BMX World Champs: best riders compete in PMB

2010-04-13 00:00

ALTHOUGH Pietermaritzburg will not be hosting any Fifa 2010 World Cup matches, we will play host to the biggest event on the global BMX calendar three weeks after the soccer tournament has ended.

Pietermaritzburg is gearing up to host the UCI BMX World Championships at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg. The four-day competition, from July 29 to August 1, will see the best BMX riders from around the world compete on a state-of-the-art track that will be built in the main arena at the showgrounds, surrounded by ringside spectator seating.

Organiser Alec Lenferna said the timing is ideal: “The transport and infrastructure that is being upgraded for the World Cup, including the new King Shaka Airport, will all benefit the UCI BMX World Championships, and make for a world-class experience.”

The event will see about 1 500 of the world’s best riders and about 5 000 supporters, family and crew provide a significant economic injection for the city and the greater KwaZulu-Natal area.

Lenferna stressed that the marketing value of the event will provide long-term, tangible benefits for the city, province and country as a whole.

Pietermaritzburg has already made a name for itself in the cycling community, hosting the 2008 Intaka Tech World’s View Challenge, the Nissan UCI MTB World Cup and UCI BMX Supercross World Cup last year. “Our challenge in 2010 is to take that to the next level and deliver this world championship with the hospitality that KwaZuluNatal is famous for,” Lenferna said.

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