Sam Willoughby has capped a hugely successful year in the United States by winning the USA BMX Grands over the weekend and making it back-to-back victories in successive years.
Willoughby had an unassailable lead in the Overall Series but had to come back from a fourth place in the first of three races in the finals. He won the next two races finishing ahead of American’s Nic Long and Connor Fields who finished second and third respectively.
It was a long weekend of racing in Tulsa, Oklahoma with riders having to wait in excess of 4 hours between races such was the attendance at the event dubbed the single biggest BMX event in the World. Willoughby had wrapped up the Race of Champions event the day previously and was one of the undisputed favourites going into the weekend.
Already this year Sam held the record for the most consecutive wins in the USA BMX Series where he strung together 13 wins in a row. This new record was established 15 years after the last record was set in 1998 when Johns Purse set it at 8 consecutive wins.
What a weekend what a year I am speechless so thankful!
— Sam Willoughby (@SW91) December 1, 2013
Willoughby led a charge of 9 Australian riders in the US with BMX Australia’s Caroline Buchanan recently crowned Oppy Medal Winner was due to compete as well. Buchanan was struck down with illness and making matters worse succumbed to food poisoning forcing her to pull out of racing.
Sick all week then got food poising to top it all off :( So disappointed I had to pull out of @ABABMX Grands today
— Caroline Buchanan (@CBuchanan68) November 29, 2013
Image courtesy of EliteSports.com.au
BMX Australia has today launched the BMX Australia App for Apple and Android smart devices as it continues to offer its members the most up to date and current technologies keeping its members and the BMX community connected and informed.
The free App is available in the iTunes Store for iOS devices and in the Google Play Store for Android devices.
BMX Australia’s General Manager Mark Louis said the creation and development of the App adds another platform for its members to stay connected and be engaged.
“It was a natural progression of our digital strategy to offer an App to our members and fans of BMX,” Louis said.
“The internet is changing the world, the devices we use and the way we communicate. The challenge for BMX Australia is how we leverage our presence in the new market place."
The BMX Australia App houses all social media, BMXA TV, live results, events, and membership and allows users access on any device any time and anywhere.
"As we move into the next digital age of content management, the BMX Australia App provides a platform for the future commercialisation of our own exciting content," Louis said.
What sets this App apart from others is that there is something for everyone and for every application within BMX. Clubs can utilise the App to sign on members at their club events with the App integrating into the membership database. A new rider can simply arrive at a club, express their interest in becoming a member which the club can grab a smart phone or tablet with the App on it and then guide the new member through the process of registering; it eliminates the need of bulky IT infrastructure with most smart devices capable of being a 3G connected.
The BMX Australia App allows users to take photos and upload them, watch live racing from events that BMX Australia will live stream or from any race they might have missed on BMXATV as well as having the ability to buy BMX merchandise through the online shopping cart. All of these features are accessible on any smartphone or tablet at any time of the day.
Available today as a free download, the BMX Australia App is a full function, fully integrated mobile application that meets the needs of the sport’s members, clubs and followers giving them all the information they need anywhere, anytime.
The world's best BMX racers gathered at the Olympic Training Centre in Chula Vista, California, this weekend for the fourth and final round of the 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.
150 riders from 25 countries started the time trial qualifications on Friday, and the main event will take place yesterday.
The Chula Vista Olympic Training Centre, home to US BMX Olympic hopefuls, houses three BMX tracks: a standard BMX track, a replica of the 2008 Beijing Olympic track as well as the competition site for this weekend which is similar to the London Olympic track.
Dutch rider Jelle Van Gorkom (589 points) went into the final round as the leader in the men's overall, holding a slight lead over American Connor Fields (575 points).
However it was Australia’s Sam Willoughby who stole the limelight in the final round of the UCI BMX World Cup, beating Canada’s Toru Nyhaug and local US star, Connor Field, in the Elite Men’s final.
Willoughby qualified fourth fastest in the seeding time trials behind Connor Fields (USA), Corben Sharrah (USA) and Tory Nyhaug (CAN) where he posted a time of 39.265. Come race time it was a world-class field featuring 4 US riders, current World Champion Liam Phillips of Great Britain, Tory Nyhaug (CAN) and Twan Van Gendt (NED).
Image courtesy of UCI Information Services
The world's best BMX racers will gather at the Olympic Training Centre in Chula Vista, California this weekend for the fourth and final round of the 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Series. 150 riders from 25 countries will start the time trials qualifications that take place on Friday 27 September 2013. The BMX Supercross World Cup main event will take place on Saturday 28 September.
