Sarasota, Fla. Chosen to Host 2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in October 2016

Contact: Lynn Hobeck Bates/941-955-0991 Ext. 103
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SARASOTA, FL. (July 15,2015) — The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) awarded Sarasota County, Florida as the destination for the 2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup finals on October 8 and 9, 2016.

The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup is the premiere BMX racing series in the world, with a world-wide live TV coverage and a strong following amongst BMX and cycling fans. BMX "Supercross" is the most exciting and action-packed type of BMX racing and an Olympic discipline since 2008.

The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup attracts the very best BMX athletes in the world and over 250 male and female athletes from 35 countries are expected to compete in Sarasota in October 2016.

"We are honored Sarasota County was chosen as a location for this high profile event," says Nicole Rissler, Director of Sports for the Sarasota Sports Commission. "We look forward to welcoming the athletes and their families to Sarasota County in 2016."

This will be the first UCI BMX Supercross World Cup event hosted in Sarasota, one of five destinations selected by UCI to hold 2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup rounds. The Overall World Cup Champion will be crowned in Sarasota being the last event in 2016.

"We are excited to host the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup finals in Sarasota, Florida" says Johan Lindstrom, Director of Global SX Events Inc. who manages the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup on behalf of the UCI. "Sarasota has a long tradition in BMX, recently celebrated their 40th anniversary and with their new state-of-the-art BMX track, it will be the perfect location for a World Cup event."

Locations for the 2016 UCI BMX Supercross schedule are as follows:
• 26-27 March 2016* - UCI BMX SX World Cup Round 1: Santiago Del Estero (GBR)
• 9 -10 April 2016 - UCI BMX SX World Cup Round 2: Manchester (GBR)
• 7-8 May 2016 - UCI BMX SX World Cup Round 3: Papendal (NED)
• 24-25 September 2016 - UCI BMX SX World Cup Round 4: Rock Hill, SC (USA) 


• 8-9 October 2016 - UCI BMX SX World Cup Round 5: Sarasota, FL (USA)

In addition to the strong BMX tradition, Sarasota's popular attractions, award-wining beaches, great dining and accessibility to airports and transportation are reasons Sarasota was chosen to be a host.

For more information on Sarasota County visit www.visitsarasota.org

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About Sarasota County
Located on Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast, Sarasota County offers a vibrant arts and cultural scene, a diverse array of culinary experiences and a variety of opportunities to take advantage of the clear waters and the great outdoors. Sarasota County provides the quintessential, laid-back beach getaway with numerous sprawling, white-sand beaches, including Siesta Key Beach, named the top beach in America by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice™ in 2015 and "America's Best Beach" in 2011 by Stephen Leatherman, aka, Dr. Beach. Dubbed "Home of the American Circus," Sarasota County served as the headquarters for the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus for 75 years, and visitors can experience its unique circus heritage first-hand by following the circus trail or catching a performance by one of two local circus companies. For more information on visiting Sarasota County, visit www.visitsarasota.org or call (941) 706-1253.