The BMX World Championship


There are several BMX competitions around the world throughout the year, from January to December. Among them, this is one of the most important.

The BMX World Championship is an annual BMX Racing competition organized by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the cycling’s world governing body, that crownes the world champion of this sport in four different categories: Elite Men, Elite Women, Junior Men, and Junior Women.

Riders from all over the planet fight for this prestigious title. This is where history is made.

Who Is The BMX World Champion?

The 2019 BMX Racing World Championship was held in July in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. Twan Van Gendt (NED) and Alise Willoughby (USA) were crowned world champions.

Twan Van Gendt, on the day of his birthday, became the Elite Men’s world champion with a time of 31.345s. Niek Kimman (NED) arrived in 2nd place and Sylvain Andre (FRA) in 3rd place.

Van Gendt dealt with a knee injury back in 2017, which kept him out of the action for 5 months. He competed again in 2018 and one year later achieved the highlight of his career.

GOLDSILVERBRONZE
Twan Van Gendt (31.345)Niek Kimman (35.454)Sylvain Andre (38.482)

Alise Willoughby (USA), in Elite Women, won her first title with a time of 34.701s. Laura Smoulders (NED) and Axelle Etienne (FRA) obtained silver and gold.

GOLDSILVERBRONZE
Alise Willoughby (34.701)Laura Smoulders (35.146)Axelle Etienne (35.165)

In Men Junior, Tatyan Lui Hin Tsan (FRA) was the world champion, followed by Oliver Moran (AUS) and Nathanaël Dieuaide (FRA).

GOLDSILVERBRONZE
Tatyan Lui Hin Tsan (32.254)Oliver Moran (33.209)Nathanaël Dieuaide (33.335)

In Women Junior, Jessie Smith (NZL) captured gold, Agustina Cavalli (ARG) silver, and Zoe Claessens (SUI) bronze.

GOLDSILVERBRONZE
Jessie Smith
(31.345s)
Agustina Cavalli
(35.454)
Zoe Claessens
(38.482)

What Is The Rainbow Jersey?

The Rainbow Jersey is a white jersey with multicolor horizontal stripes, inspired by the UCI logo. Each rider that wins any UCI World Championship not only reaches the absolute cycling glory but also gets the beautiful rainbow jersey. You can see it at the end of the video above. Riders may use it for other competitions until the following World Championship takes place.

BMX World Championship History

The first BMX World Championship was held in Dayton, Ohio, in 1982. Back then, there were three cycling world governing bodies: the International Amateur Cycling Federation (FIAC), the International Professional Cycling Federation (FICP), and the UCI, with the latter coordinating the other two.

In 1992 the FIAC and the FICP merged within the UCI. All the world championship held up until then would now be considered ‘unofficial’.

The first official BMX World Championship was held in 1996 in Brighton, Great Britain. Dale Holmes (GBR) and Natarsha Williams (AUS) were the first official BMX world champions.

Who Has Won More BMX World Championships?

Argentinian María Gabriela Díaz has won more BMX racing world championships than anybody else. She clinched 3 Elite titles (2001, 2002, 2004) and 1 Junior title (1999). In addition, she won Elite silver in 2006 and bronze in 2000.

In men’s competitions, Kyle Bennett (USA) is at the top of the list with 3 Elite golds (2002, 2003, 2007).

In the table below you have the info of all the official BMX Racing World Championship podiums (Elite Men/Women).

