Women's Weekend in 2017

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Looking for something to do that involves riding with a bunch of rad ladies like yourself? Come hang out at one of Women's Weekend that's coming up in 2017. Details below.

Ride Like A Girl Women's Weekend
January 7, 2017 – January 8, 2017 at The Wheel Mill in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Full details can be found here https://www.facebook.com/events/212604855856900/


Women's Weekend at Joyride 150
February 4, 2017 - February 5, 2017 at Joyride 150 in Markham, Ontario Canada
Registration (highly recommended) opens December 26th.
Full details can be found here http://www.joyride150.com/joyride150-womens-weekend/


Women's Weekend at Rays MTB
February 10 - 12, 2017 at Rays MTB in Cleveland, Ohio
Full details can be found here https://www.facebook.com/rayswomensweekend/?fref=ts

Rebecca Berg Edit

Sunday, December 11, 2016




Rebecca Berg is an amazing rider from Germany, check out her 2016 edit above!

Interview with BMX Sweet-heart Leanna Curtis

Saturday, December 10, 2016


When and how did you start riding?
I started racing when I was 9, so 13 years ago. I have always loved riding my bike ever since I first learnt to ride, I used to pack a backpack and ride the whole day, making my own little jumps wherever I could. I didn't even know BMX racing was a thing until my family moved to an area where there was a BMX track, so as soon as I seen that I was hooked.

How were you “discovered” for this part?
Luke Madill, BMX Olympian who is sponsored by Redbull told me one day at his BMX track what Redbull were doing, and that they were after a girl to play the part, and asked if I was interested, which of course I was!

Was acting something you always wanted to do, and did you ever thought you’d be able to incorporate BMX?
There is actually not really any acting in this short clip, the main thing I only had to do was smile the whole time, which is easy! It didn't really require me to become a "character", I was just riding and acting like myself.

How did they get the name "Swifty"?
I got that name because on a pretty funny little road trip back from one of the scenes. Corey Bohan was playing Taylor Swift and I told him I don't really like her music, he continued to play her music and began calling me 'swifty'

Was there a scene that you were in, that you had to do over and over? 
The scene that we probably did over and over most was the construction site scene, where we were being chased by the robbers. We had to do it over and over to get all the different angles, and there was also some stunt guys that did all the fire stuff and getting hit by the car. That scene took a whole day!

Have you notice anything different with your online life since the teaser?
I have gained a few extra followers on instagram! haha https://instagram.com/leannacurtis172/



I personally think it’s super rad that Redbull incorporated a female character, what does this mean to you and how does she compare to Christian from Rad?
I am so excited and grateful that Redbull hired me to be the female in this clip, its really huge for me and the exposure that this clip will get will be massive! To be honest I've never seen Rad! I've only seen BMX Bandits and that's where the idea for 'bicycle motocross' was inspired from, so I play Nicole Kidmans character.

Was it intimidating to work with Bohan and Hucker?
Not at all intimidating, those guys are really cool, and always making jokes so they made it much easier to be in front of the camera

Where is most of the filming done, and are there any major landmarks we might recognize?
Most of the filming was around Sydney and Manly and a little bit in QLD. There is a scene with a really good backdrop of the Sydney harbour



How long was the filming process?
We filmed for 7 days, most days were around 6-8 hours

Can you tell us anything about the bike you rode?
As far as I know the frame and everything was all modern, just the wheels were pretty old school. The bike was heavier than I'm used too, and the handle bars were so big, but I was able to adjust to it pretty quickly. It took longer to get used to the old school tyres! I had a crash on the first day of filming because I hit a corner like I normally would, but the wheels felt like they just folded underneath me and I went down straight away haha. That's why in some of the scenes you can see sores on both my elbows! haha

Have you seen the entire movie yet? Is there a scene you think we may not appreciate watching on our computers, that in real life was nuts?
I haven't seen the whole thing yet, I've only seen what everyone else has so I'm really excited for it!

Best memory that you’ve taken away from this experience
I cant pick just one memory, the whole thing was so amazing! I had the best week with everyone involved and I couldn't take the smile off my face the whole time!

