A day in the life with: LAURA SMULDERS

Friday, December 29, 2017

Laura Smulders is a Dutch BMX racer who recently released this brand new edit. See what a day in her life is like below!

Alise Post and her UCI Rainbow Jersey

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Well, it only took me a million years, but finally the interview I did with Alise Post weeks ago is being posted up. Here we talk about the coveted UCI rainbow jersey, winning Worlds, winning in general and the complicated moments leading up to it.

Beatrice: I understand this is your first rainbow jersey, how many World Championships did you compete as Elite before winning in South Carolina?

Alise: 2017 marked my 8th year racing in the UCI Women’s Elite class and my 7th time competing in the category at the BMX World Championships... and I guess lucky #7 delivered with a win, FINALLY! I have made the final every single time I have competed there and after 5 podium medals, 2 crashes whilst leading the final (2012 & 2015), my 6th championship medal was finally GOLD and earned me my first Rainbow jersey honors :) I couldn’t be happier!

Beatrice: Does having the jersey now take away any of the negative feelings from those super close moments or does it still linger?

Alise: Earning a rainbow jersey has always been the bucket list item that needed to be ticked in my career. Being so close so many times I have always felt I had something to prove to myself to be able to put that race together on the day. The sting of all of those laps and close finishes to earn that rainbow jersey are still definitely there, but now getting the opportunity to wear those stripes out on the track, I can honestly say I have a lot more self confidence out there every time I race, and that definitely plays into those situations when things don’t go perfect or the pressure is on. I think that it has helped me believe in myself and stay positive in all situations.

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Beatrice: So you win Worlds, and you're running up to Sam on the amateur hill, the crowd by the way was bawling their eyes out - thanks Alise. What was the first thing he said to you, or you said to him?

Alise: That moment was so special and will forever be a highlight of my career. We’ve always dreamed of winning a championship TOGETHER as one of us always seems to deliver while the other just misses. Although we weren’t both standing on the podium in that same sense previously pictured, this was more of a “together” moment than ever before. It really was a team effort, no words really needed to be said, we just looked at each other and had that sigh of relief as we embraced each other up on that hill. I had my helmet on and people were yelling so it was hard to hear, but I am pretty sure he said good job.. The only bit I can remember though is the “love you and proud of you”. (editors note: I'm literally tearing up again as I'm reading Alise's response!) 

Beatrice: After that tear-jerking moment, you're on the podium and I remember the rainbow jersey you had on was pretty big. I remember someone telling me that it's just for show while they sort your real size, but was the one you had to wear for photos at least new - or did you get to keep it?

Alise: They have a few sizes on hand and I am pretty sure that’s just your standard Small jersey - I am just that small haha. Yes you get to keep that jersey and that is the one framed up in in our house.

Beatrice: What are the rules of owning a rainbow UCI jersey? Can you only wash them with a specific brand of detergent, how many do you get while you're the champion? Are there restrictions on what brands you can have on them, any weird rules you can share?

Alise: No rules on how many you can have - I guess that part is up to your sponsors! There are weird rules about the sizing and logo placements and all sorts of stuff though, and I would actually be fined if I didn’t wear it in any UCI event as well. So there’s definitely stipulations with it, but it’s all worth it to get to wear those coveted stripes.

Beatrice: What's the jersey material like, anything you've had before?

Alise: Again, there’s just rules on how the jerseys are to be sized and made. The ones I am wearing currently are super lightweight material and fit really well. It feels extra fast ;)

Beatrice: You're a World Champion, silver Olympic medallist, multiple pro title holder... what is next? Is it even possible to stay hungry and motivated at this point? Do you have anymore awards you have to match up with Sam in the trophy room?

Alise: My side of the trophy room is definitely lacking the number of those framed rainbow jerseys! so I’ll definitely need to keep working on that.  To beat him out I think I’d have to aim for that Gold in 2020 - because other than that, he’s seen and done it all himself as well. The thrill of the chase and pushing my personal limits is always the motivation for me, so until I “can’t be beat” I don’t think I’ll ever lack motivation come race day… and since anything can happen in BMX and the women’s side of the sport just keeps progressing, I think I’ll always have some work to do! It’s a pretty common but true saying that it’s easy to get to the top, but staying there is whole other ballgame.

Beatrice: With so many HUGE accomplishments, it's hard to believe (and shocking) you started out the year with "next to no sponsors", and I think this is something that a lot of kids don't realise - there's a lot of sweat and tears behind the scenes. Are you able to share what it was like going through a period where your future was uncertain? I would imagine you'd have sponsors knocking down your door!

