Monday, September 18, 2017

Spotlight: Bethany Shriever

Monday, September 18, 2017

Spotlight: Bethany Shriever



BMX is one of the least funded disciplines in cycling, yet you have athletes that arguably train harder and risk greater than any other cycling sport - maybe even any sport period. An example here is Bethany Shriever, British BMX racer and newly crowned junior World champion, who is doing it all on her own.

Beatrice: How and when did you get your start in BMX racing?

Bethany
I was 8 years old and my brother's friend's dad, was the lead coach at my local BMX track, one day he invited both myself and my youngest brother to the track and we fell in love.

Beatrice: Congratulations on getting the win at the 2017 Worlds! For those who were not there and not around you, what was your day like leading up to finals? 

Bethany At the World champs my day went to plan, won every round leading up to the final, I hadn't faced Saya (my main competition) until the final and she also had won all her rounds leading up the final. I felt good all day, comfortable with the track and my competitors, but in the back of my mind I knew it would be a tough battle between myself and Saya in the final, as she also was on top form.

BVC Bikes - Supercross carbon BLK frame and forks

Beatrice:
For the final lap that mattered the most, you had a great start, at what point during the race did you see the opportunity to beat Saya Sakakibara at the line? What was going through your head during the first couple of straights and when did it click in that you won?

Bethany
As soon as I saw Saya ahead of me with that amount of distance I accepted in my head that I was going to get second, so I just kept my cool and kept pushing none the less and managed to close the gap on the third straight and it was only until I entered the last corner where I thought I had a chance of passing her, until that point I thought I had silver. This is why it was such a shock to me when I did take the win, because Saya had made some distance between me and her. I knew straight away when I crossed the line that I had it, and then the initial reaction was shock.



Beatrice: If I'm correct, I do believe you are the first Elite Women since Shanaze Reade, right? First, how does it feel to finally get rid of the Jr title to your name, and what does being Elite mean now, how has your training sessions change and do you get additional support now, if so how?

Bethany
I'm always going to have that World title to my name, but like you say, I'm moving up into a whole new World, the best of the best in BMX and it is going to be tough. My training doesn't really change, I am going to be working extremely hard over the winter to get as strong as I can, I want to have the best chance at making finals in elite women, that's the aim. I am no longer with British Cycling because there is no funding, I am doing it all on my own with the help of my coach I have known for years, and sponsors who are willing to get me my equipment and get me to the places I need to get to to compete and train.

Beatrice: Does the lack of Elite women riders in GB say anything about the sport in GB? Are there not enough female riders or support, what's your take/perspective on this?

Bethany
There is support, just no funding. It is a shame because in the UK we have lots of up and coming girls coming up to junior level and now they have to do it on their own. However, we are a tight network in the UK and we all talk and help each other, I am more than happy to be giving the girls advice and helping them improve.

This F2 CARBON FORGE MIPS helmet is the one Bethany wore at Worlds!


Beatrice: What are your thoughts on the 2018 Worlds location being in Baku, Azerbaijan? Parents are already opting out based on the location and safety. Will you be planning to go?

Bethany
If I am selected by British Cycling I will be more than happy to go, I love it when races are in places like these because you get to see a whole new culture and experience something completely different to what you are usually used to. Everyone will be in the same boat, but it will be one to remember regarding where it is based.

Beatrice: Not sure if you noticed this, but there’s a masters class for male riders, but none for female riders. So you have veteran female racers, competing against the challenge class at Worlds. What are your thoughts on this and the impact on the future of the sport?

Bethany
I never thought about that actually, that's interesting, they should definitely look into adding another veteran type class for women who ride 20'' bikes. I think that the sport for us girls has improved over the years and I think it can only get better, now a days we have equal prize money which we never had in the past, tracks are only going to start getting more technical and more demanding as the skill level keeps on rising.



Beatrice: If you could name 3 people to dedicate your success to, who would they be?

Bethany
Mum, Dad and Mark Seaman

Beatrice: What's your day to day life like now, since we're in the off season and where or when will your next big race be?

Bethany
Currently, I am working part time so I can still train during the week. My next big race isn't until next year now, so now I'm putting my head down and going to work extremely hard and get faster!

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Vital BMX: The Hannah Roberts Interview

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Vital BMX: The Hannah Roberts Interview



This is awesome! Check out this interview Hannah did with Vital BMX. 16-year-old Hannah Roberts talks about her start, her relationship with cousin Brett Bansiewicz, Olympic dreams, competitive nature, and more. It's a great sit down interview, check it out!

