History - BMX Australia 1996
In 1996, Australia has just over 5000 registered riders from 145 clubs. This is the year that the IBMXF/FIAC finally merges with UCI, who takes over managing the sport at an International level. There are now around 48,000 registered BMX riders around the World, affiliated with UCI. Australia has the third highest number of registered riders behind USA (18,000) and France (6,242).
The Australian BMX National Championships were held in Nerang QLD.
The 1st UCI - BMX World Championship were held at Brighton - England, August 16-18.
In 1996 the IBMXF merged with UCI and this was the first ever official UCI world championships. Our women excelled with Natarsha Williams taking out the Elite Womens Title, while Alesha Pollard took out the Junior Womens title. This meant Australia topped the Elite Class rankings, despite finishing well down the list on the overall Challenge class rankings - in 12th place.
Elite Women - Natarsha Williams, World Champion
Junior Women - Alesha Pollard, World Champion
19 and over Elite Cruiser - T. Turesson 5th