When you see someone ride you can sometimes tell that he has it. Flow, talent, drive, being eager to learn, someone who always seems to pull things first-go. In Aarle-Rixtel this rider was Tom van den Bogaard. You know who he is now and his talent didn't go unnoticed by companies like Vans, Monster Energy, Tallorder, Paul's Boutique and Triple eight. We cruised around Aarle-Rixtel to take some pics at some iconic places and then sat down at Paul's Boutique to do the interview. Syo van Vliet had already taken some rad action shots over in Eindhoven earlier on which you will find in this piece also.
We’re here at Paul’s Boutique live with local Tom van den Bogaard wearing Vans shoes, a Monster Energy hat, sporting a brand new Tallorder bike built up by Paul’s Boutique. But it didn’t start that way. When did you start riding BMX Tom? Tom van den Bogaard: I believe I was in group 8 in school. I was 12, or 13, I think 12 actually when I bought a brown wethepeople Reason here at Paul’s Boutique. My brother had a newer model year wethepeople bike, the Arcade and Nick had the blue WTP Nova.
Were you still playing soccer at that time? Tom van den Bogaard: Yes, I was still playing soccer at ASV ’33. I played from age 6 till I was 13. I was a goalie and there weren’t many so it was hard for me to quit because they would have to search for a
Name: Luc Morat Age: 23 Hometown: Hégenheim, France Hook-ups/Sponsors: Ollie Store Belfort till 2019, nothing yet
The favorite list:
-Spot to ride: trails -BMX video: Anthem II, Markit zero, Cult Down Under, Marie Jade No Future -Web video: Colby Raha last video -Food: Burgers -Twitter to follow: No Twitter -Person on Instagram: @gianovacca @sirlayos @lassocequiroule @canettelife @axellhodges
-Spot to ride: In Saxony Dresden -BMX video: I'm working on it -Food: Noodle soups -Person on Instagram: sikharin_bmx -Travel destination: LA would be sick -Car: Don't have a favourite, I'm just starting my driver's license -Movie: Science-Fiction -Colour: Black, white, yellow, blue. -Shoes: Nikes SB, Vans and Etnies -Bike company: wethepeople, odyssey, Sibmx -BMX contest: All contests in Germany. The biggest contests are BMXCGN in Cologne, Butcher jam in Flensburg, and the last one is in Berlin; Highway to hill.
-Spot to ride: Emieks Trails in Belgium; sick crew down there and you’ll always get a good level of adrenalin riding them. Also Elanora Bowl in Australia. -BMX video: Credence bikes; Live free or die -Website: Google maps -Web video: Jared Carter Fit bike co. -Food: Eat pasta ride fasta -Twitter to follow: Don’t use it -Person on Instagram: Cody Pollard
Daniel Dhers has enjoyed a legendary BMX career that has seen him win everything there is to win including a haul of five X Games gold medals. His tricks and titles have seem him become one of the most popular riders on the planet. Next year will see him head to Tokyo to compete in the BMX Freestyle Park competition for the first time and we caught up with the veteran of the scene to discuss his life on two wheels. Here is what the 2019 Pan American Games champion had to say about his career so far and what lies ahead for him beyond Japan next year:
What do you think the kid who first got on a bike to socialise with his friends in Venezuela would have said about your career so far?