The UCI - BMX department has at this moment 41 countries with a BMX organization affiliated world-wide. From Europe 22 countries are affiliated with BMX organizations, North and South America has 13 affiliated organizations, Africa 2 and Oceanic 3 organizations/countries.
Looking at the European scene the number of license-holders is at a very low level. France, approx. 7.000 license-holders (in 1988 around 12.000); Holland, approx. 1.000 (in 1986 almost 6.000); England, approx. 450 license-holders; Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Czech republic around 350 + license-holders.
Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Italy, Lituania, Malta, Latvia, Poland, Slovenia from 150 till around 250 license-holders and Belarussian and Russia 200 and less riders! Exact figures are not made public, would be nice to see how the situation exactly is. My estimate is that in Europe we do have a total of ca. 12.000 license-holders.
April 24th.-25th. European Championships rounds 1 & 2 Winterthur (CH).
The weekend of 26th. - 27th. April the first 2 rounds of the European Championships where held in Winterthur, Switzerland. Some really spectacular races on the super fast track with a new last straight added designed by home rider Roger Rinderknecht. A 90 degree turn a step-up with a dropdown afterwards of a few meter followed by a big double jump.
*** FOTO Rob vd Wildenberg (INQU) and European Elite Champion 2002 Florent Boutte (MBK-B52)
The top of the European Elite and Junior BMX riders was present to show their best and their new rides/sponsors in Winterthur. Some familiar faces from the past returned to the European BMX scene.
Back after a few years racing in the states riders like Leive One Nordmark who didn’t get an extension to his Powerlite sponsorship showed up riding a Free Agent, Karine Chambonneau back in GT colors and Malene Madsen. Other riders went to race in America during the winter break in Europe and got some nice results. Medhi Remili (GT) has spent some time racing with several podiums and wins in A pro, Also Henrik Baltzersen was racing A pro., he joined his big brother Jan in the Supercross Team and they even did a rider’s clinic together. It all paid off because Henrik was flying in his first year in Elite. Rodger Rinderknecht (SixSixOne) recovered well from his injury. He broke his collar bone during a training session in America. But you couldn’t tell while he was making everybody chasing him throughout the motos. Ivo Lakucs was also preparing himself in the USA. He joined the Bulldog crew for several weeks and did a few races in A Pro. Winning the NBL Elite Pro Challenge put him up in the lead for the Big A Series. Michal Prokop (Author) was the did not make it to Winterthur. He is still in the USA racing in AA Pro and making mains. Things are looking good for Michal. The word is that he will come to race rounds 3 & 4 in Valkenswaard (NL) in between some of the 4X World Cups he will be contending in.
Flashback 1975, picture of USA rider Tinker Juarez on a full suspension BMX bike: did bikes change or what!
BMX exists around 30 years now in the USA as an official spot (since 1974, N.B.A.). Pioneer Byron Friday showing that in this poster.
January 29-30th. 20th. Indoor of Tours, France.
February 14th, our BMX professor Gerrit Does celebrated his 60th birthday.
At the surprise party that his childeren Nico and Pieter organised, over 80 family members and friends from moto-cross and BMX were present. Special guest was Jaxon Bradley, Gerrit's American friend from Kansis City. Also a special delegation from Latvian BMX was present, Ziaga and Aldons Vrublevskis as well as Janis Silins. They presented Gerrit with this appreciation award.
May 21-25th., visiting Latvia again and checking out the BMX scene.
Another very interesting trip to Latvia and again learning much more about its culture and history, besides just BMX developments.
July 30th-31st. and August 1st. UCI BMX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AT BERCY – Paris, France.
It seems the Olympic virus is finally catching on. During the past 2 months, more and more publications and interviews were published in local and regional newspapers and magazines here in Holland. This gives a really good feeling, still there is a small critical note to make. Even after almost 30 years of BMX in Holland (right now I am talking about the situation in Holland only, on this subject) reporters find it necessary and it probably is, to explain once again, what the sport of BMX is all about, stands for etc.
Just recently the BOCOG, or better the Chinese organizing committee of the 2008 Olympics Beijing, revealed the remarkable Olympic Medals. This presentation took place in Beijing – China on the 500 days before the start of the 2008 Olympics. The medals do weight 150 grams and are a little bit bigger then the medals issued in Greece. On the backside these medals do have a typical Chinese design of jade. The competition to design the official medals did have 265 entries. The design of the Central Academy of Art in Beijing did win this competition. In all, 6000 Olympic medals will be produced.
February 8th. The official opening of the Dutch BMX MUSEUM located in a small town called MEGEN in Holland.
Owner Mike Janssen, an old school BMX'er himself, started to collect BMX bikes while surching for his first ever BMX bike he owned himself, when he was a kid. Mike did find a location in the small town of Megen in Holland, a second floor of a large farmhouse of about 120 m2 where was able to fit up his complete collection. Beside about 80 complete bikes, mainly BMX, also a couple of trial bikes, so-called "formula-one" bikes, a side-hacks and further more there are many old school frame/fork sets of famous brands in 20 and 24 " issues.
January, 25 men who pioneered European BMX during 1978 and 1983.
With this article I want to honor the people that were instrumental getting BMX off the ground in their respective countries in Europe. They all were very motivated and enthusiastic to get this new sport going in Europe. They invested a lot of time, energy and even money in promoting and marketing a knew sport, that had to coop with all the problems, such a new development meets. These men and women were charismatic, good promoters and organizers of the first hour of development. In due time I hope to be able to place pictures with the names in order to let you all see, about whom we are talking here. You might meet some day, at a bicycle or motorcycle event, one of the 25 persons who made it possible for you to enjoy this great sport or enjoy it right now.
Of all those men and women mentioned, about 55 % were motorsport orientated (mainly moto-cross), 40 % were bicycle oriented and around 5 % did have other backgrounds (organizers/promoters/PR business). I met and know all of them personally from the pioneer days of BMX and I wonder what they are doing now. From some I know, from others I hope to find out what has been going on with them and I will tell you all about it, adding the new info to this article from time to time.
Well, here are the names of the men and women who PIONEERED BMX and made it possible for you riders to race BMX bikes now a days, in the first place. More and detailed info of each of them also in the HISTORY of BMX sections.
To give you readers an idea of how many international events are organized (sanctioned) now-a-days within the world governing body for BMX, the UCI, here a complete calender of all International Competitions 2013. A very important reason to have an extensive International calender with events world wide is for holding/keeping our Olympic status.
March 7th. - 8th., International BMX Indoor de Tours - France, the 22nd. edition.
On March 7th. and 8th. the longest running indoor in Europe took place. The International BMX Indoor de Tours - France, took place for the 22nd time, the only remaining CLASSIC BMX EVENT from the 80's (first event took place in 1983). The other CLASSIC events were the E.C.C. / European Challenge Cup at Slagharen in Holland and the International Indoor Palais Omnisport de Bercy - Paris, in France. Both latest mentioned events seized to exsist years ago.
After a break in organizing the Indoor de Tour of 9 years, now this prestegious event is back. Since BMX has some history now, there will be Old School activities and a BMX Museum was in place. Three Pioneer well known BMX racers will attend this event on the Saturday evening. Hope to have some pictures available soon for you all.
May 6th.-7th. 2017, UCI BMX SX round at Papendal Olympic Training Center, Arnhem - Holland.
My Opinion on the UCI BMX SX Papendal – Holland of May 6th.-7th. 2017
After the UCI BMX Worlds at Zolder in Belgium in 2015, I decided to take it easy and stop giving my opinion to the UCI and other decision makers in BMX world wide, which I did before for several years. I did not go to a lot of BMX events since 2015. Lately I was invited by a friend as a guest/VIP at the 2017 UCI BMX SX at Papendal-Holland. So, here we were on Saturday and Sunday, May 6 -7th. at the Papendal race. Besides that, Dutch National TV, NOS-NTR Andere tijden sport, was following me around during the weekend. They were making a docu about the start and rise of BMX in Holland and Europe. This 30 min. docu will be broadcasted on Sunday evening, July 18th. 2017 on NPO 1 at 22.15 hours. Anxious to see the finished docu.
Because of being present, watching the racing and side-events, my creative BMX mind started to work again and after the event I had to give you all my opinion one more time. Hope you don't mind ….... Also because things looked better and situations improved and that's worth while mentioning too.
A view things I learned, had changed this year. First, former promotor, BMX Holland stopped organising this event. The Papendal organization (with Jochem Schellens as “main-man” and his crew) were now organizing this event themselves. As before, there were side-events in place. Papendal also took care of well planned promotion through social media and for sure that worked. Compliments!
Arriving on the venue I was surprised by the many, many cars in the parking lot. Big difference with the previous years (2011 > 2016). On the side-event venue, next to the BMX venue, for 2 days long many people were present, including many children and they were using the facilities. Great job done here, I think. Compliments Papendal!
Racing technical changes. I was happily surprised by the fact that from 2017 on, the UCI decided, not to use the TIME-TRIALS anymore. Probably you all know my opinion on time-trials and I am very glad those trials are cancelled. The Olympic qualification system is used now. Now we don't have to sit for hours and watch just 1 rider go round on the track, we can see racing happening again.
