After coming third at the World Championships in 2010, French BMX racer Joris Daudet made a huge impression on the BMX world stage the following year with 12 wins out of 12 on the European tour. He finished the year as French and European champion, as well as becoming the first ever French rider to win the World Championship and being named UCI Elite Men’s World number one. Not bad for a 21-year-old.
He defended his world title at Birmingham in 2012, but ultimately had to settle for second place. He was also selected to represent France at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the men's BMX event, but again his results were a little disappointing - after qualifying strongly from the quarter-final run, he could only finish sixth in his semi-final so failed to challenge for a medal.
Born in Saintes on 12 February 1991, Joris first rode BMX at the age of eight. “I passed by a track one day with my Dad,” he says, “and I asked him if I could try it.” Luckily his father agreed, and nine years later Joris was World Junior Champion. He is now based in Bordeaux in order to spend more time with his coach.
An obvious passion for the sport and an incredible eye for picking the right gates is the key to Joris’s success. “I want to be remembered as a rider who gave everything at every race,” he says. “I love riding my bike - that’s the most important thing if you want to be a good rider.”
- Age: 23
- Height: 1.83m
- Weight: 83kg
- Nationality: France