Alise: After my most successful year with an Olympic Medal in 2016 and having had such a solid program with Redline for so long, it was hard to believe we wouldn’t be continuing our partnership. I think both myself and a lot of other brands felt the same way and simply didn’t even reach out. I think Sam’s accident and all of the other things going on in my life played a factor in my hustle to work to find something as well. The stars just weren’t aligning at that point of time and having to look for things so late in the game when budgets were already sorted was hard, so I just made the commitment to myself that if I had to go the whole year with the few co-sponsors I had on board and nothing new, I would do that because I wasn’t going to sell myself short to go out and take unnecessary risks when I had so much other stuff to worry about on the home front. Thankfully, as things steadied out at home I was able to get in touch with a few key people that had a lot of faith in me as a rider and was able to put together an amazing group of sponsors in GW Bikes, Promax Components, Klean Athlete Nutritional supplements, Troy Lee Designs Gear, USA Cycling support, broski headphones, ODI Grips, KMC Chains, Onyx Racing hubs, Oakley eyewear, Box components, 327 designs plate graphics, and Steve Diamond Elements photography + USA BMX always making me look pro and helping market myself well. Getting those ducks in a row really helped me start backing myself again and my riding got better from there throughout the year, and I got to work with people I was proud to be associated with. It was more work than I’d ever had to put into that side before, but the final program was so worth it and I think it’s something people across the sport could learn from. There’s a lack of financial opportunity out there at the moment and so there needs to be a restructure where consumers are spending the money to support brands and pros they like, and the pros are promoting those brands well without selling themselves short.

Been on a bit of a social hiatus - had some technical difficulties, but I'm back on the grid! .... today was a tough day, for more than one reason across the US, but for us personally, today marked 1 year since Sam's accident. Crazy to think how much has happened in that time and how life has changed in so many ways, yet stayed the same in others. One thing is for certain and that is that "teamwork makes the dream work" and we are forever grateful to the many people in our corner that remain supportive and positive as Sam continues to break down barriers in life's new path. And aside from all of that hard work, I am thankful that he continues to support me in so many ways and wants to take the time to make me the best version of me in all aspects of life... it's amazing the load you can carry when your support beams are so strong ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ #strengthfor91 ***show your strength on @odigrips site by purchasing a limited edition set of metal bar ends for your lock-on grips! 100% of proceeds donated to @swilloughby91_ @road2recovery fund.**
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Beatrice: What’s your thoughts on there being no masters class for women at the World Championships and thoughts on how ex pro’s are grouped with challengers.

Alise: It does stink about there being no masters class for women, but to be honest, I completely understand why there isn’t. So many women move on from their racing careers after retiring from elite because they have children and things that keep them from competing at the same level as men for so long. I think opting into the challenge classes at that point is a good option, and I don’t see a problem with them grouping master’s in with the top challenge riders or having their own time to shine. The “elite show” needs to stick to being the cream of the crop in the sport for spectators coming to watch.

Beatrice: What do you think about some of the ladies transitioning to track, do you see yourself doing the same in the future?

Alise: Track has always been something I thought would be fun to try as it caters to my strengths as a BMX racer so I could see it happening at some point but I am not making any claims. I have been offered to try it a number of times and never taken the opportunity to even swing my leg over one of those bikes, so we’ll have to see what happens as I get older. A lot of girls are transitioning to multi disciplines and making a good living doing it so I think it’s great. But I also think as the depth of the competitors deepens in all disciplines it will become harder and harder to be successful at multiple things at a high level. The track world is very structured so it would be a tough barrier to break into, but I think at some point I’ll at least see how I go at it :)

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Beatrice: Lastly, other than getting married, any fun trips or plans while on vacation?

Alise: I think the wedding is all I’ll be thinking about this month and then I’ll get to planning that honeymoon ;-)

That's all the questions I have, just wanted to also say congrats to you and Sam, best of luck next month on your special day!

Thank you so much for the support and kind words! Pleasure chatting with you. -Alise


Friday, December 1, 2017

It's always an exciting day when a female rider is able to pick up a major sponsor. Here's what Nikita Ducarroz had to say about her new partnership.

"A few weeks ago I signed a deal with Extreme and their partner sponsor, Black and Decker. It’s pretty unreal to be able to partner with such an iconic brand. I’m super excited to have jumped on board and can’t wait to see what’s to come in 2018.

I think it’s great when we (riders) are able to go beyond the BMX industry, and showcase our amazing “little” sport to a larger audience that may not have been exposed to it otherwise. In addition, I’m pretty excited to play with all the crazy gadgets that they make, vacuum my car a few times, and see what kind of things I can build!"