Alise and Redline

Sunday, November 27, 2016


After 8 years with Redline, it sounds like Alise Post won't be with them in the new year. There's a lot of speculation behind this, mostly in the realm of restructuring within the company but until we hear more, let's congratulate Alise on a fantastic win this weekend at Grands! See Alise announce the separation at the 3:30:40 mark.



Spotlight: Nadja Pries, BMX Racer, Olympian, Playboy model

Saturday, November 12, 2016
A few days ago I reached out to German BMX racer Nadja Pries for an interview about her time as an Olympian in Rio, and equally as interesting, her experience as a Playboy model. We can't show you any of her Playboy shots but that's what Google is for.

...Now that the pervs are gone...she's been a busy girl after the Olympics so we're grateful she made some time for us! Read on below.



Where are you from and what is the story on how you began racing?

I was born in a small City near Nuernberg. We have a BMX track just 2 minutes from our house, so my older brother started riding and I followed.  I had my first national elite race at the age of 16.

Who are your sponsors now? 
Schamel Meerrettich
Juwelier Winnebeck
NOCCO
Bulkpowders
der Goldene Ring e.V.
Sporthilfe

Are you the only Elite women on the German National Team? Who do you train with, and are you receiving the support you need to live your dreams and do your job?

Well, there are some upcoming girls now, but I was the only one over the past few years. I have my training partners in the gym, and I am training with local guys on the track, but I am studying Psychology so at the moment I can't move to one of the main training centers. I am still living at home because I couldn't finance a flat and all that. I am working pretty hard to get enough money, and sponsors to pay all that but until now it worked out pretty well.

Is there anything you think should change within the sport to make World Cups, World Championships and the Olympics more enjoyable to the competitors, or more marketable for sponsors and appealing to spectators *DG

I think it is important to keep the tracks rideable for races. The next step is to make sure TV Channels etc. are getting interested in the sport and put some money in it, or buy the rights to show the big races so that more people are getting into the sport.

Congratulations on making the Olympic team! Was it more pressure to qualify for the Olympics or actually competing in the Olympics?

Thanks! It was more pressure to qualify for me because that was the big goal I set 3 years ago. Competing at the Olympics was, of course, a big thing and I was nervous like never before, but I really enjoyed racing there!

What kind of setup did you have for the Olympics?

I had a white thrill frame with some fine red and yellow lines on it. A carbon rim in the back, Carbon cranks, and for the rest I had exactly the same set up like all year long.





What advantages or disadvantages did you find competing on the track?

The track was super fun and perfect to ride. It was hard to see the green lips in the beginning but then we all got used to it.

We saw you were quite unhappy with your TT, what happened? (TT stands for Time Trial)

Well, I overshooting the first jump during practice, so I wanted push down a little in my TT. Then there was some head wind which we didn't have in practice, so I cased it pretty bad and lost so much speed for the whole first straight.

What did competing mean to you and how has it impacted you at home?  *DG

Competing in the Olympics meant everything to me. I mean it's always been a dream and to finally be there was a little unreal. I had so many friends and people at home supporting me, journalists, magazines and tv channels who wanted interviews etc. So the last weeks were kind of stressful because I wasn't used to this, but I think this is how it should be. Many people were following my journey and even got into the sport. They all enjoyed watching us race, these little things make me happy.

What did you learn from the Rio Olympics that you would apply to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, assuming Tokyo is in your race goals * DG

Well I learned a lot! I don't even know where I should start, it was just such a big experience, and I think everyone who was there for the first time could tell you the same. I will definitely set my goal to a final in Tokyo (But who knows what's gonna happen in 4 years)... The most important thing for all big races is to have some fun on your bike. Too much stress could sometimes lead to some big mistakes. So I will definitely keep that in mind for all the big upcoming races.


Tell us about your Playboy debut, how were you approach and how long did it take you to give them an answer?

Well, I got an email first and they said they were interested in shooting with me for the Olympic issue if I am qualified. I was immediately positive about it and my parents as well, so they got my answer pretty quick.

I understand this took place prior to the Olympics, so were there any special preparations made for the shoot? 


