Racing begins at BMX World Championship in Rock Hill - | WBTV Charlotte

Racing begins at BMX World Championship in Rock Hill

(Kristi O'Connor | WBTV) (Kristi O'Connor | WBTV)
(Kristi O'Connor | WBTV) (Kristi O'Connor | WBTV)
ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) -

After 16 years, the UCI BMX World Championships are back in the U.S., and for the first time ever in Rock Hill.

Racing began Tuesday with the cruisers division, bikes that have a 24-inch tire. The races on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning are considered the “Challengers,” or the amateur riders.

According to the City of Rock Hill, more than 3,300 riders from 40 different countries will be competing. Some are as young as 5 years old, and even athletes in their 70s will be racing.

The Elite riders, which includes professional and Olympic riders, will begin on Friday.

The week-long event concludes Saturday night with a firework finale.

The Novant Health BMX Supercross Track has only been in Rock Hill for three years. It was created to resemble the 2008 Beijing Olympic course, and is one of only a few Olympic level tracks in the U.S.

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