DOHA, Qatar — Union Cyclist International announced Wednesday that Houston has been selected as the site of the 2020 UCI BMX World Championships.
The Harris County – Houston Sports Authority worked in conjunction with the United States Olympic Committee, USA Cycling, USA BMX and Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority to present the winning bid to the UCI.
The Championship event will take place May 26-31, 2020 at North Houston Bike Park.
North Houston Bike Park, currently under construction, is part of a 30-acre extreme sports complex including a world-class BMX Race Track, concrete vert features, street course, pump tracks, tot track, bike trails and an outdoor events center that can seat approximately 3,500 guests.
“We are incredibly excited to be awarded the UCI BMX World Championships. Houston’s brand-new North Houston Bike Park is truly impressive with great offerings and appealing fan fest areas than can be utilized in the green spaces surrounding the park. We are looking forward to building our cycling community with these facilities,” Janis Burke, Harris County - Houston Sports Authority, CEO said.
Adjacent to the bike complex is North Houston Skate Park, the largest skate park in North America, featuring more than 78,000 square feet of skateable surface, and Dylan Park, a park designed for children of varying abilities.
The skate park had more than 120,000 visitors this year, including skaters from 23 different countries.
“We are excited to host this incredible event and invite the world to enjoy this wonderful complex,” Sally Bradford, executive director of the Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority, said.
“I have no doubt that Houston will provide an exquisite route for riders to compete on, as well as provide outstanding hospitality to the athletes and guests,” said Derek Bouchard-Hall, president and CEO of USA Cycling.
“USA BMX is absolutely thrilled that the UCI BMX World Championships will once again return to the US,” USA BMX CEO Bernard Anderson said. “The North Houston Bike Park is going to be revolutionary in action sports and the participants of the World Championships will be treated to both an amazing venue and incredible Texas hospitality. We look forward to welcoming the world’s best BMX riders to Houston."