Robert de Wilde (b. April 30, 1977 in Kampen) is a Dutch professional “Mid/Current School” Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer whose prime competitive years were from 1990–2003. His nicknames are “The Flying Dutchman” in reference to his speed and his nationality and “Afro-Bob” because of his long wild, uncombed hair. He was chosen for the Dutch BMX Olympic team to participate in the 2008 Summer Olympics games in Beijing, China where he reached the Quarter Finals.

Q & A

  1. If you were not a pro bmx rider you would be?

    I would be over weight, lazy and work 40 hours a week as an electrician.

  2. Do you have any other special talents (music / write / draw / paint)?

    I'm pretty good at sleeping.

  3. Any last words?

    i would like to thank Blick over at Oakley for always hooking my up with the latest from Oakley and I would like to thank all my sponsors.

  4. What is more important to you than riding?

    Just being healthy and my family of course.

  5. Years as a professional

    I turned pro in '99 and I'm still pro, a lot longer then I ever thought possible.

  6. When did you start your sport?

    A good friend of mine took me to the local track once and the rest is history. He is still involved in BMX too. How cool is that.

  7. Who / What inspires you?

    It could be anything. A good movie, sports moment or just a good song like eye of the tiger. This song always gets me going.

  8. Number of years participating in your sport

    24 years

  9. To me, Oakley is

    Like driving a Ferrari. The best thing there is.

  10. If you could be someone famous, who would you be?

    Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat. He has the moves and the balls to get it done.

  11. 5 Items I can't live without

    Bike, sun glasses, goggles, PSP and Thump 2's.

  12. What move / trick are you working on?

    Getting out the gate faster.

  13. Favorite

    Bands: Disturbed Films: Taladega nights, wedding crashers, 40 year old virgin. Books: Harry Potter TV Shows: Scrubs, Las Vegas, Prison Break Drink: Pepsi

  14. What are your favorite songs currently loaded onto your Thump?

    Eye of the tiger-Survivor, Jump-Van Halen, 15 milljoen mensen-Fluitsma van Thijn and Heroes-DJ Tiesto.

  15. Party animal or mellow TV on the couch?

    Mellow on the couch, for sure.

Robert de Wilde

Date of Birth:
April 30, 1977
Kampen, the Netherlands

Career Highlights

    • 2 World titles ('93,'99)
    • 2 European titles ('99,'00)
    • SX Champion ('03,'05)
    • Bronze at the X-games ('02)
    • 6 Dutch National titles

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