For Immediate Release
Prestigious UCI Continental Championship Taking place at the American Bicycle Association Great Salt Lake Nationals
June 24, 2010 – Gilbert, Arizona
The American Bicycle Association (ABA) is returning to South Jordan, Utah, and Rad Canyon BMX, July 2-4, 2010, for the 14th consecutive year of the Great Salt Lake Nationals. This year the bicycle motocross race has even more significance than years past as it carries the International Cycling Union (UCI) category 3 points status. There is only one race in the United States this year that carries more point value and that is a BMX Supercross race, also ran by the ABA, to be held at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, this September.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) is cycling’s International Federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and administers and promotes the development of the eight disciplines of cycling, including BMX. Qualifications spots for each Nation in the Olympic Games in the discipline of BMX are determined by the UCI. The rankings by nation are determined by the position of the three best male and three female riders from each nation in the UCI BMX ranking. Each event has a point value with the lower numbered category races carrying more weight. For the current calendar year there are 71 UCI BMX races with only six races having a higher point value and only three with equal value to the July 3rd race.
Olympic BMX racers from the 2008 Beijing Games from around the globe will be in attendance at the event. 13 of the 32 male BMX racers who competed in the inaugural BMX event in Beijing are also in contention for the coveted ABA #1 Pro Title. Olympic Gold Medalist Maris Stombergs (LAT), Cristian Becirine (ARG) Arturs Matisons (LAT), Robert de Wilde (NED), Raymon van der Biezen (NED), Ramiro Marino (ARG), Sifiso Nhlapo (RSA), Jared Graves (AUS), Marc Willers (NZL), Liam Phillips (GBR), Kyle Bennett (USA), Olympic Bronze Medalist Donny Robinson (USA), and Olympic Silver Medalist Mike Day (USA), are all Olympians who have raced previous ABA events. Sarah Walker (NZL), Sammy Cools (CAN), and Shanaze Reade (GBR), are 3 of the 16 female Olympians who have been in attendance at previous ABA events in 2010.
In addition to the top pros in the World, the event will draw some of the fastest and up and coming amateurs from around the United States and Canada. These riders range in age from 4 to 76 and will be racing to amass points for titles in their age classes and the highly coveted ABA #1 amateur title. It is anticipated that the weekend will see over 1,000 racers each day, attracting thousands of fans and spectators to the Rad Canyon BMX facility.
Action for the weekend gets started on Friday with registration and practice taking place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Racing on Friday will begin at 6:00 p.m. Saturday gets started with registration and practice beginning at 7:30 a.m. and racing beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the gates open at 7:00 a.m. and racing begins at 8:00 a.m. A day parking pass is $10 and a weekend parking pass is $20, there is no admission charge. The pro practice will take place from 5:00 to 5:40 p.m. on Friday and 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.
RAD Canyon BMX is a Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation facility, and American Bicycle Association sanctioned BMX race track. The track is located in South Jordan, UT @ approximately 5200 West 9800 South (4 blocks south of Old Bingham Hwy on 5200 West). This family friendly facility is equipped with bleachers, rest rooms and a snack bar. The normal outdoor schedule runs from May thru September. There is open practice on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Race nights are Thursday, with registration from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. and racing beginning around 7:15 p.m. For more information on Rad Canyon BMX, visit http://www.radcanyonbmx.com
About the American Bicycle Association
ABA (American Bicycle Association), formed in 1977 and headquartered in Chandler, Arizona is “The Sanctioning Body of BMX”©. The ABA organizes BMX racing for boys, girls and adults, nationwide and Canada. With 60,000 active members, 274 racing facilities and a 27 event national race schedule, ABA is the largest promoter of action sports.