The biggest extreme sports and music event in Croatia and Southeast Europe is included in the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) calendar, and in the new BMX category, drivers will collect points for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The jubilee 20th anniversary of the Pannonian Challenge will be remembered by one of the greatest recognitions in two decades of existence – membership in the UCI Federation, which brings a range of new opportunities for all competitors. Pannonian Challenge has become the international competition of the C1 category, in which participants of the BMX freestyle discipline will be able to collect points for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. This is a big step for the festival launched by the group of enthusiasts from Osijek, which in the meantime, grew into a globally known gathering of extreme sports and urban culture.
“By joining the UCI federation, we have the opportunity to raise the whole event to a higher level. As many are already aware, next year, BMX and skate drivers will compete for the first time in Tokyo and we are proud that the Pannonian Challenge will become a part of sports history. Every year we come together in Osijek with a great team, and this June we expect the arrival of the best world riders and numerous teams. We have already announced the presence of the UK, Russia and Hungary for the time being, and the number of applicants is growing, which guarantees the biggest Pannonian Challenge so far, “said Jurica Barać, project manager at the Pannonian Challenge.
The Pannonian Challenge will be held this year in skate park near the popular Copacabana beach in Osijek, where from 5th to 9th of June, competitions will be held in skateboarding, BMX and inline disciplines, and scooters will run in demonstration disciplines. There is also a music part of the festival, combined with rock and electro sounds, featuring the best names of regional urban music scene.