Home of BMX After the earlier stops in South America and Europe the UCI BMX Supercross is coming home to this Southern California location to conclude the 2013 season. This Olympic training centre is a full service location for US Olympic hopefuls in BMX with three BMX tracks including a standard BMX track, replica of the 2008 Beijing Olympic track as well as the competition site for this weekend which is similar to the London Olympic track. Riders to watch Dutch rider Jelle Van Gorkom will go into the final round as the leader in the men's overall standing. With first, second, and tenth place finishes in the first three rounds, Van Gorkom has collected 589 points and holds just a slight lead over American Connor Fields who is currently ranked second with 575 points after securing first, third, and eleventh place finishes earlier in the season. Elite Women favourites In women's racing, spectators will definitely want to keep an eye on U.S. rider Arielle Martin who is second in the standings with 523 points. The American has a second-place and two sixth-place finishes going into the final round on her home track. Arielle has announced that this will be her last race so the home crowd will certainly be behind her. Shanaze Reade (GBR) is leading the 2013 Supercross ranking but unfortunately the British rider is out with an injury. Other favourites to watch who are competing are Laura Smulders (NED) and Olympic Champion Mariana Pajon (COL) who will head to Chula Vista ranked fourth and third respectively.
Image courtesy of Craig Dutton
September 9, 2013 - Global SX Events Inc. (GSX) is pleased to announce an increased TV distribution of the 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series world-wide and in USA.
Road to RIo 2016 2013 marks the 10 year anniversary of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, which has revitalized BMX with its exciting and spectacular Supercross format. The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup served as the main qualification events for the 2012 Olympic Games and will continue to be the world’s leading BMX racing series leading up the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brasil. UCI BMX Supercross on FOX SPORTS NETWORK In USA, the 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup will be featured on FOX SPORTS NETWORK with an exclusive one hour show from each event. The highly acclaimed BMX SX lifestyle show “LANE 1 - behind BMX Supercross” will be showed on a prime time Friday’s and Sunday’s slots starting on September 15, 2013 and the upcoming 8 weeks with a reach of 55 million homes in USA. Check out teaser here on You Tube Healthy reach 55 million homes "It will be great having the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup featured on FOX Sports Network" said Johan Lindstrom of GSX Events Inc. “It’s important to show that BMX exists and TV is the still a very relevant media to get a healthy reach. We have struggled in the past to have a fixed channel and time slot for the BMX Supercross and this is certainly going to help building a TV audience in USA,” noted Johan Lindstrom. UCI BMX World Cups broadcasted in 40 countries
For the world-wide TV distribution, GSX has teamed up with IMG Media, the leading media distribution agency in the world, giving the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup tremendous oppurtunity to reach new fans. The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup is currently being distributed to over 40 broadcasters world-wide as well as part of the Transworld Sport weekly show. The global potential audience reach is over 650 million viewers.
Online and web content continue Online content and live webcast continues to be the focus for the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, where the GSX owned www.bmxlive.tv has seen a tremendous growth in the early season delivering high definition live webcast from all events. With an average of 45,000 live viewers per event and a total of 600,000 visitors shows a very positive trend. “There’s no doubt that online content is key to reach the BMX fans” adds Johan Lindstrom “BMXlive.tv will continue to grow not only showing live webcasts but also with exclusive contents that will satisfy the most hard-core BMX fan” said Johan. The 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup calendar 19-20 April 2013 Round 1 Manchester, Great Britain 10-11 May 2013 Round 2 Santiago Del Estero, Argentina 15-16 June 2013 Round 3 Papendal, Netherlands 27-28 Sep 2013 Round 4 Chula Vista CA, USA
The 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup calendar 18-19 April 2014 Round 1 Manchester, Great Britain 9-10 May 2014 Round 2 Papendal, Netherlands 13-14 June 2014 Round 3 Berlin, Germany 5-6 Sep 2014 Round 4 Santiago Del Estero, Argentina 26-27 Sep 2014 Round 5 Chula Vista CA, USA About Global SX Events, Inc. Global SX Events Inc. (GSX Events) is the premier promoter of professional and amateur BMX events internationally. On behalf of the International Cycling Union (UCI), GSX oversees the general management of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, for which it will holds the organization and marketing rights. The GSX team represents the leading edge of BMX events organization and have been instrumental developing the BMX Supercross World Cup series. GSX Events Inc. is headquartered in Gahanna, Ohio, USA. GSX Events Inc main stake holder is StrateSphere LLC. www.gsxevents.com
About IMG Media IMG is the world’s largest independent distributor of sports programming, distributing over 20,000 hours of content to major global broadcasters annually. This content originates from more than 200 clients and events, including Wimbledon, the Australian Open, the ATP Masters Series, the R&A (governing body and organiser of The Open Championship), International Rugby Board (IRB), MotoGP, the National Football League (NFL) and the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). IMG operates from over 30 offices worldwide and has daily exchanges with over 4,000 key media contacts. IMG distributes across all forms of media, including TV, audio, fixed media, inflight and closed circuit, broadband and mobile. IMG also maintains the world’s largest sports archive with more than 250,000 hours of footage. See link to UCI BMX Supercross footage here.
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