Vans BMX Pro Cup Women's Finals

Tuesday, August 20, 2019





Video by : Our BMX

The ladies were ripping at the Vans BMX Pro Cup in Mexico city! Peep all the madness from the finals, right here. Riding from Angie Marino, Perris Benegas, Teresa Azcoaga, Natalya Diehm, Macarena Perez and more.

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1. Natalya Diehm 
2. Perris Benegas 
3. Macarena Perez 
4. Teresa Azcoaga 
5. Angie Marino 
6. Anahi Valentina Areualo 
7. Jesse Gregory 
 8. Margarita Meraz 
9. Citlali Tomes 
10. Derlayne Roque 
11. Tania Torres Reyes 
12. Norma Angelina Guerrero 
13. Melanye Elizabeth Naja 
14. Abi Nieto

Best Whip : Perris Benegas
Best Trick : Angie Marino

August 17th 2019 Weekend Racing Results



Pretty eventful weekend around the world recently, here are your top finalist elite women results for the August 17th weekend C1 races.

Calgary Canada Cup - August 17th - CANADA
1 MECHIELSEN Drew (CAN)
2 HEBERT Avriana (CAN)
3 TUCHSCHERER Daina (CAN)
4 VAN STAALDUINEN Cayleigh (CAN)
5 MILLMAN Sabrina (CAN)
6 VANDERKUIP Brianne (CAN)

Omsk Open - Round 1 - August 17th - RUSSIAN FEDERATION

1 OVCHINNIKOVA Varvara (RUS)
2 AFREMOVA Natalia (RUS)
3 BONDARENKO Yaroslava (RUS)
4 KAPITANOVA Tatiana (RUS)
5 SUVOROVA Natalia (RUS)
6 ERINA Alina (RUS)
7 RYABCHIKOVA Ksenia (RUS)
8 ADMAKINA Svetlana (RUS)


Omsk Open - Round 2 - August 18th - RUSSIAN FEDERATION

1 BONDARENKO Yaroslava (RUS)
2 AFREMOVA Natalia (RUS)
3 OVCHINNIKOVA Varvara (RUS)
4 KAPITANOVA Tatiana (RUS)
5 RYABCHIKOVA Ksenia (RUS)
6 ADMAKINA Svetlana (RUS)
7 SUVOROVA Natalia (RUS)
8 ERINA Alina (RUS)



"Qiansen trophy" Aohan Station - August 17th - PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

1 CHRISTENSEN Simone Tetsche (DEN)
2 SAKAKIBARA Saya (AUS)
3 STANCIL Felicia (USA)
4 HATAKEYAMA Sae (JPN)
5 MAIRE Camille (FRA)
6 BAAUW Judy (NED)
7 LU Yan (CHN)
8 SMULDERS Laura (NED)

"Qiansen trophy" Aohan Station - August 18th - PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

1 CHRISTENSEN Simone Tetsche (DEN)
2 SAKAKIBARA Saya (AUS)
3 SMULDERS Merel (NED)
4 ETIENNE Axelle (FRA)
5 BAAUW Judy (NED)
6 MAIRE Camille (FRA)
7 STANCIL Felicia (USA)
8 HATAKEYAMA Sae (JPN)

Maca Perez Bike Check

Monday, August 19, 2019


Congratulations to Maca who recently brought home 3rd at the Vans BMX Pro Cup stop in Mexico City! In celebration of the win, we're sharing her bike set up!

Frame: Sunday Street Sweeper 20.5
Fork: Odyssey r32
Bars: Killabee 2
Stem: Odyssey DGN 
Grips: Odyssey Brock Raiford
Seatpost: Odyssey Tripod Post
Seat: Odyssey Chase Hawk 
Pedals: Odyssey Twisted Pro
Cranks: Odyssey Thunderbolt 170
Sprocket: Odyssey Fang 28T
Front Tire: Maxxis Grifter 2.10
Front Wheel: Gsport Birdcage rim, Profile Mini Hub, Ti Spokes
Rear Tire: Maxxis Grifter 2.10
Rear Wheel: Gsport Birdcage Rim, Profile Mini Hub, Ti Spokes
Pegs: no pegs πŸ˜‹
Special notes: Full Odyssey Braking

Catch up with Caroline - Return to Full Flight

Sunday, August 18, 2019


Caroline Buchanan talks about her return to BMX racing from the ground up, after 8 months off due to a life-altering injury. She's been through a hell of a journey, but we're happy to see her back in action.

