Identical twins, Queensaray and Lizsurley were brought up in the Colombian jungle. Their family never had much but they were instilled with determination and a will to succeed. Their scrappy, make-do attitude has seen them go from flipping their bikes into a homemade rooftop foam pit to having the chance to represent their country and make their community proud as Olympic hopefuls.
Daniel Dhers has enjoyed a legendary BMX career that has seen him win everything there is to win including a haul of five X Games gold medals. His tricks and titles have seem him become one of the most popular riders on the planet. Next year will see him head to Tokyo to compete in the BMX Freestyle Park competition for the first time and we caught up with the veteran of the scene to discuss his life on two wheels. Here is what the 2019 Pan American Games champion had to say about his career so far and what lies ahead for him beyond Japan next year:
What do you think the kid who first got on a bike to socialise with his friends in Venezuela would have said about your career so far?
Kriss Kyle pulls off amazing BMX tricks across the most unique spots in Denmark. What could be more obvious than doing a BMX edit in a country where the average person pedals more than 500km a year? In Denmark - a country that has ranked as the happiest in the world in for several years, biking is a way of life.
Name: Paul Thölen Age: 20 Hometown: Viersen, Germany Hook-ups/Sponsors: Redbull, Vans, Tall Order, Sport Import Distro, Reell Jeans
The favorite list:
-Spot to ride: Ruben Bowl Malaga -BMX video: I rewatched Ruben Alcantara’s grounded part a few weeks ago, and it still blew my mind. -Website: FATBMX, Freedombmx, Vitalbmx -Food: I Love Kebab, but mom's food is pretty good too. -Twitter to follow: I don’t have twitter -Travel destination: New Zealand for sure. -Riders to ride with: All the Viersen Locals. And basically everyone else. -Car: I love old VW buses. If anyone reads this, please give me one. -Movie: Chasing Mavericks
Bigger, better and faster - season kickoff in Chile this week, the first qualifier in China, a return to the birthplace of #pumpforpeace in Lesotho, a national series announcement for South Africa - and that’s only the beginning. The Red Bull Pump Track World Championship has already succeeded in creating a revolutionary global series with over 23 groundbreaking inaugural events around the world in 2018. More than 2000 athletes participated in over 19 countries and 67 riders competed in a World Final that saw local heroes, Olympic BMX racers and MTB World Champions compete on an even playing field. Now in 2019 the series is back with more stops, more athletes and more Pump-Action.
Chile kicks off the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship this week. The first qualifier of the 2019
What does it feel like to jump out of a helicopter with your bike? Kriss Kyle has done it and explains how it feels. He also got to ride some giant slides of a waterpark in Dubai. Interview number two on the project. Worth a read.
What did you think Dubai would be like before you went? Kriss Kyle: Before I went to Dubai, I didn’t really know what to expect because you see it on tv and it looks like this incredible place. Everything looks so high-end. I have thought about riding there in the past but I didn’t know it would be possible. I saw the skating video We Are Blood so I knew there would be amazing spots, but they had security helping them access all the spots.
Kriss Kyle lands incredible stunts on his BMX across Dubai's most famous landmarks. Home to the world's tallest building the Burj Khalifa, Dubai is renowned for its breathtaking skyline. With stunning buildings, huge water parks and bustling souks, a place like this is the ultimate playground for thrill-seekers. Who would have thought that it's also a BMXer's dreamland?
What’s the best way to conquer a lifelong fear of heights? For Scottish BMX star Kriss Kyle, throwing yourself out of a helicopter is one way of doing it. The unique attempt is the first in riders’ latest edit which sees him turn the unique architecture of Dubai into a giant BMX park. Opening with a huge cityscape shot, we see Kriss leaning out of a helicopter as he approaches the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel, one of the world’s tallest hotels and most unique buildings. We then see him jumping 14 feet from the helicopter – 720 feet up – and onto a helipad on top of the hotel, before immediately tackling a second equally daring drop and heading into the building itself.
Kriss then makes his way throughout Dubai, which sees him flying down the twisting slides of the Wild