Yes, it took place one day after I was back home from Colombia (because I gave them a phone call that I just qualified). No, I didn't prepare anything special for the shoot. My goal is to ride good races, not to look good in magazines. None of us were models, so I think it was more about being there because we are good athletes, not because we have a perfect body. There was actually a huge buffet before the shooting haha.



On the day of the shoot, how were you feeling and how was the atmosphere. Did you feel safe, how many people were in the room, etc

The studio looked really nice, and as soon as I came in I felt like home! Everyone was so nice, joking around, making fun, and it gave me a really good feeling. There was one person for the makeup, one for the clothes (or no clothes haha), the boss, one photographer and two guys for lights and technical stuff. They were all professionals and know how to get some good pictures.


You looked absolutely stunning and so grown up! I couldn't believe she was you! How do you think the photos came out, and did you have any artistic freedom with positioning and poses? 

Awe thank you! When I looked in the mirror after they did my make up, and saw the first pictures I had the same thoughts, and then it is like jumping into a role. Looking sexy was so easy by the end of the day and I really had fun acting like it. I didn't have much freedom for poses or anything like that. They had a clear vision on how the magazine should look. It was just my job to make the poses look good and giving the right facial expressions etc. But I can tell, modelling is not easy, my back was so sore the next 3 days haha

BMX racer, Olympian and Playboy Model...what else would you like to add to your resume?

Uhmm maybe student and happy mother of my puppy 😁
I am just a really happy girl and glad to be experiencing all that. At this point, special thanks goes out to my family, boyfriend, friends and all those who are supporting and believing in me!


*DG Questions from Dani George

Dani George at Canada Cup

Thursday, November 10, 2016
I recently had the pleasure of hanging out with Dani George, and her friend Austin Hiatt while they were in Toronto for Canada Cup. In short, this girl is super rad and she was awesome enough to do this interview with us about her time in Toronto.



How long were you in Toronto for, and what was your reason to hit up a Canada Cup?
I took a red eye from San Diego on Wednesday evening and arrived in Toronto bright and early Thursday morning and was there through the race on Sunday. I decided to go to the Toronto Canada Cup while I was recovering from injury. I broke my collarbone at the Manchester World Cup and as a result, I missed 3 big Supercross races. So to make up for lost race time, I was searching for other races I could do and the Canada Cup races fit my schedule. I wasn't looking to chase points or money. I just wanted to race. I originally planned on doing the race in Quebec the week prior but it didn't work out. The cool thing about going to Toronto was that it gave me an opportunity to spend time with family and friends I rarely get to see.



Aside from racing, did you have time to hit up any of the attractions or grab something good to eat? ;)
After practice on Thursday, I met up with locals (Amelia Walsh and yours truly, Beatrice Trang) for dinner at this really cool Thai/Japanese cafe spot that I was pretty stoked on. I also got the chance to visit Niagara Falls. I was hoping to check out downtown Toronto, but I was told it was like the Los Angeles of Canada and time didn't permit. I made sure to grab my fair share of Scotch mints and Coffee Crisp candy bars because I love them and we don't have them in the States.

What was your take on the Centennial BMX track, and is it comparable to any of the other UCI sanctioned track? Likes and Dislikes
Personally, I liked the track. The hill and first straight was standard supercross format while the rest of the track was relatively tame compared to most tracks. It made for some fun and fast racing. It's nice going to a race where your biggest worry is going as fast as you can and not whether or not you can actually get around the track and at what cost.

Photo by Nicky Pearson


How were the Canadian fans, did they treat you well?
They were awesome. Very kind and happy to have me. I'm grateful to feel so welcomed.

You did great during the weekend, landing 2nd on both dates right behind Mariana Pajon. Are you satisfied with your results?
Yes! I don't see how I couldn't be. Mariana is a great and humble competitor and it was cool to be able to line up in the gate with her before she competes in Rio to defend her gold medal.

Where to now, and when’s the next big race for you?
I'm spending the next few days in Canada then it's back home to San Diego. The rest of the summer, I'll be riding with the USA Olympians, helping them prepare for the games and also finish racing the rest of the season. Next up for me is the USA BMX race in Pittsburgh. I'll hit the remainder of the pro series USA BMX races and the last two World Cups of the year, hoping to get some results and have fun along the way.

