Two racers over in Europe are in shape: David Graf (SUI) and Laura Smulders (NED). Both doubled in Belgium at round 1&2 of the European Championships in Zolder, Belgium (home of a 2017 UCI BMX SX World Cup). With over 100 Elite Men entries it wasn't an easy win for Graf. Smulders beat UCI World Champion Mariana Pajon twice for maximum points this weekend. The season has kicked off.
Name: David Graf Number in Rio: 48 Country: Switzerland Result: 14 I think
How tough was the competition in your country to get a spot on the Olympic team for Rio? David Graf: It was probably the hardest one of all the countries this year. Between Renaud Blanc and myself. The fact we had to choose between World Cup ranked 4 and 5 after Papendal speaks a lot I guess.
What kind of preparation did you do with the National Olympic team before you took off to Brasil? David Graf: I stayed at home, followed my normal routine and tried to avoid the hype.
The track looked a bit different than at the test event(s). What did you like about the Olympic track and what did you think didn't work? David Graf: I liked everything but the first turn. It was probably the most fun track I've ridden in my career.