Name: Jelle van Gorkom Hometown: Duiven (near Arnhem), Netherlands 3 biggest BMX accomplishments (results): Olympic silver Rio, Brazil 2016! UCI BMX World champs silver Zolder, Belgium 2015! UCI World Cup win 2013 Papendal, Netherlands!
Congratulations on your book release. How did that come about? Jelle van Gorkom: Thank you. Well, to be honest, we (Ad van Ham, a documentary editor and me) were talking about the documentary about my latest rehab, and I felt there was missing something and then we came up with the idea about my book! He always wanted to write a book, so do the math and the book was born: “Accepteren & Doorgaan” [Accept & Continue]. Ad asked me the questions, I gave him the answers.
How long did it take from the early talks to the final product? Jelle van Gorkom: About an intensive 1,5 year! From the idea to the actual book!
You have always been a good talker, was it difficult for you to fill the pages for the book? Jelle van Gorkom: Thanks! I've always been a good talker indeed. Since my accident I've lost let's say 20% of that! My speaking was unfortunately one area in my brain that got hit pretty badly! But work is in progress so it is getting better and better even if I say so myself.
-Track to race on: The old Papendal SX track with the cool hipped pro. -Favourite Race: Making my first World's final South Africa World's. -Food: Roast dinner -Gym: My mate Waterhouse runs Fitz Gym in Brighton, best atmosphere! -Person on Instagram: I enjoy all the 'Fast and Loose' dudes. -Travel destination: California for sure! -People to ride with: Too many good people to choose but the Crew19 guys rock
Name: Céline Vaes Age: 34 Hometown: Hossegor, France Hook-ups/Sponsors: Unicorn We Are Legends
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-Spot to ride: Place du Foirail Tyrosse -BMX video: E.T -Web video: Celine&Raph on YouTube -Food: Poké bowl -Person on Instagram: Camille Lellouche, Ines Reg (french humorist) -Travel destination: Thailand, California -Riders to ride with: Caroline Carbonne, Aviva Kerchenbaum, Irina Sadovnik, Julia Preuss, Anne-Sophie, Louise Seigner -Car: Jeep Wrangler -Movie: La Cité de la Peur, Jeux d’enfants -Colour: rainbow
Name: Shealen Reno Age: 24 Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas Plate number: 10 Hook-ups/Sponsors: Supercross BMX, Speedline Parts
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-Track to race on: Papendal -Favourite Race: World Cup in Zolder, Belgium -Food: Sushi -Gym: Papendal Training Center -Person on Instagram: @darkfest -Travel destination: Stellenbosch, South Africa I want to send the Darkfest jumps. -People to ride with: @madisonpitts @ageving31 -Trainer/Coach: Winging it
Name: Austin Engstrom Age: 24 Hometown: Orion, IL but I’ve lived in Des Moines, IA for the past 3 years Hook-ups/Sponsors: Healthy Habits Bike Shop
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-Spot to ride: The new Lauridsen Skatepark in Des Moines is unreal and so I’ve been riding that a lot lately. My favorite street spot that I’ve ever rode would have to be the Huntington Beach ledges. They’re super simple but the views are incredible. Locally though, there is a pair of perfect out ledges in downtown Des Moines that I love riding and filming at. -BMX video: Deadline for sure. Also anything that some of the homies put out get me super hyped to ride and film. -Web video: Gritty Grinders and In Heaven are definitely my top two at the moment. Some of the homies from Kansas City put them together recently and they’re super good.
-Track to race on: Baku and old Papendal track -Favourite Race: Caen during the winter, and World's -Food: Sushi and chicken wraps -Gym: Papendal Gym -Person on Instagram: @tahneeseagrave -Travel destination: Anywhere with good weather and a nice beach. -People to ride with: @bmxteamnl