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Spotlight: Avriana Hebert

Monday, September 11, 2017

Spotlight: Avriana Hebert

Left to Right: Josh Samells, Niko Doyle and Avriana Hebert (Team Canada)

Canadian BMX racer Avriana Hebert has a number of achievements under her belt, including a W1 plate from 2014. She's definitely not a stranger to Worlds, and this young women from Alberta, Canada is for sure someone to watch in the future.

Beatrice: How did you get into BMX?

Avriana: BMX was shown to me when I was four years old through my dad! My dad had done BMX when he was little and thought it would be the perfect sport for my brother and I! After taking my brother and I to the track for the first time it was something that we enjoyed and it stuck with me till now!

BeatriceAre you currently on the Canadian national team?

Avriana: I am currently not part of the national team but rather the next generation Canadian team. The 2016 season was the upbringing of the next gen program with a couple of camps, and at the end of the season a try out for the 2017 team. The 2017 season was supported with many camps including a pre Worlds camp at Rock Hill! The team gave us gym, sprints, and track programs to follow for our training. Along with our training programs, the team prepared us for races and coached us when needed during our races!



BeatriceWhat are your thoughts on the 2018 Worlds location being in Baku, Azerbaijan? A lot of parents are already opting out based on the location and safety. 

Avriana: In my eyes, I'm not horribly worried about the location of next years Worlds. I don't believe that they would pick a place for thousands of people to go if it were dangerous.

BeatriceSince we’re on the topic of Worlds, 2017 was a big year for us North Americans, with it being back “home” for the first time in a decade. What was your Worlds experience like leading up to the crash…?

Avriana: My World's experience was a bit of a tough one to take in. Leading up to my crash I felt very confident through practice and going into racing. I didn't want to set any expectations for myself going into racing because I didn't want to feel any pressure, but I was hopeful that I would do well. Unfortunately after making up some spots along second straight and going for a pass in the second corner I ended up crashing.



BeatriceTell me about your crash, I remember being so proud of the move you made in the 2nd corner, it was risky but the payoff would have been huge! For those who weren’t there, how did the crash happen and do you agree with medics not clearing you to compete in the next round?

Avriana: I ended up crashing with a Colombian junior trying to make a move in the second corner. In trying to make this move we bumped bars just before going into the second corner causing us to start leaning and ended up falling. I ended up hitting my head in the process of this fall and did not get up right away. After being down for a while I got up on my own reaching for my bike to ride it off. At this point the medics didn't allow me to do so and I was taken back to the medics tent for further concussion testing. Following the testing the medics informed me I was not cleared to race and I had not passed the testing. Initially my head hurt as it would after hitting it but after about 5 minutes I no longer had any pain, in which I told them. In my eyes I was ok to ride and I didn't agree with the medics choice of not letting me continue my day. Although I was frustrated with there decision I understand where there decision came from.

BeatriceNot sure if you noticed this but, there’s a masters class for male riders, but none for female riders. So you have veteran female racers, competing against the challenge class at Worlds. What are your thoughts on this and the impact on the future of the sport?

Avriana: I think a masters class for females would make for good racing! I've always been on the side of having all things men and women being equal. So in achieving this I believe it would be fair and right for UCI to make a female masters class.



BeatriceYou recently raced against some really big names in Louisville, what was it like being in a gate with some of the elites, and what are the differences between Junior and Elite racers that you’ve noticed?

Avriana: I really enjoy going to the bigger nationals in the US and racing with the elite women! To me it's kind of an adrenaline rush being with all those big names on the gate. Regarding the difference between junior women and elite in my eyes is the level of experience through the years of racing!



BeatriceIf you could name 3 people, (in no particular order) that you’d dedicate your success to, who would they be and why?

Avriana: The main three people to name off for my success are, to begin with, my parents! I wouldn't be anywhere I am today without the help of my mom and dad! They have helped me in too many ways to name off. My parents were my coaches for many years in my life and they are on of the main reasons of why I am where I am today! The last individual to thank for my success would be my current coach Adam Muys! Adam has helped me from my first 2014 Worlds till now! He has taken so much time to prepare me and so many more for our races and I can't thank him more!
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

VIP: Angie Marino

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

VIP: Angie Marino



Check out this new edit from Angie when she was at Woodward East!

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ferda Girls (HUMBLE. Parody)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ferda Girls (HUMBLE. Parody)



This may be the single best thing you watch all week, and if you look closely you might spot long time contributor and all-around amazing person, Trish Bromley.



