Okay, I wasn't expecting a reply from the only two Dutch BMX racers that are in the next round so quick. After Rob van den Wildenberg answered some questions, we also got a mail out of Beijing, China from fellow Dutch semi finalist Raymon van der Biezen. Both are going to get on that track this night again to try to make it to the finals. They have to race three times in the semi final and the four racers with the lowest score will make it to the finals.
Raymon was flying in the time trials and did well in the first two rounds of the quarter finals. In quarter final number three he crashed in the first turn while in the lead but got up quick enough to finish fifth which transfered him into the semis with 10 points. With the NOC providing wireless access in the Olympic village for their athletes, the answers to the questions came in quickly. Just moments away from the next round we caught up with Raymon.
Not sure about you but I've been getting up at 3am the last two days to watch the Olympic BMX race live on TV. Heavy rain tonight was the reason to postpone the final events until tomorrow so tonight it's back up again at 3am to watch the Olympic Games live on TV. We managed to get in touch with Rob van den Wildenberg, one of Holland's semi-finalists who answered a few questions for FATBMX while waiting for his semi-finals tomorrow.
It's 3am right now. Got out of bed to go watch the Olympic BMX semi finals in Beijing but all I see on TV is marathon swimming and some athletic race. If the athletic run is an indication of the weather over there at the moment it is going to be an interesting BMX race. It is raining HARD which will make the BMX track so slippery that crashes are inevitable. It will be a gamble and staying on the bike will be key. Wait a minute. Just caught the last minute of an interview with BMX
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Heat 2 53 GRAVES Jared Australia 100 BECERINE Cristian Daniel Argentina 13 RINDERKNECHT Roger Switzerland
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