Whittier, CA — After a bronze finish in the Asian Games, Filipino American BMX racer Danny Caluag is focused on a track towards redemption, including two major races: the SEA Games in Manila this December, and the World Championships in May.
The Southern California-born racer has been training hard for both.
“SEAGames, are Manila Philippines this year, looking forward to that event, and looking forward to bringing home some gold… I’m looking forward to regaining the title, I won it back in Myanmar in 2011, there’s nothing for 2013, but last one I ended up getting bronze and looking forward to bring back a gold medal for the home country and hopefully we get that top spot as a country as a whole.”
While he was recently selected as one of 64 international riders to test out the Olympic track in Tokyo this weekend, the 2016 Olympian, has to skip the event for personal reasons.
The only way for him now to see that track is to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
And to get there, he has to do well in the World Championships.
To gear up, he’ll be heading to Houston this month to learn the track there, hoping to turn it into a home-field advantage.
“It’s going to be a big test for me to see how I do on that track, but I’m looking forward to getting my feet wet on that track and kind of just learn the track so hopefully prepare for next May.”
He plans on making several trips to Texas between now and May, but Unlike his race in the Lone Star State, he won’t have a chance to test out the Philippines track which is still in the final stages of completion.
He said he’s excited to hit the road when he arrives there in December.