#ActiveSiklista Q&A with Kimi Grande
Meet Kimi, 13 years old, hardcore bicycle enthusiast.
Demi Hollsen Grande, known to his friends as “Kimi”, started joining competitions when he was 11 years old. He has been fascinated with bikes ever since he was a little kid. Mr. Boom Menciano, his father, has been bringing him to local spots and entering him in competitions in the condition that he does well in school. His discipline includes BMX Street, Dirt Jump, and Downhill. Sounds like a great start?
1. How did you get into cycling?
My Dad encouraged me a lot. Also, the first time I saw Armand Mariano doing his practice runs prior to an event, has inspired me to get into Cycling.
3. Are you cycling professionally or for leisure? Who is your coach?
For now, I’m cycling mainly for leisure. My coaches in BMX are Armand Mariano and Dan Lopez. For MTB Downhill, my coaches are Ronnie Jorge and Randee Vivo.
4. How do you balance your time between being a student and being a cyclist?
I manage my time by following my daily schedule.
5. How often and where do you hold your practices?
I practice BMX at least 3 times a week. During weekends, my dad and I visit bike parks.
6. What was the most memorable race you’ve ever joined?
The most exciting ‘fun race’ that I have ever joined was the 3skulls Fun Race!
7. What do you find most challenging in being a cyclist?
To be a Track and Field varsity and a BMX and Downhill rider at the same time. I follow my daily schedule per discipline and stay focus every time.
8. What are your interests aside from cycling?
10. Describe cycling competitions that you took part in.
2015 PhilBike Expo – Finalist (Class B)
2016 BMX Day Manila Skatepark – 2nd Place (Class B)
Vermosa Pumptrack Challenge – 2nd Place (Beginners Category)
Top Spot National BMX Open Class – Qualified 7th Place Over All
3skulls Fun Race – Best in Whip
11. How do you prepare for a specific cycling event?
I keep it up with regular training and exposing myself to new stunts or track challenges.
12. What specific gears do you utilize to enhance your performance?
I utilize bike safety gears such as full face helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and gloves.
13. What kind of support do you receive from family?
My family is very supportive of my cycling career. My dad plays with me during the weekend and he brings me to different parks and trails.
14. What do you think is the most important thing to remember in cycling?
Passion for riding, regular practice, and exposure to new parks will really develop your skills.
15. What are your tips for aspiring cyclists?
Put your full dedication to learning new tricks to get faster on riding a Downhill bike. Never give up and continue on practicing.
Reference: Kimi Bmx/DH Grande
Reference: Bike Life PH