Saya Sakakibara Races to the Dance

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Saya Sakakibara stays absolutely flawless while racing to her school dance. We're living for her helmet hair. Watch all the action here https://vimeo.com/241469047/73f6bf8d17

Spotlight: Emma Finnegan

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Emma Finnegan is a BMX rider from the UK, and we did an interview to get to know her. Keep reading below!

Beatrice: Where are you from and how did you get your start in BMX?

Emma:  I'm from Liverpool in the North West of England. When I was 11 years old my friend Liam had a black and gold bmx and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. For my birthday my parents bought me my own bmx and I started riding it around the neighbourhood with my friends, no tricks just getting from A to B was fun. At 15 I saw people doing tricks at the skatepark on bikes. After I turned 17 I began to learn to trick a bmx too.

Beatrice: What is Fise like for someone who's never competed before? Is it welcoming, well scheduled, any tips you'd have for someone new to Fise?

Emma: Fise is a trip! In Montpellier the energy is wild and it can get intense, but having the opportunity to be one of the athletes definitely made me feel part of something. I personally didn't have any issues with the schedules. I'd suggest wandering around and taking a look at what's going on, the whole experience is worth digesting at least once.

Beatrice: What's running through your head when you think about the 2020 Olympics, is it something you're going for, has your country reached out to you and how are you preparing for this huge event?

Emma: The Olympics should be pretty interesting, it's definitely a huge opportunity for bmx. I would say it's something that I'm thinking about but I haven't been approached by anybody about it. Right now I'm just riding and having fun.

Beatrice: How do you feel about there being only a limited number of spots for the Olympics? Does this add any pressure, do you feel that more riders should have the opportunity, what are your thoughts and feelings so far on the information provided about the qualifying process?

Emma:  I'm hyped to see who will qualify. I suppose the pressure will be different for everyone but it would be cool to have more people involved for sure. I don't know much about the qualification process but I'd be interested to know more about it.

Beatrice: Who is Emma when she’s in competition mode?

Emma:  I try to be focused but still have a good time and enjoy riding my bike

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Beatrice: Where are your top three spots where you enjoy riding the most?

Emma:  Rampworx Skatepark in Liverpool, England.
Breaking free Skatepark in Rochester, New York.
Austin, Texas

Beatrice: If you could name a very underrated female rider, someone who should deserve more coverage, who would that be?

Emma:  Wiktoria Maciuk. Her instagram is @god.wifi

Beatrice: In your perspective, how is the BMX scene for the ladies? Is it growing, stagnant, where is it heading and where do you want to be with BMX in 5 years?

Emma:  The ladies scene is small but growing. Three years ago in England, Nass festival hosted its first ever ladies comp with only 5 girls. It has been cool to see more girl riders each year. 5 years from now I want to still be having fun riding and meeting new people.

Nikita Ducarroz - New Territory

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Photo: Mongoose Bikes

Nikita Ducarroz just released her latest edit with her sponsor Mongoose bikes. "Mongoose Bikes rider, Nikita Ducarroza moved from a tiny NorCal village to San Diego. Moves are always challenging but now that she's been there a little while Nikita said; "it’s hands-down the only place I’d ever want to live!". One thing that really impressed her was the riding scene. "I especially love the fact that you can ride everything here. For this video, we spent three days hitting up the Claremont and MLK skateparks, Home Ave Ditch, and a few other spots around San Diego." Looks like Nikita likes her new territory."

Spotlight: Lara Lessmann

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Lara Lessmann is one to look out for. She's been competing in Fise with the kind of support few riders are getting right now in freestyle BMX, and that's the support of her own country. Learn more about her below and her journey to Tokyo in 2020.

Beatrice: For those who may not know you, could you introduce yourself and tell us how you got into riding?

Lara: My name is Lara, I am 17 years old and I come from Flensburg, Germany. I got into BMX when I was 9 years old. My brother took me to a skate park where I tried BMX for the first time and I had a lot of fun.

Beatrice: What do you ride?

LaraAll my parts are from BSD, Haro or Demolition.

BMX Freestyle Jamaica asks: Hello there, I'd like to know, what was it like, the very first time you began learning bar spins. What kinda things went through your mind at times while learning them and what was one of the scariest BMX sessions you've ever had?

LaraIt was a crazy feeling, it felt wrong but after I tried it several times I landed it perfect. My scariest BMX session might be the session where I was jumping over a jump box and a friend jumped beside me and we crashed in the air. I ended up with a concussion and had to rest for 2 weeks.

Beatrice: When you're getting ready for a big competition like Fise, what do you do to prepare?

