The Venezuelan rider discusses his ability to strategise and adapt, and his desire to help those around him. At 36, Daniel Dhers has shown a remarkable ability to adapt as freestyle BMX grew over the past decades. Finding new winning strategies has kept him at the top of the sport for over 20 years. We sat down to discuss how that allowed him to clinch a silver medal on the biggest sporting stage of all in Tokyo.
Being a veteran of the sport, what was your strategy facing the younger athletes during the competition? Daniel Dhers: I think the best thing about my age is the experience and being able to understand how to set up a strategy. It's something that's always attracted me. I think that's why I've always liked chess,
Name: Andrew (usually go by Andy now) Ryser Age: 40 Hometown: Blaine, Washington USA (it’s on the border and the Pacific Ocean, that’s why I am commonly mistaken for a Canadian salmon) Sponsors/Hook-ups: S-1 Helmets gave me a helmet this year. Otherwise nothing in many years. I am currently full factory sponsored by my wife. Thanks honey.
Name: Nick Watts Age: 45 Hometown: Beaumaris, Melbourne, Australia Hook-ups/Sponsors: Colony BMX Brand
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-Spot to ride: My backyard -BMX video: Dorkin' Series -Website:flatmattersonline, colonybmx -Food: Thai -Person on Instagram: @jwilliamp, @brad_simms, @kio_hayakawa, @simonobrienbmx, @flatbible -Travel destination: Bali, anywhere Northern Australia, just has to be warm and usually near the ocean. -Riders to ride with: Chris Thresher, Me, myself and I -Car: Not a car person but looking at Tesla’s so I guess them.
Name: Jelle van Gorkom Hometown: Duiven (near Arnhem), Netherlands 3 biggest BMX accomplishments (results): Olympic silver Rio, Brazil 2016! UCI BMX World champs silver Zolder, Belgium 2015! UCI World Cup win 2013 Papendal, Netherlands!
Congratulations on your book release. How did that come about? Jelle van Gorkom: Thank you. Well, to be honest, we (Ad van Ham, a documentary editor and me) were talking about the documentary about my latest rehab, and I felt there was missing something and then we came up with the idea about my book! He always wanted to write a book, so do the math and the book was born: “Accepteren & Doorgaan” [Accept & Continue]. Ad asked me the questions, I gave him the answers.
How long did it take from the early talks to the final product? Jelle van Gorkom: About an intensive 1,5 year! From the idea to the actual book!
You have always been a good talker, was it difficult for you to fill the pages for the book? Jelle van Gorkom: Thanks! I've always been a good talker indeed. Since my accident I've lost let's say 20% of that! My speaking was unfortunately one area in my brain that got hit pretty badly! But work is in progress so it is getting better and better even if I say so myself.
-Track to race on: The old Papendal SX track with the cool hipped pro. -Favourite Race: Making my first World's final South Africa World's. -Food: Roast dinner -Gym: My mate Waterhouse runs Fitz Gym in Brighton, best atmosphere! -Person on Instagram: I enjoy all the 'Fast and Loose' dudes. -Travel destination: California for sure! -People to ride with: Too many good people to choose but the Crew19 guys rock