Baku is set to host the UCI BMX World Championships ©Getty Images

Baku is set to welcome athletes for the International Cycling Union (UCI) BMX World Championships.

Competition will begin in Azerbaijan's capital city tomorrow, with challenge cruisers events set to feature until Thursday (June 7).

Attention will then turn to the BMX World Championships race, with the motos rounds taking place on Friday (June 8).

The concluding races in the elite and junior races for both men and women will take place the following day, where the world champions' rainbow jerseys will be awarded.

Dutch star Niek Kimmann will be one of the favourites to triumph in the men’s elite competition in Baku.

He currently tops the overall UCI World Cup standings, having won four of six races contested.

Kimmann could face competition from the French trio of Joris Daudet, Romain Mahieu and Sylvain André, along with his Dutch team-mate Twan van Gendt.

United States’ Corben Sharrah will hope to defend his world title, despite the stiff opposition.

Laura Smulders will expect to be in contention for victory in the women’s elite event, with the Dutch rider having earned recent World Cup success in Papendal.

Reigning world champion Alise Willoughby of the United States triumphed in the second race at the venue, as she warmed up to the defence of her title.

The course was previously used for the European Games in 2015, but has undergone upgrades since hosting the event.

Athletes are claimed to have expressed their approval prior to the start of competition.