2018 BMX World Cham­pi­onships wraps up

Azer News - - Country Guide - By La­man Is­may­ilova

TThe five-day event gath­ered more than 1,000 cy­clists from 43 coun­tries, who com­peted at Velo Park in Baku. Azer­bai­jan was rep­re­sented by 8 cy­clists at 2018 BMX World Cham­pi­onships.

Velo Park oc­cu­pies more than 30 hectares. The to­tal length of the roads is 15 km.

Speed, ex­cite­ment, risk, un­com­pro­mis­ing strug­gle, falls, in­juries - all these vivid emo­tions cap­tured spec­ta­tors and par­tic­i­pants dur­ing the cham­pi­onship days.

Cy­clists com­peted in sev­eral races - among the Ju­niors Chal­lenge, veter­ans and youth, and in the Elite cat­e­gory.

The Nether­lands won 22 medals, French cy­clists placed sec­ond with 17, fol­lowed by Aus­tralia (13), Brazil (10), United King­dom (9), the U.S., Latvia, and New Zealand (7).

The "Trans­fer of Flags" cer­e­mony took place on the last day of the race.

First Vice-Pres­i­dent of Azer­bai­jan Cy­cling Fed­er­a­tion, the Board Com­mit­tee of the Euro­pean Cy­clists Union Sahib Alak­barov handed the flag to Jeff Si­mons, the or­ga­nizer of the 2019 BMX World Cham­pi­onships to be held in Heiz­denZoldere (Bel­gium).

The cer­e­mony was also at­tended the Pres­i­dent of the UCI Re­mu­ner­a­tion Com­mis­sion Ar­tur Lopez.

Bi­cy­cle Mo­tocross (BMX) started in the late 1960s in Cal­i­for­nia, around the time that mo­tocross be­came a pop­u­lar sport in the U.S. The mo­tor­ized ver­sion of the sport was the inspiration for the hu­man pow­ered com­pe­ti­tion.

Un­like the World Cup, which is an in­ter­na­tional rac­ing se­ries held at sev­eral lo­ca­tions through­out the year, the World Cham­pi­onships are held just once a year, with the win­ner of each event crowned BMX Cy­cling World Cham­pion.

Like many other ex­treme sports, BMX is di­vided into many dis­ci­plines.

BMX rac­ing is a type of off-road bi­cy­cle rac­ing. The for­mat of BMX was de­rived from mo­tocross rac­ing. BMX bi­cy­cle races are sprint races on pur­pose-built off-road sin­gle-lap race tracks.

Flat­land dif­fers from the oth­ers in that the ter­rain used is noth­ing but a smooth, flat sur­face (e.g. an as­phalt park­ing lot, bas­ket­ball courts, etc.). Tricks are per­formed by spin­ning and bal­anc­ing in a va­ri­ety of body and bi­cy­cle po­si­tions. Rid­ers al­most al­ways use knurled alu­minum pegs to stand on to ma­nip­u­late the bike into even stranger po­si­tions.

Vert is a freestyle BMX dis­ci­pline per­formed in a half pipe con­sist­ing of two quar­ter pipes set fac­ing each other (much like a mini ramp), but at around 10–15 feet tall (around 2.5 to 3.5 me­ters high).

Dirt jump­ing is one of the names given to the prac­tice of rid­ing bikes over jumps made of dirt or soil and be­com­ing air­borne.

Street rid­ers make use of ur­ban and pub­lic spa­ces to per­form tricks. These tricks can be per­formed on curbs, handrails, stairs, ledges, banks, and other ob­sta­cles. Styles among street rid­ers vary, as rid­ers of­ten de­pend upon their own ur­ban sur­round­ings.

In June 2017, the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee an­nounced that it was to be added as an Olympic event to the 2020 Sum­mer Olympics.

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