BMX vs Equestrian | Can They Switch Sports? | Sports Swap Challenge


(SPORTS SWAP)
Elke Vanhoof,
the 2015 European Champion.
A good start from Vanhoof.
(CYCLING BMX)
Fast, exciting and dangerous.
A great ride from
the Belgian athlete.
She’ll be very, very
pleased with that.
Daniel Bluman for Colombia.
(EQUESTRIAN JUMPING)
Three words
to describe showjumping –
passion, magic, perseverance.
It was a feeling that
I have never felt before
in my life and you
are addicted to it.
It is the highlight
for every rider to go
through the Olympic Games.
I don’t think he’s my friend.
(SPORTS SWAP)
(EQUESTRIAN BMX)
– Hi.
– Hey.
I’m Daniel, nice to meet you.
– I’m Elke, how are you?
– Very good, thank you.
What do you
think of the track?
– Ah, it looks difficult.
– Difficult?
But we’re gonna give it a try
with your help today.
Yeah, it’s gonna
be fine for sure.
(COURSE LENGTH: 470m MENS
430M WOMENS)
Really looking forward to it.
It’s a great honour
to be able to have a go
at the BMX track
of an Olympic athlete.
Welcome to Tal Milstein
Stables. Are you excited?
Yeah, for sure.
A little bit scared.
But I think once I’m on the
horse, then it’s gonna be OK.
You’re well taken care of.
I have a good coach, so…
You can do with a BMX
what you want to do,
and a horse is an animal
so if he has its own will…
you have a problem.
(THE KIT)
This is one of the best horses
in the world at the moment.
(PEAK AGE OF A COMPETING HORSE:
10-15 YEARS)
Our sport has been
a huge evolution
in the past few years,
the prices of the horses
are getting higher so now
it’s very important
to breed high-end horses
with great forward technique,
and this is one of those
horses.
OK, you can touch him.
I will watch you.
He’s trying to bite you.
Yeah, but that’s
how he plays.
Look, look. I just go like
this,
and he’s already like…
But do you know what?
Because he notices you
are scared.
– That’s why.
– Oh, OK.
We’ve got a nice bike for you.
(BMX BIKES HAVE 1 GEAR)
(BMX BIKES HAVE 1 BRAKE)
A nice shirt and also
a beautiful helmet.
Look at that beauty. Great.
So that is going
to protect me if I fall off?
Yeah, for sure.
We are racing with seven
other girls on the track
so it’s really dangerous
if we cross each other
and we crash,
so that’s why we wear
protection, clothes, helmets,
but today you’re
alone on the track
and I think your speed
is not that high today.
(THE INITIATION)
So we are going to time you
on the third straight
and we’re also going
to do the last straight.
OK, perfect. I’m gonna
act like you don’t exist, OK?
– Yeah, perfect.
– So don’t crash.
I could crash you
but I wouldn’t even know
where you are.
– OK?
– Yes. Ready.
Great.
You went past me like
a rocket.
That was good to start with.
You got 45 seconds,
I got 21 but I think
it’s not too bad.
Just your technique needs to
be a little bit more effective,
you need
to work with your body.
I started
and I was concentrated
but then when I saw you,
like a rocket go past me,
I sort of lost my concentration
a little bit,
but I will promise you
that the next time you are
not gonna double my time.
Perfect, that’s good.
– That’s too hard for my ego.
– Yeah, perfect.
So this is gonna be maybe
the most difficult part of all.
How we get you on the horse.
Is he scared of me?
Because he’s going…
No, no. They always move.
One, two, three.
There you are.
So now you’re
gonna hold the reins.
Yeah, don’t lose the…
No, no, we’re not gonna let
them lose them, don’t worry.
It’s completely normal
that you feel scared
when you’re riding an animal
of this size and this strength.
You don’t have to pull.
Be very relaxed
and he’s just
gonna be walking. Stay on it.
You want to become
one with the horse.
– Like one with the bike.
– Exactly, one with the bike.
This is an extension
of your body.
That which you’re doing
right now is called walking.
– Yeah. It’s hard enough!
– It’s as simple as it gets.
It was a little bit
out of my comfort zone
but it was OK, I survived so…
It’s not possible. Throughout
my years of experience
I have never, ever seen
anybody that for the first time
or the second time
they get on the horse
is able to do more than this.
(THE BASICS)
(ON THE JUMPS)
Never put your pedal
like this because sometimes
you’re gonna hit the ground
and then you fall off
your bike.
Yeah, you want me
to stay straight.
Yeah, like this.
OK. And what is
the movement that I see
that you guys do when you
do something with your body?
If we go down the jumps?
(BETWEEN THE JUMPS)
You need to push and then
you go a little bit backwards.
It is steep.
So, you need to pedal
really fast.
And what do you do here?
Try to stay touching
the ground.
