|Alves ready to defend Monster title |
By STEPHON NICHOLAS Wednesday, April 17 2013
KEEGAN Alves, defending BMX Monster Energy Exams champion, is currently putting in 4-5 hours of training each day in preparation for the this year’s edition which will feature riders from the Caribbean for the very first time.
The 2013 competition will get underway on May 26 at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo, with contestants from Barbados, Jamaica, St Maarten and Aruba to name a few.
Speaking with Newsday yesterday, Alves said he is not perturbed by the influx of Caribbean riders as he has been on the world stage before and is accustom to huge crowds.
In February 2012, Alves earned silver at the FISE BMX Global Flat Freestyle Tournament in Costa Rica and also visited Spain later on that year for the 12th edition of OMARISQUINO — an international Action Sport Festival.
“I’ve been training really hard everyday to the best of my ability. I try to put in four to five hours work. After competing internationally, I’m confident and I believe I will do good. With the crowds and the atmosphere there (in Costa Rica), it was a just a boost to my motivation. You just want to try new tricks and it was a dream come true,” he declared.
Meanwhile, the 20-year-old explained his secret for staying focussed even in the midst of thousands of spectators.
“How I look at it is that it’s not the riders against me. In my mind I just want to perform at my best and reach the level I want to. It’s more of an internal battle for me,” he declared. The St James-resident also paid tribute to Monster Energy Exams organiser, Trevlon Hall, for his dedication and persistence in developing the sport of BMX freestyle riding in this country and the Caribbean.
“Trevlon is doing a really good job. He started from nothing and from the first event Thrilla BMX (in 2010) to Monster Exams (last two years), he’s a guy that’s very determined and just makes things happen. He told me all the things he wanted to do and every event is just getting bigger and better. He’s given up a lot to do this and I respect that,” Alves continued.
Asked who is his main local rival for this year’s Monster Exams, Alves identified Kestrel Roopnarine of Freeport as the one he feels will put on a good show for the Jean Pierre crowd.
“He is a good rider. He’s very consistent and knows a lot more spinning tricks than most,” he explained.