When I first got into FPV, one of my lofty goals was to one day get a call from a brand like Red Bull to ask me to fly for them for a commercial or an event like this... 2 years later, this actually happened. I'm having trouble expressing how much of a life achievement this was for me. Being validated by the brands that you looked up to for the better part of your professional career. This is HUGE for me.
It feels good to be back at events. This past weekend a lot of things were happening. Our event calendar post showed this:
-24-25 Sep 2021 Thunder Days, Sankt Pölten, Austria C1 FREESTYLE -24 Sep-25 Sep 2021, UEC BMX European Cup Rounds 7/8, Papendal, Netherlands RACE -24-26 Sep 2021 Extreme Barcelona, Spain C1 FREESTYLE -25 Sep 2021 Haut-Richelieu Canada Cup RACE -25 Sep 2021, Red Bull UCI Pump Track World's Qualifier, Schüpfheim, Switzerland PUMPTRACK -25 Sep - 26 Sep 2021, Japanese National Championships RACE -26 Sep 2021 Austrian National Championships, Sankt Pölten, Austria CN FREESTYLE
Even missed out on listing the FISE Xperience event in Reims, France and I'm sure a few others. On top of this the MXON and F1 GP were happening plus the Step In The Arena event in Eindhoven. Non BMX events, but still something to follow.
We managed to cruise over to Papendal for the UEC race. Upon arrival we had a hard time finding the accreditation set-up. After attempting to find the accreditation centre for 30 minutes and being sent to wrong places 5 times it was Guido who came to the rescue. Thanks for that. Five minutes later we were having a coffee at the VIP section. In fact, this spot was so good that I stayed there most of the day in
Results UEC BMX European Cup - Round 8 - Papendal - Netherlands 26 September 2021 Elite Men: 1 ANDRE Sylvain FRA 2 CLERTE Eddy FRA 3 RAGOT RICHARD Mathis FRA 4 VAN DER BURG Dave NED 5 MARQUART Simon M. SUI 6 OEGEMA Ynze NED 7 KIMMANN Justin NED 8 PILARD Arthur FRA 9 BRUNNER Gil SUI 10 VERHOEVEN Matthijs BEL 11 RACINE Romain FRA 12 CULLEN Ross GBR 13 GOBERT Dylan FRA 14 DARNAND Simba FRA 15 BUTTI Cédric SUI 16 SCHOTMAN Mitchel NED
-Track to race on: Pan Am in Toronto -Favourite Race: Prolly the human race -Food: Gummy bears -Gym: Yes -Person on Instagram: Myself -Travel destination: Sakarya, Turkey -People to ride with: James Hedgcock -Trainer/Coach: The one and only coach Brendi -Pump track: Uxbridge, Ontario -Car: 97 Camry