Copenhagen to host UCI BMX World Championships 2025
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) just awarded the UCI BMX World Championships 2025 to the Danish Cycling Federation, that will host the event in close cooperation with the city of Copenhagen, Wonderful Copenhagen and Sport Event Denmark. Three times in the coming years, the Danish Capital will play host for major international cycling events.
Hosting the 2025 UCI BMX World Championships is an incredible opportunity for Copenhagen and Denmark to stage a major UCI event in the year of UCI’s 125th anniversary. Thus, Denmark will make the event a tribute to the many years of cycling traditions worldwide and in Denmark, and to the further development and promotion of BMX.
“It will be fantastic to host the world's best BMX riders for the UCI World Championships in Copenhagen in 2025. In Denmark, we already have several riders in the absolute world elite who undoubtedly will aim for the rainbow jersey on home ground. The award of the championships is a great recognition of Denmark as a host nation of international events, and I would like to thank Sport Event Denmark and the City of Copenhagen for making it possible, ”says Henrik Jess Jensen, president of the Danish Cycling Federation.
UCI President David Lappartient declared: “We are very pleased to award two events to Denmark, the 2025 UCI BMX World Championships in Copenhagen and the 2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Aalborg. Fourteen years after their 2011 edition, the BMX World Championships return to Copenhagen, a city that holds the UCI Bike City label in recognition of its remarkable investment in cycling. Its organiser is very experienced, with the UCI Track and Cyclo-cross World Championships to its credit. As for Aalborg, the city has solid credentials in organising mass events. I would like to thank Denmark, one of the leading countries in the promotion of cycling.”
Copenhagen – also known as Bike City Copenhagen – is the world’s best cycling city, not only because of its excellent cycling infrastructure. The capital also has a rich tradition for cycling events. In the coming years, The Grand Départ – Tour de France 2022, UCI Track Cycling World Championships 2024, and, now the UCI BMX World Championships will be staged in the city.
“As the world's best cycling city and Grand Départ for the Tour de France in 2022, it is right in the spirit of the city that Copenhagen will host the UCI World Championships in BMX in 2025. Together with the Copenhageners, I look forward to experiencing the intense race at Copenhagen's BMX- track on Amager, when the world's best BMX riders compete for the prestigious rainbow jersey and the title", says Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen.
These events attract many international guests and, also the events tell the story of a cycling loving nation. Almost half of the inhabitants in Copenhagen ride their bikes daily. The many cyclists brand Copenhagens as a green city with sustainable solutions- solutions we are happy to share with the world.
“In a time when everyone longs to restart the tourism and the event economy, it is positive that the International Federation has awarded the UCI BMX World Championships 2025 to Copenhagen. It is a big event with many foreign participants. Besides, at the same management committee meeting, the UCI has also awarded Denmark the hosting of the Gran Fondo World Championships. These awards are very positive for Danish cycling and Denmark in these difficult times, ”says Lars Lundov, director, Sport Event Denmark.
The staging of the event builds on a solid BMX foundation initiated by the hosting of the event in 2011. The Copenhagen BMX venue hosted the UCI BMX World Cups 2009 and 2010 as well the UCI BMX World Championships 2011. Also, the venue hosted the Nordic BMX Championships in 2018. The Danish Cycling Federation and the volunteers of the CPH BMX club will work closely with the UCI technical delegate to create an outstanding BMX venue for the World Championships in 2025.
Along with the championships, Copenhagen, a UCI Bike City Label venue, prepares for an extensive side event program that will focus on the long-lasting effects of the event and motivate the youth to try out BMX. Approx. 240 riders are expected to participate in the championships. A Challenge tournament for amateurs will run as a side event embracing around 2600 riders age 5-90.
The Danish Cycling Federation will organise the event together with Copenhagen BMX club. The City of Copenhagen, Wonderul Copenhagen and Sport Event Denmark partner the event.