We tagged along during some of the filming for Odyssey’s latest video, At Ease, and caught some behind the scenes action with Preston Okert, Hilario Olivos, Jerome Odesa, and Murray Loubser. Following the showing of At Ease at Golden Days Bike Shop, we had Preston, Hilario, and Jerome watch the raw cuts of their behind the scenes footage and narrate what was going on (and Murray did the same, back home in South Africa).
TSG are pleased to announce the signing of Australian born BMX master and overall 2019 Vans BMX Pro Cup winner, Jason Watts.
“We are over the moon to have Jason on our team,” says TSG’s CEO Ruedi Herger. “Few other BMX riders embody the lifestyle like Jason, and as one of the best transition riders in the world, he always shows an incredible amount of style alongside as his huge bag of tricks and creative lines!”
As Ruedi says, no matter the arena Jason is always pushing the limits of what is possible on his Walsh frame. He is also widely praised in the BMX for flavouring his riding with a medley of heritage tricks, showing a knowledge, commitment and respect for BMX that few other riders have.
In line with the announcement it made on 4 November 2019, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) approved its new regulations on the eligibility of transgender athletes to compete in events on the UCI International Calendar. The decision was made at the meeting of its Management Committee in Dübendorf (Switzerland) on 30 January. The new regulations, which will come into effect on 1 March 2020, are designed to encourage transgender athletes to compete in the category corresponding to their new gender, while guaranteeing a level playing field for all athletes in the competitions in question.
What are the eligibility criteria?
Up until then, the eligibility criteria for competing in the corresponding gender-identity category were those agreed on at a consensus meeting organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2015. The provision of new scientific knowledge led to those eligibility criteria being reviewed – in particular for male-to-female athletes – at a working meeting held in Lausanne on 19 October 2019, and which was attended by the UCI, other International Federations, experts and representatives of transgender and cisgender athletes. As part of the new consensus, it is agreed that if a Federation decides to use testosterone as an indicator, the transgender athlete will only be eligible to compete in the Women category if their serum testosterone level is below 5 nmol/L.
The 2020 UCI BMX World Cup tour kicked off down under, with Shepparton (Australia) playing host to Rounds 1 and 2 for the first time in a decade. Buchanan was both upbeat and realistic prior to the opening day. "There's a silver lining to everything. I've had to be patient I guess to have two years out of the sport, but to wait until the opportunity we've never had - to race at four World Cups in two weekends in Australia between Shepparton and Bathurst is special" she said.
"For me the results are crucial, I'm ranked outside the top 50 in the world at the moment. But I think what better way to come back to the World Cup circuit than on home soil.” Buchanan continued.
Day 1 saw Buchanan battle her way through to the Quarter-Finals, clearly finding her feet and flow again, against the best racers in the world. Unfortunately, it was not enough to progress further.
Buchanan improved on her Day 1 Quarter-Finals result from the following day, reaching the Semi-Finals of a World Cup event for the first time since 2016 in Papendal, Holland.
Viewing the hitout as a successful return to competitive racing since her career was almost ended prematurely, Buchanan felt positive and noted the competition as having surprised her.