The series will kick off in July, and will travel to Alberta, Quebec, British Columbia to finish in Drummondville, QC, where the new Canada Cup Champions will be crowned.
The Canada Cup was introduced in 2012 as a way to help bridge provincial competitions to the international stage, and since has been an efficient tool in providing national competition to young riders, which is propelling Canada to some of its best international results since BMX became an Olympic discipline in 2008.
“The 2014 Canada Cup series will offer some great opportunities for young aspiring BMXers to compete against some of Canada’s best,” said Nicholas Vipond, the series coordinator for Cycling Canada. “The growth of the BMX Canada Cup series has been impressive over the last three years, and we are counting on more young BMXers to join the series this year.”
Calgary, AB, will host the opening weekend of racing for the series on July 12 and 13 – the first time the city hosts races from the national series. The Calgary BMX Racing club was established over 30 years ago and has been hosting regular races on the Alberta provincial cup circuit. The 2013 Junior women Canada Cup Series champion, Eliane McAdam, is racing for the Calgary BMX Racing Club.
The top riders will then move to Drummondville, QC for two races in La Belle Province, on August 2 and 3. The races organized by the Cub de BMX St-Charles-de Drummond will take place on a brand new track. The club began its operations in 2006 and has been hosting races of the Coupe du Québec series since 2008.
St-Albert, AB, near Edmonton, will then be hosting the third weekend of races on August 23-24, on the same revamped track used for the 2013 Canadian BMX Championships. The impressive track was significantly improved in the spring of 2013 to host the Canadian Championships, and should offer very competitive races throughout the weekend.
The following weekend, the tour will head to Abbotsford, in British Columbia, for a set of two races at the training home base of the Canadian National BMX Team. The venue, which features a Supercross start ramp for the more experienced, was the host of a UCI BMX Supercross World Cup race in 2012.
Finally, the 2014 BMX Canada Cup Champions will be crowned during the 2014 Canadian BMX Championships weekend, in Drummondville, QC on October 5th.
Connor McCormack and Amelia Walsh both won the BMX Canada Cup Series Elite titles in 2013, while Tanner Vandenhoven and Eliane McAdam took the top honours of the junior categories.
CALENDAR 2014 CANADA CUP BMX SERIES
07.12.14 – BMX Canada Cup #1-2 – Calgary, AB
08.02.14 – BMX Canada Cup #3-4 – Drummondville, QC
08.23.14 – BMX Canada Cup #5-6 – St Albert, AB
08.30.14 – BMX Canada Cup #7-8 – Abbotsford, BC
10.03.14 – BMX Canada Cup #9 Finals – Drummondville, QC