LaraUsually I don't prepare anything special. I make sure that I'm able to land all my tricks perfectly and if there's 1 trick I'm not able to land 10/10 times, I don't perform it in competition. I try to stay fit and ride a little more safe in the training sessions to avoid injuries.

Cami Harambour asks: How did having a national team influence her riding?

LaraIt was absolutely amazing, it's so good to know there is always someone who's got your back.

Cory Coffey asks: Is she on an official Olympic training regime? If so, what's your training session like?

Lara: Right now I don't have a special training regime. I try to stay fit while doing sports, running and riding BMX. In school I have a special training regime which involves cardio and muscle training at the gym.

Beatrice: What's your plan or goal for the 2020 Olympics, what do you think about the Olympics introducing Freestyle BMX?

LaraMy big dream is it to be a part of the 2020 Olympics. I'm going to try my best and I won't give up until my dream comes true. At first I was skeptical if it was going to be the freestyle I'm used to (format of the competition), but now I'm more excited and I'm looking forward to the future.

Beatrice: Who inspires you in BMX ?

LaraWhen I was young I looked up to my brother, but after I began to go to contests and see some pros live, I became a big fan of Pat Casey. He Inspired me with his riding style.

Beatrice: What advice would you have someone who wants to enter Fise and maybe give the Olympics a try?

LaraTry to get a solid trick rotation, maybe mix the tricks up a little to bring in your individual style, and do it for fun, if you do it just for first place, BMX won’t have any value. When you do it for fun, you will improve and you'll automatically get higher rankings in competition.

Spotlight: Bethany Shriever

Monday, September 18, 2017

BMX is one of the least funded disciplines in cycling, yet you have athletes that arguably train harder and risk greater than any other cycling sport - maybe even any sport period. An example here is Bethany Shriever, British BMX racer and newly crowned junior World champion, who is doing it all on her own.

Beatrice: How and when did you get your start in BMX racing?

I was 8 years old and my brother's friend's dad, was the lead coach at my local BMX track, one day he invited both myself and my youngest brother to the track and we fell in love.

Beatrice: Congratulations on getting the win at the 2017 Worlds! For those who were not there and not around you, what was your day like leading up to finals? 

Bethany At the World champs my day went to plan, won every round leading up to the final, I hadn't faced Saya (my main competition) until the final and she also had won all her rounds leading up the final. I felt good all day, comfortable with the track and my competitors, but in the back of my mind I knew it would be a tough battle between myself and Saya in the final, as she also was on top form.

BVC Bikes - Supercross carbon BLK frame and forks

For the final lap that mattered the most, you had a great start, at what point during the race did you see the opportunity to beat Saya Sakakibara at the line? What was going through your head during the first couple of straights and when did it click in that you won?

As soon as I saw Saya ahead of me with that amount of distance I accepted in my head that I was going to get second, so I just kept my cool and kept pushing none the less and managed to close the gap on the third straight and it was only until I entered the last corner where I thought I had a chance of passing her, until that point I thought I had silver. This is why it was such a shock to me when I did take the win, because Saya had made some distance between me and her. I knew straight away when I crossed the line that I had it, and then the initial reaction was shock.

Beatrice: If I'm correct, I do believe you are the first Elite Women since Shanaze Reade, right? First, how does it feel to finally get rid of the Jr title to your name, and what does being Elite mean now, how has your training sessions change and do you get additional support now, if so how?

I'm always going to have that World title to my name, but like you say, I'm moving up into a whole new World, the best of the best in BMX and it is going to be tough. My training doesn't really change, I am going to be working extremely hard over the winter to get as strong as I can, I want to have the best chance at making finals in elite women, that's the aim. I am no longer with British Cycling because there is no funding, I am doing it all on my own with the help of my coach I have known for years, and sponsors who are willing to get me my equipment and get me to the places I need to get to to compete and train.

Beatrice: Does the lack of Elite women riders in GB say anything about the sport in GB? Are there not enough female riders or support, what's your take/perspective on this?

There is support, just no funding. It is a shame because in the UK we have lots of up and coming girls coming up to junior level and now they have to do it on their own. However, we are a tight network in the UK and we all talk and help each other, I am more than happy to be giving the girls advice and helping them improve.

This F2 CARBON FORGE MIPS helmet is the one Bethany wore at Worlds!

Beatrice: What are your thoughts on the 2018 Worlds location being in Baku, Azerbaijan? Parents are already opting out based on the location and safety. Will you be planning to go?

If I am selected by British Cycling I will be more than happy to go, I love it when races are in places like these because you get to see a whole new culture and experience something completely different to what you are usually used to. Everyone will be in the same boat, but it will be one to remember regarding where it is based.