I also learned that to be allocated a World Cup or Super Cross event, it is not a MUST anymore to have an 8 meter starting hill. The 5 meter hills are o.k. too now. I think that is a very good step forward to. It gives many more professional organizers world wide a change to be able to organize such top events. Read the UCI Chargebook page 82, To be allocated a Worlds an 8 mtr. hill is required. To be allocated a World Cup/SX, a 5mtr. till 8 mtr. starting hill will be accepted.
In my opinion it also will be SAFER for the riders, these 5 mtr. hills. Less speed coming down the 5 meter hill means also less heavy crashes and I think that racing might even be more spectacular on those tracks with 5 meter starting hills. An 8 meter starting hill looks spectacular to the outside world, but may also cause career ending injuries. An extra benifit is that probably most BMX clubs can afford themselves to built a 5 meter starting hill. Thats a different story with an 8 meter hill. It is disappointing ofcourse for those organizers that already built 8 meter hills. Still SAFETY goes first, so its a good thing speed goes down somewhat.
Note: Still one serious problem remains concerning SAFETY of the riders. The concrete, tec-soil, brick layed tracks/turns, I hope in the near future someone comes up with a unique idea to change that too in order to prefent further bad injuries by the riders when crashing. We have seen a couple of bad crashes at Papendal also this weekend, I am sorry to say. But again, BMX is a contact sport and speed is involved. Just like in moto-cross and road cycling, accidents will happen.
In motorcycle road racing and formula 1 for instance, safety is a hot item. Look what has happened in the past 20 or more years. Safety improved a lot. In BMX we have to work harder on that too.
Improving the last straight. I can't resist giving my opinion/advice on the last straight (done that before!). Looking at the SX and other tracks, the last straight needs some attention. It will bring more racing and exitement till the finish-line, when after the set of whop-de-doos on the last straight, at least 25 meters will be FLAT (no obsticals) in order to have the riders SPRINT to the finish. It will give technical riders (whoop-de-doos) as well as power riders (24 meter flat track) equal changes at the end of a race ánd I am sure it will be spectacular for spectators to watch that longer sprint. Something to try-out / test I think!
Progress is made for sure. Main reason to give my opinion on the 2017 Papendal race is the fact that is was such a different race in 2011, when the first ever SX race took place on this location. At the time Mr. Lindström was the actual SX series promotor. A copy of the London Olympic BMX track was built on Papendal, including the so-called “box-jump” and so on. This 2011 race was a dissaster.
In 2011 there was a big difference in the level of riding skills by the riders, the track wasn't layed down well and that caused many, many accidents and injuries back then. You can read my report on that event on my website, www.universityofbmx.com (History of BMX, year 2011-12 etc.). It was awefull and I complained about it through my OPINION letters.
For the first time since then (2011), in my opinion this year 2017 was almost perfect race and organization wise. Perfect in BMX is impossible because it is a fast and spectacular sport with 8 riders on the track and then things can happen (crashes). Besides the track itself, also the level of skills the riders has increased a lot. For the first time since 2011, I enjoyed myself for 99%. Also taken into consideration the fact that Time-Trials are no longer a part of racing. Compliments to the Papendal organization and ofcourse compliment for the UCI on the changes they made in the rules and regulations.
From arriving at the Papendal grounds till parking, entry, side-event area, BMX venue in total, everything was just great. Very friendly officials at all spots mentioned, just the way it should be. Again, a job well done here Papendal !
Spectators / Grandstands. It was clear to all, that the Papendal organization added extra Grandstands along the first straight of the track. Therefore it looked like there weren't that many spectators. Empty seats on the other grandstands. Still there were more spectators overall just on day 1, May 6th. as last year in 2 days. More attention for the event by the Papendal organizers through Social Media, probably is the reason why. Well done! However, now we have to think how to get the grandstands filled completely next year 2018. Well, since I am writing this OPINION letter, maybe I can add some suggestions, to make this event even more attractive. Here we go:
Add a new item to the race program (is my advice). O.K., in my time (1983 – 1993) when I organized the European Challenge Cup – E.C.C. Events at Slagharen – Holland, I was able to impliment extra races or special activities, without any problem within the I.BMX.F. Today we have a different situation. Things are regulated trictly within the UCI. It still would be nice if UCI would allow some kind of experiment for 2018 to take place during the SX event at Papendal. I do have 2 suggestions/proposals, hopefully worthwhile considering implimenting as last event of the day (Sunday). Pick one of them.
1e.: UCI BMX Trophy of Nations For many years I am suggesting a Trophy of Nations in the setting as done in moto-cross. As a pilot project and on a small level, one could have a Trophy of Nations Cup as follows. Have Elite men and women form a team, so per country 2 riders. Have a maximum of 32 teams present. They will race 3 moto's, a semi final and a final, men as well as women. In time we need around 2 hours to runs such an event. This count be done after the SX event is finished.Have riders wear their National Flags on chest and back for better recoqniztion. I am sure this works with spectators too. They can cheer for their Country. Try to have teams present from all 5 continents.
2e : UCI BMX CORPERATE TEAM World Cup (commercial and/or factory teams). Up and till the 2000's, factory team racing was very popular. Manufacturers were very interested in setting up teams, supporting the sport and we can use that now-a-days again very well. Just today I learned that the UCI started Team racing again this year 2017. That's a good thing to hear. Probably it is not a seperate event, but teamriders get points for their results and in the end there will be announced a winner. That's o.k.
What I would like to see, is a Team event, maybe as a pilot project too, where teams of let's say 4 riders (Elite and Juniors, men and women?). Compete against eachother. For 2018 Papendal it should be a max. of 16 (selected) teams (x 4 riders= 64 riders) to compete against eachother for instance. Racing in Team uniforms (commercial and/ or manufacturer teams). Again, just an idea for some EXTRA exitement in 2018.
Celebrating 40 years of BMX in Holland (and therefore in Europe) in 2018. An extra item could also be the fact that BMX will excist for 40 years in 2018 here in Holland. This celebration could take place during the 2018 UCI BMX SX event and be co-organized by Papendal, together with the University of BMX? It's just an idea specific details have be sent to the Papendal organization. We'll see what will happen. (SFN 1978 - now KNWU 2018 = 40 years).
This is what I had to say. Glad to see progress in adjusting BMX to what BMX is all about. Next important thing is to work on safety, specialy concerning the BMX tracks themselves, soil wise. Yesterday a wise man said to me (the chairman of the professional scoccer club of Heerenveen): why do they make new modern sports that dangerous (BMX, Half Pipe snowboard, etc)! Road racing, F1 and other motorspsort have became much safer over the years. A sport like BMX should work towards that goal too. So far.
Gerrit Does University of BMX
June 9th., UCI Press-release on among others BMX Freestyle Park
HOT NEWS, ........ Madison and BMX Freestyle Park added to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Programme. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is delighted to announce that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has agreed to add the Madison and BMX Freestyle Park to the Programme of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The decision was made at today’s meeting of the IOC Executive Board in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Named after legendary races organised at Madison Square Garden in New York (USA), the Madison is a dynamic, exciting and technically demanding track cycling event, which requires excellent bike handling skills, balance, strategic capability, observation and tactics. The Madison will appear on the Olympic Programme with both men’s and women’s races and two new Olympic gold medals to be won on the track.
The race, which is 50km for men, and 30km for women, involves two riders, a sprinter and a rouleur, working as a team to propel each other forward as they meet between laps. Teams sprint every 10 laps to accumulate points according to the following structure: five points to the first team, three points to the second, two points to the third, and one point to the 4th. Points awarded in the last sprint will be doubled. In addition to the sprints, teams can earn 20 points for lapping the field. The winner is the team with the most points at the end of the race. Famous pairs include many riders who have also been champions on the road such as Juan Esteban Curuchet-Walter Perez (Argentina), Mark Cavendish-Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain), Howard Leigh-Cameron Meyer (Australia) and current women World Champions Lotte Kopecky-Jolien D’Hoore (Belgium) crowned in April in Hong-Kong.
BMX Freestyle Park is a spectacular, crowd-pleasing discipline, which takes place on ramps with big transitions 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 the rider 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.
UCI President Brian Cookson said: “I am thrilled to see four more cycling events joining the Olympic programme. With competitions across very different disciplines, cycling already makes a large and diverse contribution to the Olympic Games, and now becomes the third largest sport in terms of gold medals, with 22 on offer. I am also delighted that we have made another big step towards full gender equity across all of our disciplines.
“I want to thank President Bach and the IOC Executive Board for their confidence and reiterate the UCI’s full commitment to make Tokyo 2020 a great success for cycling. I also want to thank our partner FISE for the role they have played in the development of BMX Freestyle over the past 20 years.
“The Madison will bring its long-established history and exciting format to the Games, while BMX Freestyle Park has great potential to open the event up to a whole new generation of athletes and fans. In an increasingly competitive landscape for Olympic sport, it is important not only to see our overall quota remain unchanged, but to also welcome the award of four additional opportunities for medals in Olympic cycling disciplines.
“I am proud of the effort made over the past few years by all of our National Federations, event organisers, teams and riders, which has helped us improve cycling’s strong position within the Olympic Movement. I am fully committed to continue this work and I am convinced that after extremely successful Games in Rio in 2016, Tokyo will take our sport to another exciting level.”
END of Press-release.
June 14th., was a sad day. Mr. Hein Verbruggen. former Board member of the KNWU, later on president of the UCI and I.O.C member, passed away.
