18 year old Danish BMX rider Niklas Laustsen has been in South America on training camp for six weeks and has just returned to the Danish winter. While awa
y in warm and sunny conditions the talented Dane won the BMX rider of the year award in Denmark at the inaugural Danish Bike Award.
It is the first season in the international elite field for Niklas Laustsen who will have the privilege of racing the World BMX Championships on home ground this July. The young Dane has his eyes set for the London Olympics in 2012 as well.
“It’s my first year in the elite field and my main goal is to establish myself among the international elite riders in 2011. My big goal is to qualify Denmark for the Olympics in London in 2012 and to compete as an Olympian next year. In the long run I hope to be able to live as a professional athlete, something that is very difficult for BMX riders in Denmark,” Niklas Laustsen says.
Speed and agility are the big strengths
“My biggest strengths on the track are probably my speed and my ability to find space for myself when racing. I am also a clutch performer in finals and I am able to bring my A-game
when it matters the most. My gates and the first straight have been something I have struggled a little with the past few years and is something I keep working on improving,” the Danish athlete notes.
To get the most out of winter training when the outdoor tracks in Denmark are covered in snow and ice, Niklas Laustsen has been training in South America for 6 weeks – the same place he trained last year.
“I’m here to train in optimal conditions on some good outdoor tracks. Is feels good to be able to prepare for the season in the best possible way when it’s winter in Denmark. It’s been a very good camp and I’m looking forward to returning home and get the last details ready before my season really kicks off in April,” the Dane said from Brazil before returning to Denmark.
Niklas Laustsen’s training camp in South America:
Ecuador: January 19 to February 13
Argentina: February 14 to 20
Brazil: February 21 to 28
He raced his first ever elite races in Brazil on February 25 and 26. Results: Two quarter finals and a semi final.
“Competing in Brazil was very good race specific training for me. The level of competition was high so I enjoyed racing my first races in the elite field. I also had some bad luck in one quarter final where I crashed but I feel I made a solid debut here,” Laustsen says. His first race in the European Championships is on April 2 in Belgium.
In 2010, Niklas Laustsen placed 6th at the Junior World Championships, 7th at the Junior European Championships and took home the bronze medal at the Youth Olympics in Singapore.
Niklas Laustsen’s website (in Danish).