Roseburg High School graduate Nicole Woodrow is competing for Team USA’s BMX team in the UCI World Championships today and Friday in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

It’s Woodrow’s third time qualifying for Team USA BMX. She qualified at the age of 10 and 16 back in 2001 and 2008. She is 26 now and looking to win for the third time with team USA.

Nicole moved from California to Roseburg at age 4 and attended Melrose Elementary School. She would go on to attend John C. Fremont Middle School and finish up at RHS. She began racing BMX bikes at Roseburg BMX about the time she turned 9.

Woodrow competed at the local, state, national and international level. She was ranked No. 1 in North America in the Junior Women league in 2007-2008.

Woodrow has won 10 state championships throughout her time racing in Oregon. She was also ranked in the top 10 in the nation for 10 years for her age group.

The UCI world championships include riders from all over the world competing for the world title.

The championships include 46 competitors from 10 countries.

Woodrow played lacrosse and competed in track and field at Roseburg High. She also played in the RHS marching band.

Woodrow graduated in 2016 from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Although she currently lives in Thousand Oaks, California, Woodrow regularly returns to Roseburg to train for BMX riding and to visit family and friends.

Woodrow took a break from pursuing her BMX career until earlier this year to focus on her college education.

Julie Woodrow, Nicole Woodrow’s mother moved her young family to Roseburg because she wanted a small town to raise a family.

“It’s a really nice place to live.” Julie Woodrow said.

After her brother was hurt while racing BMX, he decided to play conventional sports at the high school, but Nicole decided to pursue riding further.

To follow the events from Thursday and Friday, go to https://www.usabmx.com/site/sections/262.

Part-time sports reporter Josh Gaunt can be reached at 541-957-4220 or via email at jgaunt@nrtoday.com.

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