hosting of the World BMX Championships 2012 to Copenhagen. Five cities have announced their bid, and UCI is taking their decision in June 2009.
Danish riders and information The Danish team in Copenhagen includes: Amanda Sørensen, Mike Kaltoft, Morten Therkildsen, Klaus Bøgh Andresen, Henrik Baltzersen and Niklas Laustsen (junior).
◦ Finals Saturday on 9 May between 12 and 17 hours. Qualification on 8 May between 9 and 15:30. Ticket prices: adults 75 DKK (10 Euro) for both days, children < 12 years free. Copenhagen’s BMX-track (Københavns BMX-bane), Ved Slusen 2, 2450 Copenhagen SV. More info: bmxcopenhagen.com
The Danish Year of Sport 2009 The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup is part of the Danish Year of Sport 2009. More than 50 international sporting events and congresses will be staged all year round in many parts of the country with the IOC Session and Congress in Copenhagen in October as the crown jewel. The events will all together brand Denmark nationally and internationally as a strong sports event nation under the slogan of “Inviting the World of Sport”.