FISE Returns to Saudi Arabia for

In 2018, the first-ever major BMX competition in Saudi Arabia took place. Next week, FISE returns to The Kingdom for the second. 

Battle of the Champions will take place on March 14-19 at Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa Oasis. Al-Ahsa is around 1,000 miles northeast of Jeddah, the site of last year’s inaugural BMX event. 

Irek Rizaev - FISE: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 2018

This invite-only event features BMX Freestyle Park and BMX Flatland events. There are also open amateur competitions throughout the weekend that will give Saudi Arabia-based riders an opportunity to join the fun.

These are the riders you can expect to see competing next week in Saudi Arabia - 

BMX Freestyle Park BMX Flatland
Marin Rantes Alex Jumelin
Daniel Dhers Jean William Prevost
Nick Bruce Kevin Nikulski
Justin Dowell Benjamin Hudson
Logan Martin Raphaël Chiquet
Brandon Loupos Alberto Moya
Jack Clark Poosa-Art Pakphum
Irek Rizaev Masato Ito
Kenneth Tencio Thomas Noyer
Kostya Andreev Dez Maarsen
Declan Brooks Sieste Van Berkel
Anthony Jeanjean Dan Hennig
Jake Leiva Tyler Guillard

We caught up with a few of the invited riders to get their thoughts on the upcoming event - 

Daniel Dhers and Daniel Sandoval - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 2018

"It was great going to Saudi Arabia last year and I'm looking forward to going again! I can't wait to see the new location and explore the country some more. It was an honor winning the first major BMX event in Saudi Arabia and I will try my hardest to win the second." - Daniel Dhers

Nick Bruce - FISE: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 2018

"Visiting Saudi Arabia was my favorite trip last year, so I was immediately stoked when I first heard FISE was going back. I'm really excited to revisit the unique culture and amazing food, as well as to escape the Ohio winter for some warmth!" - Nick Bruce

Logan Martin - FISE: Montpellier, France 2018

"Unfortunately, I missed the Saudi Arabia event last year due to an injury, but I'm excited to start the season riding a FISE event in a country I haven't experienced before. I've been riding quite a lot at home and I'm feeling great on my bike at the moment. Very excited to start the season in Saudi Arabia!" - Logan Martin

Marin Rantes - FISE: Chengdu, China 2018

"I'm really looking forward to visiting Saudi Arabia for the first time. I was supposed to compete in the Jeddah event last year, but American Airlines didn't trust my visa and wouldn't let me on my flight. My first goal is to actually get there! The food in Saudi Arabia looks amazing - I can't wait to get there, eat good food, and enjoy the contest!" - Marin Rantes

FISE: Saudi Arabia 2018 Final Highlights

We'll be in Saudi Arabia with all of the boys for next week's event. Stay tuned to Vital BMX for coverage of FISE's Battle of the Champions! We'll have a live feed of the contest, video highlights, photos, stories, and much more!
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