At the end of 2019, got the chance to sit down with Anthony Dean and talk all things BMX. Read on!

Australia’s Rio Olympic finalist may not have had the most successful 2019, but he is determined to ensure that will all change when the first two rounds of the 2020 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup kicks off at the Shepparton BMX Track on February 1 & 2.

The South Australian debuted on the world cup stage back in 2011 and has been a fierce competitor with his most successful year coming in 2014 when he finished second on the overall standings.

Dean was on the hunt again in 2019 after he finished eighth overall last year, but a series of crashes saw the 28-year old end his world cup campaign in the 21st position.

“I went into the 2019 season feeling really good,” Dean said.

“But I didn’t get the results I wanted to, even though I made a couple of finals and was looking really good in the qualifiers.”

His biggest disappointment came from the 2019 World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium where his form reached its peak.

“I had put myself into a really good position in the world championships. I won all my qualifiers and then came third in the semi’s. In the final I was running in third, but I crashed finishing in sixth,” Dean said.

“After worlds the rest of the year was pretty up and down. I had a big crash during the seventh round of the world cup in Rock Hill and I pretty much packed up from then and had a rest.”

Competing four years straight on the world circuit is a long stint for any professional athlete and Dean realised it was time for him to take a break, rest, and reset before his physical and mental training for 2020 could kick off.

“I’m feeling the best I’ve ever been,” Dean continued.

“My last big break was back in 2013, so I’ve had a really good rest and I’m now itching for 2020 to get underway.

“Everything is going really well. All my bike stuff is really positive and my training has been really intense. Body is feeling good and mentally I’m doing a lot better.

“By the time the world cup comes, I’ll have had four months off from competing and I think I’m going to have put myself in the best possible position. That’s my goal for the world cup, to win one or more rounds.”

Nine years of competing at the top might reveal the secret to competing on the world cup stage, but the Olympian is still figuring that out.

“I guess I’m still figuring it out!” Dean laughed.

“There’s no real secret I guess, you just have to perform when you need to. I do know that winning at Shepparton and kicking off the series with a win will be a massive boost for the rest of the year. I plan to come out firing and my eyes are well and truly set on winning.

“I’m most looking forward to the cheering crowd, I’m excited that the Aussies will have the atmosphere that most Europeans and Americans receive when they compete in their home country.”

Dean’s big dream for 2020 is the Tokyo Olympic Games in July and Shepparton is more important for the riders than just being a world cup.

“I really like the look of Shepparton. You really need the whole package to win the event and it will really help with the Olympics,” Dean explained.

“I think it’s the best track in terms of replicating the Olympics. It’s a very similar size and the length of it is almost identical. Racing the world cup rounds in an Aussie summer and winning in ‘Shepp’ will be a massive statement for the Olympics.

“My biggest goal moving forward is making the Olympics again and I think it would be a big redemption from 2016 if I do better than eighth. It would be a great part of my career.”