BMX Babes Angie Marino & Nina Buitrago on Glow Netflix

Friday, August 16, 2019

I don't think anyone would have ever predicted women's wresting and BMX would ever go together, but here we are. In the recent season of Glow on Netflix, in episode 8 "Keep Ridin'" at the 7:08 mark, the episode featured two female BMXer's throwing down some old school 80s tricks. The scene is pretty awesome and featured a cameo with two of the most influential ladies in BMX today! I sent Angie Marino and Nina Buitrago the same set of questions to get their different perspectives on what it was like to shoot for a Netflix show. I loved the answers that came back, I hope you enjoy it too.

** Before reading, make sure you watch the quick cameo on Netflix. **

   

Hey you two, congratulations on making a debut on Glow! So how did you guys get the call for the gig and what was their pitch to you?

Nina: A fellow BMX rider and good friend, Danny Downey, who I met at a trail jam at Olive Grove trails in California is also a Hollywood stuntman! He has always been rad about hitting me up for any BMX gigs looking for female riders. He called me up with an opportunity and said he needed two gals to shred some 80s style scene and I gave him Angie’s info and then boom we met up like a week later!

Angie: I got a text from Nina saying that she passed along my info to a stunt coordinator. Shortly after that text, I got a phone call asking if I would be interested in riding on the show and if I was already a part of SAG.

From the time you got the call to when you had to be on set, how quick was the turnaround - how soon did they need you?

Nina: I feel like it all happened really quickly, we got on the phone, I booked a flight for a couple days later and was heading out to California!

Angie: We filmed at the beginning of March, so I really don't remember how quick the turn around was. I remember it being fairly fast though. I think it was something along the lines of... are you available next week?! Usually with Hollywood for stunts, especially BMX, everything is super last minute and you basically have to be available as soon as the next day.

  

When you got on set, what was the filming schedule like?

Nina: Our first day we met up at a studio downtown LA to get fitted for costumes, try on helmets, ride the ramps and some skyway mag wheels thanks to Dan Hubbard!

Angie: As always, call times are at sunrise haha. Typically, you're on set first thing in the morning when everyone else is, even if you're not supposed to film until 6pm. Once the filming starts, it usually goes pretty fast. Once we started filming, I don't think it took more than an hour at the very most to get the whole scene.


How much time did you guys get to play around with the ramps until it was shooting time?

Nina We had a full day on the ramps, the first part with our normal bike setups with some vintage moto full-face helmets haha, those were heavy and tough to see out of - they stuffed them with foam to eliminate bobble head effect. Took a short break for a costume fitting, and then had an hour or so with the mag wheels 🀣 . Dan Hubbard who brought his stunt show box jumps, he grew up riding in the 80s (era that the show takes place) so he helped us make sure the tricks weren’t too modern and were as true to the era as possible.

Angie We got one day to ride the ramps for a couple hours, but it was before we had the mag wheels on our bikes. The ramps were super easy to get used to, which made everything go smoothly. Then we got some practice time the day of filming with the mag wheels.

 

I noticed that the bikes had 80s style rims, but otherwise, everything else looked pretty much yours. Can you talk about what the producers did to your bike?

Nina: The show seemed to lean on Dan Hubbard for helping to source some mag wheels that worked with our current setups. Thankfully skyway has a 9t driver that worked with my gear ratio, I think Angie has LHD and there was some swapping of cranks and stuff haha but he got us rolling with legit skyway “Tuffy“ wheels I wish we got to keep lol. After our practice; Angie and I took our freshly retro-grade mag wheel setups, down to BMX night at the California training facility 🀣 we rode for a few more hours... we learned quickly that mags and concrete bowl corners don’t go together well, haha so much flex!! We rode well into the night even though we had a 5am call time or something (Had to make the most of my time with such a short trip!)