Photo by Nicky Pearson

Double Down for Sam Willoughby

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
To Donate or for more information, head over to https://road2recovery.com/cause-view/strengthfor91/

"Sam Willoughby an Australian Olympic BMX rider was in a freak accident on September 10th, 2016 while training at local San Diego BMX track. He suffered a spinal cord injury around his C5 – C7 vertebrae. Sam being the fighter that he is with a spirit of a true champion has been doing aggressive rehabilitation therapy in Colorado with his fiancé, family, friends and fans cheering him on.

When an injury of this magnitude occurs there is a point where insurance runs out of financial support. Insurance rehab typically consists only of getting the injured to a point where they are able to sustain the injury and live under their “new condition”. Sam’s goals are far beyond that; the therapy that will challenge him to stand and walk again will cost a great deal of money and far exceed what the insurance companies are willing to cover.

Now you can help more than ever before! Thanks to a sponsor who has requested to remain anonymous, ‪starting Tuesday November 1, 2016 every dollar you donate at www.strengthfor91.com will be matched up to $30,000! That means for every dollar you choose to donate, you will double down with the matched donation! Having just surpassed the $60k mark in Sam’s Road 2 Recovery account, there is an opportunity to DOUBLE the total funds raised, and raise another $60,000. These vital funds will be put towards his rehabilitation therapy, home modifications, therapy equipment like FES bikes, estim machines, standing frames and so much more.

Today’s tally of funds raised for Sam’s cause is $63,240. You can keep an eye on the running total raised on his cause page and when the total goes past $93,240, the donated matched money of $30,000 will be deposited, bringing his new total to $123,240! Remind Sam to Stay Strong by helping complete this Double Down Challenge by December!"

Alise Post & the Redline AP Frame

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


SDE’s Nick Campbell takes a closer look at Alise, her signature AP Flight frame and her partnership with Redline. Find out more information on the AP frame here: redlinebicycles.com/parts/flight-alise-post/

Why BMX Needs A Women's Class At XGames - Nina Buitrago and Dani Lightningbolt

Monday, September 26, 2016


FISE: Edmonton - Women's Final Highlight

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

THE NINA BUITRAGO PODCAST

Monday, September 12, 2016




"​​Nina Buitrago​ is perhaps the best known and most respected female BMX rider in 'our' wide world of bike riding. Earlier this year Snakebite's Shad Johnson sat down with her in Austin and talked about pretty much everything, starting with those early days of growing up on Long Island and being mentored up by Manmade's Daren Meenan and street legend Vic Ayala. ​

We follow that with a chat about Nina's midwest days spending time riding the original Chenga and working at Ray's MTB park, and in there somewhere we pretty much talk about everywhere she's lived and all the scenes she's been a part of. We also talk to her about the growth of the girl BMX scene and her endless search for other girl riders in the early days, not to mention travelling, living in NYC during 9/11, getting into fist fights in Paris, and so much more. Nina has not only done a lot for female BMXers but has contributed so much more to BMX in general by keeping the spirit alive of finding new riders and making new friends. Enjoy!​

Editors note: At one point Nina chats about the first time she heard her now adopted nickname (Nina Burrito) at the Brighton Backyard Jam from who she thought was our legendary DIG photographer Ricky Adam. Turns out it was his video making farting brother, Peter Adam (DIG, Still United etc). The DIG influence runs deep for all the important stuff eh.

Produced in collaboration with: www.snakebitebmx.com/​"

FISE World Denver - Photos by Chelsea Fietsgodin

Sunday, September 11, 2016
Thanks to Chelsea Fietsgodin for snapping some photos of Fise World Denver recently. Next stop, Edmonton Alberta.

              

Cory Coffey Interview

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Cory Coffey, originally famed for being the first female to do a back flip on a bike, also holds two BMX World titles under her belt. Today, she's traveling all over to attend camps, to help young generation of girls get involve in BMX. Now recovered from her injuries, Cory is back to defend her World title in Germany, read on to learn more about Miss Cory Coffey. (This is an old reposted interview)

My name is Miss Cory Coffey and I am from Ojai, California. I'm currently in the process of celebrating my 27th year in life, which happens to be my golden year.