No, no. Our speed
is too high to just roll it.
– No way.
– Yeah.
You can do it
too but if you’re…
No, no. I am not gonna.
Definitely not. I’m gonna land
over there, I’m gonna
pedal, I’m gonna go down,
I’m gonna take the safe route.
Here we’re
in the tack room.
This is called a bridle.
This piece is what goes
in the head of the horse.
And this is called a bit,
which is what goes inside
of the mouth of the horse.
There are many different bits,
because they have
different points of pressure,
some are stronger,
some are softer,
some work by putting pressure
a little bit on the lips,
some a little bit
on the tongue.
None of them are
strong in the horse,
You know normally
you want to protect
the mouth of the horse
very much,
It’s very sensitive.
Over here we have
the different saddles.
Stirrups, this is like
your pedals,
where you put your leg.
(IN OLYMPIC EQUESTRIAN
MEN & WOMEN COMPETE TOGETHER)
So when you’re warming up,
you sort of take
a few minutes to stretch
the body of the horse
and then I stretch his neck,
and stretch his back
and stretch his legs.
Now I use my right leg,
and the horse goes left.
(TURNING)
Then you can go longer,
you know…
(SPEED CONTROL)
..faster, without galloping,
just going faster on the trot.
And then shorter.
You pull on the bit
and you sit down,
and the horse
does a smaller step.
Yeah.
Then if you wanna go faster,
you just let go of the reins
and you put your legs
both in the belly.
It’s amazing how he controls
his horse with the reins.
It’s all, as you see, how
we can do different things.
If I need to do that,
it’s gonna be difficult.
Not too fast. Brake.
We’re gonna try it again
and I give you some tips
and we’ll be OK.
A little bit more pushing
through the jumps,
a little bit more pedalling,
between the jumps.
It’s not that bad.
It’s starting feeling
better and better.
You know,
the bike feels light,
it’s a very pleasant experience
once you start doing it.
Not as bad as I began.
It’s insane
how much leg you need.
Pedal.
It’s good.
How does it feel
to go that slow for you?
Ah, chilling.
No more practising.
Called it quits
because I’m dying.
Gonna just let you
start sort of playing
with the reins – also
put a little bit of your leg.
Touch with your leg.
Feel and enjoy.
Pull on the right.
Hey, hey!
OK, how are
you feeling there?
Still a little bit scared.
Like, I don’t know what
the horse is going to do.
Oh, sorry.
I said
you have to be on your toes.
OK, try to stop.
Oh!
There you go.
Now the stopping part
is going good.
Looks all so easy and then
I came by myself on the horse.
And that was really,
totally different,
like you’re learning riding
a bike again.
(THE DIET)
Before the competition,
we eat a lot of carbs
and also proteins are really
important for the muscles.
For me, it’s a little
bit the same, you know,
I want to keep
my energy high enough.
So I do eat a lot of
steaks as well and salads
and stuff like this but
I don’t want to be overweight
or lose athleticism
because of gaining weight.
But now it’s us in here
so we can have some fries.
– I think it’s a good idea.
– Yeah.
(THE CHALLENGE)
Now we’re
gonna go one more time
to try to do the same thing
we did the first time.
Now I’m gonna use
the technique you taught me
to do
with my body to be faster.
(COMPLETE SAME COURSE
IN UNDER 45 SECONDS)
(READY SET GO)
Whoo! That was awesome!
– What was my time?
– You can guess.
– 38?
– 35.
– 35?
– 35!
That was good.
I have a good coach.
Yes, that’s true.
I’m very tired, really, really
tired. What a workout.
I don’t know if the
second time was very good
or the first time
was very bad.
I’m going
to again be optimistic
and think that I did
a better job the second time
and I became quite decent.
He got 45 seconds
and then the last time
he got 35 so that’s a lot
of difference in a short time.
He’s a good student.
Good job.
(CONTROL THE HORSE OVER A SET
DISTANCE UNAIDED)
We’re gonna make
you one test.
I’m not going to jump.
No, no. You’re just
gonna go around the stand
and then you’re coming back.
I’m not gonna
come to help you.
Gonna treat
him like you learnt
and show him where
you want to go and go.
Just a little leg, pull
a little leg, you don’t need
to move your hands.
Just use your leg.
There. Now show him
the way.
A little more legs. Ah!
Go around that
and come to me.
Bring him to me.
Bring him to me.
He’s not coming to me.
Hello! Right here!
There, whoa.
– Whoa.
– Very good.
It was actually amazing.
In the beginning I was scared
but then he taught me
all the things I need to know
and then I could
handle him by my own.
It’s not easy to try
to do what you are doing,
if Elke would have
already ridden horses before,
even if she would
have never jumped,
we could have
done much more.
But it was great.
Great feeling.
– OK…
– Open the…
Ah!
(SPORTS SWAP)

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