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Freestyle Final Hosts UCI C1

Multiple events over two days draw freestyle pros from around the world

TULSA, Okla. (Sept. 8, 2023)—Dozens of USA BMX Freestyle riders will descend on Tehachapi, Calif., in October for a unique international elite competition combined with the final stop for the USA BMX Freestyle National Series Finals.

All events will be held Oct. 21-22 at the iconic Woodward West at 28400 Stallion Springs Drive in Tehachapi, Calif. It is the eighth and final stop for the USA BMX Freestyle National Series, expected to draw approximately 100 amateur freestyle riders. The elite competition is a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Category C1 sanctioned event available to Elite athletes. Based in Aigle, Switzerland,

UCI is the world governing body for sports cycling and oversees international competitive cycling events. This elite competition is expected to attract Olympic hopefuls, including Marcus Christopher and Justin Dowell.

“With the recent cancellation of the two UCI World Cup events on the overseas schedule, it was imperative that USA BMX support the efforts of USA Cycling by offering riders around the world additional opportunities to gain the coveted Olympic ranking points for the 2024 Olympics in Paris,” said Shane Fernandez, president of USA BMX.

There will be myriad opportunities to watch (and ride) with the pros all weekend.

Friday morning opens with freestyle practice that runs through the early afternoon. Riders of all abilities and ages can participate in an “Am Jam” session sponsored by Mongoose and USA BMX Freestyle. The session begins at 3 p.m. and will be split into different time slots. There is a small fee to ride, and Mongoose will bring at least one of its pros to the event. Also at 3 p.m., the UCI C1 Elite riders take the course for practice, with competition beginning at 6 p.m.

Saturday morning freestyle competition runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The UCI C1 Elite riders will practice from 4-6 p.m. with racing beginning at 7 p.m.<