- In the men's BMX Flatland final at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, Frenchman Dandois claimed bronze with a score of 88 that put him behind the clear champion Yu Shoji (94.16) and his Japanese compatriot Hayakawa (91.16) in silver as Spanish BMX veteran Jorge 'Viki' Gómez finished back in eighth place at the age of 42.
- The X Games on home soil in Chiba in 2022 was the 21-year-old Hayakawa from Nagaoka City's coming out event globally and he stuck to the formula later in the year at FISE Montpellier to top the world again.
From wall rides to heli-drops, to a skatepark that's an optical illusion, Kriss Kyle's blockbuster BMX edits have pushed the boundaries of what's possible on a bike. But for his latest project, Don't Look Down, he's taken the sport to new heights (and pushed the boundaries of aeronautical engineering in the process).
The impossible dream. I was mountain biking up this horrible hill behind my house. It was a beautiful day – blue sky and pure sun. A thought popped into my head – ’imagine riding a skatepark up in the air’. I first thought you could hang it under a Chinook helicopter, but when I dropped out of a much smaller helicopter in Dubai it was like jumping into a tornado.
My next thought was ‘what can you fly that gives off no wind?’. It had to be a hot air balloon. I was visualising it as I was pedalling up and quickly put it down in my notes on my phone before continuing on my ride. When I got home, I sketched up a hot air balloon with a bowl and a stickman underneath it.
Enter Oracle Red Bull Racing I trust my build crew with my life. I wanted to cram as many BMX park features as we could into the bowl, but it’s okay because I like riding tight, weird stuff. They built me a prototype out of wood which ticked all the boxes, but it weighed six tonnes.
“Imagine riding a floating skatepark up in the sky.” When BMX pro Kriss Kyle first dreamed up his Don’t Look Down project, little did he know the level of aeronautical engineering that would be required to turn his fantasy into a reality. Don't Look Down sees Kyle wearing a parachute and riding his bike in a Formula One-engineered BMX bowl suspended 2,000 feet in the air under a colossal hot air balloon.By joining forces with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, Kyle is challenging conventional BMX boundaries by elevating the sport to staggering heights and aspiring to motivate up-and-coming generations to embrace BMX riding by demonstrating the sport's endless possibilities. Here's what you need to know:
No sport has benefited more from Red Bull's investment than the world of BMX. The Austrian energy drink company began investing in the sport back in 2001, and now the invitation-only Red Bull Rampage competition is the most lucrative events in the world. Superstars of the sport such as Canadian trio Brandon Semenuk, Kurt Sorge, and Brett Rheeder have all made the competition their home in recent years, racking up nine titles between them and hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money.
But it isn’t just the world of BMX that has seen investment from the Austrian giant in recent years
Lesotho you incredible Mountain Kingdom you! Always good coming home to the first Pump For Peace pump track. Kopano Matobo took the win in Roma with 18.58 secs over Ralikotsi's 18.65 in the Final Run. Two time winner Mosito Mohapi had an unfortunate crash in practise that took him out of the running.
South African BMX Champ Miyanda Maseti made the journey down to the Lesotho Qualifier to secure her ticket to Chile over local favourite Khothalang Leuta in a cracking time of 19.18 seconds.
Crazy day of racing Czech Republic! Close to 70 riders from 11 nations lined up on Saturday at @heipumptrack to chase that Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships ticket to Chile in November. The fastest time of the day in the Women's category and the first place medal belonged to local rider Sabina KOŠÁRKOVÁ, fresh of her win in Norway, in a time of 22.628 in the final run.
It was neck in neck racing all day long, Kristína MADARÁSOVÁ swapped in her little wheels from her win in Italy for the big wheels here and a mistake in her final run saw her take 2nd place on the podium. Leaving the third place and the trip to Chile to 2018 World Champ Christa VONNIEDERHÄUSERN with Sabina and Kristina already set for Chile.
In the Men's category Latvian rider Kristaps VEKSA took the fastest time of the day in 21.035 seconds and the ticket to Worlds. Close on his heels was Slovakian rider Daniel HRADSKÝ in a time of 21.331.
Urban Sportspark in Eindhoven plays host to one of the last qualifiers of the 2022 season before the riders head to Santiago, Chile, for the World Championships. With two fully paid tickets for the winners up for grabs, along with 228m of technical track to cover on race day, it's sure to make for an intense day of racing. The legal age to participate: 17 years (2005 year of birth). Entry fee: 10 EU includes day license
An official UCI ID or any kind of cycling licence (daily, road, BMX, MTB, cycling for all, etc.) from the National Cycling Federation is required to participate at this race. Foreign riders need to have an official licence from their own National Cycling Federation to participate abroad. For those without licenses the entry fee includes a daily license
Timed run: Solo runs Knock-out heat final: Head to head pursuit
Spectator information: Free entry for spectators! Come and enjoy the races, freestyle BMX demo’s and the DJ’s while enjoying food and beverage.
Are bike park in Sweden was the venue of the latest Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier. Tommy Zula found himself in Sweden and took the win for the 2nd time in 2022 after his win in Gaston County in a time of 17.443 with a 2nd place for Oskar Kindblom coming in at 17.698. With Tommy already travelling to Chile, that all expenses paid ticket to the World Championships went to Oskar. In the Women’s category it was Helena Sund who took the win against Alma Wiggberg with a time of 21.386 against Alma's 22.623.
1. Helena SUND 2. Alma WIGGBERG 3. Elina DAVIDSSON 4. Filippa RING
Paris, Texas! That was HOT, both in temperature and racing! A fierce battle between Shealen Reno and former UCI World Champ Payton Ridenour ensued all day long with Reno one upping every time that Ridenour laid down with Shealen would take the top qualifying place.
The Big Final had both those riders in one final showdown. By the halfway mark it was too close to tell who was in the lead but the second half of the lap showed Payton super focussed and mistake free and the win and that ticket went to Ridenour by just .205 of a second.
The men's class had an immediate favorite in Alec Bobster who placed second to Tommy Zula at the first USA Qualifier in Gaston County, NC. The field of challengers were deep though and this wouldn't come without some hard work from Alec. The 2021 finals came down to Alec Bob and Andersen Amakye and once again they would qualify one and two in the timed runs.
In the Big Finals Amakye faced Alec in a repeat battle from 2021 for the top spot and the amazing