STARING

Micayla Gatto (@micaylagatto)

FEATURING
Hailey Elise (@haileyelisee)
Katrina Strand (@katrinastrand)
Matt Dennison (@mattdennison)
Nick Van Berkel (@nickvanberkel)
Ollie Jones (@olliegregoryjones)
Pat Crossing (@patcrossing)
Claire Buchar (@claire_buchar)
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Power Hour: Nikita Ducarroz

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Power Hour: Nikita Ducarroz



What can Nikita Ducarroz do in an hour? This edit will tell you.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Brooke Crain joins commentary team for Worlds

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Brooke Crain joins commentary team for Worlds

Just announced, American BMX racer Brooke Crain will be joining Pete Dylewski on the commentary duties during worlds in Rock Hill, SC!

Crane states: "I'm really excited about this. Obviously I'd rather be racing the @2017bmxworlds but I'm thankful for the opportunity to still be apart of it ❤️ need to start studying names ­čÖł"

The 2017 Worlds in Rockhill, SC will be shown live, make sure you bookmark this link to stay in the know https://bmxlive.tv/

photo: @jcobbs
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tokyo 2020: Thoughts From Your Favourite Riders

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tokyo 2020: Thoughts From Your Favourite Riders



Our BMX community has been buzzing this month with the announcement of Freestyle BMX's inclusion in the 2020 Olympics. Despite reducing athlete participation numbers, the Tokyo Executive Board announced equal representation, allowing 9 men AND 9 women to compete in the sports debut year. (We think that's pretty rad)

As Freestyle BMX gains Olympic status, Ride UK BMX invited riders to weigh in with their thoughts and reactions to the new stage, and what it means for our sport.

We've rounded up some of our favourite Olympic hopefuls to hear what they're thinking.


Camila Harambour (Chile)

"It took me a while to realize what making BMX Freestyle part of the Olympics actually means for the sport and all the riders. Personally, I didn't even consider that there would be a chance for us to ever make it there cause I always looked at the sport as being the exact opposite of rules and training in general. But then, if you analyze it a bit deeper, we do have a lot of rules and we do have a structure even if that means to do what you like. I think this is definitely a big step for every rider that wants to be a part of it and for sure it will make the sport more known and bigger. At the same time, I believe it will make BMX even more divided than what it is now. I always consider myself to be in the middle of that, loving it as a sport and loving it as a way of life but I know usually riders choose one over the other. I guess that as long as we all still respect all the different ways of seeing and living the sport, it's all for better"



Cory Coffey (United States)

"I'm super excited for BMX freestyle to be added to the 2020 games. I had an incredible opportunity to meet with the International Olympic committee with Ryan Nyquist while we were in France. We had the chance to talk with two of the representatives who were on site for the weekend to observe the sport and that was so rad!

The Olympics are the highest level of competition in any sport and to see BMX freestyle a part of that is incredible. I was excited when they added racing but always wished freestyle was a part, so rad cool to see the sport make it to such an elite level. I'm excited to see what the 2020 games will hold, which countries will walk away with medals and to see fellow athletes developing into Olympic athletes!

Having freestyle in the Olympics also will give some of the smaller countries who don't medal as often as other countries and real chance at getting one which I think is great. Instead of riding for oneself, or sponsors, you have this opportunity to ride for your entire country and represent to the rest of the world. So yeah, to say the least, I am beyond excited!"



Hannah Roberts (United States)

"I am so pumped that BMX made it into the Olympics! I think having BMX in the 2020 Olympics would be an amazing uprising for sport and have a bigger opportunity for people to get involved with BMX as well as progress more. I think that BMX as a whole is going to grow because the underside huge deal and kids would want to chance to be an Olympian. It's a huge uprising for sport and it came at a really good time"



Kara Bruce (Canada)

"I got my first taste of BMX, while I was researching women’s lack of participation in sport for a University project. This was about 7 years ago now, and it’s amazing to see how far it’s come!

Having Freestyle BMX in the Olympics will raise awareness in a way that had a huge impact on BMX Racing, and I hope we can learn from that and encourage more people worldwide, to come have fun on tiny bikes with us!!!

All in all, UCI in Edmonton Canada was awesome, and I hope to do more UCI events!"



Kayley Ashworth (United Kingdom)

"For me - Mr Nyquist said it all. BMX will always be free. I wouldn't have felt so at home in this industry if it wasn't. For ladies, this can open the doors to opportunities and experiences that were once laughable 10+yrs ago, to see this grow in the time I've been around I'M HYPED!!!...maybe I'll be taken a little more seriously about teaching BMX Freestyle now it has an Olympic status! For everyone, enjoy the Olympic wave or don't, it's here now."


