Spotlight: Joey Gough

Saturday, November 30, 2013

I started riding when I was about 3. My older brother had got into racing BMX at the local track but I still had stabilizers (training wheels) on my bike. Dad told me I could have on go on the BMX track when I could ride without stabilizers.... a week later, they were off! Nearly 30 years on and I am loving BMX more than ever.

For all of my childhood all I raced BMX. I loved the racing but what I loved about it most was jumping my bike. At national races, we used to be able to practice the track all Saturday and I would be riding pretty much from dawn til dusk. I wasn't practicing race lines, I was having fun riding my bike, riding with the boys, jumping the biggest jumps I could (even though many of these jumps I knew I could never do in a race) or learning one handers and can cans! I am certain there are races I lost because I was so tired from practicing too much...but I didn't care, I just loved riding my bike.
So when I was in my 20's I strayed a bit from BMX racing after being introduced to MTB 4X and riding trails. Both involved more jumping and less pedalling - especially as BMX tracks were all pedal pedal pedal jump back then. I made a few World Cup podiums in 4X and it made me a better rider for sure.

In the run up to the Olympics in 2008, I was selected to be on the GB BMX team as a full time athlete. It was a great privilege and I made the top 16 in Elite at the Worlds. Although it was an amazing experience,after 2 years of concentrating full time on racing and with the new olympic cycle about to begin, I realised how much I missed the fun side of BMX, the travelling about to hit new spots, the laughs the friends and the doing it for the love of it. That's why I always did BMX and that's where my heart lies!
After being a bit burnt out on racing I went back to a full time job, left the race scene completely for a good few years, and spent all my free time at the trails with my friends, digging, riding and having a blast. It was in this time I got far more confident at hitting trails and was always looking to hit something bigger!

My return to racing was purely by accident, just tagging along to a 4X race with some friends ended up with me nearly winning a 4X world cup and winning the amateur BMX World Champs just over a year later. There was a point where I thought I would never race again, but it turned out I just needed a break. I remembered how many adventures there were to be had!
Which brings me up to date... I'm almost 33 and in my 30th year of riding a BMX bike. I work at the hospital full time, but every weekend I am racing BMX, hitting trails/digging them, looking for the next new spot to ride or the next big jump I can hit. Life is good

You have some awesome trails style and I was wondering how much you think your racing background has affected that. Does racing make you more or less scared of big trails jumps and does it help or hurt your style? Also, do you ever have difficulty scheduling time in to train and practice for racing along with riding your freestyle bike all the time? Racer/freestyler pros are pretty rare these days so I'm excited to hear what you think about this keep shredding! - Chelsea Streitwolf

Well, when I first started riding trails I wouldn't jump anything very big, because although I loved to go big on a race track, the tracks were so mellow back then and you had to pedal like crazy to jump them. So when I first rode trails it took ages to work out how to go slow to go further/higher, and how to deal with the steep lips. But having a racing background meant I was confident in the air and could ride smooth and in control...I just had to put the two together. As for racing making me less scared of big jumps, it's played a part...but it's more the other way around, the trails riding has actually helped my racing much more. It means I'm happy to try a jump on a track really quickly, because at the trails there is no rolling through the jumps, you just gotta do it! I find it funny when people say a jump is "do or die" on a race track, cause it's not cut off like a trails jump, you can always hook up a race jump and get away with it... you've just got to learn how to soak it up!

I don't really worry about scheduling time for racing and trails, I'm not pro these days, so I just do what I want really. I enjoy racing and like to do well but it's not the be all and end all. I work mon-fri so I do a couple of evenings in the gym which keeps me in shape for racing - but I do think this conditioning really helps me to have good bike control at the trails too. I have one afternoon I finish work early so I normally go ride the track on my own and do some racing orientated riding because it's good to have a bit of an goal when you're riding solo. Then on the weekends, I'll mix it up, go where the sessions happening, where the people are and the fun is...hit trails or tracks, new spots, local or far away... I'll travel the length of the country for a good weekends riding!

Youve been involved in BMX racing for your whole life and have raced at the top level along with riding trails and having fun. What advice would you give to parents and riders just getting involved on how to keep it fun for the long haul whilst looking at making a go for the big show? -Julian Allen

I grew up in an era where BMX was a hobby. Only a few top guys could make a living out of it so for me it was always about fun. Things have changed a lot now with the Olympics, but it does seem like everyones always training for the next race and some have forgotten that the essence of BMX is having fun with your mates no matter what age you are. There is no doubt that if you are at the top as an elite rider, or a junior with the potential to make it, then yes you have to work 100% on being the best you can be and it is not about having fun, it's about reaching your goals and full potential as a racer. But for the majority, BMX is still just a hobby and there is so many adventures and fun to be had. Go on roadtrips, make new friends, get a buzz from jumping something bigger.

Most racers could improve their results by improving their skills and there is no better way of doing that than just riding with your friends and pushing each other! There is no point getting really fast if you haven't got the skill to deal with the technical tracks these days either. 

To the parents... just encourage them to have fun and do their best. A base of good skills they learnt by having fun as a kid will be far more useful in the long run than a regional no.1 they trained for when they are 9. If they get older and choose to train harder, put it together with a good skills base and it will have a much bigger impact!

