BMX racing is one of the newest sports in the summer Olympics, and will be competed for only the third time at the Rio de Janeiro Games in August 2016.
The sport was first introduced in Beijing in 2008, with a 19 year old Liam Phillips being the first rider out the gates for time trials and becoming the first ever person to officially ride a BMX in the Olympics. He’ll be competing for gold again for Team GB this time around in Rio – but we’ll get to that in more detail later!
Historically, Latvia have been the most successful country in BMX racing in the men’s category – or to be more exact, Latvian Maris Strombergs has been the most successful, taking home the gold in both Beijing and London. In the women’s category, French rider Anne-Caroline Chausson won in 2008 in China before Mariana Pajon of Colombia took the top prize in England.
Let’s run through some of the basics for BMX Racing at the Olympics – everything you need to know before you sit down to cheer on your riders of choice at the Games this year!