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The UCI and World Cycling Centre (WCC) flagship project for 2014 is slowly taking shape. During the holiday season at the end of the year, at a location near the Alps and Dents du Midi mountains, it would be natural to expect the frost and snow to paralyse the 10,000 m2 construction site. But even though the mechanical diggers are no longer at work, the new BMX track is on schedule. In December, some 25 centimetres of topsoil was removed and replaced with a mixture of gravel and aggregate in order to stabilise the surface. Drainage work was carried out to prevent the build up of groundwater and electricity cables were also laid. Some more work will be undertaken before the beginning of spring but for most of the time the site on the banks of the Rhône will remain undisturbed to allow the foundation layer to settle.

The second phase of the project, laying the track, will start in early March. This will involve constructing two ramps of five and eight metres (the previous track had a single eight-metre ramp), forming the track and jumps and installing lighting. Six floodlight masts will be installed, giving the track the atmosphere of a football stadium. The track will feature bends that replicate the design of the Rio 2016 venue. The objective at the WCC is to recreate the conditions that riders competing at the Olympic Games in Brazil will encounter. When construction on the track recommences, some 6 labourers and two or three diggers will be at work. Much of the preparation has to be conducted manually (shaping jumps using shovels).

Enticing the National Federations

The last shovel of dirt will be thrown at the WCC’s new jewel in the crown at the start of May. An opening ceremony is scheduled for this major WCC project, with the centre now in its 12th year. The project bears witness to the excellent relations between the UCI, WCC and the local authorities. Once this state-of-the-art facility is in operation, the WCC is confident that an increasing number of National Federations will send their most promising athletes for training.

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Anne Caroline Chausson

Anne-Caroline Chausson was the dominant force in women’s mountain biking during the 1990s and 2000s. Between 1996 and 2005 she achieved nine downhill world titles, remarkably only missing out in 2004. She was crowned Dual Slalom World Champion in consecutive years in 2000 and 2001, and became the Four-Cross World Champion in the following years. In total, she achieved 13 rainbow jerseys, making her the most decorated female in mountain bike history.

Her talent on two wheels does not fall exclusively on mountain biking – Chausson is a world class BMX rider too. When women’s BMX racing was announced as a new sport for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Chausson was chosen to represent France. She did not disappoint and won the gold medal. The women’s race took place before the men’s, making her the first BMX Olympic gold medallist.

Chausson was born In Dijon in 1977. Her BMX Olympic gold medal in 2008 means that she has gone the full circle on two wheels; she actually began her interest in cycling in BMX racing, competing up until the age of 16. The move onto a mountain bike soon proved to be the correct decision, as she became Downhill Junior World Champion in her debut season.
Whilst a lot of mountain bikers are adrenaline fuelled and slightly crazy characters (you’d have to be to fly down those hills), Chausson is quite quiet and shy. She chooses to let her riding skills do the talking though, excelling in multiple disciplines such as downhill, four-cross and dual slalom.

‘Skateboarding is not a crime!’ We’ve all seen that famous slogan thrown around on t-shirts and spray painted on many, many walls and it’s a sentiment we all share and know but can you actually get arrested for skateboarding? Ummm, kind of.

Below are 5 reasons why you might get collared by the local bill. You might have seen them in a few skate videos or you may just hear about it, and there might be a load more that we miss, but we reckon these are the top 5.

1. Breaking and entering
5 Reasons Why Skateboarding Will Get You Arrested
This one is a bit of a no brainer! If you break in somewhere to skate and get caught then you’re going to be put in handcuffs. Which leads me onto number 2…

2. Trespassing
5 Reasons Why Skateboarding Will Get You Arrested
Number 1 and number 2 can sometimes go hand in hand. If you’ve done number 1 then you’ve inevitably done number 2. Far from making this sound like some sort of prostitution Blind Date, trespassing can be a bit of a serious crime if it’s not a derelict building. They might just tell you to piss off but more than likely you’ll be staring the back of an officer’s head as he drives you to the lock-up.

