BMX Freestyle Flatland
Want to watch the world’s best cyclists freestyle on bikes at Glasgow Green in Glasgow? Here’s everything you need to know about BMX Freestyle Flatland.
Dates: 08 - 10 August 2023VIEW FULL SCHEDULE
Imagine parkour combined with breakdancing… on a bike. That’s BMX Flatland.
Riders have nothing but their bike and the blank canvas of a smooth surface to style and spin their way to a mesmerising medal-worthy routine that you have to see to believe.
Find all you need to know about getting to Glasgow Green, the event venue, accessibility information and more, by downloading our Spectator Guide.
How it works
Glasgow Green is the stage where riders will compete in 2-3 minute rounds to show the very best of their athletic and artistic ability.
It’s a totally unique event, more rap battle than road race, where the crowd gets just as hyped as the competitors. The surfaces may be flat, but the atmosphere is anything but!
Attempting and nailing a variety of tricks in a natural flow is everything for a high scoring Flatland round. As well as raw talent and pure creativity, judges are looking for consistency when it comes to balance, stability and control of both body and bike.
Expect bikes being wrestled into impossible angles, superhuman skills that defy reality, and riders in spin cycles… literally. With the speed the tricks are attempted at, it’s easy for them to get dizzy. But for those that want maximum points, floor touches are to be kept to a minimum.
Every single Flatland run is unique.
So make sure you catch them live at Glasgow Green.
BMX Freestyle Flatland Gallery
Glasgow Green, Greendyke St, Saltmarket.
- The only rule is there are no rules… that’s why it’s called Freestyle! Riders are rewarded for creating tricks that judges have never seen before.
- From half cab to can can, decades to disconnects, tailwhips to time machines, the names of the tricks are almost as inventive as the tricks themselves.
- The first flatland bunnyhop tailwhip was landed in a popular burger chain car park by BMX legend Bill Nitschke, and so was named a "Whopper"!
- Traditionally the wheelbase of a flatland BMX bike is much shorter, to make pedalling and spinning much easier. But current UCI World Champion Matthias Dandois, and others, now often opt for slightly bigger street BMX bikes.
Toughness and top speeds will be tested as riders clash in sprint races for the fearless.
No two runs will be the same as riders express their creativity on a skatepark-like course.
Glasgow and Scotland host the biggest cycling event EVER. 13 World Championships. 11 days. 1 mega event.
View the full schedule here.