The Olympics happen every 4 years. Tokyo had a delay of a year but in a few weeks BMX racing and BMX Park will be part of it. It has been a long road for the BMX-ers who made it there. Some have celebrated their participation already by getting to build up a special ride just for the Olympic Games. In the time leading up to the games we are going to check in with the special rides. Today's Olympic machine: Romain Mahieu (FRA).
Romain Mahieu's ride..... Frame : GT Speed Series with custom paint made by AS Design Fork : Pride Racing Slik carbon fork 20mm with custom design
BMX rider Twan van Gendt has been nominated by the KNWU to NOC*NSF to compete for the Netherlands in Japan. The reigning world champion will be given a spot after he was unable to participate in the decisive World Cup weekend in Verona due to a shoulder injury. Due to his injury, the rider of Team Oegema-Fieten still has to show that he is in good shape. This appears to be only a formality due to a very successful recovery so far. Twan can therefore prepare for his third Olympic Games.
At the beginning of May, Twan van Gendt had an unfortunate fall during the European Cup in Verona, causing his shoulder to dislocate. Additional examination revealed nothing damaged in the shoulder. The consequence was, however, that van Gendt was unable to officially meet the qualification requirement by maintaining form during the World Cup weekend in Verona. A big disappointment, as Twan was in good shape and set several records in training.
The KNWU has appointed Twan for one of the three Dutch places in the Elite Men class. Niek Kimmann and Joris Harmsen also deserved a ticket. Laura and Merel Smulders qualify for the ladies, as does Judy Baauw.
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is delighted to announce that the International Olympic Committee(IOC) has agreed to add BMX Freestyle Park to the Programme of the Tokyo 2020 OlympicGames. The decision was made at today’s meeting of the IOC Executive Board in Lausanne, Switzerland.
BMX Freestyle Park is a spectacular, crowd-pleasing discipline, which takes place on ramps with bigtransitions and large obstacles. Competitors are judged on tricks performed throughout the course, with points awarded based on difficulty, originality, style and execution. Each rider in both the men’s and women’s events gets two one-minute runs (which both count) to impress the judges, who will reward therider with a score between 0-100 points, with the ultimate goal being the award of an Olympic gold medal.
Famous riders include Logan Martin (Australia), Daniel Dhers (Venezuela), Alex Coleborn (Great Britain) for men, Nikita Ducarroz (Switzerland), Macarena Perez (Chile) and UCI World Cup title holder, 15-year-old Hannah Roberts (USA) for women. In addition, in line with the UCI’s strategy to promote women’s cycling and the IOC’s Agenda 2020, it was agreed that for Mountain Bike and BMX Racing, several quotas previously allocated to men athletes would be transferred to women, achieving full gender equity in both disciplines.