3. Property damage
Property Damage
If you ride anything for long enough it might succumb to wear and tear and that’s applicable to property you ride on, such as rails, ramps, etc. You might fall off a ledge and end up head first into a glass door and smash it. Even waxing something can be classed as property damage as it can melt and stain whatever you’re waxing.

4. Assault
Skate fight
I don’t know any skater out there that hasn’t watched a video of a skate fight. There’s been skaters fighting skaters, skaters fighting scooter kids, skaters fighting police officers and, more recently, a skater fighting a janitor (in the States). There’s a lot of bravado and attitude with some skaters so punching someone in the face might end your skate day pretty quickly.

5. That infamous ‘No skateboarding sign’
No Skateboarding
We’ve all seen that sign and we all hate it. Some skaters don’t even pay attention to it but it’s the easiest way to get arrested.

In no way am I saying that if you are a complete kiss-ass and do everything by the book then you’ll be the best skater in the world. Some of the best edits have an element of illegal activity and wrongdoing. I’m also not saying that you should break the law to create an edit that’s amazing or it will give you the best skate day you’ll ever have. I think what I’m saying is this – Have fun and don’t get arrested.

There are a few famous people out there that have taken part in our sports. Some you may know, some you may not know (which defeats the famous part) but we’ve compiled a quick list of these eclectic characters. I’ve ignored the Cameron Diaz’s and Justin Timberlake’s of the world as they’re always spoken about. Here’s a list of the lesser-known people…

1. Jenson Button – BMX

He was given the nickname ‘Choccy’ by his mates back home in Frome, UK, but the speed-freak will always remember the fact that he was one of the kids-down-the-road who had a BMX. He may not have won anything to the extent of his F1 career but we like to think that his love of the sport came from his BMX.
Jenson Button

2. Jason Lee – Skate

The guy that, to the younger lot of you, might be better known as ‘Earl’ or for the older lot of you, that guy from Mallrats. If you’re old enough to know Mallrats and liked skating back then you’ll remember Jason Lee being a pretty damn good skater. He was one of the first two skateboarders to receive a signature shoe from Airwalk – the other skater being Tony Hawk. Lee co-founded Stereo Skateboards with Chris “Dune” Pastras in 1992, and the pair revived the company in 2003 after it had been defunct for several years.
Jason Lee

3. Alan Smith – BMX

This former footballer had a first love and it wasn’t kicking a leathery ball around a field, it was riding his BMX. Despite being British Champion before the age of 10, he didn’t see a future in it so turned to football.
Alan Smith

4.Marc Frank Montoya (MFM) – Snowboard

Now this is a bit of a weird one to call actually because most people will know him as a pro-snowboarder and nothing else but he has turned his hand to being a self-help guru. Was it the best change he could’ve made? Anyway, for those of you that know MFM as a self-help guru, did you know he was a snowboarder?!
Marc Frank Montoya

5. Iwan Thomas – BMX

He’s got an MBE, he’s got himself an Olympic silver medal for doing some running but what we’re more concerned about is his background in BMX. Iwan has traveled the world competing at World Championships but after one crash too many he turned to athletics. Watch him talking about his story in this video.
Iwan Thomas

6. Jack Johnson – Surf

Jack Johnson may have been part of your life a few years back as you listened to his dulcet tones durin gthe summer months but he started his life as a surfer. At 17, he became the youngest invitee to make the surfing finals at the Pipeline Masters on Oahu’s North Shore. It began and ended there though when he suffered a surfing accident at the Pipeline that put more than 150 stitches in his forehead and removed a few of his teeth.
Jack Johnson

7. Spike Jonze – BMX/Skate

You should alal know about Spike Jonze! He’s the ridiculously good movie director who has directed Being John Malkovich and Adaptation who also played a part int he creation of Jackass. Not only that but he used to be involved in the BMX scene as well. Spike shot photos and wrote for Freestylin’ and Go:The Rider’s Manual before moving on from BMX. He’s also pretty handy on a skateboard.
Spike Jonze

8. Alex Wurz – MTB/BMX

He’s better well known as a racing driver that drove for the Williams team in the Forula 1 championship from 2000-2007. Wurz first tasted competition in the BMX World Championship, which he won in 1986 at the age of 12. In 2000, Wurz returned somewhat to his cycling roots, starting an MTB team with countryman Markus Rainer.
Alex Wurz