Elite Men

VenueGOLDSILVERBRONZE
1996
Brighton
(GBR)
Dale Holmes (GBR)Randy Stumpfhauser (USA)Florent Boutte (FRA)
1997
Saskatoon
(CAN)
John Purse
(USA)
Greg Romero
(USA)
Matt Hadan
(USA)
1998
Melbourne
(AUS)
Thomas Allier
(FRA)
Andy Contes
(USA)
Dylan Clayton
(GBR)
1999
Vallet
(FRA)
Robert
de Wilde
(NED)
Christophe Leveque
(FRA)
Mario Soto
(COL)
2000
Córdoba
(ARG)
Thomas Allier
(FRA)
Christophe Leveque
(FRA)
Dale Holmes (GBR)
2001
Louisville
(USA)
Dale Holmes (GBR)Ivo Lakucs
(LAT)
Randy Stumpfhauser (USA)
2002
Sao Paulo
(BRA)
Kyle Bennett
(USA)
Randy Stumpfhauser (USA)Wade Bootes
(AUS)
2003
Perth
(AUS)
Kyle Bennett
(USA)
Randy Stumpfhauser (USA)Robert
de Wilde
(NED)
2004
Valskenwaard
(NLD)
Warwick Stevenson
(AUS)
Cristian Becerine
(ARG)
Bubba Harris
(USA)
2005
Paris
(FRA)
Bubba Harris
(USA)
Mike Day
(USA)
Robert
de Wilde
(NED)
2006
Sao Paulo
(BRA)
Javier Colombo
(ARG)
Randy Stumpfhauser (USA)Mike Day
(USA)
2007
Victoria
(CAN)
Kyle Bennett
(USA)
Khalen Young
(AUS)
Randy Stumpfhauser (USA)
2008
Taiyuan
(CHN)
Maris Strombergs
(LAT)
Steven Cisar
(USA)
Sifiso Nhlapo
(RSA)
2009
Adelaide
(AUS)
Donny Robinson
(USA)
Mike Day
(USA)
Ramiro Marino
(ARG)
2010
Pietermaritzburg
(SUI)
Maris Strombergs
(LAT)
Sifiso Nhlapo
(RSA)
Joris Daudet
(FRA)
2011
Copenhague
(DEN)
Joris Daudet
(FRA)
Maris Strombergs
(LAT)
Mark Willers
(NZL)
2012
Birmingham
(GBR)
Sam Willoughby
(AUS)
Joris Daudet
(FRA)
Moana Moo Caille
(FRA)
2013
Auckland
(NZL)
Liam Phillips
(GBR)
Mark Willers
(NZL)
Luis Brethauer
(GER)
2014
Rotterdam
(NLD)
Sam Willoughby
(AUS)
Tory Nyhaug
(CAN)
Tre Whyte
(GBR)
2015
Zolder
(BEL)
Niek Kimman
(NED)
Jelle Van Gorkom
(NED)
David Graf
(SUI)
2016
Medellín
(COL)
Joris Daudet
(FRA)
Niek Kimman
(NED)
Nicholas Long
(USA)
2017
South Carolina
(USA)
Corben Sharrah
(USA)
Sylvain Andre
(FRA)
Joris Daudet
(FRA)
2018
Baku
(AZE)
Sylvain Andre
(FRA)
Joris Daudet
(FRA)
Anderson De Souza
(BRA)
(Source)

Elite Women

VenueGOLDSILVERBRONZE
1996
Brighton
(GBR)
Natarsha Williams
(AUS)
Natasha Massop
(NED)
Kerstin Munski
(GER)
1997
Saskatoon
(CAN)
Michelle Kairns
(USA)
Karien Gubbels
(NED)
Marie McGilvary
(USA)
1998
Melbourne
(AUS)
Rachel Marshall
(AUS)
Marie McGilvary
(USA)
Brigitte Busschers
(NED)
1999
Vallet
(FRA)
Audry Pichol
(FRA)
Dagmara Polakova
(SVK)
Tatjana Schocher
(SUI)
2000
Córdoba
(ARG)
Natarsha Williams
(AUS)
Ellen Bollansée
(BEL)
Gabriela Díaz
(ARG)
2001
Louisville
(USA)
Gabriela Díaz
(ARG)
Marie McGilvary
(USA)
Elodie Ajinca
(FRA)
2002
Sao Paulo
(BRA)
Gabriela Díaz
(ARG)
Karine Chambonneau
(FRA)
Jana Horakova
(CZE)
2003
Perth
(AUS)
Elodie Ajinca
(FRA)
Willy Kanis
(NED)
Tatjana Schocher
(SUI)
2004
Valskenwaard
(NLD)
Gabriela Díaz
(ARG)
Cyrielle Convert
(FRA)
Alice Jung
(USA)
2005
Paris
(FRA)
Willy Kanis
(NED)
Renee Junga
(AUS)
Laetiti Le Corguille
(FRA)
2006
Sao Paulo
(BRA)
Willy Kanis
(NED)
Gabriela Díaz
(ARG)
Cecile Lazzarotto
(FRA)
2007
Victoria
(CAN)
Shanaze Reade
(GBR)
Sarah Walker
(NZL)
Jana Horakova
(CZE)
2008
Taiyuan
(CHN)
Shanaze Reade
(GBR)
Anne-Caroline Chausson
(FRA)
Sarah Walker
(NZL)
2009
Adelaide
(AUS)
Sarah Walker
(NZL)
Eva Ailloud
(FRA)
Arielle Martin
(USA)
2010
Pietermaritzburg
(SUI)
Shanaze Reade
(GBR)
Sarah Walker
(NZL)
Alise Post
(USA)
2011
Copenhague
(DEN)
Mariana Pajón
(COL)
Sarah Walker
(NZL)
Magalie Pottier
(FRA)
2012
Birmingham
(GBR)
Magalie Pottier
(FRA)
Eva Ailloud
(FRA)
Romana Labounkova
(CZE)
2013
Auckland
(NZL)
Caroline Buchanan
(AUS)
Lauren Reynolds
(AUS)
Manon Valentino
(FRA)
2014
Rotterdam
(NLD)
Mariana Pajón
(COL)
Alise Post
(USA)
Laura Smoulders
(NED)
2015
Zolder
(BEL)
Stefany Hernandez
(VEN)
Caroline Buchanan
(AUS)
Simone Christensen
(DEN)
2016
Medellín
(COL)
Mariana Pajón
(COL)
Caroline Buchanan
(AUS)
Alise Post
(USA)
2017
South Carolina
(USA)
Alise Post
(USA)
Caroline Buchanan
(AUS)
Mariana Pajón
(COL)
2018
Baku
(AZE)
Laura Smoulders
(NED)
Merel Smaulders
(NED)
Judy Baauw
(NED)
(Source)

