Courtesy of Red Bull Bike
BMX Rider Twan van Gendt changes direction completely in an attempt to reach his ultimate goal, becoming World Champion.
Twan van Gendt was just four-years-old when he got the BMX bug. All he wanted to do was get on his BMX and go dirt jumping. His mum eventually relented and he was soon racing around BMX tracks. This enthusiasm stayed with Twan into his teens and he’s always had one goal fuelling his ambition: to compete in the Olympics. Twan achieved his aim at the age of 20, finishing fifth in London in 2012. He also won his first World Cup title at Abbotsford in Canada the same year, and further outlined his arrival among the BMX Racing elite with victory at Red Bull R.Evolution. He struggled with injury after 2012, but was a consistent performer on the World Cup circuit in 2013, when he also became the Dutch national champion – a feat he’s since repeated.
His ultimate dream is winning an Olympic gold medal, and he’s already preparing for the biggest challenges of his career by scoring BMX Supercross World Cup podium finishes, including first place in Zolder 2017, when he ended the season ranked fourth in the world. He’s determined to improve that ranking in the very near future.