David â€śHermanatorâ€ť Herman, one of the eight members of the Velo Saddlesâ€™ elite Senso New Heroes Team, qualified for London and the BMX Olympics onÂ the last May weekend as he placed fifth in the elite Menâ€™s Finals at the UCI BMX World Championships in Birmingham, UK. With his 23-point lead over his USA teammates, HermanÂ has been able to claim first slot on the USA delegation to the BMX Olympics in London inÂ August.
After a surprising fall on the part of Maris Strombergs, which brought top favorite and 1stÂ BMXÂ Olympic Champion in at place eight against 175 other competing riders at the UCI finals,Â Herman finished three spots ahead in this deciding race. Strombergs, the worldâ€™s first BMX Olympic Gold winner in Beijing in 2008, and Herman, determined and powerful new contender for the golden rings, are Free Agent teammates, and members of Veloâ€™s elite Senso New Heroes Team of exceptional young cycling talent.
Each year, the worldâ€™s best riders compete at the UCI BMX World Championships for the biggest annual prize in BMX racing, and the right to wear the Unionâ€™s rainbow stripedÂ emblem for the following 12 months. This year, the UCI championships have also been the deciding event during which nations could secure valuable qualification and earn the points to determine their participation at the London Olympics in August. The event took place inÂ Birminghamâ€™s NIA, the National Indoor Arena from the 24th and 27th May 2012.
Velo, world leading designer and manufacture of bicycle saddles and accessories, officially introduced in May a new rider and product relevant initiative branded â€śNew Heroesâ€ť, to reinforce and better position their aftermarket performance brand, Senso. A logical nextstep in the brandâ€™s ongoing commitment to young and dynamic cycling teams the world over, Velo is now actively supporting the athletes themselves to develop and achieve their full
championship potential. These exceptionally talented, budding young riders are Sensoâ€™s new torch holders.
The New Heroes Team comprises eight young and accomplished cycling athletes from the USA and Europe who have already made striking names for themselves in their various biking disciplines. Kevin Aiello (21) and David Herman (23), USA, together with Maris Strombergs (25), Lativa and USA, are the BMX riders; 21year old Gesa Bruechmann (Cyclocross) and 23 year old Tanja Hendrysiak (4X, BMX Race, DH) from Germany, as well as the Austrians Clemens Kaudela (21, Dirt und Slope) and Dominik Raab (26, Street und BMX). Thomas Genon, youngest of the line-up from Belgium, rides MTB, Dirt and Slope. The â€śNew Heroesâ€ś are an integral element of the new Velo campaign for the Senso Performance saddles.