What About Freestyle BMX World Championships?

Yes, Freestyle BMX has its World Championship too. The UCI organizes the ‘Urban Cycling World Championship’, an event that gathers BMX, mountain bike and trials. This competition takes place every year in Chengdu, China, since 2017.

In this tournament, Freestyle BMX crownes four world champions as it is divided into Park and Flatland (since 2019). And yes, the winners also get a Rainbow Jersey.

Who Is The Freestyle BMX World Champion?

In 2019 Bandon Loupos (AUS) and Hannah Roberts (USA) were the winners in Park. In Flatland, Dominik Nekolny (CZE) and Irina Sadovnik (AUT) reached the top spot.

Below, the data of all BMX Freestyle World Championship podiums.

BMX Freestyle Park Elite Men

GOLDSILVERBRONZE
2017Logan Martin
AUS
(93.82)
Alex Coleborn
GBR
(91.05)
Colton Walker
USA
(89.78)
2018Justin Dowell
USA
(92.20)
Kenneth Tencio Esquivel
CRC
(88.90)
Brandon Loupos
AUS
(88.72)
2019Brandon Loupos
AUS
(93.20)
Logan Martin
AUS
(92.90)
Nick Bruce
USA
(90.40)

BMX Freestyle Park Elite Women

GOLDSILVERBRONZE
2017Hannah Roberts
USA
(90.10)
Lara Marie Lessmann
GER
(88.35)
Angie Marino
USA
(86.38)
2018Perris Benegas
USA
(93.00)
Angie Marino
USA
(87.80)
Hannah Robert
USA
(86.30)
2019Hannah Roberts
USA
(90.00)
Macarena Perez Grasset
CHI
(86.80)
Charlotte Worthington
GBR
(86.54)

BMX Freestyle Flatland Elite Men

GOLDSILVERBRONZE
2019Dominik Nekolny
CZE
(91.08)
Matthias Dandois
FRA
(90.13)
Moto Sasaki
JPN
(89.00)

BMX Freestyle Flatland Elite Women

GOLDSILVERBRONZE
2019Irina Sadovnik
AUT
(82.25)
Misaki Katagiri
JPN
(78.13)
Julia Preuss
GER
(70.75)

2020 BMX World Championships

The 2020 BMX World Championship (racing) had been scheduled for 26-31 May in North Houston Bike Park (Texas, USA). Unfortunately, due to covid-19 pandemics, it had to be postponed.

UCI Cycling World Championships

The UCI announced the creation of the UCI Cycling World Championships. This event will combine all major cycling world championships in a single venue and will last for two weeks.

It will include all competitions from BMX, road, track, mountain bike, cyclocross, artistic, and para-cycling.

The Cycling World Championship will take place every four years. Its first edition will be in 2023, in Glasgow, Scotland.


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Photo credits: Featured image (Elite Women’s 2014 podium): By yonolatengo / Flickr / Creative Commons license

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