Sponsors: Truth, Fluid, Women's Sports Foundation, Redline Bicycles, and Pryme Gear are my sponsors for 2009.

How did you get into riding BMX?
I started riding BMX when I was 14. There were some kids in my neighborhood that raced, so I started riding the local bmx tracks. I raced for three years then started riding an amazing indoor skatepark called Skate Street. RIP

What style of riding would you say you have?I would label my riding style as pretty chill. I love to just cruise around a park, pick fun little lines. I would prefer to just ride fun dirt stuff rather than parks.

When I started riding, my female role models were you, Nina Buitrago and Stacey Mulligan, apparently you never had one, has that changed at all today? May there be a rider that you find really inspiring to watch?
Yeah, I didn't have a role model growing up. I do admire quite a few riders out there, and just seeing people push the limits. It's pretty rad to see all the women out there shredding especially the ones from the land down under!

Ok, I gotta add this one in, you met Laila Ali, what was she like?
Laila Ali was definitely a cool person to meet. I remember standing and looking at her, admiring all that she has accomplished and thinking how rad it was that she could probably take out anyone in the room. I've had the wonderful opportunity to meet many women athletes through the Women's Sports Foundation. When I meet another woman that shreds at something, it inspires me to keep doing what I do.


Laila Ali, otherwise known for her famous father, also holds a record of 24 wins and 0 loses. Even with an impressive record, she’s been criticized to have purposely avoid challenges from other women boxing champions. Being who you are, you have obviously faced some criticism yourself, would you care to share some of them and how you’ve dealt with those who criticize you?
Criticism is going to happen to everyone at some point in their life. I think the best thing to do is just roll with the punches, not let it get to you.

It seems like for a bit I didn’t see much media coverage on you, what’s up with that?
I was laying low for a long time because I endured over ten knee surgeries which have caused me to be in and out of bike riding. I also went from a teenage girl to a young woman and have had a hard time figuring out how bicycle riding will play into my future. It's a hard thing to try and explain. I also had a bad mt. bike accident where I flew off a 100 foot cliff. Then last year, I smashed my face in riding at Woodward in the winter. That left me with a new grill, a racked brain, and wouldn't stop repeating in my head for quite some time. I basically have had to reevaluate bicycle riding in many ways and come up with some sort of goal, like be able to walk when I'm 30. I don't really know which injury has been the worst, but I know I never want to smash my face in again



We’re looking forward to your return in July for the Worlds in Germany, do you have any expectations for yourself or the competition?I am definitely looking forward to Germany in July. I have big expectations for myself. I'm training everyday now to build muscle so my silly knees feel good so I can give it my all. I just want to be healthy, strong and up to par for the Worlds. I'm super excited for the contest, should be one of the biggest turnouts for girls! A rad time to hangout, meet new riders, hunt for the jaguar shark, explore and play on bicycles in other countries!

Is there anything you want to plug while were here or someone you would like to thank?
I would like to thank all my sponsors: Redline, Fluid, Truth, Women's Sports Foundation, and Pryme. Also thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, without You, life would be meaningless. Thanks to my friends, family and the one who broke my heart.

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Post Rio Olympics with BMX racer Merle van Benthem

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
How long have you been racing for and how did you get started?
I’ve been racing since I was 4 years old. My brother already raced BMX and when I was younger we did almost everything together, so one day I started riding too.

@RubyHuisman


Was this your Olympic debut and who did you bring during your travels?
Yeah this was my first Olympics, my parents and my brother where in Rio to support.

Could we get some details on the bike you competed on during the Olympics?
Me and the rest of the Dutch team were racing on new 2017 Meybo bikes, in special Olympic colors. They were build up with BOX components parts with some Olympic touches.



I've been following your career for a little bit now, and I noticed this season you were a lot more fierce and aggressive on the track. Did anything change before the start of this season, training partners, etc
I didn’t change anything really before the start of this season, I just had a good winter of training without big injuries.