Angie: The major change was the wheels. The mag wheels alone made my bike look so retro! They had to cover up our normal logos and they added pads to give our bikes that vintage look. The stem pads were totally the wrong size and they had to zip tie them on hah! The also added some "Bash Howard's Rhapsody!" stickers to our bike to match the helmets.

 

What was the wardrobe and hair/make up experience like? Would you rock the 80s look daily?

Nina: Omg we had the funnest time!! They made custom outfits bright 80s colors; with built-in lattice stitched knee pads... white Vans Sk8 hi pros, they took the tags off so couldn’t see any of the logos but Vans were legit AF!

Angie: They curled and teased the sh*t out of my hair! I basically had one big dread when I went home! Hair and make up is always so fun on set though! I always get into chatting with the stylists. All I have to say is that I hope I never have to film another 80's part again! Nina rocked the look, I, on the other hand, felt very out of my element haha.

The cameo itself wasn't too long, but how long was shooting for you guys? How many takes did it take?

Nina: Call-time was like 5am but we didn’t have wheels down for practice till around 8am, they approved the 9ft quarter pipe to start and turn around on, we had to figure out the timing so we were both in the air at the same time. We got to work with a rad stunt coordinator, Shauna Duggins, she helped us dial in the right spacing for what the director was looking for. Once we got that on lock, it was lots of chillin...probs didn’t shoot til closer to 11am. The riding takes we didn’t have to do too many but the “reveal” where we power skid up to Kate Nash, and take our helmets off, we had to do that take like 10x almost haha. I had a foam pad in my helmet that fell out on the ground in one, I almost skidded into Kate Nash another time, our timing was off, then we didn’t fluff our hair enough in synchronicity haha It was a LOT of fun and to get to the whole scene for Geena Davis in character?!! And for a lot of the cast, director and writer of GLOW?!’ AMAZING!!!

Angie: I don't remember the exact time, but I remember it being super quick. They waste no time in the film industry. They did a few takes of each jump and then they did some extra takes of us taking our helmets off (which didn't make it into the final episode... thank god...).


Actors always talk about the legendary craft services, was there one on your set?

Nina: Snacks and catering was nice before we hit the road from the set since I think we were so excited we didn't eat much.

Angie: The crafty! It's the bestttttttt. They will make you whatever your little heart desires, plus there are snacks on snacks. I had the best breakfast burrito and then after we shot, they had a really nice catered dinner for everyone.

Anything else you want to share from the experience?

Nina: I would love to do gigs like that ALL of the time!!! It was SUPER fun and honestly really happy I got to do this gig with Angie, we have been riding together for a long time and it has been a while since we got to have so much fun riding together outside of a contest πŸ™ŒπŸ». From the costume fitting, rippin trains on box jumps, riding the CA training facility with mag wheels, and throwing the biggest cheesiest one-handers, x ups and no filters and getting paid??!!! And be on Netflix?! hahaha seriously One of the coolest gigs ever πŸ™ŒπŸ» thank you BMX.

Angie: If you ever have the opportunity to be on a set, take it, just make sure you're getting compensated for what you're worth! It's a really cool experience and you get to meet some awesome people. Don't be shy, talk to people, ask questions. I've made a lot of cool friends and some great resources from being on set.

2019 Lima Pan Am Games - Freestyle Results

Thursday, August 15, 2019


Elite Women Finals for Freestyle

1 Hannah Roberts πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
2 Maca Grasset πŸ‡¨πŸ‡±
3 Agustina Roth πŸ‡¦πŸ‡·
4 Daniela Morgan πŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄
5 Margarita Valenzuela πŸ‡²πŸ‡½
6 Anahi Molina πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¨
7 Derlayne Dias πŸ‡§πŸ‡·
8 Yeinkerly Hernandez πŸ‡»πŸ‡ͺ



The first Pan American games were crazy. It makes the whole Olympic thing real! The vibes are great of course but the support is unfathomable! It was pretty scary but overall an amazing experience! I’m completely speechless to have taken the win and it definitely hasn’t set in yet! :) It was not the exact run I wanted but I still am happy with how I rode and I can’t wait for the next contest! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘πŸΌ ~ Hannah Roberts, the 2019 Pan Am Champion in Freestyle BMX

Bike Check : Perris Benegas

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Perris Benegas Bike Check
Photos by : Angie Marino

