Queensland Tourism and Sports Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said bringing the world championships to the Sleeman Sports Complex BMX Supercross Track in 2026 was a natural choice for organisers.
“The UCI BMX World Championships is second only to the Olympics for BMX racing prestige, and Brisbane’s Sleeman Sports Complex is home to Australia’s only Olympic standard BMX Supercross track,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“Held over nine days, the UCI BMX World Championships are estimated to deliver more than $7.2 million in direct spending to the Brisbane economy and support local jobs from the events industry to cafes and tourism operators.
“This is a major event attracting 3,000 of the world’s best BMX racers and more than 20,000 spectators to Brisbane.
“The 2026 UCI BMX World Championships will also be broadcast to a potential global audience of 14 million in more than 100 countries, that’s great publicity for Queensland’s tourism and events industry.”
“Brisbane has a strong appetite for world-class sporting events and has the expertise to host them, and that’s why it’s a huge win for our city to secure the 2026 UCI BMX World Championships, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said.
“We’re thrilled that Brisbane’s vibrant atmosphere, warm climate and stellar sporting facilities will be recognised on the world stage as BMX’s best talent from around the globe converge on our city and draw in droves of adrenaline-seeking spectators.”
AusCycling CEO, Marne Fechner, was excited to win the rights to host the Championships stating, “The UCI BMX Queensland will be an ideal host for the Championships as the hotbed for BMX participation in Australia. We look forward to hosting the world in 2026.”
Queensland has previously hosted the World Championships in 1989 (prior to BMX being recognised by the UCI), UCI classified races and National Championships.
The Sleeman Sports Centre BMX Supercross Track features all of the requirements for a successful UCI BMX World Championships.
Brisbane will be the first Australian host of the UCI BMX World Championships since Adelaide in 2009.
Upcoming hosts of the Championships include Papendal (Netherlands), Nantes (France), Glasgow (Scotland) and Rock Hill (USA).