Union Européenne de Cyclisme: press release


Only one day remains before the BMX European Championships in Dessel (Belgium) from 8 to 10 July.

During the three days of racing in the city located in Flanders, titles in the Men’s and Women’s Elite categories, Under 23 and Juniors will be awarded, as well as the European Challenge and Team Time-Trial, with 1,770 athletes registered from 25 countries.

In Elite category line-up will be the silver medallist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the Brit Kye Whyte and the French rider Jérémy Rencurel, currently second in the World Cup general ranking, Romain Mayet third in the UCI ranking, and the current European Champion Arthur Pilard.

Competition in the Under 23 category will be particularly strong with, among others, the French Leo Garoyan
and Dylan Gobert, and the Danish Magnus Dyre. Meanwhile in the Juniors will have the first and second in the current UCI ranking, the French rider Pierre Geisse and the Belgian Wannes Magdelijns.

In the Women’s, the favourite will be the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Champion and the current World Champion Bethany Shriever (Great Britain) as well as the reigning European Champion, the Swiss Zoe Classens. In the Juniors there will be a fierce battle between the first three in the UCI Ranking: Aiko Gommers (Belgium), Sabina Kosarkova (Czech Republic) and Robyn Gommers (Belgium).

Enrico Della Casa, President of the Union Européenne de Cyclisme: «The 2022 BMX European Championships could not find a better venue than this. The welcome that Dessel has given us is the best guarantee for a great edition of the continental event, that will be shown on live TV thanks to our agreement with Eurovision in the Elite category and our digital platforms in the other categories.

Cycling and Dessel go hand in hand with BMX, and the passion and commitment that the city and organising committee have given to this event is living proof. In this respect, the Union Européenne de Cyclisme wishes to thank BMX 2000, a superb event, expertly lead by Frank Smets which after the lack of events in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic, has kept alive the passion and interest in this competition and has now organised a magnificent edition of these Championships, with the help of a tireless army of amazing volunteers».

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