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Up for Bid: USA BMX National Events

22 Apr, 2021

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Despite a year of complete turmoil, today USA BMX has more members than at any time in the history of the sport. So far in 2021, local club participation has skyrocketed, increasing by over 20 percent. To date, the organization has hosted eight national events across the country and each has shattered previous participation records and room night consumption.

USA BMX is stronger than ever and families are flocking to its events. Now, USA BMX is putting out the call to communities who would like to host events in 2022.

The RFP and bid information can be found at this link.

USA BMX FAST FACTS

What: A USA BMX National Event is part of an annual 30-race National Championship Series, which spans across the US and Canada. These events occur over weekends, including races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Approximately one-third of the events have an additional status of “Olympic qualifier” where riders earn ranking points that will eventually qualify them to represent the USA or their home country in 2024 in Paris.

Who: BMX is truly a family sport and racers range in age from 2 years old to 65 and over and everything in between. A hallmark of BMX racing is multi-generational family participation, and why USA BMX events average age 3.2 spectators per participant.

Where: National events can be hosted at local BMX tracks (USA BMX has more than 350 tracks) or within a covered arena. If you are unsure if you have a BMX track in your town, feel free to contact us. Annually, one-third of the national events are hosted in an arena.

Dates: The USA BMX National Championship Series begins in January and concludes in late November with the Grand Nationals over Thanksgiving week. As such, there are dates available to host events throughout the year.

There is flexibility to work with a host to find an ideal date, which can often be done during the shoulder season when tourism is needed (i.e. Las Vegas Nationals in July).

*Multi-Year proposals will also be considered

Detailed participation numbers can be provided based on past event history in your location/region.

Participation: 800 - 2000 Athletes per event weekend

Total Daily Attendance (Athletes and Spectators) Friday: 1,500 - 3,000 Saturday: 2,500 - 6,000 Sunday: 2,500 - 6,000

* Attendance varies based on event.

To verify participation numbers in your area, please contact USA BMX.

Total Estimated Room Nights: 2,000 - 5,000

Rights Fee: USA BMX seeks to create a financial structure that is beneficial for our organization and yours. Contact John David to learn more: john@usabmx.com.

USA BMX NATIONAL EVENT DESCRIPTION

The American Bicycle Association owns and operates the USA BMX National Championship Series. A USA BMX National Event is part of an annual 30 race National Series, which spans across the US and Canada.

These events occur over weekends, with races on Friday (noon-9pm), Saturday (7am-5pm), and Sunday (7am-3pm.)

A USA BMX National Event will attract competitors from over 30 states and Canada with approximately 15 percent arriving via plane and 85 percent driving in. 

Participants will range in age from two years old to 65 and from novice to professional categories.

Approximately two-thirds of the 30 National Events are hosted at USA BMX sanctioned tracks, while the rest are hosted in arenas, civic centers, expo halls and equestrian arenas. Specification details are outlined in the RFP and those who represent a CVB or Sports Commission and are unsure if their area has a local BMX track or would like to verify whether an indoor venue (arena, civic center, equestrian arena, etc.) meets the requirements, should not hesitate to contact USA BMX. Email John David, Chief Strategy Officer, at john@usabmx.com or call 480-961-1903, ext. 112.

PROPOSAL PROCESS TIMELINE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

 July 9, 2021: Proposals due

July 9 - August: Proposals reviewed and site visits conducted (if necessary)

September 1, 2021: Event awarded to winning proposal

To request this information, simply email john@usabmx.com or call 480-961-1903, ext. 112.

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