Beatrice: Not sure if you noticed this, but there’s a masters class for male riders, but none for female riders. So you have veteran female racers, competing against the challenge class at Worlds. What are your thoughts on this and the impact on the future of the sport?

I never thought about that actually, that's interesting, they should definitely look into adding another veteran type class for women who ride 20'' bikes. I think that the sport for us girls has improved over the years and I think it can only get better, now a days we have equal prize money which we never had in the past, tracks are only going to start getting more technical and more demanding as the skill level keeps on rising.

Beatrice: If you could name 3 people to dedicate your success to, who would they be?

Mum, Dad and Mark Seaman

Beatrice: What's your day to day life like now, since we're in the off season and where or when will your next big race be?

Currently, I am working part time so I can still train during the week. My next big race isn't until next year now, so now I'm putting my head down and going to work extremely hard and get faster!

Vital BMX: The Hannah Roberts Interview

Thursday, September 14, 2017

This is awesome! Check out this interview Hannah did with Vital BMX. 16-year-old Hannah Roberts talks about her start, her relationship with cousin Brett Bansiewicz, Olympic dreams, competitive nature, and more. It's a great sit down interview, check it out!

Spotlight: Avriana Hebert

Monday, September 11, 2017
Left to Right: Josh Samells, Niko Doyle and Avriana Hebert (Team Canada)

Canadian BMX racer Avriana Hebert has a number of achievements under her belt, including a W1 plate from 2014. She's definitely not a stranger to Worlds, and this young women from Alberta, Canada is for sure someone to watch in the future.

Beatrice: How did you get into BMX?

Avriana: BMX was shown to me when I was four years old through my dad! My dad had done BMX when he was little and thought it would be the perfect sport for my brother and I! After taking my brother and I to the track for the first time it was something that we enjoyed and it stuck with me till now!

BeatriceAre you currently on the Canadian national team?

Avriana: I am currently not part of the national team but rather the next generation Canadian team. The 2016 season was the upbringing of the next gen program with a couple of camps, and at the end of the season a try out for the 2017 team. The 2017 season was supported with many camps including a pre Worlds camp at Rock Hill! The team gave us gym, sprints, and track programs to follow for our training. Along with our training programs, the team prepared us for races and coached us when needed during our races!

BeatriceWhat are your thoughts on the 2018 Worlds location being in Baku, Azerbaijan? A lot of parents are already opting out based on the location and safety. 

Avriana: In my eyes, I'm not horribly worried about the location of next years Worlds. I don't believe that they would pick a place for thousands of people to go if it were dangerous.

BeatriceSince we’re on the topic of Worlds, 2017 was a big year for us North Americans, with it being back “home” for the first time in a decade. What was your Worlds experience like leading up to the crash…?

Avriana: My World's experience was a bit of a tough one to take in. Leading up to my crash I felt very confident through practice and going into racing. I didn't want to set any expectations for myself going into racing because I didn't want to feel any pressure, but I was hopeful that I would do well. Unfortunately after making up some spots along second straight and going for a pass in the second corner I ended up crashing.

BeatriceTell me about your crash, I remember being so proud of the move you made in the 2nd corner, it was risky but the payoff would have been huge! For those who weren’t there, how did the crash happen and do you agree with medics not clearing you to compete in the next round?

Avriana: I ended up crashing with a Colombian junior trying to make a move in the second corner. In trying to make this move we bumped bars just before going into the second corner causing us to start leaning and ended up falling. I ended up hitting my head in the process of this fall and did not get up right away. After being down for a while I got up on my own reaching for my bike to ride it off. At this point the medics didn't allow me to do so and I was taken back to the medics tent for further concussion testing. Following the testing the medics informed me I was not cleared to race and I had not passed the testing. Initially my head hurt as it would after hitting it but after about 5 minutes I no longer had any pain, in which I told them. In my eyes I was ok to ride and I didn't agree with the medics choice of not letting me continue my day. Although I was frustrated with there decision I understand where there decision came from.

BeatriceNot sure if you noticed this but, there’s a masters class for male riders, but none for female riders. So you have veteran female racers, competing against the challenge class at Worlds. What are your thoughts on this and the impact on the future of the sport?

Avriana: I think a masters class for females would make for good racing! I've always been on the side of having all things men and women being equal. So in achieving this I believe it would be fair and right for UCI to make a female masters class.

BeatriceYou recently raced against some really big names in Louisville, what was it like being in a gate with some of the elites, and what are the differences between Junior and Elite racers that you’ve noticed?

