The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is pleased to announce that James Palmer (CAN) and Laura Smulders (NED) have been elected to represent BMX Racing on the UCI Athletes’ Commission, in a vote organised during the 2021 UCI BMX World Championships held in Papendal (the Netherlands) from 17 to 22 August. James Palmer and Laura Smulders (re-elected) were chosen from among four candidates – two men and two women – by athletes registered for the event.
James Palmer obtained 68.1.% of the votes for the male candidates, while Laura Smulders reached 85.1% of the votes for the female candidates. The voting participation rate was 73.4%.
Members of the UCI Athletes’ Commission are elected for a four-year term which will take effect at the UCI Elective Congress in 2021 - to be held during the UCI Road World Championships in Flanders (Belgium) - and will end at the following Elective Congress on the occasion of the 2025 UCI Road World Championships in Africa.
This election is part of the renewal of the UCI Athletes' Commission for the 2021-2025 period. Its new members are elected by their peers during the 2021 UCI World Championships for the various cycling disciplines.
Since 2017, the Commission has been composed of 20 members, with each discipline or specialty –
With the Olympic Games coming up shortly, a lot of the athletes have built up a special bike for the event that they worked towards to for 4 years, actually 5 for the Tokyo edition. Customization is always a fun project. Colour matching with the best part on the market usually results in very nice equipment. The fact that 'Rule 50' needs to be followed for the Games makes it a challenge sometimes but it's good to see the colours of the nation back in the colours of the bikes. Here's James Palmer's bike. Canada represent.
Parts list James Palmer's Olympic Clayborn BMX race bike:
Name: James Palmer Age: 26 Hometown: North Vancouver, BC, Canada Plate number: 66 Hook-ups/Sponsors: Clayborn Bicycles / Answer BMX
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-Track to race on: Papendal -Favourite Race: World Champs (2017) -Food: Sushi -Gym: The Bog (gotta know to know) -Person on Instagram: Coffee Chatter -Travel destination: Australia -People to ride with: Romain / Joris -Trainer/Coach: Robert de Wilde -Car: Mazda 3 Speed
How did you end up on Clayborn bikes? James Palmer: At the end of 2017 I was looking for a new brand to build a relationship with as I had no sponsor at the time. Tory had been riding for Ssquared/Answer for a few years and spoke good things about John Sawyer and crew. And I knew John owned the Clayborn brand as well but had no Pro representing them, so I contacted John about the possibility of coming on board and thankfully we were able to work out a deal!
First session back at Abbotsford Indoor BMX with the crew! Make sure to inform me of any things you would like to see differently or what you would like to see filmed next! (Ps. I promise the next video wont be filled just on my GoPro haha).