FISE World Croatia press conference, Osijek 20/07

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Attended by Joseph Villeflayoux (Marketing director, Hurricane Action Sports), Johan Berthonneau(Sport Director, Hurricane Action Sports), Jurica Barac (Pannonian Challenge general director), Vladimir Ham (Deputy of Osijek’s mayor), Marin Rantes (BMX pro rider, Croatia), Logan Martin (BMX pro rider, Australia).

Introduction to FISE World Series

FWS is a worldwide action sports series that gathers the best international athletes in BMX, Skateboard, Mountain Bike, Inline Skate and Wakeboard who compete in spectacular competitions. FWS takes place at the heart of each Host City, and the festival-like vibe, sports-filled days and huge crowds make FWS the biggest and best action sports festival in the world. Overall rankings are calculated at the end of the tour, determining the champion in each of the disciplines.

The second stop of the FISE World Series presented by Honor (FWS) takes place onJuly 21st to 23rd. This year the FWS will stop for the first time in Osijek in the area called Copacabana during the iconic sports and music festival in Croatia, the Pannonian Challenge! This stop will be featuring the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup.

FISE World Series has a huge media diffusion. IMG media, the worldwide leader of sport distribution, has acquired the rights of the series and distribute the TV programs of the series in more than 120 countries reaching 1 billion household around the Globe.

FWS is also distributed for free on internet and social media. During the last FISE world Series stop in Montpellier (France), more than 45 millions people reached on social medias. FISE world Croatia will benefit of this media plan which will boost Croatia as touristic destination.

Joseph Villeflayoux said : « Pannonian Challenge organizers and FISE’s organizers share the same core values as we have been pushing for almost 2 decades the development of action sports with the same spirit and passion ».

UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup

BMX Freestyle Park is now a recognised cycling discipline, certified by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body for cycling recognised by the International Olympic Committee. The launch of the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup in 2016 is the result of great collaboration between the UCI and FISE and will also be the springboard for the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships, planned for 2017, that will include BMX Freestyle Park, Mountain Bike Cross Country Eliminator (XCE) and Trials.

Why Croatia?

Croatia has been selected among 20 cities for the touristic destination, the attractativity of the country, the central position in easten Europe wich gathers lot of action sports athletes, and the professionalism of the organizers from the Pannonian Challenge.

A great destination : Slavonia is a land of legends, with its myths and secrets proudly passed down through the generations. Here the locals fiercely uphold their traditions, such as harvest festivals, traditional dresses and the popular local music.

They are also generous hosts, always ready to engage in a heart-to-heart over a glass of one of the many quality wines produced by the area’s fertile lowlands and some of the spicy local dishes such as čobanac (stew) or fiš paprikaš (fish soup). For more information about Croatia in general: .

Top international and local riders

3 days of BMX announced for the second stopover of theUCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup! The best BMX riders will challenge on this stop as Kevin Peraza, Alex Coleborn, Mike Varga, Logan Mar­tin…

During the press conference Marin Rantes the local hero (top BMX rider in Croatia) said that he is really proud to participate in such an event in Croatia with all the best riders in the world competing for UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup. Logan Martin from Australia (winner of the FISE World Series 2015) said he is coming for the first time in Croatia and he is really exited to ride this park and discover the country.

Watch LIVE

Friday July 22nd 2016 - 6:50pm to 9:10pm CET (7:30pm-10:20pm local time)

UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup Semi-Final - FISE World Croatia 2016

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SaturdayJuly 23rd 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:20pm CET (8:30pm-10:20pm local time)

UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup Final - FISE World Croatia 2016

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