The rough and tumble of BMX racing hits Auckland in 2013, as the city plays host to the biggest annual prize in the sport, the UCI BMX World Championships.
The Vector Arena will be the venue for the world’s best BMX riders to chase the right to wear the coveted world champion’s rainbow jersey for the following 12 months. Having been handed the baton from Birmingham, England, in 2012, the countdown is now on to this exciting event. It will be the first time the World Championships have been held in New Zealand.
BMX racing is a thrilling and awe-inspiring sport, and is now an Olympic event. The races involve up to eight riders, who race around jumps, bumps and corners at incredible speeds. With races starting in quick succession, it is an exciting, non-stop spectacle.
BMX riding appeals to all ages and Auckland is the ideal place to bring the family during the World Championships. Soak up the excitement in the world-class Vector arena, situated a short walk from the city centre, and then explore what this vibrant, fun city has to offer.
Adrenaline junkies will find a host of activities in Auckland that are guaranteed to get the pulse racing. You can walk the 1.2 metre-wide SkyWalk around the city’s iconic Sky Tower – at 192 metres above the ground, and with no handrails, this isn’t for the faint-hearted! Or, take a SkyJump from the Tower, where you will fall at 85kph while attached to a wire.
Out of the city and you are never far away from a beach in the Auckland area. The west coast beaches have powerful surf, stunning black sand and sun-dried driftwood. Remote and untamed, Whatipu, Karekare, Piha, Bethels and Muriwai offer forest walks, cliff top trails and awesome views.
For more information visit www.bmxworldsnewzealand.com