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He is living the dream - working with bikes 24/7

Lasse Søltoft works fulltime with his passion BMX. We talked to him about how it is to be able to do what you love as a job and how BMX has changed over the years.

In 1999, a BMX with a metallic green GT Dyno Pro frame sealed the faith of BMX rider Lasse Søltoft.

Since then the bike has been switched to a custom setup with parts from Haro, Odyssey, and Eclat, but the goal is still the same.

“The bike parts have evolved and have become more advanced and durable, but BMX it basically about the same for me, it’s all about having fun on my bike, ride some sweet spots, be with my friends, and be a part of this crazy community,” says Lasse.

Living my passion and passing on the legacy

Lasse works as a teacher at the school Tjele Efterskole, where he teaches BMX to teenage kids. So how is it to be able to work with BMX’ing?

“It’s awesome! I get to combine my passion for BMX and my love for teaching. It’s really rewarding to be able to pass on the torch. The looks on their faces, when they land a trick, and in general just following their development really is the best thing in the world”, he says and smiles.

Technical lines and improved gear

Though the purpose of riding BMX hasn’t changed from back in the days, a lot has happened since Lasse started riding as a 12-year-old kid in 1999.

“The young riders today are very technical and more skilled than we were at their age, which I’m generally impressed by. Their learning curve has exploded thanks to better and more facilities. But I also think that the bikes play a big role in the development” he says and continues.

“In 1999, a normal Pro BMX weighed about 15-16 kilos. Today they weigh 10-11 kilos. This enhancement makes it possible to do more tricks. Then there’s the freecoaster. Back in 1999 nobody had it. Today everybody uses it, it makes it possible to ride backward, hold fakie manuals for longer time, and if you ride fakie, you can just go on forever”.

Make it simple, make it effortless

So overall the young riders have become more skilled and more orientated towards doing technical tricks. But when I asked Lasse to point out one thing the young riders should focus on, he answered right away.

“Keep it simple, keep it clean. It’s awesome to push things to the limit and learn new tricks, but it can get too “techy”. Personally, I rather see one clean, good-looking tailwhip over a box than five rushed ones. It has to look effortless and not like you’re struggling to land it.”

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