The UCI and Global SX Events Inc. announced today that the 4th leg of the 2011 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, scheduled for 16-17 September 2011 in Sarasota Florida (USA), has unfortunately been cancelled and will not be replaced. The local organizer, Sarasota County has decided to withdraw from the organization of this event.
‚ÄúSarasota was indeed a great location for a BMX Supercross World Cup, and up until this point we were impressed with their plans for BMX‚ÄĚ says Johan Lindstrom, CEO of Global SX Events Inc.¬† ‚ÄúThe disappointment is obviously that we are convinced that this could have been resolved if Sarasota County had been more diligent in addressing pending issues.‚ÄĚ
UCI President Pat McQuaid expressed his disappointment at the cancellation today which he termed as a ‚Äúreal blow for the whole BMX family.‚ÄĚ
He reiterated the importance of the series in the UCI calendar.¬† ‚ÄúThe 2011 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup has seen exceptional growth this season, in terms of participation, on-site spectator numbers and TV viewing ‚ÄĚ¬† McQuaid said.
‚ÄúThe series has continued to grow in strength throughout 2011 and the UCI is very pleased with the unprecedented growth in the BMX discipline. It is our fastest growing Olympic cycling discipline‚ÄĚ he added.
Round 3 will be held in the Olympic town of London next month.
The updated 2011 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup calendar is as follows:
8-9 April 2011¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Round 1¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
27-28 May 2011¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Round 2¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Papendal, Netherlands
19-20 Aug 2011¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Round 3¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† London, Great Britain
30 Sep-1 Oct 2011¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Round 5¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Chula Vista CA, USA