On Feb. 26 and 27, two championship BMX events will unfold at Joyride 150, the largest indoor bike park in Canada.
Canadian and international professional athletes are coming to Markham, to compete in an international UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) level-one event: the 2019 Canadian Freestyle BMX Championships, the first official national title event for the sport.
The two-day BMX fest begins on Feb. 26, with the Joyride BMX Park International. The next day, the Canadian championships will showcase the sport at the highest level, as competitors earn points toward qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympics at Tokyo, Japan.
“Markham is a global sports destination, hosting international competitions in badminton, dodgeball, hockey and now BMX,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “We are thrilled to be hosting the first Canadian championships for BMX Freestyle as a testament to Markham’s strong commitment to sport development at all levels. This championship will inspire young athletes to pursue their dreams, while celebrating excellence in sports.”
“These events will bring world-class competition to Ontario,” added Mark Summers, Joyride 150 owner and event organizer. “Joyride 150 has proven to be a hub for athletes and a perfect training ground for Canada’s best.”
Admission for spectators to the events is $5 per day. Wristbands will be sold at the Joyride front desk (150 Bullock Drive Markham) and can be purchased any time. A limit of 100 wristbands will be sold per day. Only spectators with a valid wrist band and competitors will be allowed in the viewing area.