Perris and I shot this bike check in the beginning of the year. A couple weeks after shooting these photos, one of the rims cracked. So, I wasn't going to initially post this. After thinking about it, I've decided to publish this post because I think it's really interesting to see innovation in the BMX industry.. even if it doesn't work out the first time around. This year, USA Cycling really wanted us to lighten up our bikes. More so, our wheels for rotational weight. Perris and I were living in San Diego and using the Olympic Training Center on a weekly basis, which is where USA Cycling has an office. We were both asked if we wanted to test out carbon rims. I declined but, Perris agreed to test them out. Perris rode the wheels for a few weeks. She noticed that the rim was dented due to the tension of the spokes pulling after tightening multiple times. After that, Perris went back to her other wheels.

Frame: Cult Crew Frame size 20.5
Fork: Cult Race Fork
Bars: Cult Hawk Bars
Stem: Profile
Grips: Sensi
Seatpost: Cult
Seat: Cult
Pedals: Odyssey Trail Mix
Cranks: Profile
Sprocket: Profile
Front Tire: Maxxis Grifter
Front Wheel: Profile Elite hub, ti spokes, rim
Rear Tire: Maxxis Grifter
Rear Wheel: Profile Elite hub, ti spokes, rim
Pegs: None

Vans BMX Pro Cup Mexico Schedule

Monday, August 12, 2019




Vans BMX Pro Cup Series: Mexico Schedule
Skatepark Metro Puebla 2

Athlete Registration:
vansbmxprocup.com

Friday, August 16
Men’s Regional Qualifiers (Open Registration)
Best Whip jam

Saturday, August 17
Men’s Semi-Finals – Tour Invites and Top 10 Regional Advancers Only
Men’s Best Whip jam

Sunday, August 18
Women’s Prelims, Semi-Final, Finals (Open Registration)
Women’s Best Whip Jam
Men’s Finals + Best Trick

As one of the world’s most-respected platforms for elite BMX park terrain competition, the Vans BMX Pro Cup Series continues its third Pro Tour season in 2019, showcasing the most talented BMX athletes ever to be witnessed, as they prove their ranks in hopes to win the coveted Vans BMX Pro Cup championship title. Stay tuned for more info on vansbmxprocup.com.

Current women's rankings:

2019 Lima Pan Am Games - Racing Results

Friday, August 9, 2019
Mariana Pajon takes home gold at the 2019 Pan Am Games
Elite Women Time Trial Results - August 8th
What this means? Although time trials were discontinued in the UCI recently for BMX racing, it's used to determine priority of gate selection during qualification.

1 Mariana PAJON COL (Best time 37.221)
2 Paola REIS BRA
3 Stefany HERNANDEZ VEN
4 Priscilla STEVAUX BRA
5 Drew MECHIELSEN CAN
6 Shanayah HOWELL ARU
7 Domenica AZUERO ECU
8 Daina TUCHSCHERER CAN
9 Sophia FORESTA USA
10 Gabriela BOLLE COL
11 Karla CARRERA ECU
12 RocΓ­o PIZARRO CHI
13 Andrea GONZALEZ Andrea GUA
14 Luciana LECAROS PER



Elite Women Semifinals Heat 1 - August 9th
1 Mariana PAJON COL Q
2 Priscilla STEVAUX BRA Q
3 Daina TUCHSCHERER CAN Q
4 Drew MECHIELSEN CAN Q
5 Sophia FORESTA USA
6 RocΓ­o PIZARRO CHI
7 Andrea GONZALEZ Andrea GUA

Elite Women Semifinals Heat 2 - August 9th
1 Paola REIS BRA Q
2 Stefany HERNANDEZ VEN Q
3 Shanayah HOWELL ARU Q
4 Gabriela BOLLE COL Q
5 Karla CARRERA ECU
6 Luciana LECAROS PER
7 Domenica AZUERO ECU

Elite Women Finals - August 9th
1 Mariana PAJON COL
2 Paola REIS BRA
3 Stefany HERNANDEZ VEN
4 Priscilla STEVAUX BRA
5 Shanayah HOWELL ARU
6 Gabriela BOLLE COL
7 Drew MECHIELSEN CAN
8 Daina TUCHSCHERER CAN


Bike Check with Axelle Etienne

"I really love this bike, it stable and easy to ride." - Axelle

French racer Axelle Etienne, has been having a stellar season so far, especially with winning 3rd at Worlds recently. So we had to ask her for a bike check and also why she chose 13 as her career number.

