The HARO Blackout XL is Haro's top of the line complete bike made for serious BMX Racing. The only upgrade after this would be a Haro Citizen Carbon frame but there's no complete bike available from Haro that features the carbon frame. That Blackout though. It's not the cheapest complete bike out there but the parts it comes with explains why. The CLiQ Citizen carbon fork up front is light and strong and shows minimal flex. Combined with the a tapered head tube, 3D dropouts and the Blackout PTC (Power Transfer Center), the Blackout frame is serious about transforming your power into straight speed. Out of the gate the CLiQ Weaponz 2 piece cranks mounted to the sealed bearing CLiQ BB86 press fit bottom bracket doesn't let you skip a beat. We see top racers ride this machine and for good reason. The bike does not come with pedals which is a miss, but knowing most racers use their own type of Clipless pedals why would you pay for something you are not going to use anyway?
Name: André, Sylvain Racing number: 1 Hometown: Cavaillon beach, France Elite Men UCI World Cup Ranking 2018: 3
Being in the top 10 in the UCI World Cup Ranking, what's your goal for the last two rounds in SDE? Sylvain André: Winning this thing is nearly impossible. But there’s still a chance to end up 2nd in the series. Anyway, my goal is to be in both main events.
Is the Olympic qualifying period on your mind when you're doing races after 1 September?
Name: Mahieu Romain Racing number: #100 Hometown: SQY, France Elite Men UCI World Cup Ranking 2018: 4th
Being in the top 10 in the UCI World Cup Ranking, what's your goal for the last two rounds in SDE? Romain Mahieu: We are pretty tight in points with Twan, so the goal will be to keep that 4th place in the ranking. Which means being in the mains and doing my best to get a podium.
Is the Olympic qualifying period on your mind when you're doing races after 1 September? Romain Mahieu: Well, of course we all think about it now. But it doesn’t really change anything for me. I’m just gonna go to every race the same way I was going earlier this year.
What's the best section on the track in Santiago del Estero? Romain Mahieu: I like the pro set. There is nothing big but you have to be clean and smooth.
How long is your travel from home to Rounds 7&8 in Argentina? Romain Mahieu: Hm, very long... I don’t really know exactly haha. I’d say more than 20 hours!
What is your best result on that SDE track up until now?
Results "Qiansen trophy" Aohan Station China - 15 Sep 2018 Elite Men: 1 313 KIMMANN Niek NED 60 2 4 HARMSEN Joris NED 45 3 8 VAN DER BURG Dave NED 40 4 1 ANDRE Sylvain FRA 35 5 202 VAN DE GROENENDAAL Kevin NED 30 6 69 GODET Damien FRA 25 7 247 TE HIKO Brandon AUS 20
Name: Kai Sakakibara Racing number: 77 Hometown: Helensburgh, NSW Australia
Have things changed for you since 1 September, the day the Olympic qualifying period has started? Kai Sakakibara: Not at all. I’m always training and preparing for events to the best of my ability, so it’s been business as usual.
Are you looking for races where you can score more points? Kai Sakakibara: Not necessarily, but as the Olympics draw nearer I may start to prioritise my events schedule, i.e. possibly skip smaller events and focus on the major competitions.
Has peaking after 1 September been something you aimed for? Kai Sakakibara: I believe that I’m still developing as a rider, and learning at every event that I compete in. Of course I want to race well now and need to race well to qualify the country, but I want to bring my peak in July 2020. Everything until then will be building towards that.
How badly do you want to go to Tokyo for the Olympic Games in 2020? Kai Sakakibara: Being half Japanese and having represented Japan while living in Tokyo as a kid, the
Name: Carlos Alberto Ramirez Racing number: 278 Hometown: Medellin, Colombia Elite Men UCI World Cup Ranking 2018: 9
Being in 9th in the UCI World Cup Ranking, what's your goal for the last two rounds in SDE? Carlos Alberto Ramirez: I would really like to just go out there and enjoy the racing but of course ride my way to the main events and fight for the podium positions and why not get my first ever SX win.
Is the Olympic qualifying period on your mind when you're doing races after 1 September? Carlos Alberto Ramirez: Yeah for sure the qualification will be on my mind! We all know we gotta earn those spots for our country!
What's the best section on the track in Santiago del Estero? Carlos Alberto Ramirez: I would say the third straight, gotta love how tight and technical that Rythm section is!
How long is your travel from home to Rounds 7&8 in Argentina? Carlos Alberto Ramirez: The travel is not that long but it is a bit tiring due to the lay-overs! I fly Medellin - Bogota. Then Bogota - Buenos Aires, that is 6 or 7 hours. Then swapping airports! And