Indeed it was a sad day, Mr. Hein Verbruggen passed away. I knew Hein well. He came from the area that I live in, he was born in the city called Helmond in Holland. When the S.F.N. - Stichting Fietscross Nederland, the first official BMX organisation in Holland, founded in October 1978, joined the KNMU - Royal Dutch Cycling Federation in 1981, both Hein Verbruggen and myself were in the KNWU Board. In those days Hein was already working for the FICP, the professional leg of the UCI (FIAC was the amature leg).
As Secretary of the I.BMX.F. I was in contact mainly with the FIAC in the beginning, but when the working together relation ship started ending '80 s and early '90 s, Hein asked me to act as Project Manager World Cup series BMX in 1994. Mr. Verbruggen played a very important role in getting BMX recoqnized within the I.O.C. with the result of BMX becoming an Olympic discipline in 2008. Hein Verbruggn kept the promis he made, bringing BMX into the Olympics if we, the I.BMX.F. would join and later on merged into the UCI.
We will not forget Hein Verbruggen.
July 14th., the BMX Museum (NED) had a special quests from Australia, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Iglio.
For some time now, I am acting as host for Mike Janssen's Dutch BMX MUSEUM in Megen. On July 14th. I had a special appointed with Frank Iglio from Australia. Frank did bring his wife and his brother in law with him to the BMX Museum were we spent several hours talking about BMX and checking out all the stuff at the BMX Museum.
This was the first time we had a visitor from Australia. Frank got involved in BMX, more specific in the collectors side of the sport and then mainly in BMX Freestyle. We always talk about the European and American scene, but little about the Australian / New Zealand scene of both BMX race and Freestyle. Frank promissed me to sent me information on what is happening since a couple of years in his country and so he did. Please find here a report on the collectors scene in Australia. Hope you all like this and I will try to keep in close contact with the Aussies to general more info over time. Enjoy !
Frank gave me also some inside info already ..... In October of this yeat 2017, legends Stu Thomsen, Perry Kramer and Eddy Fiola will be special guest in Australia. Besides being a "correspondent" for now, Frank also produces special BMX "stands", a quality product under the name SIDEKICK. Check out his facebook and website on that product.
Frank wrote about the Australian situation:
Hi Gerrit, Here is some more info on what’s happening in Australia.
As you know old school BMX collecting and restoring has become extremely popular, which has led to many BMX shows happening each year. Most of these shows started out as a small social meet up with friends that still owned their old BMX bikes. Each year they grew larger and larger. Some of the shows are now charity based, money raised goes to a good cause.
In Melbourne, there is a show called ‘Hurstbridge Show and Shine’. In 2016 the special guest was Harry Leary and this year it will be Bob Haro. It is Hosted by ‘Bicycle Works’ a bicycle store based in Victoria. In my home town, Adelaide, we have a show called ‘RADelaide’. Last year it was very successful with Eddy Fiola visiting and this year he is also back in December.
There is also another show based in Sydney called ‘BMXpo’ this years special guest is Stu Thomsen.
Mark Tawaf is a PK collector based in Melbourne who has started a company supplying reproduction parts in Australia. He is doing very well, working with many of the old brands/manufacturers to remake limited numbers of old parts. These parts range from many styles of Grips, Comp 2,3 tyres, seats such as Kashimax and CW, Bulls eye cranks, CW lightning frames, Hutch frames etc…........Here is a link to his website, although many of the sales are done through his facebook page: http://www.oldschoolbmx.com.au/
I also mentioned a new BMX movie coming out, based on the life of John Buultjens. It’s an interesting story and worthwhile reading about. He works for Haro and has the largest Haro collection in the world. Here is a link to the article: http://www.bicyclingtrade.com.au/news/world/new-hollywood-movie-could-boost-bmx-sales-next-summer
Steve Cassap is another interesting story worth reading about. He is also now becoming involved in bmx shows in Australia: http://www.cassap.com.au/index.php/history
OZBMX is another website to check out. It is dedicated to the preservation and research of vintage BMX in Australia – it consists of a community with chat forums. It has been around for a number of years now. You can also find them on Facebook: http://www.ozbmx.com.au/
BMX monthly Swap meets have also become very popular. Again, another great way for people interested in BMX to come together and share knowledge. After most meets a ride is organised. The largest is based in St.Kilda Melbourne.
I’ve attached some of the flyers for the shows, some photos of my stands and a few pics from the last BMX shows. Feel free to use any pictures from my Sidekick page, and share around if you like. If you have any questions or want to know more info, don’t hesitate to email me at any time. Let’s keep in contact! Thanks again, Frank Iglio - Australia.
Frank, thanks for sharing this information. Please keep me up to date. I will publish this Australian news frequently. It was very nice meeting the 3 of you. See you next time. Here some pictures of Frank's workshop in Adelaide.
July 12th - thr. 16th., the UEC BMX European Championships in Bordeaux - France took place.
On July 14th through 16th. the UEC BMX European Championships took pace in the city of Bordeaux - France. Included was the last round of the European Championship Serie in the Elite classes. Many reports on this event can be found on the internet, so we at the University of BMX will stick to some statistic data ánd the results in the Elite classes.
In the European Challenge ánd Elite classes, riders from 25 countries participated. You can find the names of the countries concerned on the "country summary" list below. In the Challenges classes there were a total of 1740 entries. Largest group of participants came from France, 668 entries, smallest number of praticipants came from Hungary, 1 rider. Just in Elite and Junior, Men and Woman classes there were 217 entries. Riders involved in these classes came from 22 different countries. Elite men had 73 entries, Elite women 37, Junior men had 81 entries and Junior women 26.
Overall results in the Elite men series: 1. Joris Daudet - France European Champion 2. Twan van Gend - Holland 3. Sylvain André - France
Overall results in the Elite women series: 1. Laura Smulders - Holland European Champion 2. Elke Vanhoof - Belgium 3. Simone Christensen - Denmark
pictures impressions to be added.
Overview of all classes and countries concerned winning GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE at the 2017 Euiropean BMX Championships:
July 21st.-29th., the UCI 2017 BMX World Championships in Rock Hill, USA took place.
Sixteen years have past since the last UCI BMX Worlds in Louisville - Kentucky in july/August of 2001. A lot did happen in these past 16 years. BMX became an Olympic sport in 2008, riders in the highest performance classes were trained more professional then before, due to the Olympic level they have to reach, the N.B.L. seized to excist and ABA BMX (now called USA BMX) joined the UCI ranks for BMX.
The Worlds in 2001 in Louisville Kentucky was a dissater. A soft track at the indoor facility caused several bad crashes, protests by the Elite riders and even a strike by those riders. They wanted changes to be made on the track so it was safe ánd competable for all. Personally I was very disappointed by the way the NBL handled this 2001 Worlds event as in fact leading BMX country in the world. Read all about the 2001 Worlds in Louisville at the website www.universityofbmx.com then History of BMX and then look for History 2001.
OPINION on the Rock Hil - SC. UCI BMX Worlds.
Anyway, we are 16 years later and the UCI BMX World Championships were now helt in Rock Hill - South Carolina, USA. I will place the time schedule right here and I will give my opinion on what I have seen on the life stream of the event. I followed the racing on life-stream from Tuesday July 25th. on. When I organized the 1983 Worlds and after the the E.C.C. event in Slagharen, after each event we evaluated the weekend past. My main officials had to make a report about what in their section went good, but more important, what went wrong. So the evaluation concerned all aspect of the total organization like, parking, ticketing, routing, parc fermé, race track, first aid, officials etc. About 2 weeks after the race weekend the headofficials did meet en we discussed all notes/remarks made. Our goal: improve the next event. Never we had a 100% perfect score (I believe thats impossible in BMX). We had an average of about 25 till 30 point we needed to address and improve. That's what we did. That's what we did in the '80 s and '90 s. Concerning the Worlds in Rock Hill, in general one can say, "THIS 2017 WAS VERY GOOD, BUT IT ALWAYS CAN BE DONE BETTER". What I think is fantastic to see, how in all age classes the level of racing has improved over the years. Most remarkable improvements in the Cruiser classes of 35 years and over (looking back at the 1980's) and absolutely in Girls, the Junior and Elite Women classes. I can only comment on what I saw on Life-stream of the event, so its' only about the racing.
The time-schedule of the event from July 21st up and till July 29th.:
My evaluation notes on the Worlds 2017. Tuesday: In general I can say that the overall accomodation looked very professional. Very important part of the accomodation is the BMX track. I was happy to see a well manicured track, with no crazy obsticals, On Tuesday the Challenge cruiser classes were on and the Challenge track looked almost perfect to me. Not too technical, but o.k., variation is needed also in our sport. Next time a track can be much more demanding and technical. Not many accidents occurred and smooth racing took place. Some people said, not spectacular enough, I think this is just fine. The main events were exciting to watch. Just enough grand stands were placed and they were filled nicely all day long.
About safety. One thing I noticed was the fact that several riders, after crossing the finishline, took off their helmets without unlocking their shinstrap. That ment, their helmet was sitting loose on their heads. It seems to me, NO UCI official noticed that or checked that at the gate...... which the should ! As prove, here a picture of 2 riders crashing and one of them lost his helmet falling down (helmet under bike). I realy wonder how the rider concerned is doing. I would not be surprised some bad head injury occured there.
