Niek Kimmann is a professional BMX racer, three-time World Champion, and a gold medalist Olympian. His accomplishments follow a lifelong journey of BMX racing. He shared his story with Box on what his BMX career was all about. Kimmann grew up in a small village called Lutten, located in the Netherlands and lived there for 15 years. His parents were influential, athletic and enjoyed the outdoors. His mother was a horseback rider, and his father was an ice skater. When he was younger, he spent two hours a week trying out different sports such as track and field, football, and others, but none of these called out to him. It wasn't until his friends introduced him to BMX that he found his passion instantly. His first experience riding at his local BMX track was what he would call "love at first sight."
The flying Dutchman began his riding journey when he was only seven years old. Growing up on a farm, he had plenty of room to ride his bike around. As he continued to race, he would frequent the Dedemsvaart track near his hometown for an hour every Tuesday and Thursday. He was mentored by the track's coach amongst other kids. "I was lucky to have a good coach at my track, the help they gave me,
Elite results 3 Nations Cup - Ahnatal, Germany. 10 October 2021. Elite Men: 1 Philip SCHAUB GER 60 UCI Points 2 Mitchel SCHOTMAN NED 45 3 Axel WEBSTER GER 40 4 Thibaut STOFFELS BEL 35 5 Jack DAVIS AUS 30 6 Magnus DYHRE DEN 25 7 Matthijs VERHOEVEN BEL 20 8 Ruben GOMMERS BEL 15 9 Kasper OLSSON DEN 10 Justin KIMMANN NED 11 Kay STINDL GER 12 Jan-Viktor VRANCKX BEL 13 Jonas BALLBACH GER 14 Wouter SEGERS BEL 15 Liam WEBSTER GER 16 Ynze OEGEMA NED
It feels good to be back at events. This past weekend a lot of things were happening. Our event calendar post showed this:
-24-25 Sep 2021 Thunder Days, Sankt Pölten, Austria C1 FREESTYLE -24 Sep-25 Sep 2021, UEC BMX European Cup Rounds 7/8, Papendal, Netherlands RACE -24-26 Sep 2021 Extreme Barcelona, Spain C1 FREESTYLE -25 Sep 2021 Haut-Richelieu Canada Cup RACE -25 Sep 2021, Red Bull UCI Pump Track World's Qualifier, Schüpfheim, Switzerland PUMPTRACK -25 Sep - 26 Sep 2021, Japanese National Championships RACE -26 Sep 2021 Austrian National Championships, Sankt Pölten, Austria CN FREESTYLE
Even missed out on listing the FISE Xperience event in Reims, France and I'm sure a few others. On top of this the MXON and F1 GP were happening plus the Step In The Arena event in Eindhoven. Non BMX events, but still something to follow.
We managed to cruise over to Papendal for the UEC race. Upon arrival we had a hard time finding the accreditation set-up. After attempting to find the accreditation centre for 30 minutes and being sent to wrong places 5 times it was Guido who came to the rescue. Thanks for that. Five minutes later we were having a coffee at the VIP section. In fact, this spot was so good that I stayed there most of the day in