You may want to look fresh for every day at a race and bring your safety gear with you but it all adds to the luggage you've got to drag with you to the next World Cup or international race. Paying for overweight ain't no joke either. But some things you just need to bring to perform at your best. See what Argentina's Fede Villegas brings with him during a race weekend.
Name: Federico Villegas Country: Argentina Sponsors: Crupi BMX, Tioga, Ride 100%, BikeArt, Crupi's co sponsor Tangent and Fly Racing.
The Leatt Neck Brace is a product that can help prevent serious injury. The problem is, you will never know when you need it. Once you get used to it, it becomes part of the standard equipment that you wear whenever you get on the bike. It's better to snap the brace, than it is to break your neck. David Graf doesn't only wear the brace because he's sponsored by them, he wants to protect his neck in the first place, but also set an example for other BMX riders on the track. One can never be safe enough.
Name: David Graf Country: Switzerland Sponsors: Prophecy, HT, Leatt
Helmet: 100% Helmets right now Goggles: -- Gloves: Leatt Jersey: Swiss National Jersey Racing pants: black ? Socks: Suplest Shoes: Suplest Edge3 Pro
Those who were at the 2017 UCI World Cup in Zolder will remember the race where things went nuts on the first jump. With people losing control it sent 6 of them to the ground, one of them was Kai Sakakibara. At that moment you know why you're wearing your protection gear. And you never know when a crash will happen to you. Most often it's somebody else causing the crash. What has Kai learnt from it and what protection gear does the Australian use?
Name: Kai Sakakibara Country: Australia Sponsors: DK Bikes, Oakley, Box, Shimano, Onyx, Shoei, Michram Industries, Planett, HT, Fist, Parkside Sports Physio, Peabody, AO Contracting.
Helmet: Shoei VFX - Evo Goggles: Oakley Airbrake Gloves: Fist Handwear Jersey: Planett Racing pants: Planett
It's windy and it's raining, but the show must go on. You're on that 8 meter high starting hill with 7 nervous girls next to you. You know you need to jump that first jump to make a chance to transfer to the next round. Things can get sketchy sometimes that's why it's good to pad up. Natalia Suvorova explains her racing gear situation.
Name: Natalia Suvorova Country: Russia Sponsors/support: Chase Bicycles, Tioga, Lead racing
Helmet: Troy Lee Design Goggles: Oakley Gloves: 100% Jersey: National team jersey Racing pants: Lead racing Socks: Don't matter - just white First layer clothes: Victoria Secret and Nike haha
When Romain Mahieu made the switch from the Chase team to Tangent/Rift/Rockstar Energy, it meant that he had new gear coming for the 2018 season. Out with the old, in with the new. Romain's look will be different, but the speed will be there. And Romain has a good tip for everyone at the end of the article.
Name: Mahieu Romain Country: France Sponsors: Tangent/Rift/RockstarEnergy/Protracks
In 2018 Sae Hatakeyama will ride the Elite class for the first time in her BMX racing career. She has chosen #85 as her career number so that number will be printed on the back of her jerseys when she hits the supercross tracks. Being on the UCI program under the wings of Liam Phillips don't be surprised to see her make some finals in 2018. The SX track in Aigle is her home spot now. Daily sessions there will surely help her progress.
Name: Sae Hatakeyama Country: Japan Sponsors: RedBull, HARO, Motocross international, SHIMANO, Tioga, Oakley, BELL Helmets, Faith Race
Canadians, just like Australians, are some tough mofo's. Actually most BMX SX racers are tough, but what do they have hidden under their jersey and race pants? These New Year, New Gear interviews on FATBMX give you an idea what the pros think about their racing kit, protection gear and helmet. Safety first!
Name: James Palmer Country: Canada Sponsors: Factory Clayborn/Answer Bmx
Helmet: 6D - ATB 1 Goggles: 100% Gloves: Deft Family Jersey: Clayborn/Answer Bmx Racing pants: Answer Shoes: Shimano or Vans
Name: Shane Smith Age: 40 Hometown: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
The favorite list:
-Spot to ride: Runaway Bay, Logan Martins resi jump -BMX video: Madd Matt, Sentenced to Life
-Web video: Kyle Baldock & Logan Martin,s “Training For The Olympics 1&2! Cause they're killer riders, good mates and I’m practically their coach!! Lmao ?? -Food: Sushi and Chiro's -Twitter to follow: nil -Person on Instagram: Tom Justice & Mark Webb
-Riders to ride with: All the GC locals, Pat Fallico, Chance Brejnakowski, Logan Martin, Kyle Baldock and Chris James -Car: Old school-72Ford XY GT-HO, New school-Ford XR6 Turbo -Movie: Kingsman