In total 48 countries participated in this challenge and championship event with over 4000 entries. Around 700 volunteers were helping out to run the overall organization. That is immese. Overall I would award a 9 (out of a serie from 0 to 10) to this Worlds of what I was able to see on TV, that is.
It was good, but things always can be better ....... Now I will write down a couple of "notes" I have made since Tuesday about the event. My ideas for better one's ofcourse, if you have them. Ideas might improve this high quality event. Here we go:
- On these modern tracks, specialy in the younger age groups, often the riders just follow eachother in a "follow the leader" setting. Tracks are wide which doesn't invite for spectacular racing (just a fact).
- With all respect, but the announcing was not the very best. Most of the time, race numbers were called if it did not concern American riders and if they called the names of foreign riders, you could not understand it because of very poor pronounciation. Annoucers only calling numbers and names all day long is very boring too. There is so much to tell, why not add interesting stuff. For instance, former World Champions (from the '80s) took part in Cruiser class. Never anything was said about that. Mr. Speaker(s) did not know much about the foreign riders, only numbers and stuff like, that Aussie guy or that French guy etc. Countries were mentioned like nr. 2 from Brasil", no name. BMX has become very professional, announcing has not improved and did not keep up with those developments, I think. Media training should be in place at this level. Watching and specialy listening to the reports on the racing, I felt like not much had change since the '80 s.
- Because of the high number of participants (over 4000), the event is scheduled to take place from Friday July 21st. up and till Saturday July 28th. A result of these high numbers of riders, specialy when we are racing in the USA is, that out of the 4000+ riders, there were around 1100 USA riders. So, 25% of the riders are coming from the USA, Personaly I think that is wrong. The balance is out of order. I think this needs attention by the UCI. The present ruling is that the organizing country is allowed to sent 32 riders per class to the Worlds. Ofcourse the fastest riders will win a medal for sure and the USA has very fast riders, but a final with 6 USA riders and only 2 foreign riders is not very exiting for a Challenge event and outside USA TV spectators. In the younger age classes that happened a lot. On Friday racing, in the main events, there was a fair mix of all countries in each race. That's good for publicity as well, you know what I main?
On Tuesday, Cruiser class day, the grand stands were completely filled with spectators.
- When the Cruiser finals were on, the comment on life stream was given was not of high quality. Same thing as with the announcers on the track, pitty that they could not pronounce the names of the foreign riders correct. To be professional in this field too, one should orientate more on a serious and professional commentary. The racing developed better then anouncing. Racing was cool, I enjoyed that very much.
Medal count list after Day 1:
On Wednesday, the 20 inch Challenge youngest age classes were on - In general the same remarks as on Tuesday, grandstands were filled again. Not too many accidents for which I am thankfull.
Thursday, the 20 inch Challenge, medium age classes were run. - Remarks dito as Wednesday, grandstands filled and racing was good.
Friday, the 20 inch Challenge, 17 & older classe, Master class. - It was noticable that there were less spectators over the day, Grandstands weren't filled. During the finals the stands were filled. Fierce competition was going on now. Again here, not too many crashes, which is good. I enjoyed the racing very much. The main events today were just great, I loved it. Good racing.
Finaly on Saturday, the 20 inch CHAMPIONSHIP classes. Junior, Elite, men & women. - No Life-stream in Saturday. That was very disappointing. It's August 1st. now and still I have not seen any action on Dutch TV on the World Championships. UCI had on there roster 2 TV dates for Holland, the 30th. and 31st. including which station and local time. I was ready to watch both times, but NOTHING on BMX was shown. Still we did win a silver medal in Junior Men and a 4th. place in Elite men and a 6th. place in Elite women ........ nothing on TV. This shows me that for some reason BMX here in Holland anyway, still is not excepted for 100% as an Olympic top sport. Because of this the load of "outside BMX" people in Holland, did not get info on what our riders had done at the UCI BMX Worlds. Frustrated and upset I am about that.
Medal count list at the end of this Worlds:
What I did see on pictures on facebook was the totaly overloaded grandstands and even the spectator space in front of the grandstand. Totaly filled. I think this was kind of new for BMX in the USA too.
My dear friend Greg Esser, pioneer BMX racer, former champion, BMX Pro from Pompano - Fl., USA, planned to go this World Championship. Long time since he was present at a Worlds. I asked him to give me his opinion on what he saw. I value is opinion very much, here it is:
"Hi Gerrit, Rock Hill I enjoyed very much. Lots of people and the racing was quite good. The organizers did a great job with the show. For myself I don't like how the riders are hiding out and you never see them. I can't say what bike anyone was riding. How do bike companies get their money's worth by sponsoring anyone? I would like to see, as the tracks are pretty much the same now, maybe a 3rd. straight instead of a rhythm section. Out of the 2nd. turn a set of doubles as it is, but in the middle of this straight just 1 big jump that is steep and tall. Then a set of doubles into the last corner, as it is now. Watching the races it would be nice to see riders have to use there pedaling power to pass some. I think Maris possible could have still made the semi, if he could have used his power and not have to go at the same speed through the rhythm section. I think it would be nice for the riders to have a chance to show how fast they can go. Might be interesting.
I have to say I was worried about how I would feel watching and having no real reason to be there. I had a different feeling at Chula and the HOF. I have to say I am very glad I went and would do it again.These are my thoughts Gerrit. Cheers Greg".
The 2017 UCI BMX World Championships Rock Hill results. Elite Men: 1. Corben Sharrah (USA), World Champion 2. Sylvain André (FRA) 3. Joris Daudet (FRA)
Elite Women: 1. Alise Post (USA), World Champion 2. Caroline Buchanan (AUS) 3. Mariana Pajon (COL)
Junior Men: 1. Cedric Butti (SUI), World Champion 2. Kevin van de Groenendaal (NED) 3. Mikus Strazdins (LAT)
Overall conclusion on the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships at Rock Hill, SC - USA. As you can read, I did not make too many notes at all. So overall and so far this can be called a very succesful UCI World Championship and Challenge event that washed away the memories of the 2001 Louisville edition completely. Congratulations all involved. On a scale from 0 till 10, I award the Rock Hill Worlds organisation a nine 9. Perfect is impossible in BMX, organization wise. This was the best ever event I have seen on USA soil. A new trend has been set, on to the 2020 UCI BMX Worldchampionships and Challenge events in Houston - USA.
Opinion, figures etc. on the UCI BMX Worlds in Rock Hill by .......... The Herald | HeraldOnline.comThe Herald | HeraldOnline.comNEWSSPORTS
How much money did BMX World Championships make for Rock Hill? 2:01 Rock Hill economic officials estimate that the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships held in July generated $19.2 million in direct economic impact. The event attracted 3,700 riders from 48 countries. David Thackham How much money did the BMX championships bring to Rock Hill? BY DAVID THACKHAM AUGUST 15, 2017 11:45 AM
ROCK HILL Rock Hill officials estimate that hosting the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships generated around $19.2 million for this area. The event, held in late July, far exceeded the expectation of $13 million that officials had been touting for months. John Taylor, the city’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director, said the number inflates to $29 million when accounting for national and international airfare in and out of the greater Charlotte area. “We were very happy about what it did economically for the community,” Taylor said. “But I think the biggest thing about the event was that the whole community bought in. People were proud to be Rock Hillians, and show it off to the world.”
Taylor said the economic numbers are created by a series of in-depth surveys with consumers, digging into information such as food, lodging and transportation expenses. The international event attracted nearly 20,000 people, while projected cumulative attendance for the week from multi-day admissions is estimated around 50,000-55,000, according to the PRT study. Officials say around 3,700 riders from 48 countries flocked to Rock Hill for the championships. Taylor says the event has broken BMX records.
A webcast of the challenge races July 25-28 broke viewership records with more than 500,000 views, making them the highest-viewed challenge races in BMX World Championships history. City manager David Vehaun told the Rock Hill City Council Monday night that UCI officials complimented Rock Hill on its management of the event, which took three years to plan. “They called it the best they’ve ever had,” Vehaun said. “John (Taylor) and his staff at PRT once again proved they are the best in the world. There’s really no other way to say it." Rock Hill won its bid to host the championships two months before the city’s BMX Supercross Track opened in the Riverwalk community. This was the first time the event has been held in the United States since 2001 (Louisville, Ky.). Cheers, David Thackham: 803-329-4066, @dthackham
The reaction on the above came from me, Gerrit Does. Read on .........
Gerrit Does: O.K., next question, what has been the total COST organizing this Worlds ? I mean TOTAL cost, so also incl. fees/rights USA BMX, UCI, buidling the track etc.etc.etc., O.K., next question, what has been the total COST organizing this Worlds ? I mean TOTAL cost, so also incl. fees/rights USA BMX, UCI, buidling the track etc.etc.etc.,
Fifteen: The UCI costs to get the event are in one if the UCI documents, I'll try dig them out.