Frame: Meybo Pro XXL
Fork: SD Components 1.5 Alloy Steerer with 20mm dropout
Bars: Box One Carbon
Stem: Box 53mm
Grips: ODI
Seat: Box Carbon
Pedals: S1-TX HT components
Cranks: SD Hollow 175mm
Sprocket: 17
Front Tire: Tioga Fastr 20 x 1,75
Front Wheel: SD M08
Rear Tire: Tioga Fastr react 20 x 1,75
Rear Wheel: SD Components M08


Why choose the number 13? The number 3 is my favorite number because I was born in March. I love the number 1 too because I love winning, but everyone does obviously. The addition of these two number represents the podium, spot 1 to 3  - it's best results we can do. So that's why I really like my 13 number ✌🏾


Vans Announces Equal Pay

Thursday, August 8, 2019


"I’m super proud of where the BMX industry has evolved today. Participation and engagement is higher than ever, with a strong drive by event platforms like Vans BMX Pro Cup and the Vans Rebel Jam. It’s really exciting to see how the emerging women’s field is progressing—and through these platforms, we are creating an equal, inclusive opportunity for women to be showcased - on the same level as the men. On top of that, we are committed to prize parity by matching podium earnings for both divisions. No one else is doing this for BMX and I can’t be more grateful to be a part of a brand who sets a new benchmark for the BMX sport & culture."
-Andy Zeiss

With that said.. There are two stops left of the Vans BMX Pro Cup Series this year! Hope to see you there :)

Mexico City, Mexico
Location: Skatepark Metro Puebla 2 AutΓ³dromo Hermanos RodrΓ­guez, Granjas MΓ©xico, 08400 Ciudad de MΓ©xico, CDMX, Mexiko
Park: Ciudad Deportiva
Event Dates: August 16th - 18th, 2019

Huntington Beach, California
Location: Huntington Beach, California
Park: Vans Off The Wall Skatepark
Event Dates: September 13th-15th, 2019 

2019 Lima Pan Am Games - Elite Women's Schedule

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Maca Representing Chile at the Pan Am Games
Riders, if you want to see a basic preview of the Olympics, tune into the Pan Am Games from Thursday to Sunday. This year is especially exciting because it's the first year for Freestyle. The competition is every four years, which is held the year before the Summer Olympic Games and features athletes from nations of the Americas. Points earned during either Racing or Freestyle competition will play a large role in the 2020 Olympic qualification. Schedule and rider list can be all found below, keep an eye on our Instagram page for up to date reports. The schedule is in Peru's timezone.

Freestyle BMX Schedule
Location: BahΓ­a de Paracas

Sunday, August 11th, 2019
1100 - 1115 Practice
1140 - 1200 Qualifications
1220 - 1240 Finals

Elite BMX Women 
Hannah Roberts πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ USA
Agustina Roth πŸ‡¦πŸ‡· Argentina
Derlayne Dias πŸ‡§πŸ‡· Brasil
Macarena Perez πŸ‡¨πŸ‡± Chile
Daniela Moran πŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ Colombia
Anahi Molina πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¨ Ecuador 
Margarita Valenzuela πŸ‡²πŸ‡½ Mexico
Yeinkerly Hernandez πŸ‡»πŸ‡ͺ Venezuela

   
Thank you Maca for the photos!

