- Olympic BMX
- Rusty SpannerSubscriber
How many spoilt kids who were bought a road bike last week now begging their parents to swap it for a BMX? 😀
And why is the stadium commentator an American?
And why do they play Rawk between motos?Posted 5 years ago
Surely they should have to listen to ‘Let it Be’ like everyone else?whippersnapperSubscriber
How do they manage to track stand so easily at the beginning, especially clipped in? They bounce around, pump up and down but don’t wobble at all. I thought there was something holding the back wheel but I didn’t see anything. Is it just that the front wheel is against the gate?Posted 5 years ago
There is no regulation on brakes or levers to be used but most adult riders run a Shimano DXR lever and caliper. The DXR looks bling as it is basically the polished version of a Deore brake and works adequately on a BMX track. Disc brakes would cause the rear wheel to lock up as the bikes are light and as you never sit down during a race there is no weight over the rear wheel. One dab on the brake would loose you the race as the racing is so close.
Its easy after a little practice to balance on the gate. The riders you see on the startgate of the Olympics have been balancing on gates for years and have there own way of getting set for a race. These range from position of the front pedal, body position over the bike and lead and follow leg position. Ultimately is all about forward motion out of the gate.
I am so glad that the TV coverage has opened peoples eyes to the world of BMX racing. The riders on the gate are all world class athletes and have put in years of training for there sports. Now all we need is some GB medals in BMX to cement its credability with the “mainstream sport” loving public.
Matt (National BMX rider and BMX coach)Posted 5 years ago
Me too! She did the same at the Worlds this year. She had her weight too far forward and her back wheel broke away from her. I know she runs maxxis DTH tyres which I have never been a fan of! I think at the last Olympics she wanted it too much and pushed a little too hard in to that last corner. I hope she can keep her cool and pull it off, but she has to get in front of a top world class field to do it and she is lacking in race expearience this year.
Come 3pm all will tell?
MattPosted 5 years ago
I honestly think she got spooked by how good AC was in Beijing and on that turn, running into her back wheel was a ‘if I bin it then I have a good reason why I didn’t win’. I’m sure that Pendleton had a similar experience.
Time and time again, we see that winning is mostly about the psychological battle rather than the physical. If you’re there and in the final, then physically you’re capable of winning.Posted 5 years agoscottishbadgerMember
I was lucky enough to be there yesterday (thanks British Cycling). It was a fantastic event, definitely the best one I’ve been to so far. It was definitely pitched at ‘the kids’, but my 82 year old dad absolutely loved it.
The crash at the start which left the NZ rider on his own was amazeballs. So impressed with the way they all picked themselves up and gave it beans on the next heat.
They also had a freestyle demo/jump competition between rounds, so the crowd was well entertained.
Top day out and gutted I sold my BMX last year 😥Posted 5 years ago
I met roger rinderwhatsisname when I spent the day on the BMC (his 4x sponsor) stand at brands hatch a couple of years ago, I pointed out that the chap I had been talking to was joe breeze and that without him and a handful of others of similar vintage that MTB’s wouldn’t be where they are today. He wasn’t that impressed, he crashed in the next round. 🙂Posted 5 years agopackerMember
i had to make do with a grifter
Me too! My dad said small wheeled bikes were too dangerous… 🙁
I am getting my revenge now though by pretty much forcing my son to ride a BMX… 🙂
Was at the race yesterday and it was an awesome spectacle. Can’t wait for the finals, unfortunately have to watch that on TV though instead.Posted 5 years ago
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