Fifteen: Gerrit Does - Here are the costs from the UCI to get the event: "The UCI proposes business models that can adapt to the local economic environment. Transparency and flexibility are key elements in the relations between the UCI and the organisers.THE UCI REQUESTS THE FOLLOWING FEES:Hosting fees: CHF 450,000 The fees include 50% of the marketing rights Optional Marketing fees: CHF 100,000 for 10% of additional marketing rightsTELEVISION PRODUCTION Television production is at the cost of the organiser. The UCI owns the worldwide media rights.BIDDING FEES For each bid submitted to host the UCI BMX World Championships, the Organising Committee shall pay the sum of CHF 20,000 This amount shall cover in particular the costs of the visits made by UCI representatives, as well as the costs of evaluating and processing the bid.BANK GUARANTEE A bank guarantee equivalent to 20% of the contract amount will be requested 60 days after the awarding of the event and will remain in place until 180 days after the last day of the Championships.CONTRACT SIGNATURE The contract has to be signed by the city or the region where the event will be organised. The Organising Committee and/or the National Federation may also co-sign the contract."
Gerrit Does: Thanks "Fifteen" and hè ....... interesting or what. It's all about the money in our modern BMX world! Quess what, I / we organized the IBMXF WORLDS in 1983, total cost of that event around 75.000 gulders, that's about 35.000 euro's !!!!!! Times have changed for sure.
Denny Case: Building the track did cost around 7,000,000 dollar ......
Fifteen: The track wasn't built just for the Worlds, awesome facility though ?
Denny Case: That was also the case with the Ponypark Slagharen track. No, but it had a lot to do with being allocated the UCI Worlds. The City does a great job maintaining it and having Mike King running it doesn't hurt either. I'm lucky to be a local at this fine track.
August 3rd. Former FIAC World Champ, Juanma Montero of Spain, visited Gerrit Does.
Former 1985 FIAC BMX World Champion, which Worlds took place in Pineta di Jesolo in Italy, was spending his vacation in Holland, close by where I live. Juanma Montero and family called on me and wanted to visit. On August 3rd., on their way home, we spent some time together and talk history and present. Good times. It is a great feeling, meeting people again after 32 + years and see and hear how they are doing. All the best Juanma and and family, hope to meet you again on your ext visit to Holland.
Here the reaction I received from Juanma Montero in his mother language:
Juanma Montero 6 augustus om 10:13
Un honor y un placer poder encontrarme con Gerrit Does en Holanda, el "padre" del BMX en Europa, fundador de la IBMXF y creador de la web University of BMX. Lástima no haber podido asistir al encuentro internacional que organizó Gerrit en 2014 en el que gracias a Joan Albert Redondo, salió mi nombre como invitado, ¡te debo una, Joan Albert! Por fin pudimos ponernos conocernos personalmente! Además de toda una celebridad he de decir que es un tipo encantador.
September 1st-3rd., Australian news, the Hurstbridge 2017 BMX Show & Shine - Melbourne took place.
Through my dear Austrialn friend Frank Iglo, I received the following information an pictures about the Hurstbridge 2017 BMX Show & Shine event in Melbourne, were Bob Haro was the guest of honour. The organiser of this event, Glenn Ballinger, owner of Bicycle Works, did put on a very succecfull and great event. Here some comments of Frank Iglio on this show.
Hi Gerrit, How are you? Last weekend I attended the Hurstbridge 2017 BMX Show & Shine in Melbourne. It was a fun and very successful weekend of BMX. The weekend consisted of a Friday night dinner with Bob Haro, a Saturday ride through the city streets of Melbourne and a Show & Shine on the Sunday. The ride had a great turnout, close to 100 bikes! It was a very interactive for all ages.
On the Sunday, the weather was not on our side, it was raining. However, the organisers did a good job of re-locating the show to an indoor stadium. It was jammed packed and still a huge turnout. There was a turnout of at least 800 BMX bikes. I represented SIDEKICK-BMX, with show stands for sale on the day. I had a very positive response and sold out of stands within the first few hours.
See attached some photos from the weekend. Hope all is well. Speak soon. Regards, Frank Iglio
Last picture from the Hurstbridge event in Melbourne is of Bob Haro at the end of the BMX ride. This was great fun. (All pictures courtesy of Frank Iglio).
To be translated soon !
Sportparticipatie: Minder clubs, minder leden september 19, 2017
NOC*NSF geeft aan dat het aantal sportverenigingen is gedaald, en dat er minder mensen zijn aangesloten bij sportverenigingen van de aangesloten sportbonden. Het persbericht geeft aan dat er zo’n 15.000 minder leden zijn dan in 2015. In 2014 hadden de clubs nog zo’n 5,3 miljoen leden, in 2016 stokte de teller op 5.276.778. Tennis (-16.000) heeft de meeste actieve leden verloren, terwijl Squash maar liefst 25% van het ledenbestand inleverde. Ook wandelen en sportvissen zijn minder populair geworden. Dat kan niet gezegd worden van boksen en turnen (+5810) opvallend gestegen. Ook voetbal (+4481) en golf (+3755) blijven nieuwe leden trekken.
Tevens is het aantal sportclubs met 9% is gedaald tov 2008. Ten opzichte van 2015 zijn er 123 minder sportverenigingen. Er zijn er nu nog 24.546 geregistreerd via de sportbonden die zijn aangesloten bij NOC*NSF. De tendens van de laatste jaren zet zich voort: een langzame afname van clubs en leden.
Vooral kinderen zijn lid van een sportvereniging. 80 procent van de kinderen tussen de 10 en de 14 jaar heeft een lidmaatschap. Tijdens de puberteit zeggen veel kinderen dat lidmaatschap af, bij jongeren tussen de 20 en 24 is nog zo’n 30 procent lid van een sportvereniging. Dat percentage blijft hangen tussen de 20 en 30 procent tot de leeftijdscategorie 70 tot en met 74. Dan neemt het aantal mensen dat sport, snel af. Mannen zijn in alle leeftijdscategorieën vaker lid van een sportvereniging dan vrouwen.
October 13th - 15th., more Australian News ..... the Supershow "SHINE" Melbourne took place.
Another great show of BMX bikes was organised, this time by Mark Tawaf and former USA Pro rider Perry Kramer was the guest of honour this time. Again my dear friend Frank Iglio kept me updated on what happened during that weekend.
Hi Gerrit, How are you? As you know I attended the Melbourne Super Show & Shine early September 2017. This time I went to the "Supershow - SINE- Melbourne", were Perry Kramer was the guest of honour. It was a really good event too. I flew in on the Saturday morning, unfortunately I didn’t make it to the Friday night Dinner show or the Saturday bike ride, but made it to the main event which was on the Sunday.
The event was located at the Old School BMX Store, owned by Mark Tawaf. There were lots of amazing bikes, and a great group of BMX enthusiasts. Once again it gave great exposure to my Sidekick BMX Stands as well, and made good sales on the day.
Perry Kramer is a great guy!, and a very likable person. I was lucky enough to be invited to hang out on the Saturday and Sunday night with Perry, with a few of Marks close friends. I mentioned to Perry that we knew each other, and I said hello from you. Perry also said to say Hi.
Here are some photos I took from the show. Feel free to use any of them and share. Hope all is well, speak soon. Frank.
Last picture from the Supershow - SHINE - Melbourne by the Old School BMX Store. Seen here guest of houner Perry Kramer singning an SE frame tube. Again here, pictures courtesy of Frank Iglio.
November 8th. - 12th, the 1st. UCI Urban Cycling World Championships, Chengdu -China.
The UCI becomes bigger at the Olympic level, new exciting moments coming up. Also the event on November 8 through 12th. is new .........Looking forward to our 1st. UCI Urban Cyling World Championships which event includes Bicycle Trials, BMX Freestyle Park and MTB Eliminator as formats. This 1st event will take place in Chengdu - China.
December 1st. - 3rd., the RADelaide 2017 bicycle show, Adelaide - Australia.
Through my contact in Australia, Frank Iglio of SIDEKICK BMX stands, I was informed about some more news on another bicycle show.
Here Frank's report: "Hi Gerrit, here is a little more info on the last BMX show for 2017 in Australia. The event was called RADelaide, located in Adelaide, South Australia. The event was spread over the first week in December, with special guests Eddy Fiola, Bill Allan and Kïd Fruhmann coming out from the USA.
The 3 main events were: 1st. December - "The KING Cometh ". A night with Eddie Fiola & Bill Allen". This was on the Friday night. A sit-down dinner followed by the screening of the movie RAD. Bill and Eddie gave special commentary with a detailed insight on what happened behind the scenes. There were lots of signing of merchandise and free give-aways throughout the night. A local guy called David Gartland made a special themed guitar for Eddie and straight swapped him for his EF Performer 20’’ BMX. The themed guitar was based on the design of the first generation GT Performer. There were approximately 70 people that attended the dinner. It was a fantastic night and all who attended got to mingle with fellow BMX enthusiasts.
2nd. December - RADelaide Show & Shine. This was the main event on the Saturday, where the public could display their own BMX bikes. There were judges and awards given out to the best bike for each category. A raffle bike was also put together from parts donated from the Forty1Thirty group. It was raffled off at the end of the day. All the money raised went to charity. During the day Eddie Viola rode the local skate park and showed off many of his tricks. The event was a huge success - a credit to Jon Moore and all the sponsors, SIDEKICK-BMX being one of them. At the end of the day everybody got together and enjoyed a yarn about the good old days of BMX!
3rd. December - Bill & Ed’s Excellent Adventure Ride took place on Sunday 11am, down at Glenelg beach in Adelaide. The ride started at Boomers café and headed to the West Beach skate park. Once again Eddie Viola performed on the local bowls and half pipe. It was a very relaxed day and a great mix of all ages.
