2016 Through the Eyes of Logan Martin
Logan Martin is 22 years old, hails from Brisbane in Australia, and can rarely be seen separated from his bike. He loves what he does and considers it a privilege to make a living from it. There is no doubt that he is one of the best, and his recent title of UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup Champion confirms that.
“It feels amazing to have won the first ever UCI World Cup (for BMX Freestyle Park),”
he said. “To see my name on the big screen in the Number 1 spot just after the finals was amazing.”
It was a hard-fought title: the young champion finished the five-round series with three first placings and two sixth placings, including at the opening round in Montpellier (France) back in May.
“That was due to an unfortunate crash which can occur at any time,” he explains. “It’s not like I came 6th with two dialled runs…. (so) I wasn’t in any doubt about my riding level. I knew there were four more stops to come and at no point did I think the series was out of reach for me. I stayed positive and it worked out.”
It more than worked out. At the next stopover in Osijek, Croatia, Martin pulled off a “720 bar catch bar,” won the competition and moved up into second overall. He had left nothing to chance.
“I like to plan out my run 100% and go over it multiple times during practice so that I’m comfortable with what I will be doing. I also make sure I get a good sleep the night before the contest and I like to eat good food so I’m feeling good physically and mentally.”
Despite another crash and another sixth place in Denver (USA), the eventual champion won the final two rounds in Edmonton (Canada) and Chengdu (China) to take the overall title.
“It was a good year all round and I enjoyed every bit of it. The two sixth places were not something I was stoked about that’s for sure. But I know they were just unfortunate mistakes and they do happen so I just brushed it off and kept working hard.”
The UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup is part of the popular and long-standing International Festival of Extreme Sports (FISE) World Series, organised by the Hurricane Action Sports Company.
“Watching the event grow each year is cool to see. It’s just getting bigger and bigger. It’s also cool to see an event like this support girls’ BMX. It’s definitely growing and they are getting a lot better. It’s going to be cool watching it grow even more in years to come.”
The globe-trotter is back home in Brisbane and spending a lot of time at The Village, his local indoor skate park.
“For me the contest season is over so I’d say I’ll be home for a few months. But that doesn’t mean I will be having a break. I enjoy riding my bike and to have the privilege of being able to make a living off BMX.
I want to thank my sponsors – Rockstar energy drinks, Hyper BMX and Snafu BMX - for their support and helping me live my BMX dream. It’s not something I want to take for granted so I will be at home putting in work on and off the bike to get ready for next year.”
As reigning UCI World Cup Champion, Martin will now be the one to beat, but he remains unfazed.
“I don’t like to think of pressure. I will focus on myself and what I need to do. If I ride how I set out to ride I will be happy,” he says.