BMX freestyle park has come a long way in a short time. The first fully-fledged UCI World Cup, run by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in collaboration with the International Extreme Sports Festival (FISE), only took place in 2016. Before being featured at Tokyo 2020, the discipline will be on display on the Olympic stage at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Buenos Aires 2018. An exciting opportunity for some of the young riders to prepare for Tokyo 2020.
“It’s going to be huge for our sport,” Dhers said of the recent decision to include the event in the Tokyo 2020 Games. “It’s definitely going to help the top riders and it’s also going to show the world BMX freestyle.”
There is a widespread feeling that the audiences are going to like what they see. The event is an adrenaline-fuelled mix of outrageous tricks and jumps, taking place over a series of ramps and large obstacles, all set up within a 30mx50m park. Athletes complete two one-minute runs each, looking to impress judges with the difficulty, originality, style, flow, risk, height and execution of their tricks.
Dhers, who at 32-years old is a godfather-like figure in freestyle, is certain that appearing on the Olympic stage will bring a positive change in the wider perception of his sport.