Following on from the Adelaide event. Eddie, Bill, and Kid went on to travel to Melbourne and Sydney to share some time with more BMX enthusiasts. They then made their way to New Zealand for the NOS BMX show, before returning back to the USA. Hope this gives an insight to what is going on down here in Australia, the old school BMX scene is strong and we look forward to 2018. Kind Regards, Frank Iglio".
Pictures courtesy of Frank Iglio and Flickr Photography, an impression of the events:
In this year, 2018, we celebrate that the sport of BMX - Bicycle Moto-Cross - was introduced in Holland and became an official registered sport in th same year, now 40 years ago. Records show that the S.F.N. - Stichting Fietscross Nederland, was the first officialy registered BMX orgnisation, not only in Holland but also in Europe. For that reason one can see that BMX also celebrates its 40th anniversary in Europe as a whole. Only 4 years after the Americans started to officialy organize BMX nationwide in 1974 (by the NBA and the NBL) and in 1978 (by the ABA, now USA BMX). Within 40 years, BMX developed from a sport just having fun immitating motorcycle moto-cross stars into an Olympic discipline in the highest performance classes, Elite women and men.
This is not the way I wanted to start the new year, but I have to inform you about the passing of 2 dear friends, who also ment a lot to BMX at a National ánd international level. I am sorry to tell you the mr. Don Hutelin - USA and Mr. Dieter Schadowski - Germany passed away in the first 14 days of this year 2018. Here some more information.
January 8th., a message came in about the passing of long time friend in BMX, Don Hutelin - USA.
I am so sorry to read about the passing of long time friend, Don Hutelin. Don passed away on January 8th. at his home. Don had reached to age of 82 years. Our condolances go out to Sarah and Bonnie, John and their families. Here a short note by Bonnie Marsden-Hutelin about the passing of her Dad.
"I started this fund with the passing of my dad Don Hutelin. My dad passed away in his home on January 8, 2018 at 82 years old. He is survived by my mom Sarah Hutelin of 58 years. As a young kid, my mom and dad supported my brother John and I heavily in BMX racing for our entire childhood. They gave up every weekend to take us racing. As a family, we traveled the country, made life long friends and became successful adults.
With my dad passing everyone is asking what can I do for u. Since Bmx is in our blood and is our passion (my mom and dad included) it only seems right to give back to our Bmx family. I would love to give other kids the the opportunity to be a part of this awesome family sport. So In lieu of flowers, please donate a small portion for me to help future bmx’ers. Thank u for all the kind words on Facebook. We are truley grateful.!! With Love, Bonnie Hutelin Marsden."
Note Gerrit Does:
It was some time in 1980 that I came in contact with Don Hutelin, through George E. Esser, at the time the MCS - ceo and President of the National Bicycle League - USA. BMX was the reason I got in contact with the NBL and George Esser in the first place and through George with Don. In the years to come I did spent at least twice a year time in Florida to orientate myself on BMX (organisation wise). Several times I was a guest at Don's house, for which hospitality by the Hutelin's I am / we are still grateful. We, Don and I, had also a mutual friend from Japan, Mr. Tadashi Inoue. Don's son John, stayed at our house in Holland in the '80 s and together we travelled Europe with my family and John. All good memories. Don, thanks for all and I hope you, and believe, have now found peace. R.I.P. Don Hutelin.
January 8th., Olympic silver medalist in BMX, Jelle van Gorkum, crashed hard at the Papendal track in Holland.
story will follow ....
January 14th., another sad message came in about the passing of dear friend in BMX, Dieter Schadowski - Germany.
Dieter's son, old school BMX'er and long time friend, Rainer Schadowski, did write the following message on facebook:
" Liebe Freunde, mein lieber Paps und bester Kumpel, Dieter Schadowski, Familienoberhaupt, Ehemann, Vater, Schwiegervater, Bruder, Onkel, Opa, Papiermaschinen-Ingenieur, Bike Shop Inhaber, mein BMX Hauptsponsor, Team Manager und Old School Bike Sammler ist heute von uns gegangen. *02.10.39 + 14.01.18
Wir sehen uns wieder ! " ---------------------------------------------- " Dear friends, My beloved Dad and best buddy, Dieter Schadowski, head of the family, husband, father, father in law, brother, uncle, grandpa, paper-machine engineer, bike shop owner, my main BMX sponsor, Team Manager and Old School bike collector has passed away today. *10-02-39 + 01-14-18
We'll meet again ! "
Note Gerrit Does: First of all our condolances go out to Dieter's wife Elisabeth and ofcourse Rainer and his family. Although expected, when it finaly happens, it's always a shock moment. We do wish you all much strength to cope with this loss.
Personaly I know the Schadowski family (father and son) for over 35 years and ofcourse through BMX. Rainer and I together with 2 "powder puffs" from Holland, travelled to the Murray World Cup in the '80s and since then we were in close contact with Dieter and his son Rainer for years. Dieter was a remarkable man and had his opinion about the sport of BMX. As a hobby, Dieter had his BMX shop with old skool part, bikes, uniforms etc. that was kind of unique. Several times he has been one of the main European collectors being present with quality restored BMX bikes at BMX shows, a couple of which I organised myself. His enthousiasm for old skool stuff was remarkable.
I think it was 2 or 3 years ago that I met with Dieter and many other German old skool riders, during the Reunion in Weiterstadt, for the last time. We had a great time. I will remember Dieter for his motivating talks and enthousiasm for old skool BMX in general and products specialy. You will be missed dearly by many, R.I.P. old friend Dieter!
January 26th - 28th. Special event called "Avignon Velo Passion Vaucluse" - France
This event was organized by pioneer old school BMX'er Christophe Vico. This weekend event included a demo Race of Pros on an indoor BMX track, an Old School Expo, a BMX Freestyle (Flatland) event and several side events. The event was a great success.
Some more pictures just to give you all an idea about the event.
Now some picture of the BMX track at the Avignon event. The design, the building of the track and the starting gate with French Old School Pro's ready to race.
Also some BMX Freestyle action took place by old school riders and first BMX bikes were shown.
Here an American made BMX brand, Mongoose as well as a European made BMX brand, Motobecane. The side-car class always had something special to it.
To finish this report of a very succesfull event in Cavignon, some more ad random pictures.
May 9th., Dale Holmes did write this article on facebook on the World Cup 1995
Dale Holmes: The first official UCI BMX World Cup and pilot event came in 1995 in Brighton, England. Gerrit Does, known as the God Father of European BMX, was the man behind the series along with the support of the UCI. For the first time, transponders / timers were used and they also added a MTB race that consisted of 2 laps of the BMX track (the same day as the Elite racing) meaning we ran a two-lap qualifying MTB race during the Elite Moto's followed by Elite 1/8th, quarters and semis, final for the MTB (2 laps again) a short break then back on the gate for the Elite main. There were a lot of laps for the day but the prize money was good so the majority of us raced both. Todd Lyons (Haro) won the MTB race with myself (GT) coming in 2nd and Jamie Staff (Webco) 3rd. Elite was Jamie Staff 1st myself 2nd and Wilco Groenendaal in 3rd.
The event had a King of Dirt. GT brought in their Freestyle Show and ran demos trackside and downtown Brighton and the event was broadcasted all over Europe on Euro Sport TV.
Redbull, UGP & GT were sponsors for the event and after the racing a presentation took place trackside at a marquee tent. The drinks started flowing and things got out of hand with drunken riders climbing the roof of the tent resulting in it collapsing. Simon Tabron, Jason Davis, Rob Indri, Todd Lyons, The Murray brothers just to list a few culprits that were seen on the roof before the collapse. A good ending to a little World Cup history. Everything new in this concept came from the UCI Project Manager World Cup Series, Gerrit Does.
We’re in the beginning of trying to get a bmx track in Brighton again. A more suitable location this time. I’ll share this to our Brighton bmx club page as it’s a wonderful bit of history. ?
Some reactions of many on this article: -Todd Lyons I smoked you that day.??? -Marco Dellisola Drank WAY too much Red Bull that weekend!! It was new back then! -Manda Hempstock Unforgettable weekend. ?
May 18th-19th., the Ernie Alexander's N.B.A. Reunion & Bike Show took place at St. Chatsworth - Cal. USA.
This event was a great success. Plans are already there for a 2019 Reunion & Bike Show. Here a series of pictures to give you all an impression on the NBA Reunion.
Pioneers of BMX ............................
June 1st., a press-release on a book about Rochard Long - GT Bicycles.
Doug Martin talks about a unique book about Richard Long, Original GT Bicycles Co-Founder. ALL: As earlier eluded to by Chris Long, Wanda Long and family, we are happy to share the details of a now formally commissioned book on Richard. The project is designed to tell the story of his life, times and the company he built with co-founding partner, Gary Turner. Below is the press release which went out today. Please feel free to share and promote within your own networks and circles. We will keep this group updated as related news happens. ______________________
The Story of Richard Long and GT Bicycles Commissioned and Underway -- Noted Author and Southern California based Journalist Roy M. Wallack to pen book on GT Co-Founder and Industry Visionary
Orange County, CA (June 1, 2018) – The family of Richard Long, original co-founder of GT Bicycles, is pleased to announce that they are moving forward with a book dedicated to Richard’s life and the story of GT from its very beginning through the time of his premature death in 1996. Long was killed in a motorcycle accident while driving to Big Bear, CA for a NORBA National, just one week prior to the opening ceremonies of the Atlanta Olympic Games. He was 46.
