Eight BMX cyclists will represent Zimbabwe at the 2017 UCI BMX world championships to be hosted in South Carolina, USA, from 24 to 29 July 2017.

Zimbabwe BMX has doubled the number of participants set to take part at this year’s UCI BMX world championship.

2016 entrant Penias Tenthani will lead the squad back when he competes in the elite men’s category that also features current Olympic gold medalist Connor Fields from USA.

US-based Andrew Chamunorwa will ride in the 17-24 age group while Campbell Wright will feature in the Under 15 boys.

Competing in the Under 7 boys category is new boy Tariq Shelton, while the duo of Emmanuel Gore and Callum Brooker will make a debut appearance in the Under 8 boys section.

Coach Andrew Mwanjira and lead athlete Tenthani both conceded the challenge ahead will be tough, but hinted all the categories are ready to give it their best shots.

Zimbabwe Cycling Union president Andrew Donaldson expressed hope the young team will fair well considering the long hours of practise invested.

The 2017 UCI BMX world championships will be hosted in the USA for the first time in over 15 years.

The event is expected to see over 3000 amateurs and an estimated 300 professional BMX athletes from over 40 nations taking part.

The venue, Novant Health BMX supercross track boasts a 10.7-metre initial elite jump for speed, and was modelled based on similar elements as those of the 2008 Beijing Olympic track.