Simone Christensen: Racing at the World Championship

In a few days the World’s best Race BMX riders will meet up at the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships. One of them is our team rider, Simone Christensen. We had a talk about her expectations for the competition, how to get ready and of course about the BMX itself.

Foto: Christoffer Jakobsen

Riders ready, watch the gate. Bip, Bip, Bip, biiipppp - snap. In a few days, this signal will mark the first heat at the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Elite race BMX riders from all over the world will be competing for the title of the world’s best BMX rider.25-year-old Simone Christensen will be one of the riders who will be racing to get the gold.

Foto: Christoffer Jakobsen

Despite an injury-plagued winter and an unfortunate crash two weeks ago, Simone is on the bike again ready to race her way back into the top of the BMX world where she belongs. When we asked her what the goal is the answer is clear:

Well, I hope to get in the final. The track really fits my style of riding perfectly. I’ve been out for the last two weeks with a concussion and an injury, but now I’m back, and if I can get back to where I was before the crash, then I know that I can make it”, says Simone.

Prepare your body and mind.

An injury and a concussion have forced Simone to take a 14-day break from riding. This, of course, has been a major bump in the road but Simone is back on the bike again and will do whatever it takes to get ready.

“I did not have the optimal preparation for the World Championship, but now I’m finally back on the bike. The plan is to get as much time on the bike as possible, so I can feel comfortable with racing again and feel 100 percent home on my bike, says Simone.

But it’s not only about physical preparation when it comes to getting ready for the World Championship. An essential part goes on outside the track.

I try to visualize the track and me riding on it. Sometimes I’ve ridden it, and sometimes I’ve just seen pictures. After the first training session on the competition track, I'll do it again. You might only have an hour of training on the track itself, but then you sit down and visualize it, and this makes it’s like you trained on it for hours”, says Simone

Light, fast and agile

Race BMX is a fast-paced sport and it only takes 40 seconds from the gate opens to the riders cross the finish line, this means that the bike needs to be in top shape if you want to win. This is also the case when it comes to Simone's bikes.

Foto: Christoffer Jakobsen

“I’ll bring two bikes for the World Championship. I’ve just gotten new bikes, so there are only a few minor things that I need to do, like changing the tyres, check if my clipless pedals are tight enough, so I don’t slip out, and then, of course, clean the rear hubs and in general make the bikes good looking and well greased.”

Both of Simone’s bikes are built upon a Haro Carbon Frame, a CliQ Citizen Carbon V1 10mm Race BMX Fork and a CliQ Addict BMX bar - a setup that fits according to Simone.

“It’s a great setup. It’s surprisingly light, but without compromising with the durability of the BMX. The frame is a little longer than my old bike, which gives me a better power transfer. Last up I really think that the bike is easy to handle and furthermore very easy to maneuver with” she says.

Follow Simone at The World Championship in Baku right here.

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