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BMX world first for Abbotsford in wake of Summer Olympics

The BMX World Cup is coming to Abbotsford this fall.

This exciting race series will see the best BMX riders in the world at the Abbotsford BMX Track September 14-15 — the first time that Canada will host a BMX World Cup.

The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup will feature the best female and male BMX riders from more than 30 countries, many of whom will be coming straight from the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The World Cup uses the same Olympic format and

offers a total prize purse of $150,000.

Supercross BMX garnered significant television ratings when the sport made its Olympic debut at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series is broadcast around the globe.

A UCI Supercross World Cup requires the use of an Olympic standard BMX track, something that until recently did not exist in Canada. That was until B2ten, a private-sector group that invests in the success of Canadian athletes on the world stage, agreed to provide a substantial portion of the funding to build an Olympic-standard start hill at the Abbotsford BMX track.

Keith Ryan, chief executive officer for Cycling BC, says: “Securing the rights to host this great event was made possible because of the amazing financial support from B2ten. Cycling BC and the Abbotsford BMX Club shared a vision to build an Olympic-standard facility that could meet the needs of local BMX riders as well as support the development of current and future Olympians.

“Importantly, the City of Abbotsford has a great passion for sport and has been very supportive of BMX in its community, so we also had a great location for an Olympic track.”

Canadian BMX fans will have the opportunity see Canadian Tory

Nyhaug compete in a World Cup on home soil for the first time. Nyhaug, who hails from Coquitlam, finished the 2011 season ranked fifth overall in the 2011 UCI World Cup Series.

The bid for this event was also supported by a sport-hosting grant provided by the government of British Columbia.

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