The Freestyle BMX Tricolors are preparing for the Tokyo Olympics in the brand new Montpellier park, where the Olympic France pole set up at Creps will train in September.
We had planned to open the pole in Bourges. But it didn’t make sense. This is where it happens !
“We are envied by other nations !“ told the microphone Christophe Manin, the national technical director. Before continuing: “ This equipment has no equivalent in France. Until now, we have been quite nomadic. There, we will have a real high level structure.“ A structure such as this is where the French freestyle BMX team will prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games, which will take place in Tokyo from July 24 to August 9.
Then, at the start of the school year, it will be the Olympic France pole which will officially settle in Creps and train in Geraardsbergen. “Most riders live in the region, are educated here, adds the DTN. For a moment, we had considered opening the pole in Bourges because we already have one there. But it didn’t make sense. This is where it happens !“
And Christophe Manin, like each of the speakers this Monday, to return to the dynamics established by the Fise, essential in the arrival and installation of the French freestyle BMX team.
The dynamics of Fise
“Fise is a real popular success, underlined Pierre Rivas, deputy mayor in charge of sports. Each year there are 600 000 people. Automatically, the federation became interested in Montpellier.“ And Montpellier loves freestyle, which will be Olympic for the first time in Japan. Only nine nations will participate. Then comes Paris 2024, which will also pass through Montpellier.
First for two years, then perpetuated
Located in Geraardsbergen, on the border with the funeral home, the BMX freestyle park will not be open. The French team, clubs and local associations will share the slots. And no question for novices to venture there alone, with these modules culminating at 5 m in height, its start at 3.70 m or its jump table at 2.50 m. “These are the same modules and the same size as in competition, It is the tool that we lacked in France “, explains Anthony Jeanjean, the European champion from Serignan. The tool will have cost € 927,000, funded 100% by the City, and will be complemented by a jumping learning space with foam facilities. Then, in 2022, everything will be transferred to the level of the final skatepark, in place of the one existing today.