USA Cycling Announces BMX Freestyle Team For the 2022 Urban World Championships

October 11, 2022

The team will head to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in mid-November.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ USA Cycling announced today the athletes that will be representing the United States at the 2022 UCI Urban World Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, November 9-13, 2022.

The team has had major success at these World Championships since the inaugural event in 2017. Since then, USA Cycling has stood on the podium in every BMX Freestyle Park event for Men and Women with Hannah Roberts (Buchanan, Mich.; Hyper BMX), Perris Benegas (Reno, Nev.; Haro BMX), and Justin Dowell (Virginia Beach, V.A.; Hyper BMX) all winning World titles.

Defending Champion Roberts is looking for her fourth World title after winning the most recent World Cup in Brussels. National Champion Benegas also has a chance at her second set of rainbow stripes after placing second to Roberts in Brussels. Angie Marino (Buffalo, N.Y.; Cult Crew), Chelsea Wolfe (Lake Park, Fla.; GT Bicycles), and Cory Coffey (Ojai, Calif.) will also be ready to throw down their new tricks for the championship. Newcomer to the scene is 17-year-old Bethany Hendrick (Mitchell, Ky.; GT Bicycles) who has been making a name for herself in the USA BMX Freestyle Amateur series and is looking to make the jump to the pro class and compete in her first international event.

Dowell will be a favorite going into the World Championships after taking two silver medals in his first season competing in the X-Games. Daniel Sandoval (Corona, Calif.; Free Agent Bikes) is no stranger to the Worlds podium either, placing second in the event last year. 19-year-old Marcus Christopher (Canton, Ohio, DK Bicycles) will compete in his first World Championships after winning his first Elite National Championships earlier this year. Brian Fox (Commerce, Ga.; Woodward Camp), Jacob Thiem (Kennard, Neb.; Free Agent Bikes), and Bryce Tryon (Lodi, Calif.; Free Agent Bikes) have also been making big strides in their riding this year and will cap off the season at the World Championships and the last World Cup in Australia in December.

Additionally, the flatland crew will be returning to the World Championships with a team of Terry Adams (Hammond, La.), Lindsey Bode (Kailua, Hawaii), David (Bo) Wade (Redondo, Calif.), and Matt Wilhelm (Naperville, Ill.).

BMX Freestyle Park

Elite Women

Elite Men

  • 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)
  • Bryce Tryon (Lodi, Calif.; Free Agent Bikes)

BMX Freestyle Flatland

Elite Men

  • Terry Adams (Hammond, La.)
  • Lindsey Bode (Kailua, Hawaii)
  • David (Bo) Wade (Redondo, Calif.)
  • Matt Wilhelm (Naperville, Ill.)

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For more information, please contact Angelina Palermo at apalermo@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).