USA Cycling Announces 2023 BMX Freestyle World Championship Teams

June 29, 2023

11 athletes have been nominated to the BMX Freestyle Park team competing at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships will make history in Glasgow, Scotland as the first World Championship where 13 events will be contested across 7 disciplines. 11 athletes will compete in the BMX Freestyle Park contest August 5-7, 2023. All athletes will compete in the Qualifying event on August 5th, with Semi-Finals the next day, and Finals on Monday, August 7th.

The full Tokyo 2020 Olympic team will be present as they work to gain crucial results for the Paris 2024 Olympic qualification. Olympic Silver Medalist Hannah Roberts (Buchanan, Mich.; Hyper BMX) will be looking to claim her fifth World Title. Former World Champion Perris Benegas (Reno, Nev.; Haro BMX) will also be riding for a spot on the podium. Nick Bruce (Youngstown, Ohio; DK Bicycles) is back competing after injuring his shoulder at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. His first contest back was Montpellier in May. 2018 World Champion Justin Dowell (Virginia Beach, V.A.; Hyper BMX) finished second at the 2022 World Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE and will be vying for that top step once again.

Other top competitors include Marcus Christopher (Canton, Ohio; DK Bicycles) and Brian Fox  (Commerce, Ga.; Woodward Camp) who both finished on the podium at the first World Cup of the season in Diryah, Saudi Arabia. Christopher went on to podium again in Montpellier and is currently ranked second in the World Cup rankings behind Olympic Gold Medalist Logan Martin (AUS).

The team will head to the next World Cup in Brussels, Belgium on July 6-9 before the World Championships in August.

The Team USA Roster is as follows:

BMX Freestyle Park

Elite Women

Perris Benegas (Reno, Nev.; Haro BMX)

Bethany Hedrick (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.; GT Bicycles)

Angie Marino (Buffalo, N.Y.; Cult Crew)

Hannah Roberts (Buchanan, Mich.; Hyper BMX)

Chelsea Wolfe (Lake Park, Fla.; GT Bicycles)

Elite Men

Nick Bruce (Youngstown, Ohio; DK Bicycles)

Marcus Christopher (Canton, Ohio; DK Bicycles)

Justin Dowell (Virginia Beach, V.A.; Hyper BMX)

Brian Fox (Commerce, Ga.; Woodward Camp)

Daniel Sandoval (Corona, Calif.; Free Agent Bikes)

Jacob Thiem (Kennard, Neb.; Free Agent Bikes)

Visit USACycling.org for more information on the athletes, events and membership programs, and follow @USACycling across all channels for the latest on Team USA.

For more information, contact Angelina Palermo at apalermo@usacycling.org.

ABOUT USA CYCLING (usacycling.org)

USA Cycling is the national governing body for the sport of cycling and oversees the disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, cyclocross, and BMX. USA Cycling’s mission is to grow participation and engagement with the sport of bicycle racing and achieve sustained international success across all cycling disciplines. USA Cycling supports cyclists of all levels and abilities, from those just beginning in the sport to international caliber athletes. The organization identifies, develops, and selects cyclists to represent the United States in international competition through the support of youth and interscholastic programs, amateur and grassroots bike racing events, athlete development programs, and operational support for cycling clubs, racing teams, and event organizers. USA Cycling has a membership of 80,000, sanctions over 2,500 events annually, and is a member of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).