First U.S. UCI BMX competition of 2009 next weekend in Oklahoma

Colorado Springs, Colo. (January 16, 2009)—The first U.S.-based UCI-sanctioned BMX competition of the 2009 calendar year is rapidly approaching as the BMX community is gearing up for the ABA Sooner Nationals in suburban Oklahoma City on Jan. 24. Held in nearby Guthrie, the event will welcome elite and amateur riders with 4 UCI classes (junior men, junior women, elite men, elite women) on tap.
As a reminder, any rider planning to compete in the UCI categories must have a 2009 UCI International BMX license. If you have not yet renewed your license, you can quickly and easily do so online via your My USA Cycling online account. For new members, please visit to purchase a 2009 international license.
For a complete schedule of events in Guthrie, visit the American Bicycle Association website at, or click here.
The ABA Sooner Nationals is the first of eight U.S. races on the 2009 UCI Calendar, which includes:
Jan. 24: Guthrie, Ok. (USA)
Feb. 7: Perris, Calif. (USA)
Feb. 21: Oldsmar, Fla. (USA)
Mar 7: Phoenix, Ariz. (USA)
Mar. 20: Desoto, Texas (USA)
Mar. 22: Desoto, Texas (USA)
June 13: Milford, Del. (USA)
June 20: Rockford, Ill. (USA)
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