The world's top BMX experts will arrive in Malaga at the end of September to compete for the title of world champion. American company Vans confirmed the Rubén Alcántara skatepark as the venue for the event during its presentation of the 2018 programme.
In 2017 it came as a surprise when the city was chosen as one of the locations for a world tour qualifier. Bikers from all over the globe came to the park, which has quickly become regarded as one of the best in the world.
The quality of the bowl designed by Rubén Alcántara was the principal factor behind the decision made by Vans, but also the hugely positive experience of last year, with great interest shown by the general public and both local and international press.
Malaga will not only host the final of the European Tour, which will be held on 21 September, but also will host the World Tour finals on 22 and 23 of the same month.
The latter competition got under way at the end of last week in Santiago (Chile) and will visit Sydney (Australia) on 27 April; Woodward, Pennsylvania in June; Huntington Beach, California in the United States and Guadalajara, Mexico. The finals will then take place in Malaga, the only European destination.
The sporting director of Vans BMXPro Cup, Jerry Badders, confirmed that Malaga will host the finals, stating: “Rubén Alcántara park is made for BMX. Last year, the atmosphere and the professionalism was incredible in Malaga and we’re sure it will be the same this time around.”
The 2017 edition was won by the American Chase Hawk, joined on the podium by the Canadian Corey Walsh and Spaniard Sergio Layos.
Last year’s qualifier in Malaga started strangely after the city’s mayor, Francisco de la Torre, suffered a fall after trying to copy the moves of the bikers inside the bowl.