The story about Jelle
Jelle started to race in October 1995 his first district race in Wijchen and he and his family felt in love with the sport. In 1996 Jelle was 5 years old, but rode in the category 7 years and younger, he managed to pull out the national #5 plate. The year after when he turned 6 years old, he was the oldest and dominated this same class. He became national #1 and won his first international race, the European championships Challenge for 6 years old boys in Doetinchem! He became in 2004 for the first time Challenge World Champion in the boys class 13 years. In that same year the UCI announced that BMX would be Olympic in the year 2008. After many victories he was to young to compete at the Olympics in 2008.
After that a lot of National, European and World titles followed.. On the age of 18 years old Jelle turned PRO and that gives him the oppurtunity to realize his dreams. Thanks to the fully support from the Dutch Olympic Commite: NOS*NSF. “From a very young age Jelle watched the Olympic Summer Games on television and he knew that was something he wanted to achieve”. Since 2009 is Jelle riding in the ELITE MEN class, in his debut year Jelle overall got ranked 9th on the Elite Mens UCI World ranking. Training and working hard together with the Dutch National Redline Team for his ultimate goal the 2012 Olympic Games in London. And this goal was about to become reality, Jelle was part of the 2012 Olympic BMX Team for the Netherlands. The results were disappointing because a huge injury in Chula Vista. He wasn’t able to compete for the medals.
After 2012 he realized that he had to work hard for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. After winning the Supercross at Papendal in 2013 and a silver medal in 2015 at the World Championship in Zolder, he could make his dream through to compete for the second time at the Rio Olympics.
After breaking 2 collarbones at the end of 2015 and breaking one again in March 2016 he was able to realize the Olympics in a good shape. Competing at the Olympics was impressive and he realized a silver medal in the final.
The goals for 2017 and later are getting results at SX, Worlds and the Olympics 2020 in Tokyo.