Aussie Olympian tours Australia’s BMX Community in 21 days!
Life as a professional BMX rider is a pretty full on occupation, non-stop training and riding is very demanding. So, when the off-season comes around and you’re given seven weeks off, many riders decide that a bit of rest and relaxation is well deserved. Not for Aussie Olympian Anthony Dean!
For the month of January #144 travelled to six states and sixteen clubs to help show his skills and spread his love of BMX to the community in Australia. He began planning a coaching tour in July last year with the intent of making the biggest impact across the entire country.
“I sent out a feeler to see if BMX clubs in Australia would be interested in being part of my tour. I had 40 to 50 clubs respond saying they would be very interested.”
Dean had on average 60 riders at every club he went to. If you do the maths, that was over 900 riders in the space of 21 days!
“The age range was really incredible,” Dean explained.
“From three-year-olds to over 50, I was amazed at the amount of interest and how stoked the older riders were!”
It must be an incredible feeling to ride for your country at an Olympic Games. The respect and sense of accomplishment must be an extraordinary thing, but even more so is the adoration and impact that you have on others.
“My most memorable moment throughout this tour has been the excitement and reactions that I receive when these kids see me for the first time,” Dean said.
“Taking photos with them and seeing their social media posts saying how much of an impact I have made was a truly humbling feeling.”
Dean was very impressed with the quality of skills right through the BMX Australia community. Lots of talent came out of every state he went to with special mentions to the Queensland riders and Victorians.
With his tour over, Dean returns to the US to continue his quest to be the best BMX rider in the world. His sights are now set on the world championships where he is a strong contender to take the top spot on the podium in the elite men’s event.
“I’m feeling really good and constantly improving, I’ve gotten stronger and I think more mature, things are on track,” the South Australian said.
There was a key message that was shared throughout his entire tour.
Train hard and have fun.
“Every rider got a poster and a sticker and when I was signing them, I was automatically writing those words.”
Throughout the month of January, there were many riders who got to experience world class coaching, but they also got to experience the mentality and mindset which is required to be an Olympian.
You heard it riders, train hard, work hard and above all, enjoy yourselves.