Results Indoor St. Etienne, France. Saturday 10 December 2016: Nations Cup MEN: 1. Simon Marquart 2. Renaud Blanc 3. Sylvain André 4. Jérémy Rencurel 5. Romain Mahieu 6. Matis Ragot Richard 7. Chris Christensen 8. Romain Mayet
Nations Cup WOMEN: 1. Axelle Etienne 2. Mathilde Doudoux 3. Blaine Ridge Davis 4. Camille Maire 5. Melanie Grun
Name: Manon VALENTINO Number in Rio: 971 Country: France Result: 8
When was the point for you that you thought you had a good chance of going to the 2016 Olympics in Rio? Manon: My goal the last 4 years was to increase my level and to be good enough to have a chance to win a medal at the Olympics.
Results Etapa Brasileiro de BMX - Round 4 (BRA/C1) Elite Men: 1 Ariel Joao DA SILVA BRA 22 50 50 2 Guilherme BOURSCHEIDT BRA 23 45 45 3 Felipe BRICK BRA 30 40 40 4 Gabriel REIS SANTOS BRA 19 35 35 5 Matheus LOTT BRA 27 30 30 6 Elisson RODRIGUES BRA 25 28 28
Name: Lauren Reynolds Number in Rio: 21 Country: Australia Result: Semi finalist
When was the point for you that you thought you had a good chance of going to the 2016 Olympics in Rio? Lauren Reynolds: Rio 2016 had always been on my radar since the Olympic Games introduced bmx racing. Once I made my first Olympic team in 2012, and falling short of my expectations and result, 2016 Games soon became a target.
Can you explain what kind of sacrifices you have to make as a professional BMX racer to be on top of your game all the time? Lauren Reynolds: Being a professional athlete of any sport isn't easy, the road certainly isn't as smooth as it's shown to be. When you set yourself dreams and goals most athlete will do what ever it takes to achieve them, and this usually comes with a cost.
Earlier this year, Wisconsin-based BMX startup, Throdwn, launched a fresh line of titanium BMX Racing frames and cranks. The line sold-through Dan’s Comp, and if you were walking the pits at the USA BMX Grands, you would have seen more than a few heading to staging. Throughout Grands weekend, visitors to the Throdwn pit got a first-look at our new aluminum frame. Now, we’re stoked to show it off to FATBMX readers.
Name: Yoshitaku Nagasako Number in Rio: 993 Country: Japan Result: 1/4 finals, 12th in TT
"The important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part; the important thing in Life is not triumph, but the struggle; the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
The 2016 USA BMX Grand National presented by Tulsa Sports Commission concluded on Sunday setting multiple records for the sport and the event. For the 19th consecutive year, the much-anticipated Grands returned to Tulsa for a record-setting weekend where more than 2,900 riders from 21 different countries participated in the year-end event.
All three USA BMX National number one title holders held on to their pro #1 plates as this weekend’s event concludes the BMX racing season. Alise Post (St. Cloud, MN) not only repeated her championship title, but she set a new record for nine total cups (4 as an amateur, 5 as a pro). Cristian Becerine (Argentina), who was the first South American to ever win a USA BMX Championship,
Name: Merle van Benthem Number in Rio: 75 Country: The Netherlands Result: Semi final
How big was your struggle even making it to the Olympics? Merle: To be honest it was a pretty rough road to Rio. Had to deal with a fractured back, a torn ACL and a pretty bad concussion but once I made it, it was all worth it.
What were your personal goals two weeks before the Olympic race? Merle: My goals were to medal.
How much different did the track look when you saw it for the first time? Merle: The track looked a lot different during the Olympics than the first time we saw the track at the test event. Not just the green asphalt turns but the track looked way smoother and faster than during the test event.
How big was your team arond you in Rio? (mechanic, coach, nutrition, physio, family/friends, etc...) Merle: My parents and brother came out to Rio to support. My best friend who is a Dutch track cyclist and other couple Dutch athletes were in the stands to support. And of course the Dutch staff.