What does qualifying and then finally being at the Rio Olympics mean to you?
It meant so much to me, I missed out on the London Olympics which was heartbreaking for me. I was determined to make the Rio one, I had a couple bumps on the road but I made it through cause I had the Olympics on my mind. When I officially qualified I had tears of happiness.



In addition to representing your country, what else did you get to experience while in Rio? Was it as sketchy as it’s been portrayed in the media?
We didn’t really go sightseeing after racing, we already did that last year after the test event. We went to Christ the redeemer, Copacabana, Ipanema and did a favela tour. What was really eye opening. After the Olympics we just went to the Copacabana a couple times. I never felt unsafe in Rio. I mean every big city in the world has their criminal parts… just don’t go there haha.



What kind of challenges and advantages did you face at the Rio track?
The Rio track was so fast, it was the smoothest track we ever raced on. Just the green turns and lips took some times to get used to though haha.

I see you wear Oakleys, what goggles will you be wearing during Olympics?
I wore the Oakley Green Fade goggle, every Oakley athlete was wearing these during the Olympics. I like the Oakley goggles cause they’re really comfortable on your face and I like the lenses a lot.

Greenfades were special for the Olympics only, but these Airbrakes are available on http://www.oakley.com/en/airbrake-snow/product/WGOO7037


What’s next for you now that the Rio Olympics are over?
First I will let my body completely heal up, then I will start my training again for the 2017 season.

What does your typical week look like?*
I train every day except one or two off days. Besides training I hang out with my friends from the training center. We go for a coffee, go shopping or play some pool.

Its been one hell of a ride.. But I made the OLYMPIC TEAM!!! Big thank you to @basdebever for never stop believing in...

What do you do for off-bike training?*
In the winter we do some endurance training on the road bike. We also do plyos and core workouts. And all year long we are in the gym.

Favourite dessert?*
Can I only just pick one? Haha. I always love a good piece of chocolate fudge cake.

*Questions from Nikita Ducarroz

Thank you Merle for interviewing with us! If there's someone you'd like for us to interview, leave a note in the comments below!

Fox BMX Presents | The Texas Two Wheelers | Chase Hawk, Aaron Ross, Sean Sexton, Nina Buitrago

Monday, August 29, 2016




"Join us as we take you on a little journey through Texas with Fox BMX riders Chase Hawk, Aaron Ross, Sean Sexton and Nina Buitrago. From breakfast rituals to dog walks, coffee spots, and riding their local skatepark, we give you a taste of a normal day in the life of the ATX crew. "

Olympic Rio Recap

Thursday, August 25, 2016


With the 2016 Rio Olympics done and dusted, let's take some time to review and also check in to see where our ladies are at. We had a poll that was active for weeks up to the day of the event, and it looks like you guys knew what you were talking about. The majority of you voted in this order: Mariana Pajon, Alise Post / Caroline Buchanan with the same number of votes and Stefany Hernandez for the bronze. Good job guys! Caroline Buchanan was the favorite coming into the competition, but she did not make the main due to a crash in the semi finals. This is a sport, where anything can happen and at the same time, there are no surprises.

Your ladies in winning order
1. Mariana Pajón
2. Alise Post
3. Stefany Hernandez
4. Brooke Crain
5. Yaroslava Bondarenko
6. Elke Vanhoof
7. Laura Smulders
8. Manon Valentino

Here's a quick recap of the semis and finals:



What a few of the ladies had to say:

ORO X 2
Graciassssss!!!!!
Posted by Mariana Pajon on Friday, August 19, 2016


A video posted by Brooke Crain (@brookecrain32) on



That's a wrap Rio Olympics!!! I'm proud to have been able to represent Australia at my second Olympic Games!
Off the...
Posted by Caroline Buchanan on Wednesday, August 24, 2016





Tioga BMX - Mariana Pajon - My Story Part 2

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Tioga BMX - Mariana Pajon - My Story Part 1

Friday, August 5, 2016


SPOTLIGHT: JOEY GOUGH

Thursday, July 28, 2016

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!