Photo Cred: Mongoose

Nikita Ducarroz (Switzerland)

"I'm really stoked! I think it's a great opportunity to show BMX on such a large platform, and be seen as true athletes. Ryan Nyquist said something that really summarized my exact thoughts, as far as people being skeptical, it's still freestyle. Meaning those that want to be a part of this can, and those who don't, can continue riding, unaffected, just like they have been all this time. I'm excited to see where this goes for sure!"


Sarah Dinel (Canada)

"I definitely think that getting BMX Freestyle in the Olympics is a good move forward to getting our sport known and recognized more, but I wish they could give the chance to more athletes to make it there! What other sports just have 9 athletes competing? I am glad that they have the same amount of female athletes as guys athletes though because in the first place I didn't even think that they were gonna have women BMX freestyle. I definitely dream about earning one of those spots but I don't think I will because I cannot afford to make it to any of the Fise stop to be seen. I can't wait to see the ladies that will be picked and it will be awesome to see them kill it!"



Nina Buitrago (United States)

"I've worked hard for several years trying to get the larger contests to offer a women's class in BMX Freestyle, I'm truly amazed, honored, and honestly shocked, nervous and excited all at once that the highest global stage, the Olympic Games, is giving us the opportunity to compete and way sooner than other large events within BMX. It is definitely going to be the ultimate push for the women to progress in such a short time. The women's side of Freestyle has been underground for awhile, for the last 17 years I've been riding, anyway. Women have been planning their own events, trips, we make our own videos and homemade magazines, websites to keep those who want to know informed, and with the Olympics in our future, I see some extreme potential for growth and changes for our scene. It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds, I just hope that the people laying the groundwork for the Olympics will listen to the rider concerns and feedback, and actually do things with our best interest in mind. This is a new path for freestyle, but I feel this change will mainly affect the contest riders. For BMX in general, I believe that the soul riders will still be doing what they love and riding for the same reasons they always have, and that the contest riders who are passionate enough to want to represent their nation will put in the work and go for it. The fact of the matter is that this is happening, 2020 is around the corner, hopefully those who are behind the times in supporting the women will step it up, embrace our presence, and really help the women of freestyle shine and shred to their full potential. "

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Compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Freestyle BMX

Compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Freestyle BMX

Imagine yourself on a podium, you did it! You just won a medal for yourself, for your family, for your friends... FOR YOUR COUNTRY. This dream is entirely possible, especially now with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics adding in Freestyle BMX to the line up.

Question is... how do you get one of the 9 spots available? Although it's still too early to get all the details, we reached out to Bart de Jong - BMX Freestyle Advisor to the UCI, for some insight before the official qualifying process, TBA February 2018.



Bart de Jong "9 spots are available for the girls for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. The qualifying process will be announced in February of 2018. When we look over to the BMX Racing side of things, who already have three Olympic Games behind them, a similar qualification system could be in place where riders score points for their nation to be able to send a rider to the Games in Tokyo.

Most likely the UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup events leading up to the 2020 Olympic Games will be used for the qualification process plus the UCI Urban World Championships. This has yet to be determined but it could be similar to the nations ranking that BMX racers go through leading up to their Olympic Games. Ending up in a qualifying spot for your country will be the first step. After that it will be decided (by the national cycling federation BMX Freestyle 'coach') who will represent your country at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. A lot of things are in the development stages at the moment but will be shared as soon as we can.

Next to the Olympic Games in Tokyo (2020), BMX Freestyle is also part of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Soon we'll have more information about that qualifying process but once again we'll have both boys and girls participate in Buenos Aires in 2018 in BMX Freestyle Park.

The 2017 UCI Urban World Championships in Chengdu, China to be held on 8-12 November 2017, will be the qualifying event for this. More details to be published shortly but girls aged between 15-18 should prepare to qualify their nation for a spot at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina. If you were born between 1-1-2000 and 31-12-2001, this is the time for you to get ready for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018."

Check the following sources for updates
Web: http://www.uci.ch/bmx-freestyle-park/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCIBMXFreestyle/
Twitter: @UCI_BMX_FS
Instagram: UCIBMXFREESTYLE





We will continue to keep the ladies informed, check back here and there for updates.
Leave your questions below and start making those dreams into reality!

***** Updates *****

August 30 2017: The Olympic qualification program has not started, it will be announced February 2018. Neither Edmonton in September 2017 or Chengdu in November 2017 are confirmed to count for Olympic points.
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Women's BMX Mixtape Vans BMX Pro Cup Malaga

Friday, June 16, 2017

Women's BMX Mixtape Vans BMX Pro Cup Malaga



Just last month we had the Vans BMX Pro Cup in Malaga, and looking at this event, it's truly amazing how far women's BMX has gone since just 10 years ago. Check out the footy below!



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