Union Cyclist International recently announced that the North Houston Bike Park, currently under construction adjacent to the North Houston Skate Park, will host the competition.
Several organizations including the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, United States Olympic Committee, USA Cycling, USA BMX and the Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority (GGRA) all worked together to submit the winning bid for the competition scheduled to take place May 26-31, 2020.
When completed the North Houston Bike Park will be part of a 30-acre extreme sports complex including a world-class BMX race track, concrete vert features, street course, pump tracks, tot track, bike trails and an outdoor sports center that will be able to seat approximately 3,500 guests.
Janis Burke, CEO of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority is excited about the potential tourist activity this new park will bring to Houston and the surrounding area. “Houston’s brand-new North Houston Bike Park is truly impressive with great offerings and appealing fan fest areas that can be utilized in the green spaces surrounding the park. We are looking forward to building our cycling community with these facilities,” she told USA BMX magazine. Sally Bradford, executive director of the GGRA, echoed this sentiment, “We are excited to host this incredible event and invite the world to enjoy this wonderful complex,” she said.
BMX cycling has seen a surge in popularity in the last few years and debuted as an Olympic sport at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The UCI World Championships will be the final stop for the athletes before heading to Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.