What's this Challenge about?
We are aiming to be qualified for the BMX in Tokyo Olympic 2020 as the first brother qualifiers in the world.
Hello, everyone! We are Yuto (17) & Taichi (14) Ikegami!
We do a cycling sport called BMX and we are training so hard everyday.
As well as the domestic competitions, we participate in the foreign world championships and have been achieving good results.
We have a big dream in our mind!
That is, we participate in the BMX in Tokyo Olympic 2020 together!
In order to make this dream come true, we decided to challenge the COWNTDOWN!
Records of Ikegami Brothers
Yuto Ikegami (born in July 18th,1996) Career: 10 years
APRIL: JBMXF Series in Hiroshima & Osaka, Winner
JULY: UCI BMX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in England, Qualifier
AUGUST: JBMXF Series in Niigata, Winner
SEPTEMBER: JBMXF Series in Hiroshima and Saitama, Runners-up
MAY: ASIAN BMX CHAMPIONSHIP SINGAPOER, Qualifier
MAY: JBMXF Series in Ibaraki, 5th place
JULY: JBMXF Series in Shizuoka, 3rd place
JULY: UCI BMX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in New Zealand, Qualifier
AUGUST: JBMXF Series in Saitama, Qualifier
SEPTEMBER: JBMXF Series in Hiroshima, Qualifier
Since 2013, Yuto moved up to the JR Elite Rider class and became a member of the JCF National team (the representatives of Japan). He participated in the Asian Championship and the World Championship as one of the national team member.
JCF is Japan Cycling Federation
Taichi Ikegami (born in March 18th, 1999) Career: 8 years
APRIL: JBMXF Series in Hiroshima & Osaka, Runners-up
JULY: UCI BMX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 1/8 FINAL in ENGLAND, Qualifier
AUGUST: JBMXF Series in Niigata, Winner
SEPTEMBER: JBMXF Series in Hiroshima,
OCTOBER: BMX JAPAN CHAMPIONSHIP in Shizuoka
MAY: JBMXF Series in Ibaraki, Winner
JUNE: JBMXF Series in Osaka, Winner
JULY: BMX JAPAN CHAMPIONSHIP in Shizuoka, Winner
JULY: UCI BMX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in New Zealand, 6th place
AUGUST: JBMXF Series in Saitama, Winner
SEPTEMBER: JBMXF Series in Hiroshima, Winner
What is BMX?
BMX is a bike race competition using 20 inch racing bike. 8 riders who won the qualifying races compete in the undulating racing course. There is a wide age group from 5 to over 30s. Since Beijing Olympics 2008, the BMX has been registered as the official Olympic sport.
Why do we challenge the crowd funding?
BMX is still minor sports and the promotion activities and the youth development have not been put into place at present. Also, it is said that, in order to be a top class racer in the BMX, you need to train overseas. The biggest reason is that it is important to have experiences to learn the body balance while teenager by competing with foreign racers who have bigger bodies since there are not many racing courses and the BMX population is small in Japan. In order to participate in the domestic expeditions, overseas expeditions and various world championships, we need our activity expenses. Also, in order to be qualified to the Olympic, we are training with the coach who have selected to the national team and therefore we need to pay the coaching fees.
Although we have been continuing the sponsor meetings and fund-raising activities, the situation has been severe. At one point, we were very close to give up our dream. However, we never ever want to give it up! We want to be the first brother BMX qualifiers in the Tokyo Olympic. Meanwhile, we met the crowd funding company called “COUNTDOWN” where a lot of “the challengers for their dreams” and “the supporter of those people” gather around and we decided to do the crowd funding challenge with our courage. Through our challenge, we hope a lot of people get to know about the BMX and we want to challenge the world at the Tokyo Olympic 2020 as the first brother racers!!
Go for the Tokyo Olympic with mother’s aspiration
Miyuki Ikegami of the Kansai Bicycle Motocross Racing Union works as the executive officer as well as supports her children as their mother.（below an interview by Birdseye）
Aiming to participate in the Tokyo Summer Olympic 2020, Yuto Ikegami, the BMX junior Elite rider and Taichi Ikegami, the age-based class rider, from Suita city of Osaka, work so hard in training everyday.
They started to ride the bicycle because of the influence of their father, who is an active BMX rider. They learned from his father and stood out conspicuously. The older brother is 9th place of junior elite class in Japan and the younger brother is 6th place of age-based class of the world ranking. The brothers are working so hard to make their dreams come true in 6 years time.
As a mother, Mrs Ikegami wanted to do something for her children, she started to work for the Racing Union they belong to and then started to understand about the world of BMX. Now, she manages their schedule, collects information and gives as many supports as possible such as a mental and health care, etc.
“When they were child, it was just for fun. On weekends, our family are bicycles only.” looking back their old days. When they were in the elementary school, riding around the Expo Park was their practice. When they get to the stage where they wanted to play like every other child, their father, as an active rider, asked them to take BMX seriously or not. As a mother, thinking from their children’s point of view, she asked them whether they like bicycles or not.
With some bumps and detours, they now have their clear goal and started to move forward.
BMX population is about 50,000 in Japan and 350,000 to 400,000 overseas. The reasons why there is small population are because it costs a lot and there are many injuries and accidents. Also, as there are few places to practice, the overseas racing experiences and competing with the foreign riders are very important to obtain opportunities to develop and improve. Also, the brothers are relatively smaller than foreign athletes, they need building up their bodies as well as training with a good coach. In order to get what they need, they have to visit their sponsors in a proactive manner. However, the reality is harsh and they are facing the short of their activity funds. “I might not be able to let them continue any more”, Mrs Ikegami cried hiding from her children over and over. However, every time she saw off her children going out for practice joyfully, she always thought that she must never ever let them give up their dream. She visited so many places and finally reached the crowd funding, COWNTDOWN.
“What I can do is limited. It is now up to them to make it happen” said Mrs Ikegami.
In order to accomplish, they need to get the enough points by ranking highly in the domestic races and achieve the good results in the world championships upcoming. Ikegami family’s challenge to the Tokyo Olympic has already started.
Please give us your warm support!
Since the Olympic 2020 will be held in Tokyo, it has been attracting attention from the domestic and overseas. We, as the first brother athletes, would like to participate in the Olympic and challenge the top class athletes of the world!
Right now, we are working so hard on training in order to be one of the athletes who can liven up the Olympic and convey the message of wonderful Japan to the domestic and the world!
Race Schedule in 2014
Major International Competitions
JULY: UCI BMX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Holland
Major Domestic Competitions
MAY: JBMXF Series in Osaka.
JULY: BMX JAPAN CHAMPIONSHIP in Ibaragi
AUGUST: JBMXF Series in Niigata and Saitama
SEPTEMBER: JBMXF Series in Hiroshima
NOVEMBER: UCI BMX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Izu/ JBMXF Series in Shizuoka
Purpose of the target funds
・Domestic expedition costs
・Overseas expedition costs
・Entry fees, other expenses during stay
・advertising and promotion expenses (production costs of flyer, etc.)