BMX world champion Twan van Gendt now has his own replica of Tokyo's Olympic BMX track. In Ammerzoden, where he made his first meters on the BMX as a 4-year-old, Twan built an identical part of the Olympic track together with Red Bull. Twan van Gendt became world champion in Belgium last year, because he left all his competitors behind from the start. That was because he could often train on the track at the time. To have a chance to win a gold medal in Tokyo at the Olympic Games, Twan actually wanted this again: “I know I have to make the difference at the start and the first two jumps, that's my strength. And when Red Bull asked me how they could help me, I said: with my start. Together we came up with the idea of rebuilding this track, so that I can perfect that first part in the coming months. ”
BMX'er Twan van Gendt kende in 2019 een bewogen jaar. Hij stapte over naar een nieuw team en kende een lastige start van het seizoen. Twan draaide het eigenhandig om en kroonde zichzelf tot wereldkampioen BMX. En toen kwam 2020. Het jaar van corona, maar ook van zijn 'zwaarste blessure uit zijn leven'. Lukt het Twan om samen met zijn nieuwe vriendin Puck Moonen terug te komen op het hoogste podium?
Name: Twan van Gendt Sponsors: Redbull, N.Adriaanse transport, Team Oegema TVE, Meybo bikes, Shimano, HT components, Tubolito, Vee tire, Van Tilburg Bastianen group, LSKD.
How does it feel to have a special paint job on your bike? Twan van Gendt: It feels amazing when a long term sponsor who already tries to be ahead of the field by giving us custom fixed rear end bikes comes up with the idea to paint a bike with a gold-plated logo and surprise me with it at Eurobike. Thanks again guys!
Do you always run the same gearing? Twan van Gendt: I think these days, I'm not the only one anymore who tries some different setups on different tracks. Mostly I'm changing my my gear cause it's too big to get 4.5 cranks in before getting compressed at the bottom of the ramp.
What is the geometry and length of your frame? Twan van Gendt: Honestly, no clue what the sizes are of my Meybo XXXL. I only know my back end of the bike: 15.5", the other dimensions I looked up for you: Top tube is 22.24" and down tube is 22.77".
Do you think you're missing out not riding a carbon frame?
Just before the start of the BMX season, Twan van Gendt suffered a serious hand injury. The current world champion BMX dislocated a bone in his hand during strength training, causing damage to a number of nerves in his hand. Van Gendt is expected to be out of contention for eight to twelve weeks. "A huge setback," said the 27-year-old from Brabant. "I am currently in excellent form, and was ready for the first World Cup races. That this happens during the final strength training in the preparation is worthless. "
"It will be a race against the clock to get fit again on time and to qualify for the Olympic Games. But if I am motivated by something, then it is "making the impossible possible. All focus is now on the process to recover and get fit again. "
In 2018, Van Gendt made the switch from the national team to Team Oegema TVE. He surprised everyone by winning gold at the BMX 2019 World Cup in Zolder, Belgium. After participating in the Olympic Games in London (2012) and Rio (2016), the BMX rider now goes for a title in Tokyo. Twan is currently 2nd in the internal ranking of the Netherlands. The 3 best ranked riders per country count towards the country ranking and the best 2 countries of that ranking place 3 riders for Tokyo. The Netherlands is currently 1st, but misses 1 river to score points due to Twan's injury. France is the biggest competitor, however, also has 1 injured athlete so that the difference will not increase very quickly.
Name: Twan van Gendt Number in Rio: 148 Country: The Netherlands Result: 5th in semi
How tough was the competition in your country to get a spot on the Olympic team for Rio? Twan van Gendt: Well it was pretty tough. Jelle and I where the first nominated but due a lot of injuries I almost missed out on the Olympics. Making the main at the World Championships saved and secured my spot for the Olympics