The UCI announces the updated qualification systems for BMX Freestyle for Tokyo 2020. Following the rescheduling of the Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) asked all International Federations with sports included in the Tokyo 2020 competition programme but whose qualification was not yet complete to review their qualification systems and propose a contingency plan. The UCI did this for a.o. BMX Freestyle, as qualification was not yet terminated for this discipline. Based on the UCI’s contingency plan, it was proposed to make some amendments to the qualification systems which had last been revised in 2020 to take into account the freezing of the UCI rankings as of 3 March 2020, and the change of date of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Here at United Bike Co we are proud to officially welcome Cody Gessel to the team! Born in Sandy Utah, Cody now resides wherever his van takes him, but you can be sure to find him blasting trails and transition all around Austin for most of the year.
Cody is a total badass and we can't wait to see what he gets up to aboard his United X Union Prime Mover, scroll down to take a closer look at his build.
The coming UCI Urban Cycling World Championships presented by FISE will be significant for two reasons; it will be the first time the UCI BMX Freestyle Park and Flatland World Championships have been held in Europe, and it will be the first time Shimano will be present. The inaugural UCI Urban Cycling World Championships were held in Chengdu, China in 2017 with the event remaining there in the intervening years until a Covid-19-related hiatus in 2020. The return of the UCI World Championships in 2021 sees a move to a new venue, the Sud de France Arena in Montpellier, France, with Shimano on display around the course as proud headline sponsors of the event.
This isn't a new area for Shimano - the company's history with BMX stretches back to the 1980s with
Gathered today for a press conference at the Hôtel de Région Occitanie Pyrénées Méditerranée in Montpellier, the FISE team and representatives of its partners presented the format of the festival for 2021. And it's a new urban sports concept, which articulates physical and digital phases, that will continue to bring together the world's top-level and bring out their young talents.
According to the challenges from international federation calendars, the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games deadline and the health context, there are many parameters that have conditioned the planning of the coming world season.
USA BMX - the largest BMX racing organization in North America - announced today the 2021 USA BMX Freestyle Amateur Series has partnered with Hyper Bicycles. The USA BMX Freestyle 2021 schedule will consist of 10 digital competitions where membership and entry fees are required, five National events, and one Grand Final competition where membership and pre-registration are required for both. “Hyper Bicycles has been supporting the BMX industry for more than 30 years, and for that support to now include the first-ever U.S. BMX amateur series, we are beyond grateful,” said USA BMX Freestyle President, Shane Fernandez. “Hyper Bicycles as a presenting sponsor is tremendous, but having a partner who believes in the same vision of creating a pathway for amateur riders and giving them the opportunity to progress is invaluable.”
Hailing from the epicenter of the UK BMX community, Vans and Hastings-based Federal Bikes have partnered on a limited head-to-toe collection, including a fresh take on the Old Skool BMX. Highlighting both brand’s iconic logos, the three-piece collaboration is now available. Taking inspiration from Vans’ Anaheim Factory collections, the Old Skool BMX features a black suede and canvas pinstripe upper. Federal’s signature logo makes an appearance overlaid on the tongue, as well as on the heel.
Ensuring it’s not just all style and no substance, the Old Skool BMX is equipped with all of Vans’ BMX technology. The shoe features Vans’ revolutionary Wafflecup BMX, a first-of-its-kind technology in BMX that delivers the best combination of support and durability without sacrificing pedal feel. Specifically designed and tested by and for BMXers, Wafflecup BMX features a herringbone underlayer that adds a second life beneath Vans’ classic gum rubber compound with a more rigid flex pattern, all reinforced like a tank.
In addition, best-in-class upgrades like PopCush technology —which snaps back and won’t pack, offering
Woodward, the ultimate summer camp experience for the next generation of passionate athletes, is excited to announce the addition of two BMX Program Advisors – 13 time X-Games Gold Medalist and British National Coach, Jamie Bestwick, and 17 time X-Games Medalist and USA National Coach, Ryan Nyquist. As BMX Program Advisors, Bestwick and Nyquist will consult on all-things related to BMX Freestyle programming to elevate the camp experience. Woodward will rely on the duo's extraordinary BMX expertise to provide professional advice on coaching, curriculum, and course design.
BMX started at Woodward in 1983 and rapidly grew into the epicenter for BMX riders to progress. Since then, the program has expanded to include 350,000 sq ft of rideable parks at Woodward PA and 115,000 sq ft at Woodward West. Woodward’s BMX program gives campers an unmatched opportunity to meet, train and ride with their heroes.
For more information on Woodward BMX camps, facilities, and program visit:
Simple Session 21 will be back in Tallinn, Estonia, on August 20–21 for a summer-time festival and an all-around good time! The Simple Session series will host an exciting street-focused contest in the hip new Põhjala district – an old rubber factory turned into a cultural hub will serve as a thrilling new location for the event. A tight selection of the finest BMX street riders and skateboarders from around the world will be invited to go head to head on a fresh Wessel-designed 650 m2 course.
Skateboarding and BMX are all about creativity. So is Simple Session – hosting the series in a whole new venue will take the entire contest experience to another level for athletes and viewers alike. The global health crisis has created obstacles and prevented us from hosting the annual wintertime event,
A brand new collaboration between events organizer and Business and Management School, the FISE Academy by Keyce program aims to prepare future generations for careers within Action Sports. Discover, learn, progress, is at the heart of the philosophy with a desire to combine passion and education focused on the Action Sports profession.
Taking place in Montpellier, France this innovative project is a new step for the FISE Academy, which has a long offered training for athletes hoping to advance their action sports skills. This new project extends the academy’s offering and opens the doors for young people who want to progress in the profession of Action Sports.
We would like to introduce you to Chad Ferch, our newest addition to the United team! Originally hailing from Prince George, Canada, Chad now resides in Vancouver and is doing it for our Canadian Distributor Timeless BMX.
Chad recently built up a fresh new Incarnate V2 in Flat Red laced with an assortment of our finest parts, scroll down to check it out!