Manchester's round of the 2015 International Cycling Union (UCI) BMX Supercross World Cup has been crowned the best event of the year having beaten off competition from four rivals.
Held in April at the National Cycling Centre in front of record crowds, home favourite Liam Phillips claimed time trials and supercross victories for the third consecutive year, becoming the first man to achieve the feat on the same track.
Australia’s Caroline Buchanan triumphed in the women’s competition which took place at the world-renowned BMX venue for the third time.
Following an evaluation by riders, the UCI BMX Commission, sponsors, the UCI, GSX Events and the media, the first leg of this year’s World Cup was deemed to be the best event after assessing the event’s promotion, organisation, the race, track, venue and atmosphere in comparison to its rivals.
Papendal in The Netherlands, the Argentinian city of Santiago del Estero, Angelholm in Sweden and Rock Hill, South Carolina, also hosted World Cup events during the season.
“We are delighted that the 2015 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Manchester has received this award,” said Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s cycle sport and membership director.
“It is testament to the hard work of our event partners UK Sport and Manchester City Council as well as the staff and volunteers whose dedication ensured both athletes and spectators enjoyed an exceptional experience in Manchester.
“We are looking forward to bringing the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup back to Manchester in 2016 and delivering another world-class event in the city.”
The event was part of UK Sport’s National Lottery funded EveryRoadtoRio series, which is designed to support British athletes’ preparation and qualification for Rio 2016, with over 30 world class sports events held throughout the country in the build up to next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Manchester will again play host to the World Cup in 2016 with the event from April 9 to 10 set to be one of the last opportunities for riders to earn qualifying points before the Olympics.
September 2015: Phillips becomes first man to win back-to-back BMX Supercross World Cup titles as season closes at Rock Hill
July 2015: The Netherlands and Venezuela take elite race golds at UCI BMX World Championships
July 2015: France claim double time trial gold at UCI BMX World Championships
May 2015: BMX freestyle park added as new cycling discipline