Avriana: I really enjoy going to the bigger nationals in the US and racing with the elite women! To me it's kind of an adrenaline rush being with all those big names on the gate. Regarding the difference between junior women and elite in my eyes is the level of experience through the years of racing!

BeatriceIf you could name 3 people, (in no particular order) that you’d dedicate your success to, who would they be and why?

Avriana: The main three people to name off for my success are, to begin with, my parents! I wouldn't be anywhere I am today without the help of my mom and dad! They have helped me in too many ways to name off. My parents were my coaches for many years in my life and they are on of the main reasons of why I am where I am today! The last individual to thank for my success would be my current coach Adam Muys! Adam has helped me from my first 2014 Worlds till now! He has taken so much time to prepare me and so many more for our races and I can't thank him more!

VIP: Angie Marino

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Check out this new edit from Angie when she was at Woodward East!

Ferda Girls (HUMBLE. Parody)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This may be the single best thing you watch all week, and if you look closely you might spot long time contributor and all-around amazing person, Trish Bromley.


Micayla Gatto (@micaylagatto)

Hailey Elise (@haileyelisee)
Katrina Strand (@katrinastrand)
Matt Dennison (@mattdennison)
Nick Van Berkel (@nickvanberkel)
Ollie Jones (@olliegregoryjones)
Pat Crossing (@patcrossing)
Claire Buchar (@claire_buchar)

Power Hour: Nikita Ducarroz

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What can Nikita Ducarroz do in an hour? This edit will tell you.

Brooke Crain joins commentary team for Worlds

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Just announced, American BMX racer Brooke Crain will be joining Pete Dylewski on the commentary duties during worlds in Rock Hill, SC!

Crane states: "I'm really excited about this. Obviously I'd rather be racing the @2017bmxworlds but I'm thankful for the opportunity to still be apart of it ❤️ need to start studying names ๐Ÿ™ˆ"

The 2017 Worlds in Rockhill, SC will be shown live, make sure you bookmark this link to stay in the know https://bmxlive.tv/

photo: @jcobbs

Tokyo 2020: Thoughts From Your Favourite Riders

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Our BMX community has been buzzing this month with the announcement of Freestyle BMX's inclusion in the 2020 Olympics. Despite reducing athlete participation numbers, the Tokyo Executive Board announced equal representation, allowing 9 men AND 9 women to compete in the sports debut year. (We think that's pretty rad)

As Freestyle BMX gains Olympic status, Ride UK BMX invited riders to weigh in with their thoughts and reactions to the new stage, and what it means for our sport.

We've rounded up some of our favourite Olympic hopefuls to hear what they're thinking.

Camila Harambour (Chile)

"It took me a while to realize what making BMX Freestyle part of the Olympics actually means for the sport and all the riders. Personally, I didn't even consider that there would be a chance for us to ever make it there cause I always looked at the sport as being the exact opposite of rules and training in general. But then, if you analyze it a bit deeper, we do have a lot of rules and we do have a structure even if that means to do what you like. I think this is definitely a big step for every rider that wants to be a part of it and for sure it will make the sport more known and bigger. At the same time, I believe it will make BMX even more divided than what it is now. I always consider myself to be in the middle of that, loving it as a sport and loving it as a way of life but I know usually riders choose one over the other. I guess that as long as we all still respect all the different ways of seeing and living the sport, it's all for better"

Cory Coffey (United States)

"I'm super excited for BMX freestyle to be added to the 2020 games. I had an incredible opportunity to meet with the International Olympic committee with Ryan Nyquist while we were in France. We had the chance to talk with two of the representatives who were on site for the weekend to observe the sport and that was so rad!

The Olympics are the highest level of competition in any sport and to see BMX freestyle a part of that is incredible. I was excited when they added racing but always wished freestyle was a part, so rad cool to see the sport make it to such an elite level. I'm excited to see what the 2020 games will hold, which countries will walk away with medals and to see fellow athletes developing into Olympic athletes!

Having freestyle in the Olympics also will give some of the smaller countries who don't medal as often as other countries and real chance at getting one which I think is great. Instead of riding for oneself, or sponsors, you have this opportunity to ride for your entire country and represent to the rest of the world. So yeah, to say the least, I am beyond excited!"

Hannah Roberts (United States)

"I am so pumped that BMX made it into the Olympics! I think having BMX in the 2020 Olympics would be an amazing uprising for sport and have a bigger opportunity for people to get involved with BMX as well as progress more. I think that BMX as a whole is going to grow because the underside huge deal and kids would want to chance to be an Olympian. It's a huge uprising for sport and it came at a really good time"

Kara Bruce (Canada)

"I got my first taste of BMX, while I was researching women’s lack of participation in sport for a University project. This was about 7 years ago now, and it’s amazing to see how far it’s come!

