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The UCI BMX World Championships are the world championships for Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racing held under the regulations of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the sport’s international governing body.

The origins of BMX can be traced back to the Netherlands around the 1950s, but it was really in America shortly after this that the sport would boom – through BMX racing. In addition to racing, BMX drivers also popularized the sport of freestyle BMX driving, performing tricks, and creating elaborate stylized routines that are enjoyed as the televised sport that headlines many Extreme Sporting events. The person who first popularized the sport of BMX Freestyle is Bob Haro, founder of the Mountain and BMX bicycle manufacturer company, Haro Bikes.

Dirt tracks sprung up in Southern California throughout the 70s, bicycles started being made especially for BMX racing, the BMX National Bicycle League was formed in 1974, and the American Bicycle Association (ABA) became the national body for BMX racing in 1977. The International BMX Federation was founded in 1981, meaning the first BMX racing World Championships could take place in 1982, and by the time BMX became a part of the UCI, the governing body for all sport cycling, BMX racing was securely established.

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The sports stayed strong enough to maintain a presence and boomed when it was awarded Olympic status in 2003 – the same year as the first organized BMX Supercross event – going on to become a full Olympic sport at the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008. The UCI BMX World Championships are held annually, and the winner of each event is crowned the BMX Cycling World Champion. The UCI awards a gold medal and a rainbow jersey to the winner. Silver and bronze medals are awarded to the second and third place contestants. World champions wear their rainbow jersey until the following year’s championship, but they may wear it only in the type of event in which they won it.

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