Australian Saya Sakakibara has moved up to the Elite ranks and so far it has been a smooth transition making podiums at UCI BMX SX World Cups and such. The Red Bull rider is aboard a DK bike with custom Michram sprocket that weighs in at 8.4 kilograms. We've got the parts list for you. Philip took care of the pics at Papendal.
Name: Saya Sakakibara
Sponsors: Red Bull, DK Bikes, Oakley, Peabody Energy, AO Contracting, BOX Components, Michram Industries, Shimano, Onyx, HT Components, Shoei, Fist
Belgium's Elke Vanhoof is an Athlete at the Belgian Defence and part of the Belgian team. After an injury plagued 2017, bad luck happened again at Papendal last weekend when she broke her collarbone in an unfortunate crash. Elke's bike of choice is the Pure V5 XL, a bike that will be waiting for her when it's time to get back to the grind. We checked in with Elke to see what parts she runs that makes her so fast.
Name: Elke Vanhoof Sponsors: gear2win - oakley Optiek van Gorp - Polar - Calculated nutrision - Energy lab - Watt bike - QNT nutrition - Upgrade Mechanic: Brad Greenwood Gear2win BMX Shop
How long have you been riding the frame that you are currently on? Elke Vanhoof: From the beginning of the season.
Do you experiment much with geometry/size of your frame, stem, bars? Elke Vanhoof: We did a bit of experimenting. But in the season it's better to keep the same stuff.