Reigning Olympic BMX racing gold medallist Connor Fields has revealed his anguish at the situation around the world, which saw his attempts to retain a gold medal postponed for at least a year. In a wide-ranging interview with Team USA, the 28-year-old spoke of his fear as we moved through 2020, not just professionally, but also in terms of personal motivation.
The Texan took gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, winning despite not finishing top in any of the earlier rounds. His time of 34.642 saw him just pip Netherlands racer Jelle van Gorkom (35.316) and Colombia’s Carlos Ramirez (35.517). It also put an end to the reign of two-time gold medallist Māris
It's not easy organising an event these days. The Dutch BMX Race championships were brought back from a 2-day happening with 700-1000 entries, to a one-day event with 150 athletes in the top classes. No crowd was allowed access. Everyone had to sign a waiver to prove they weren't ill and wearing a mouth mask as well as keeping 1,5m distance was mandatory. Add a bit of rain from time to time and you would think it was a horrible day at the BMX track. But guess what, it wasn't
For some racers it was the first race of the year, and it's probably the only one this year. At least the only one with a title on the line. Just being together at an actual race is what people had missed. The vibe was positive and a lot of catching up was done.