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J&R National Team Featured Rider-Espen Wilke

Heather Whitford
May 10, 2024
  • Name: Espen Wilke
  • Age: 12

Introducing Espen Wilke! Espen started riding BMX when his dad got him interested 4 years ago and then he joined up with the J&R National Team in November of 2022. His favorite part about competing in BMX races is “The thrill,” he says. Of course, along with that adrenaline rush, comes some challenges. The jumps are a challenge he says, so is dealing with disappointments, especially after working so hard. “Not performing well and not meeting your expectations,” is one of the biggest challenges of BMX according to Espen.

He may not have a favorite BMX track but Espen says, “There is an MTB jump line at my dad’s work called Porter” that he really likes to ride. He also says he doesn’t know many pros so his motivation comes from his own inner drive. “My favorite BMX rider is me,” Espen states. That confidence surely helped push him to his proudest accomplishment on the track so far which is “My World plate,” he says. And like most of us around here, Espen says the race he is looking forward to most is, “UCI Worlds at Rock Hill.”

We look forward to seeing you up on the podium, Espen! Best of luck from the whole J&R Family!

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