Bas de Bever, national coach of the national BMX selection, leaves the KNWU at the end of this year. De Bever has been working for the KNWU since 2003.National coach Bas de Bever has been through three Olympic cycles during his 15-year employment. The Olympic Games in Beijing (2008), London (2012) and Rio de Janeiro (2016). Under his wing, many successes have been achieved, such as national, European and world titles, World Cup podium and overall victory. At the Olympic level the bronze medal of Laura Smulders (London, 2012) and silver medal of Jelle van Gorkom (Rio de Janeiro, 2016).
Bas de Bever: "Coaching is a fantastic profession, it is great to be able to give athletes direction in their development through knowledge transfer. Because you work with people, it is also a complex subject in which you are juggling with many factors on an individual level to allow the athlete to develop in the right way in the pursuit of his / her goals. This is also the challenge for me, but also gives me the necessary stress over time. In this course you will also deal with factors that lie outside your core business (coaching). I noticed that especially these factors gave me (after 15 years) too much negative energy and disturbed the balance for a long time in a way that this was also taking its toll on a personal level. I have written a fantastic chapter in my own 'book of life' in these 15 years. I will regularly read this chapter with great pleasure. My feeling says that now is the time for a new chapter. "
The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, which was held for the eighth time at Papendal on 5 and 6 May 2018, has been voted 'best event' of the UCI BMX World Cup series for the second year in a row. This was determined by the international cycling federation UCI, the media, sponsors and international riders and coaches. This is the third time that the BMX World Cup at Papendal is voted the best event of the year, after the editions in 2013 and 2017. This year, the UCI praises, among other things, the quality of the track, the good organization and the atmosphere around the event.
Jochem Schellens, director Papendal: "We are honored with this award, it is very special that we
UCI BMX Supercross. Welcome to the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Tour 2018. We're back to some favourite haunts this year but there are also pastures new so before we take the trip to Papendal we're kicking the season off at a new venue in France on Easter weekend.