NEW YORK - August 31, 2005 - The Dew Action Sports Tour, the first-ever, season-long multi-sport professional tour in action sports, will host the International Cycling Union (UCI) BMX Supercross World Cup Finals as the specialty competition at the Toyota Challenge on Friday, September 9 in San Jose, CA. The fourth stop of the Dew Action Sports Tour, the Toyota Challenge takes place September 8-11 at San Jose’s HP Pavilion, and features professional competitions in skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross. The event also includes a Festival Village with interactive courses, video gaming and athlete autograph sessions.
"With the inclusion of BMX racing at the 2008 Olympics, we are excited to host UCI BMX Supercross, the first event ever to be presented in the race format we can expect in the 2008 Olympics," said Wade Martin, general manager of the Dew Action Sports Tour. "The movement of action sports into the Olympic games further legitimizes their popularity, as well as the true sportsmanship involved."
The previous round of UCI BMX Supercross, the World Cup, was held in Aigle, Switzerland in June, where Robert De Wilde/Staats (Netherlands) grabbed the 1st place podium spot in front of Cristian Becerine/Crupi (Argentina) and Randy Stumpfhauser/GT-Hyundai (USA).
Nicknamed the Flyin' Dutchman, De Wilde faces stiff competition from Stumpfhauser, the newly crowned 2005 UCI BMX World Champion Bubba Harris/Redline (USA), Mike Day/Staats (USA) and 75 other hungry pro riders gunning for the BMX SX title at the Dew Action Sports Tour’s Toyota Challenge. All the action takes place the afternoon of Friday, September 9, with Semi-Finals and Finals scheduled for 4:30-5:15 PM PDT.
The Dew Action Sports Tour features intense competition in the three BMX disciplines that are featured at all five Tour stops. Ryan Guettler has the most points in the BMX Park discipline, with Scotty Cranmer and Steven McCann in second and third place respectively. Guettler also leads the race for points in BMX Dirt, but is trailed closely by fellow Australian Corey Bohan. Chris Doyle is currently in third in BMX Dirt. In BMX Vert, Kevin Robinson leads the points race, but is followed by Jamie Bestwick, Dave Mirra and Chad Kagy. All three athletes fall within 27 points of Robinson.