The project, driven by Richard’s wife Wanda and son Chris, is designed to cover the era and circumstances that lead to the first serendipitous meeting between Richard and Gary Turner (the “GT” in GT), through their rise as a BMX dynasty, MTB pioneers and USA Cycling and U.S. Olympic Team suppliers.
Local Orange County journalist Roy M. Wallack, perhaps best known for his long-time work with the LA Times and as an accomplished cycling freelance writer and author of the bestseller Bike for Life: How to Ride To 100, has been commissioned to write the book and has already begun his preliminary research. The timeline is still susceptible to change, but currently the book is targeted for completion by fall of 2019.
“Richard’s story has been a goal of ours for some time,” says Wanda Long, “and we are thrilled to see it finally in motion. He was so remarkable and being able to share his backstory, and that of GT’s humble beginnings all the way through the soaring growth years of the ‘80’s and ‘90’s is something our family is thrilled about. We expect this to be much more than just a bicycle company story and believe Roy (Wallack) will be able to capture all of the magic that went into this very special time and place.”
“I was around during GT’s rise to greatness and I am aware of its impact on the sport, business and industry,” Wallack states. “Even still, after meeting with the Long family and several longtime employees, including Todd Huffman and Doug Martin, both of whom worked directly with Richard, it is evident what a special man Richard was and how so much of what GT accomplished boiled down to his ability to inspire others and will things to happen. Having spent my career writing mainly about the bike world, this project is hugely inspirational to me, and it is our collective goal to give Richard, the company he built and the bike industry the attention it deserves.”
A number of past GT executives, employees, vendors, athletes, and customers have already been contacted with more expected as the outline and draft(s) continue. END OF RELEASE.
Here a few reactions: Woody Itson: Richard was awesome and I owe him a lot. He gave me free reign to do as I needed during my tenure at GT and I’m in the position I am today largely because of that.
James Mickey Daily: Doug Martin, do you realize the pic next to your name is from the Frank Zappa Album: Ship arriving too late to save a drowning witch? Totally cool....
Penny Westman: I could not be happier about this book. I miss my wonderful GT Family. What a Ride!
Monique De Bruijn (NED): I think it’s gonna be a story with lots of memories. Richard was several times in the Netherlands and also visited our bmx shop in Eindhoven. At that time I was sponsored by GT and together with another GT rider Jean Pierre van Hoof I was invited to visit the GT factory in Sant Ana. We had a wonderfull time there and went home with lots of new stuff.At that time we didn’t earn money with bmx so we where very happy with the sponsored materials and clothing we received every year ?. After one week we flew home with a big smile and much nice impressions of the GT Family ? Greatz,Turbo Monique
Russ Cooper: Cannot wait to see the final story. Lots of memories going to the Riteway warehouses and riding GT bikes as they were our #1 line through the 90s. I have fond memories of attending bmx nationals and seeing GT owning the races. Same with mtb races. We have a titanium GT road bike in for service now that was bought from us 20 years ago and still going strong.
Penny Westman: I could not be happier about this book. I miss my wonderful GT Family. What a Ride!
June 2nd. the 2nd BMX Reunion Andorra - Spain took place.
As in many other countries across Europe and in the World, also in Spain Reunions take place of pioneer BMX racers, officials and others. For the 2nd. time now, the Reunion Andorra - Spain of former members of the Amics del Bici Cross, started by Juan Ventura (r.i.p.) and first affiliate in Spain of the I.BMX.F., took place at Circuit BMX 'd Arinsal. To give you all an impression, here a series of pictures on this event.
On the far right picture, the blue BMX bike is an original BH bike, made in Spain. At the time Brian Montgomery (r.i.p.) worked for BH and helped promoting BMX in Spain.
See you all at the next Reunion in Spain.
June 3rd - 9th., the UCI BMX World Championships took take place in Baku - Azerbaijan.
Overview on the UCI BMX World Championship track in Baku. These pictures courtesy of Marco Dellisola (GBR).
In Baku 40 countries were repesented with in total 1263 entries in the CHALLENGE classes and ... entries in the CHAMPIONSHIP classes. Here a schedule mentioning all participating countries and classes with its entries ......
Results in Elite en Junior classes Men and Women:
Elite Men results: 1. Sylvain Andre FRA - World Champion. 2. Joris Daudet FRA 3. Anderson Filho BRA 4. Joris Harmsen NED 5. Corben Sharrah USA 6. Kyle Evans GBR 7. David Graf SUI 8. Dave van der Burg NED
Elite Women results: 1. Laura Smulders NED - World Champ 2. Merel Smulders NED 3. Judy Baauw NED 4. Natalie Afremova RUS 5. Simone Christensen DEN 6. Saya Skakibara AUS 7. Alice Willoughby USA 8. Brooke Crain USA
Results Junior Men: 1. Leo Gardyan FRA - World Champ 2. Juan Ramirez COL 3. Ignasio Molina CHI 4. Emilio De La Fuente ARG 5. Ross Cullen GBR 6. Kye Affoo AUS 7. Ian van Heugten NED 8. Carlos Zuluaga COL
Results Junior Women: 1. Indy Scheepers NED - World Champ 2. Zoe Claessens SUI 3. Gabriele Bolle COL 4. Varvare Ovchinnikova RUS 5. Stephani Moran USA 6. Emma Jouteau FRA 7. Leila Henry CAN
Here the overall MEDAL COUNT (Challenge and Championship classes) of the 2018 UCI BMX World Championship in Baku
July 13 thr 15th., the UEC European BMX Challenge and Junior (men/women) Championships took place in Sarrians - France.
INDY SCHEEPERS AND LEO GAROYAN WIN THE BMX JUNIOR EUROPEAN TITLES The 2018 edition of the BMX Junior and Challenge European Championships held last weekend in Sarrians (France) were a great success. 1,716 riders took part in this continental event which was raced on a new track opened last April and provided us with three days of top level technical skill.
In the Junior category, the current World Champions triumphed in the two races: the Dutch rider Indy Scheepers and the French rider Leo Garoyan.
In the Women’s events, Scheepers won a fiercely fought battle in the final beating Eliska Bartunkova (Czech Republic) and the French rider Charlotte Morot, adding to her wins this season the European Champion jersey following her world title win just over a month ago.
In the Men’s races, great day for the French who occupied three places on the podium on 14 July and also had eight riders qualifying for the final. It was Leo Garroyan, BMX Sarrians club member, reigning World and National Champion who took first place. Watched by his fans, he beat his fellow countrymen Dylan Gobert and Hugo Marszalek.
The Elite European Championships will take place in Glasgow (Great Britain) on 10 and 11 August.
Participating countries and number of Entries: Austria 11 entries Belgium 164 entries Belarus 5 entries Czech Republic 25 entries Denmark 55 entries Spain 69 entries Estonia 5 entries Finland 2 entries France 737 entries Great Britain 122 entries Germany 40 entries Ireland 8 entries Italia 58 entries Latvia 65 entries Lithuania 4 entries Netherlands 229 entries Norway 1 entry Poland 3 entries Portugal 9 entries Russian Federation 11 entries Slovenia 7 entries San Marino 2 entries Switzerland 72 entries Slovakia 6 entries Sweden 9 entries Ukraine 5 entries
Total of 27 countries represented
July 20th., the 1st ever Australian BMX Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on the Gold Coast in Australia.
February 23rd. 2018 a press-release was issued by former World Champion BMX from Australia, Cameron Mittchell. This is what that release did tell us:
Australian BMX Hall of Fame awards diner. Long time coming.. the very first Aussie BMX HOF awards dinner is locked in and will be on the Gold Coast. Please jump online and book a ticket and be apart of history. If you would like to become a sponsor then DM Cameron Mitchell or Sharon Mitchell or myself. Spread the word and share this with everyone!
Bruce Morris Steven Cassap Steve Ewart Phillip Weatherley Michael Nieland Craig Fisher Trent Todd Anthony Howie Waye
Australian BMX Museum 23 februari · Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural Australian BMX Hall Of Fame Awards Gala Dinner. Come and join us on the Gold Coast, July 20th to celebrate some of the biggest names in Australian BMX History. This is the night-of-nights for Australian BMX. Special Guest Speaker, exclusive ticket holder memorabilia, charity auction and door prizes on the night. We look forward to your company. Tickets are limited. Tables of 10 available. Follow the link below to purchase tickets.
Australian BMX Hall Of Fame - Home The Australian BMX Hall Of Fame - The Official home of Australia's finest BMX talent. AUSTRALIANBMXHOF.COM.AU
A report on the actual event will be posted after July 20th. 2018. Check it out later !
July 27th., to be translated soon .....
NOC*NSF ziet minder leden, maar meer sporters ARNHEM (ANP) - Het aantal mensen dat lid is van een sportclub is in 2017 licht gedaald. Sportkoepel NOC*NSF registreerde vorig jaar 5.194.000 lidmaatschappen, 44.000 minder dan in 2016. Ook het aantal sportverenigingen daalde met 676 naar 23.870. Het is een tendens die al enkele jaren zichtbaar is.
