December 16, 2002 – Beginning in 2003, the UCI will launch a new series of BMX events called the UCI BMX SUPERCROSS, which will replace the former UCI BMX World Cup (1996-2000).
The UCI BMX SUPERCROSS series will be held on specially designed BMX tracks, made only for the very top-level athletes of BMX racing. These downhill BMX tracks will feature obstacles, jumps and high speed that will bring BMX racing to another level.
The pilot event will be held at Camp Woodward (Pennsylvania) USA, 19th to 20th September 2003. Camp Woodward is the premier BMX Freestyle facility in the world and the UCI BMX SUPERCROSS will be held on their very well known and respected downhill BMX track.
The event will be open for Elite Men and Junior Men (17 years and older). With a prize purse of over 20,000 Swiss Francs and the fact that the race will count for UCI International ranking points as well as AA-Pro points in the NBL National Series, the UCI BMX SUPERCROSS will be one of the most important races on the 2003 International BMX calendar.
A major TV production and distribution has been secured. The first event will be produced by Insider TV, UK (event production arm of Chilli) with guaranteed viewing in many countries such as USA, Australia, Great Britain, France, Japan, Netherlands to name a few. Furthermore, news satellite uplinks and highlights will be made available rights-free to global news stations, agencies and sports magazine shows.
UCI have together with the National Bicycle League (NBL), reached an agreement with Camp Woodward to host this event at the Woodward track in Pennsylvania for the next three years. The UCI BMX SUPERCROSS series will be extended in 2004 with an event on the European continent and in 2005 the series will be held on three different locations around the world.