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.
USA Cycling announced today the 18 athletes that will be representing the United States at the 2021 UCI BMX Racing World Championships in Papendal, The Netherlands on August 17-22. Reigning World Champion, Alise Willoughby, will be looking for her third world title. Five of the Elite riders, Alise Willoughby, Felicia Stancil, Payton Ridenour, Connor Fields and Corben Sharrah, will be representing Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics on July 29-30, 2021. “Even though we are focused on the Olympic Games, we are still excited to have a World Championship this year in Papendal. We all missed the Worlds last year in Houston due to COVID, so I know everyone will be excited to travel and get back to racing,” said Jamie Staff, Director of BMX. “We have a strong line-up in both the Elite and Junior classes and we hope to bring home some hardware. Post Tokyo, we will be focused on our Junior racers as we look ahead to Paris 2024 and LA 2028.”
Junior Men Charles Biggs (Rock Hill, S.C.; Rockstar Rift/Tangent) Nolan Cardwell (Belmont, N.C.; Rival Racing) Brandon Crain (Riverside, Calif.; Factory Answer) Drew Polk (Avon, Ind.; Hyper Bicycles)
Junior Women Sierra Altendorf (Everett, Wash.; Raise for Rowyn/CMU Cycling)
When one thinks of selfless, kind and genuinely nice people, not many think of Barry McManus. But that's where they are wrong. One of the greatest to ever race a bmx bike, Barry took the time to chat with me about his early years in the sport, his influences and where he is today.