I could probably name a load more but their links to the world of action sports are a little weaker. For example,Juliet Lewis had her own shoe with DVS, Simon Pegg featured a clip from a Unabomber video, Farrah Fawcettused to skate in the 70s, Damien Hirst’s kid skatesGeorge Harrison’s kid skates and has the Bones Brigade Tour visit him in 1989, L’il Wayne said he was going to be the best skateboarder ever (we’re still waiting), Andy Ruffel used to BMX before he went on to create the MOBO awards, Andy White – guitarist for the Kaiser Chiefs – used to race BMX, Heath Ledger used to skate when he was younger (you might remember the famous picture of him jumping Batman), Jim Rippey used to snowboard – he’s now a Minister, Matt Helders – from the Arctic Monkeys – used to ride BMX, Trevor Andrew from Santigold used to be sponsored by Burton, Graham Coxon is well known in the skate world, Kelly Slater featured in Baywatch AND had a head of hair, Kelea Kennely was in Blue Crush (as herself)…


After retiring on a London 2012 high, Sir Chris Hoy has turned his attention to encouraging the next generation of cyclists. Cathy Bussey meets Britain’s greatest Olympian to talk first bikes, cycling safety and Glasgow 2014

National icon? Not me, says Sir Chris Hoy

Chris Hoy with one of his HOY Bikes Photo: Martin Pope for the Telegraph

The excitement is palpable. A group of schoolchildren, dressed in hi vis clothing, cluster at the door of Kingston’s exclusive Warren House, awaiting a glimpse of their hero. When a relaxed and tanned Sir Chris Hoy, dapper in black jeans and a black Vulpine jacket with a helmet tucked under his arm, does appear, the screams practically blow the roof right off the stunning Victorian building.

After all, it’s not every day you get to ride with Britain’s greatest ever Olympian, the man who brought home six gold medals over an astonishing 16-year career.

Hoy is here in an ambassadorial role for Evans Cycles to lead the overexcited group, all competition winners from St Mary’s and St Peter’s CofE Primary School, on a ride around Richmond Park. The competition invited local schoolchildren to celebrate their memories of their first bikes.

Hoy’s own first bike was “second hand and cost £5 from a jumble sale. My dad stripped it down, spray-painted it black and put BMX stickers and grips on it. To a six year old it looked just like a BMX. I was over the moon.” He adds with a wry grin: “Within a couple of weeks I’d broken it. I wanted to do jumps with it so I built a ramp in the back garden – but the bike wasn’t really designed for that!”


On Monday 24 November, pupils from Beech Hill Primary in Wigan and Wennington Hall Secondary School in Lancaster got the chance to meet BMXers from the Great Britain Cycling Team.

The pupils watched the elite team train on the world class indoor BMX track at the National Cycling, before getting the opportunity to ask questions and take photographs. They were also given a tour of the centre, including the velodrome where Olympic athletes such as Laura Trott and Jess Varnish train every week.

British Cycling’s Go-Ride Coach, Dylan Clayton, has been working with the two schools over the past few years, coaching key skills and techniques to the riders and helping them to develop the confidence to get more involved in cycling and join a local community Go-Ride club.

A group of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils from Beech Hill Primary School attended the special event. The school is part of the Go-Ride programme and has developed a school club, which is run by three teachers who recently completed the Cycling for Schools course. A number of pupils are also members of Mid Lancs Go-Ride BMX Club, which aids and strengthens the link between school and club.  (more…)

Robbie McEwen was the first BMX ambassador. An Australian junior champion in the discipline before turning his attention to the road, McEwen emphasises how the agility he acquired through BMX was instrumental in securing three green jerseys (2002, 2004 and 2006) and 12 stage wins in the Tour de France. And it is not incidental that the sprinter from Brisbane was the first to entertain the public with spectacular wheelies when crossing the finish line, well before an acrobatic Peter Sagan!Since its expansion in the 1990s, BMX has certainly become the foremost and most effective school of cycling. The discipline represents an exceptional opportunity to counter the strong competition from team sports that recruit children from a very young age. The WCC has grasped this opportunity by raising the profile and promoting BMX to all National Federations.