Having Freestyle BMX in the Olympics will raise awareness in a way that had a huge impact on BMX Racing, and I hope we can learn from that and encourage more people worldwide, to come have fun on tiny bikes with us!!!

All in all, UCI in Edmonton Canada was awesome, and I hope to do more UCI events!"

Kayley Ashworth (United Kingdom)

"For me - Mr Nyquist said it all. BMX will always be free. I wouldn't have felt so at home in this industry if it wasn't. For ladies, this can open the doors to opportunities and experiences that were once laughable 10+yrs ago, to see this grow in the time I've been around I'M HYPED!!!...maybe I'll be taken a little more seriously about teaching BMX Freestyle now it has an Olympic status! For everyone, enjoy the Olympic wave or don't, it's here now."

Photo Cred: Mongoose

Nikita Ducarroz (Switzerland)

"I'm really stoked! I think it's a great opportunity to show BMX on such a large platform, and be seen as true athletes. Ryan Nyquist said something that really summarized my exact thoughts, as far as people being skeptical, it's still freestyle. Meaning those that want to be a part of this can, and those who don't, can continue riding, unaffected, just like they have been all this time. I'm excited to see where this goes for sure!"

Sarah Dinel (Canada)

"I definitely think that getting BMX Freestyle in the Olympics is a good move forward to getting our sport known and recognized more, but I wish they could give the chance to more athletes to make it there! What other sports just have 9 athletes competing? I am glad that they have the same amount of female athletes as guys athletes though because in the first place I didn't even think that they were gonna have women BMX freestyle. I definitely dream about earning one of those spots but I don't think I will because I cannot afford to make it to any of the Fise stop to be seen. I can't wait to see the ladies that will be picked and it will be awesome to see them kill it!"

Nina Buitrago (United States)

"I've worked hard for several years trying to get the larger contests to offer a women's class in BMX Freestyle, I'm truly amazed, honored, and honestly shocked, nervous and excited all at once that the highest global stage, the Olympic Games, is giving us the opportunity to compete and way sooner than other large events within BMX. It is definitely going to be the ultimate push for the women to progress in such a short time. The women's side of Freestyle has been underground for awhile, for the last 17 years I've been riding, anyway. Women have been planning their own events, trips, we make our own videos and homemade magazines, websites to keep those who want to know informed, and with the Olympics in our future, I see some extreme potential for growth and changes for our scene. It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds, I just hope that the people laying the groundwork for the Olympics will listen to the rider concerns and feedback, and actually do things with our best interest in mind. This is a new path for freestyle, but I feel this change will mainly affect the contest riders. For BMX in general, I believe that the soul riders will still be doing what they love and riding for the same reasons they always have, and that the contest riders who are passionate enough to want to represent their nation will put in the work and go for it. The fact of the matter is that this is happening, 2020 is around the corner, hopefully those who are behind the times in supporting the women will step it up, embrace our presence, and really help the women of freestyle shine and shred to their full potential. "

What are your thoughts? Leave them in the comments below!

Compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Freestyle BMX

Imagine yourself on a podium, you did it! You just won a medal for yourself, for your family, for your friends... FOR YOUR COUNTRY. This dream is entirely possible, especially now with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics adding in Freestyle BMX to the line up.

Question is... how do you get one of the 9 spots available? Although it's still too early to get all the details, we reached out to Bart de Jong - BMX Freestyle Advisor to the UCI, for some insight before the official qualifying process, TBA February 2018.

Bart de Jong "9 spots are available for the girls for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. The qualifying process will be announced in February of 2018. When we look over to the BMX Racing side of things, who already have three Olympic Games behind them, a similar qualification system could be in place where riders score points for their nation to be able to send a rider to the Games in Tokyo.

Most likely the UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup events leading up to the 2020 Olympic Games will be used for the qualification process plus the UCI Urban World Championships. This has yet to be determined but it could be similar to the nations ranking that BMX racers go through leading up to their Olympic Games. Ending up in a qualifying spot for your country will be the first step. After that it will be decided (by the national cycling federation BMX Freestyle 'coach') who will represent your country at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. A lot of things are in the development stages at the moment but will be shared as soon as we can.

Next to the Olympic Games in Tokyo (2020), BMX Freestyle is also part of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Soon we'll have more information about that qualifying process but once again we'll have both boys and girls participate in Buenos Aires in 2018 in BMX Freestyle Park.