Thank you Joey for taking the time to do this little interview! Be sure to check back soon for a 2013 edit with Joey Gough! 

Alise Post at 2013 Grands in Tulsa, OK

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Gawd, I wish I was going to the Grands, not just for Alise but to race obviously. Luckily, we have a friend enroute and will be reporting back with some of the weekend festivities. If you're lucky enough to be in town or racing yourself, be sure to head over to the Pro Autograph Session on Thursday for Alise.

Behind The Scenes of the 2014 Flatland Calendar

Check out this behind the scenes look of when we were in Toronto, shooting for the 2014 Flatland Calendar. Our sincerest thanks again to Fat Tony, Aidas Odonelis and Ruby Studios for making our dreams come true. There was footage from as early as August, but I really wanted to condense it down to the moments that made it into the calendar.

2013 Peta Shepherd Edit

Monday, November 25, 2013

2014 Calendar Outtakes

Sunday, November 24, 2013
Check out these additional outtakes from the 2014 Flatland Calendar by Aidas Odonelis of Ruby Photography Studio.

Northeast Winter Racing Series

Friday, November 22, 2013
For the fourth season, BMX racing in the cold northeast winter continues at Grippen Park BMX. This year Grippen Park BMX has teamed up with the best in the business Yess BMX, Blot Out Graphics, and Riderz Ready to bring you a series not to miss!

The series is open to all riders, so if you're looking to try racing for the first time, why not now? For more information, follow this link If you have any questions about racing, feel free to hit us up by going to the contact page.

FU10 - Decade Toronto

International Bike Show 2014

The Canadian Freestyle Organization came together 10 years ago after flatlandBMX was cut from the Toronto International Bike Show.  The 10th year for the contest has been announced.  For details on the contest follow the Canadian Freestyle Organization page on facebook.  

Last year Rebecca Pergentile and Paula Callery were there representing the girl flatland scene.  There will be amazing riding from professionals riders who fly in for this contest from around the world.

Click here for more information on the BMXjam  taking place at the same venue with a ladies BMX class.  If you are coming make sure to say hi to MagnoliaBMX we will be there and show your support for the lady riders competing.

2014 Toronto BMX Jam

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The 2014 Toronto BMX Jam will be held at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Friday February 28 (Senior Amateur and Expert) from noon until 9:00pm, and again Saturday March 1 (Junior Amateur, Ladies and Pros) from 10:00 am until 7:00pm. The finals in all 5 categories will take place on Sunday March 2.

The registration cost will be $50 in advance, or $60 on site. If paying onsite, please make sure you pre register by contacting Mike Heaton, space is limited. You can now register in advance by buying a "ticket" via Eventbrite.

Magnolia BMX will not be involved with the 2014 Toronto BMX Jam, but I'll definitely be there to cheer the ladies on!

Behind The Scenes And Outtakes By Fat Tony

Huge thanks to Fat Tony for this sweet behind the scenes look at the 2014 Flatland Calendar shoot! Remember, these calendars are free with any purchase at Flatland Fuel:

To see some outtakes, head over to


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Check out this short film by Chris Rollins, starting Natalie and Morgan Wade. He's also responsible for our awesome how-to videos year's back. I'm a sucker for good music and quality films, enjoy it.

Free 2014 Flatland BMX Calendar Now Available at Flatland Fuel

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: For the sixth year in a row Flatland Fuel and Fat Tony are proud to present an exclusive Flatland BMX Calendar. The 12-month 2014 wall calendar features 15 original flatland photos of riders from seven countries shot all around the world. Each month showcases a different rider in a unique location including Japan, Czech Republic, Germany, and the U.S. In addition to the twelve months, there is also a bonus poster so you can keep flatland on your wall even after 2014 has passed. As the only calendar of its kind, the 2014 Flatland BMX Calendar is a must-have for flatland riders worldwide.

The best part is the 2014 Flatland Calendar is absolutely FREE when you place an order with Flatland Fuel! (While supplies last.)

Click here to see a preview of the 2014 Flatland Calendar!

Riders Include: Alex Jumelin, Alexis Desolneux, Bobby Carter, Bryan Ledbetter, Chad DeGroot, Dominik Nekonly, James McGraw, Matthias Dandois, Michael Steingraeber, Rebecca Pergentile, Terry Adams, Todd Carter, Tyler Gilliard, Viki Gomez, and Yohei Uchino.

The 2014 Flatland BMX Calendar is proudly co-sponsored by Flatland Fuel, Vans, Mankind, Heresy, Profile Racing, Deco, Magnolia BMX, Airtype Clothing, Diversion TV, Am Flatland Circuit, London Bikes, and Freegun Underwear. A huge thanks goes out to each company who helped make the calendar possible. It is support from companies like them that keeps flatland growing!

New Peta Edit Coming Soon!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Face Time with Nina Buitrago

Friday, November 8, 2013

Bring Back Sister Session

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Every time it seems like we're moving one step forward, we're pulled back 10 steps....

"I saw this post from Rebecca Berg last week and to say the least, it ruined my day and week. On top of that my dad said he wanted to get a passport and come next year. But, I guess not.. as of now there will NOT be a Sister Session in 2014." Read the rest on