2017 UCI BMX Worlds Coming to Rock Hill USA
Most of the time, when you’re sitting on Twitter, rolling past the latest conspiracy theories and #hastaghumor, you can feel the productivity draining from your day. But today, as we were monitoring some of the tweets coming out of Berlin, we noticed the above image under Mike King’s account. BMXers don’t usually wear coat & tie unless it’s a wedding or a traffic court appearance, so it definitely drew our interest. Now, we’ll need to add “international breaking news announcement” to that list of coat & tie affairs.
— Mike King (@mike_king12) June 12, 2014
Thus, the soon-to-be-opened Novant Health BMX Supercross track in Rock Hill, SC will host the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships. The track will have it’s first big event this October when it hosts the USA BMX Gold Cup East finals, and we’re excited to see how the BMX Supercross scene unfolds in the US now that there will be five or six tracks capable of hosting BMX SX races.
Mike is likely whooping it up with the deal team tonight, Europe time, so no direct quote from him yet. But it is obvious that when the City of Rock Hill hired Mike to move across the country and run the $7MM complex, this was one of the accomplishments it had its sights on. And to pull it off so quickly is a great view at how Rock Hill will “run at it” when it comes to making the facility a global BMX destination for years to come.
Congrats to Mike, Thad Fischer and all those involved in making it happen. We will update this page as new details come in to the BMX News Global Command Center.
In the above photo: Thad Fischer, Rock Hill Recreation Superintendent; Brian Cookson, UCI President; John Taylor Rock Hill Director of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism and Mike King, BMX Coordinator for the City of Rock Hill.
UPDATE>>> 5:55PM Eastern Time 06/12/14. The City of Rock Hill will host a live news conference Friday morning at 9AM Eastern Time. Speakers will be: Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols, John Gettys chair of the Rock Hill Sports Commission and Duane Parrish director of South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism
See the “links” below for where to listen live.