BMX in Korea

As some of you will be aware I have been invited to Korea by the Korean Cycling Federation (KCF) to work on their BMX Development Programme for Young riders. The brief came in two parts-firstly to attend the first KCF BMX coaching course and give three “lectures” on various topics and secondly to visit 16 BMX teams, observe a session, give some feedback to the coaches and maybe do some coaching myself if appropriate. So far I have been here for 2 weeks and it has been a great experience! The staff from KCF are all very enthusiastic and committed to developing cycling in their country. They are also very helpful to me and I am very grateful that they are looking after me so well and introducing me to their country and their culture.

Update: Just over 5 weeks in Korea flew by and before I knew it I was travelling to the airport to start the long journey home. I had a great time, met some great friends and hopefully had an impact on the development of BMX in the country. I also got to travel around the beautiful country and experience an amazing Eastern┬áculture. I’ve uploaded some more photos below and I hope to be back sometime.

Here are some pictures from my trip and a video of the first race at the completed Yang Yang BMX track (courtesy of Korea Bike School):

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Motorpacing Korean style-no Derny’s here but check out the roller on the back of the bike!

 

 

 

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Sculpture featuring various sporting greats in the Olympic Museum, Seoul. Centre is Sohn Kee-Chung, Korea’s first Olympic Gold Medallist (although he had to run for Japan in 1936!).

 

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Olympic Mascots through the years in the Olympic Museum, Seoul.

 

 

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The huge athletics stadium in Incheon-host of the Asia Games in 2014. A fantastic facility.

Incheon track-right in the heart of the city as you can see from the buildings in the background.

Incheon track-right in the heart of the city as you can see from the buildings in the background.

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Incheon BMX club-coach giving instructions.

 

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Incheon BMX club again-cornering practice.

 

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The 333m Olympic Velodrome. Sadly I couldn’t see inside. Is this the last Olympic Track not to be 250m?

 

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Seoul’s World Peace Gate at the entrance to the Olympic Park.

 

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Seoul’s Olympic Park. World Nation’s flags flying.

 

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The entrance to Seoul’s Olympic Museum. Interesting place, well worth a visit.

 

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Practice time for the coaches on the coaching course. Some balanced really well, others needed a little support to start.

 

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Talking to the coaches during the practical section of the BMX Coaching Course.

 

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Yang Yang BMX group photo-you can see the velodrome and team tents in the background.

 

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Yang Yang BMX Club Session underway-pretty warm in the sun!

 

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Just about to start the practical element of the coaching course.

 

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71 coaches from around Korea attended the coaching course-a great sign even if high numbers make engagement challenging sometimes.

 

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Work has started on the Yang Yang BMX track-it’s got a way to go but the basic shape is getting there.

 

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Yang Yang velodrome viewed from the top of the first Berm on the new BMX track. It’s by far the nicest outdoor track that I have ever been to!

Full travel Itinerary-we covered a few kilometres!

Full travel Itinerary-we covered a few kilometres!