The 2017 UCI Urban World Championships in Chengdu, China to be held on 8-12 November 2017, will be the qualifying event for this. More details to be published shortly but girls aged between 15-18 should prepare to qualify their nation for a spot at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina. If you were born between 1-1-2000 and 31-12-2001, this is the time for you to get ready for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018."

Check the following sources for updates
Web: http://www.uci.ch/bmx-freestyle-park/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCIBMXFreestyle/
Twitter: @UCI_BMX_FS

We will continue to keep the ladies informed, check back here and there for updates.
Leave your questions below and start making those dreams into reality!

***** Updates *****

August 30 2017: The Olympic qualification program has not started, it will be announced February 2018. Neither Edmonton in September 2017 or Chengdu in November 2017 are confirmed to count for Olympic points.

February 2nd 2018: 2018 UCI BMX Freestyle Stops http://www.uci.ch/bmx-freestyle-park/calendar/

January 8th 2019: Follow Up To http://www.thebloombmx.com/2019/01/follow-up-to-compete-in-2020-tokyo.html

Women's BMX Mixtape Vans BMX Pro Cup Malaga

Friday, June 16, 2017

Just last month we had the Vans BMX Pro Cup in Malaga, and looking at this event, it's truly amazing how far women's BMX has gone since just 10 years ago. Check out the footy below!

A Day in Colorado : Angie Marino & Perris Benegas

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Day in Colorado with Angie Marino and Perris Benegas
Filmed and edited by : Angie Marino
Additional filming : Perris Benegas
Music: Summer by Marshmello

Drew Mechielson Report: Papendal

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Canadian racer Drew Mechielson sent us a race report from her weekend in Papendal. Check out the races and the report below!

My weekend in Papendal was quite a ride. I started my weekend off not great with crashing out in the LCQ and finishing day one much earlier than I wanted to. I was ready to race day two, but again, did not start off the way that I wanted at all with a couple laps that I was not happy about. But I ended up in the 1/8’s and I had to get myself ready to race again.

I refocussed and got back out there, with the mind set to just give it my best. Squeezing through to the 1/4 finals with a 4th place in the 1/8’s, I got myself ready to go again, with the same mind set, but I had the goal of my first semi final in the back of my mind. It was a tight race, I had to push hard and give it everything but after fighting, I managed to get myself into the 4th place spot again, to make it to my first semi final at a World Cup! I was pretty excited with the result.

Now we’re in Belgium and getting ready to do it again this weekend in Zolder!

2017 Sea Otter Classic

Thursday, April 27, 2017
The Sea Otter Classic is North America's season opener for cyclists. Professional and amateur athletes come together to complete in a variety of disciplines including mountain bike, cross country, downhill, dual slalom, and short track racing to name a few. We had some familiar faces in the BMX world competing including Caroline Buchanan, Nikita Ducaroz and Cory Coffey who supplied us with the photos and details below.

Cory and Nikita during qualifying for Cat 1 Dual Slalom

Nikita and Cory unfortunately didn't qualify for Dual Slalom finals, Nikita had mechanical issues and Cory missed one of her gates in the first run. Former BMX racer Jill Kintner (USA) and current BMX racer and MTB champ Caroline Buchanan (AUS) battled on, with Jill getting first and Caroline getting 2nd.

What is Dual Slalom? Similar to BMX racing, Dual slalom is racing on mountain bikes. Unlike BMX racing you only have two athletes who race on two almost identical tracks next to each other down a slope. The courses are usually short; one run lasting about 30 seconds. It is filled with tabletop jumps, doubles and bermed turns.


Pictured here is Lindsey Richter and Cory Coffey hanging around and dropping in at the pump track. Cory spent some time coaching the ladies on the pump track with the rest of the Liv riders.

Ice Cream truck making a lot of money that weekend.

Leigh Donovan, Cory and Nikita

If the Sea Otter Classic is something you'd like to check out next year, dates are already set for April 19-22, 2018 in MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA, USA. http://www.seaotterclassic.com/

Living The Ride

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Adrenaline couple Barry Nobles & Caroline Buchanan are on a thrill seeking action packed adventure. With their competitive natures, need for speed, enthusiasm and sense of fun, the power couple are living the ride of their lives.

Balancing standing on top of the worlds most competitive BMX and mountain bike podiums and defending world titles, they are always making life interesting and pushing the adrenaline boundaries! Their two wheel journey has some horsepower to it too as they travel iconic roads riding Harley Davidsons.

Watch as their extreme lifestyles showcase overcoming fears, pushing their bodies and abilities on two wheels, traveling to the worlds tourism hot spots and having fun filled action packed adventures off the beaten trail!

Filmed By: Mike King TV
Music: Piers Baron"