As you all know by now it’s all kicking off in Rio at the Olympic test even. The riders are not happy with the standard of the track build, sighting it at ‘potentially dangerous’ All riders came together to protest and have their voice heard. It looks to have been 2 riders heading up this discussion, GB’s Liam Phillips & Canada’s Tory Nyhaug.
Liam took to social media saying this
Today we stood united & that makes me proud. I expressed my views regarding the safety of the track here in Rio on behalf of not only myself, but my fellow competitors. I thank each and every one of them for standing up for the sport we love. We, more than anyone else, want a platform to showcase the sport of BMX. We shouldn’t have to ‘race’ on such sub-standard tracks. Although I feel the sport took a step backwards today with the riders refusing to ride, it was extremely necessary for the riders safety. I am confident that this is a significant turning point for our sport. As a group of athletes, we are united for the first time ever. This minor step back will allow us to take two steps forward and show the World the best of BMX in 2016 on a real race track.
Another rider never shy to voice his opinion Nic Long dropped this on Facebook.
Not today…. I’ll keep it short and sweet. What’s so hard about showing up to an event (nonetheless an Olympic track) to have something that everyone is stoked about? To have everyone say, “WOW!! This is awesome!” Instead it’s always something’s potentially “rideable” and we usually just do it cause points are on the line… But not today, today we unified and said we aren’t riding this shit, build it better. Put some love in what you do for a living, and build an above average track… No more sub par, “this looks ok” bullshit.
Marc Willers was his usual helpful self posting this on Instagram ????????
Looks as if Willer will get his wish as whispers are that all riders will indeed race on the ‘Girls’ side.
Edžus Treimanis was one of the few that did actually give the track a chance and took a lap……. he had this to say
An interesting day here in Rio. The track is prepared surprisingly bad for this Olympic test event. So most of the riders decided not to do the practice today and wait for some major changes to be made before trying it out.
Although the track was still open for a practice for whoever wanted to give it a try. So I decided why not take a lap or two and see if it really rides as bad as it looks. And yes, it does. ???? In my opinion only the first straight can stay as it is. But rest of the track needs some serious rebuilding.
Tomorrow the organizers will do just that and we all hope that by Sunday afternoon the track will be rebuilt and safe enough for everyone to have a decent practice session and maybe even a race if everything is improoved enough. #fingerscrossed
What happens now ?? Well we are torn now…. one side of us thinks, its called a test event for a reason. But on the other hand, how has it got to the point of all the worlds best racers flying into Rio from all around the globe before this has come to light…… back in May we reported that EliteTracks had taken on Barry Nobles as “TEST RIDER EXTRAORDINAIRE” LINK did he not test this one out ??? Him and Caroline Buchanan are noticeable absentees at the test event…….
We will keep you posted on developments