DOOR: REDACTIE PANORAMA CONTENT: ANP 27 juli 2018 10:37 NOC*NSF ziet minder leden, maar meer sporters
Nederlanders zijn wel meer gaan sporten. Ongeveer 5 miljoen mensen doen dat buiten een sportclub om. Volgens de jaarcijfers van NOC*NSF sportte in 2017 64 procent van de Nederlanders minimaal één keer per week en dat is 3 procent meer dan in 2016. In absolute aantallen komt dat overeen met 10.115.000 mensen in de leeftijd van 5 tot en met 80 jaar.
De voetbalbond KNVB is nog altijd veruit de grootste bond met ruim 1,2 miljoen leden, ook al raakte de bond er 14.000 kwijt. Fitness is de meeste beoefende ongeorganiseerde sport in Nederland. Volgens de sportkoepel brachten in 2017 ruim 3 miljoen mensen geregeld een bezoek aan de sportschool.
Slecht 4 sporten zijn gegroeid in aantal leden t.w. dart, .........
August 10th. and 11th. Glasgow, European Championships Elite Men and Women.
Story will follow.
August 14th., here a video on Alans BMX - RadBMX MK18 Tent Tour with pioneer BMX'er Alan Woods - GBR. AlansBMX - RadBMX MK18 Tent Tour with Alan Woods.
An off the cuff walk around RadBMX MK18 with Alans Woods. Excuse the lighting and sound, this was as unorganized as it gets. Plenty of rad rides and people at MK18, bring on next year! And that was Del at DELCALS.com not decals.com oops. He is the man for all your Decal needs, hit him up! Thanks so much to the Rad Army and everyone involved with organizing such an amazing event!
Besides BMX, a now-a-days great hobby of Alan is moto-cross. That is the sport BMX originated from. So, in a way, back to the rutes and enjoying it.
If you need parts for your Oldschool build or anything to do with BMX check out www.alansbmx.com For all your BMX needs, be it Old School, New School, Mid School or anything go to www.alansbmx.com or call us on 01942 826 598. Alans BMX - the longest established UK BMX shop since 1981.
Just a few reactions on FACEBOOK after people watched this video: - Andy Ruffell: Nice one Alan Woods! Really cool overview video from MK18. I learned a few things watching this LOL. Do more of this Alan Woods! - Andy Irwin: Awesome, learned a load there. Alan knows what he's talking about. - Trevor Shanks: Great video Alan. I didn’t realise that Wood Cycles was yours, I brought a load of bits for a bike I’ve just built, I also found this photo from a mag of me you racing when I raced for ACE , I’m not sure where it was, I thought I recognised your face, you are looking well and sure know your stuff, just a sham I couldn’t make it to MK we could have had a chat . - ,,,,,,,,, : Nice to see you back on the track Alan - Spencer Moon: Love Alan, he's forgotten more about bmx than most people know! Alan knows the score - Tony Fleming: Cheers, pretty awesome to hear the history from a legend! - Denny King: Great vid Alan. Very interesting details & a huge knowledge of BMX history - MulletRecords: The knowledge right there ... superb vid! - Sean Smith: Great job, Alan! - Will Farrelly: Epic knowledge and recollection - Spencer Moon: He was fecking fast as well on the track. All round good egg always willing to do ye some good deals when ye go to the shop top job!
August 23rd. 2018, the Asian Games 2018 / BMX event took place in Jakarta - Indonesia.
It is very interesting to see how BMX is developing in Asia and more specific in Indonesia. Many years ago as General Secretary of I.BMX.F., I have been in contact with people involved in BMX in Indonesia in the early days ('80 s). This year the Asian Games 2018 did have BMX included. On August 23rd. BMX racing took place at the Jakarta International BMX track. Through my Japanese contact mr. Hiroshi Takahashi (old school BMX'er himself) I was able to gather the pictures below, to give you all an impression of the present status of BMX at the highest level in Indonesia.
Jakarta Palembang 2018 sanctioned by the Asian Cycling Confederation, affiliated to the UCI. Pictures courtesy of Hiroshi Takahashi.
Hope to place race results of this race later here .......................
The presentation of awards ceremony shown in these pictures. Again ..... courtesy of mr. Hiroshi Takahashi
October 6th - 18th., the Youth Olympic Games - YOG, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The 2018 summer YOG - Youth Olympic Games will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
December, just some statistics on participation in European Champiionships ánd Cup events.
Registrations European Championship: 2018 Sarrians (FRA) 1716 total 27 countries 2017 Bordeaux (FRA) 1740 total 217 championships 1523 Challenge 26 countries 2016 Verona (ITA) 1900 total 201 championships 1699 Challenge 21 countries 2015 Erp (NED 1458 total 203 championships 1255 Challenge 21 countries 2014 Roskilde (DEN) 1423 total 191 championships 1232 Challenge 21 countries 2013 Dessel (BEL) 1679 total 224 championships 1455 Challenge 24 countries
European Cup registrations: average per race 2018 971 riders per race 2017 732 riders per race 2016 959 riders per race 2015 733 riders per race 2014 588 riders per race 2013 507 riders per race
Teams: 2018 45 teams registered 2017 39 teams registered 2016 42 teams registered 20 teams participated
July 11-14th. the UCI BMX European Championships in Valmiera - Latvia.
July 24-27th, the UCI BMX World Championships in Zolder - Belgium.
August 30th, article to be completed after sept 26th.
Taken from fb page "Old School Classic and racing BMX 80s" by Henry Sarria. Beheerder · 30 augustus om 15:52
Well, here we are, once again, another edition of Friday Feature Photos & as always, this was fun to put together, but there's always that finicky side of me that says "Hey dummy, why didn't you do this sooner?!"
Let's start off w/ a quote from this week's Friday Feature Photos honoree:
"Carpe diem; There are no problems, only solutions; as trainer/coach, When I sweat, you sweat! You never fail, until you stop and .... What I fear, I create ...... so be positive in life, creating positivity around you."
In case some don't know, "carpe diem" means "seize the day" & this man, he not only seized the day, he seized continents in his efforts to create an international BMX circuit. From humble roots as a motocross racer in Holland, it was a trip to the US in 1974 that would set him on a path that would bring people from all over the world together to do this thing called BMX. He was/is the founder of the International BMX Federation (IBMXF) & since that day, he's been instrumental in furthering the BMX lives of many of yesterday & today's top ranked BMX racers world wide. He brought the American BMX racers & brands to the European circuit, he then expanded his interests in the sport to Japan, Australia & New Zealand.
The coolest thing to come of all that work was the close friendship he developed w/ George Esser, another part of BMX royalty, & his family, a friendship that continues to this day w/ Greg Esser. They now race RC cars together & have just as much fun doing that as w/ BMX in its heyday. There isn't 1 single top ranked European BMX racer that isn't grateful to this wonderful human being for all he has done to not only further BMX, but to further the riders.
His concern for the treatment & welfare of BMX racers dates back to his earliest involvement w/ the sport & continues to this day & yes, he's even an outspoken critic of the UCI. There's so much more that can be said about this awesome person, but I will let all that be said in the comments from those who know him well. So this week's Friday Feature Photos is all about the man, the myth, the legend & a true ambassador of BMX, the 1 & only Sir Gerrit Does!
As said above, fill the comments up w/ good things about him, I'm sure there's a lot to say!
History of BMX, year 2020.
Early 2020, the CORONA virus / the Corona Pandamic.
Press releases from the UCI headquarters. March 23rd. at 1503 PM: The 2020 UCI BMX World Championships in Houston (United States) postponed
In the current context of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, which also affects the United States, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) regrets to announce the necessity to postpone the 2020 UCI BMX World Championships which were initially to take place at the Rockstar Energy Bike Park in the United States from 26 to 31 May.
The UCI fully supports the decision taken by the organisers of the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority, the authorities of the city of Houston, in the state of Texas, and of Harris County. In view of the current health situation, holding the UCI BMX World Championships, preceded by the amateur Challenge class, would have potentially posed a risk to the health of the riders, all those involved in the event and the fans.
Regarding the qualification process for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the UCI BMX World Championships in Houston were initially to be the last event on the UCI International BMX Calendar offering qualification points, since the qualifying period was due to end on 1st June. In the context of the coronavirus and in the interests of safety and sporting fairness, the UCI recalls - as announced on March 15 - that it asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to stop the qualification period retroactively as of 3 March, given that until this date, no nation had been prevented from going to events because of the pandemic.
This position may of course be reviewed depending on the decisions taken by the IOC regarding the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Concerning the postponement of the 2020 UCI BMX World Championships, the UCI will work with the organisers to fix a new date. In accordance with the decisions announced on March 20 concerning disciplines other than road, in connection with the coronavirus, the UCI stresses that the UCI World Championships have priority within the framework of the revision of the UCI International Calendar with a view to the resumption of the 2020 season.
The UCI shares the disappointment of the BMX community after the decision to postpone the 2020 UCI BMX World Championships and wishes to thank the Organising Committee of the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority for its cooperation in this difficult situation, as well as the athletes, teams, partners and all parties involved in the event for their understanding.
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November, Latvian Olympic Committee President, Aldons Vrublevskis not re-eligible for a next turn.
Mr. Aldons Vrublevskis, a BMX pioneer in Latvia, together with mr. Janis Silins, started introducing and organising BMX in Latvia in 1988. In 1989 the Latvia BMX Federation was formed and BMX developed very fast in Latvia resulting in 2 Olympic titles in the Elite Men class by Maris Strombergs in 2008 Bejing - China and 2012 in London - England.