This approach offers many advantages. First of all, BMX is accessible to the youngest riders, from four to five years old, as soon as they learn how to ride a bike. The sport is great fun, with the riders enjoying feelings of speed and excitement; an addictive combination. What’s more, BMX takes place in a perfectly safe environment on tracks where the technical challenges can be adapted to the abilities of the riders. It is not an expensive sport as the tracks are easy to set up and the bikes are relatively simple and inexpensive (costing CHF 100-200, €80-160). BMX progressively develops the basic techniques that the riders need to be in control of their bikes and allows them to apply these techniques in a safe environment.

The WCC promotes the construction of mini-tracks around the world; regions such as Latin America and Oceania have already seized this opportunity. Even though resources are often more limited in Africa, the continent is also welcoming BMX. Against this promising background, the World Cycling Centre, which has welcomed groups for BMX training since 2005, has announced its largest-ever investment in revamping the track in Aigle. The new facilities will be ready in May 2014 featuring two start ramps (one 8 m high and the other 5 m) and longer straights, offering a replica of the track that the athletes will face at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. A mini-track will also be built for those new to the discipline. This comprehensive infrastructure will be available not only to riders and coaches from all around the world but also to local schoolchildren and clubs.

Training courses, in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity, will target coaches and riders from all countries, but in particular from Africa, offering the athletes the facilities to express themselves and develop their talents. Equally impressive development is also evident in South Korea and Japan at WCC satellite centres. A programme of training initiatives all around the world is also scheduled, as recently illustrated in Serbia and Columbia. The latter country is home to the 2012 Olympic Games gold medallist Mariana Pajon. BMX is not merely a stepping stone towards more traditional forms of cycling: it is also a fantastic discipline in its own right. BMX offers superb entertainment and has produced genuine stars such as double Olympic champion Maris Strombergs – a Latvian icon.

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USA Cycling will simplify its licensing for riders in 2014, combining all disciplines aside from BMX into a single card. CEO Steve Johnson announced this change and others in a letter to members on Tuesday.

The future is indeed looking bright for USA Cycling as we pursue our vision of making the U.S. the most successful country in the world of competitive cycling and our mission of achieving sustained success in international cycling competition while growing competitive cycling in America,” wrote Johnson. “In the past year we have launched two very important and innovative programs: the USA Cycling RaceClean and SafeSport programs will help ensure a level playing field across all racing categories, while also fostering a safe training and racing environment for all of our members. I hope you will join me in embracing and supporting these critical programs that will help shape the future of cycling in the United States.” (more…)

The third round of the 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, which was held at the Olympic Training Centre in Papendal-Arnhem (NED), has been voted “best event” of the series.

Papendal has been given the thumbs up from riders, the UCI BMX Commission, sponsors, the UCI, GSX Events and media representatives. Judging was based on five criteria: event promotion, organisation, the race and track, venue and atmosphere. (more…)


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American Dave Mirra, known primarily as a Vert Ramp and Park rider, held the record for most medals won at the X Games until being passed by Bob Burnquist at X Games Munich in 2013. He won medals in every X Games from 1995 up to 2008 and his current medal count stands at 24, including 14 golds. At the 2008 X Games, he also finished third in Rally Car Racing.

Having been awarded nearly every accolade possible for a BMX athlete, Dave’s fame now transcends his sport. He hosted two series of MTV’s popular Real World/Road Rules Challenge and features in video games including Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX and Colin McRae: Dirt 2. He has also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and featured in Rolling Stone magazine.

Born in 1974, Dave was jumping curbs and flying over dirt jumps in his hometown of Chittenango, New York by the age of five. He first raced a BMX in 1984, and first competed in freestyle three years later. In 1992, after graduating from high school, he turned pro and quickly overthrew Mat Hoffman as the undisputed vert champion.

Dave Mirra is a legend in the world of BMX. Not only did he have the style – epitomized by becoming the first Park rider to land a double backflip in competition at the X Games in 2000 – but he also had the willpower to come back from serious injury and the consistency to perform well on the Dew Tour circuit.