Riga, Latvia 2003.
Many thanks for your invitation on celebrating the 25th Anniversary of European BMX. I am very proud and happy that I know you personaly as pioneer of BMX in Europe and you know me,
Janis Silins and other BMX pioneers from Latvia. We have lot of things happened in Latvian BMX since your last visit. As you maybe know, our BMX rider Ivo Lakucs was the member of Latvian Track-cycling team in Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and took 8th place in Olympic Sprint. He became the Elite BMX Europen Champion this year, even two rounds before the end of EC. We have already two years (2002, 2003) of practice in organizing a EC round in Valmiera city, the native city of Ivo LAKUCS and Arturs MATISONS (European leader of Junior BMX riders this year). I am happy you are still into BMX.
My best regards to your wife Mieke and your sons Peter and Nico. I will do all possible to be there in Dessel - Belgium on 27./28.09.2003 to meet you all, but I am not sure now. I will try to come together with Janis Silins and maybe, some former riders as Gundars Osis or our nowadays riders as Ivo Lakucs, Janis Vanags, Arturs Matisons or others. I am not sure, but we will try. I think we must meet there.
Latvian BMX Federation, President
Latvian Olympic Committee, Secretary General