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FISE Hiroshima 2019 Video Highlights & Gallery

It had been a few years since I’d attended a FISE event. It’s something that’s pretty difficult to sum up, but I’ll try and give it a go in the next few paragraphs.

With obvious links to the Olympic BMX Freestyle Park format in Tokyo 2020, FISE and UCI have crafted a series of events that aim to celebrate progressive BMX park riding in a proper serious, focused, high profile sporting spectacle.  There are BMX riders who have become real-deal athletes, with serious training programs, sports federation backing, full-time salaries, plus various representatives from their respective countries there to check their performances and monitor the results from each event.  It’s serious stuff.

But it’s also BMX. Things can’t all be crazy serious – we’ve still got Catfish on the mic, an awesome crowd providing a cracking atmosphere and suitable cheers and ‘oohs’ for flip tricks and transfers.  Not to mention the other riders: when it’s time for the finals, every rider outside the top 12 is on the sidelines cheering on their mates and fellow countrymen…  That noise and camaraderie continues into the best trick session.  It’s still BMX after all.

The regulated side of things can’t be ignored, however.  Cycling Federations the world over have invested serious cash in our little world of BMX in anticipation of next year’s olympics.

In the end, what we’re left with is an event that treads the balance – classic BMX contest fun VS the official olympic vibe.  Personally, I think it manages it very well.



Tokyo 2020 is fast approaching, so it was good to see Japan hosting the FISE / UCI World Cup event again for the second time.  The Japanese crowd went absolutely bananas for their local heroes, Minato Oike and Rim Nakamura, who paid their respects back to the thousands in attendance and also their fellow competitors.  That was pretty amazing to see, the grace and courtesy the country is known for being displayed on course by these two Japanese riders.  The level of riding in general was, of course, pretty ridiculous, but I’ll let that speak for itself in the videos above.  Also, in case you somehow missed it, Brandon Loupos’ winning run was quite astonishing.  Watch it HERE.

The FISE World Series moves on to Montpellier at the end of May.  This is the big one…  The original and best…  The week long party in the south of France…  Let’s go.

Check the Hiroshima results and a photo gallery below and hold tight for Montpellier at the end of May!


MENS FINAL RESULTS

  1. Brandon Loupos
  2. Rimu Nakamura
  3. Logan Martin
  4. Kevin Peraza
  5. Daniel Dhers
  6. Irek Rizaev
  7. Justin Dowell
  8. Nick Bruce
  9. James Jones
  10. Konstantin Andreev
  11. Ryan Nyquist
  12. Jake Wallwork

WOMENS FINAL RESULTS

  1. Hannah Roberts
  2. Lara Lessmann
  3. Perris Benegas
  4. Oike Minato
  5. Chelsea Wolfe
  6. Angie Marino
  7. Nikita Ducarroz
  8. Elizaveta Posadskikh
  9. Nina Buitrago
  10. Ellie Chew
  11. Macarena Perez
  12. Charlotte Worthington

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