Rallyin' To Work
Libor Podmol starts the day with a drive in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 at his mechanic Petr Veesa's farm. "I love to drive this rally car, it's fast and it has great power," says Podmol.
Hanging With Son Joshua
Podmol and his two-year-old son Joshua enjoy some time in the back yard of his house in Vlasim in the Czech Republic. Podmol also has his own playground there with a foam pit and some different ramps for practice.
No Hands On The Hog
Podmol loves riding his Harley Davidson. On this day, he was heading to downtown Vlasim, Czech Repunlic to check in. The Harley was a present from a sponsor as a thank you for a great season.
Podmol shows off two gold medals: At left is his X Games Munich 2013 for winning Step Up and at right is his 2010 FIM Freestyle World Championship. He has a lot of medals in his house, but he says these are the most important to him.
Podmol won X Games Munich Moto X Step Up with a jump of 29 feet, beating out Step Up standouts Matt Buyten and Ronnie Renner. "For me it's a dream to have the X Games gold medal in my hand. It's incredible," Podmol says.
Pre-Training One On One
Libor Podmol, right, and his mechanic Petr Veesa chill in the garage before the start of the training day. Petr is not only his mechanic but a good friend too.
Off To The FMX Park
The Yamaha 250 two-stroke, and all the rest of the necessary equipment are in the van and ready to go to the FMX park in Benesov. Libor uses the two-stroke for freestyle motocross and a 450 four-stroke for Step Up.
Podmol prepares for his training day at the Motocross MotoClub park on a piece of land he owns in Benesov, about 20 minutes from Vlasim. "This park is not so big, but it's enough for me and it's fun," says Podmol.
Podmol does an underflip, one of his trademark moves. "I remember when my friend Petr Kuchar, a famous Czech FMX rider, did the backflip in 2002. This inspired me to start the training to do the backflip too," says Podmol.
Podmol is not only a gold medalist in Step Up, he has a big freestyle motocross background. Here he pulls off an old-school trick, the catwalk no-hander.
Podmol works a little on the Step Up jump before beginning his training. "It's most important to understand how you can work the jump with your shovel before jumping," he says.
Lighting It Up
"One of the most important things for doing a good jump is a good start," says Podmol. "For that reason, I prefer to use a 450 four-stroke for Step Up."
High In The Evening Sky
Podmol does a big Step Up jump at the end of the training day. "I built this jump only for training in Step Up. It's necessary if you want to push hard," he says.
Winding It Down
At the end of the training day Podmol does some wheelies before returning home. "I love the feeling of losing the balance of my bike. Sometimes I crash, but it's all funny," Podmol says.