Racing BMX Schedule
Location: Costa Verde San Miguel

Thursday, August 8th, 2019
1000 Warn Ups
1130 Time Trials

Friday, August 9th, 2019
1030 Practice
1130 Round 1
1206 Round 2
1300 Round 3
1300 Finals

Elite BMX Women
Mariana Diaz πŸ‡¦πŸ‡· Argentina
Shanayah Howell πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ό Aruba
Paola Reis Santos πŸ‡§πŸ‡· Brazil
Priscilla Stevaux πŸ‡§πŸ‡· Brazil
Drew Mechielsen πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ Canada
Daina Tuchscherer πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ Canada
Rocio Pizarro πŸ‡¨πŸ‡± Chile
Mariana Pajon πŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ Columbia
Gabriela Bolle Carrillo πŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ Columbia
Domenica Azuero πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¨ Ecuador
Karla Carrera πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¨ Ecuador
Andrea Gonzalez πŸ‡¬πŸ‡Ή Guatemala
Luciana Yi Lecaros πŸ‡΅πŸ‡ͺ Peru 
Sophia Foresta πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ USA 
Emily Hayes πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ USA
Stefany Hernandez πŸ‡»πŸ‡ͺ Venezuela

Drew and Daina Getting Ready for Pan Am

Vans Pro Cup Edit - Elizaveta Posadskikh

Tuesday, August 6, 2019


Russian BMXer Elizaveta Posadskikh with a brand new vlog, this time around Vans Pro Cup in Stuttgart! You can also turn on the subtitles if you're like me and don't speak Russian! Enjoy!



Spotlight: Natasha (Nikki) Wetzel

Thursday, August 1, 2019
Photo from vansbmxprocup.com

Hey Nikki! Congratulations on making podium recently at the Vans Rebel Jam, for those who don't know you, could you give us a little introduction on how you got into BMX, where you're from and such?

My name is Natasha Nicole Wetzel. I go by Nikki which is my middle name. Born Silver City, NM, my original family is from Indiana. I was adopted by my grandparents when I was 13 and then moved to Florida.

I originally started skateboarding at a local skate park in Clearwater, Florida called 688. They used to have lock-ins every Friday from 7pm-7am. I brought inlines, skateboards and eventually bought a BMX bike instead of borrowing my friend's bike all the time. I picked up BMX quick, but I didn't actually start learning tricks until I was 18.  Since then, I've taken BMX to heart and I have been in love with it since. BMX has given me everything I never thought I'd have. It's taken me places, and I've met ever single pro rider I've looked up to. It's even saved my life a few times. My past was rough, but through the BMX community, everything changed for the better.

7 years ago I moved to California, got to meet and ride with a lot of pro riders through the years and met good people. Finally got to work at Woodward West too, which was amazing, but due to a bad relationship, I became homeless and moved to Las Vegas with a friend, and I've been here ever since.

Who are your sponsors?

Phillip Ranalli has been a homie of mine for a while, I've known Sunday/ Odyssey riders for a long time. Last year I was riding a bent BSD frame at the Vans BMX Pro Cup, and that weekend, I got a message from Phillip saying Sunday is going to help me with a frame! I was so stoked. They sent me a big box full of goodies that next week. So technically, Sunday/ Odyssey/ Full Factory are a homie kinda flow deal, and I'm very appreciative about that. Thank you Phil!

Photo from vansbmxprocup.com

For those who don't know, Rebel Jam was an invite-only event, how much notice did you get and who made the call to you?

Vans Rebel Jam was invite-only. I got a text message about being interested in the jam from Nina Buitrago, followed by emails from Andy Zeiss from The Boardr.

Editors Note: The event wasn't official until about July 21st, riders received about under a week's notice to get ready.

Pretty sick that the Rebel Jam was an additional event to the US Open Surf, the whole area must have been on fire. Could you paint us a picture of what else was happening in the area, for those interested in going next year?

US Open of Surfing had a sick layout. They built a sick skate park right on Huntington Beach by the Pier.  They had tons of companies with tents to check out and win free stuff while walking around.
They also built a massive Vans store right on the beach -  which is pretty sick! They also had a Vert ramp built on site for a demo. It was such a rad event.

Photo by Colin MacKay

So I heard that the course layout changed a few times before it was built officially, did you have an idea of what the layout was going to look like or was it generally a surprise? Did you have any input?

For the course layout, the course was perfect! I absolutely loved it. I've never felt so comfortable riding a contest layout. Definitely is my favorite so far. I didn't have any input or know about any layout changes, but it was perfectly built in my opinion.

What did you think of the layout? Things you loved the most or least about it, and any fun facts that the fans should know. For one, I think it's a temp course just for Rebel Jam right?

There were 6 riders/ 30 sec run/ 20 min jam. I personally think we should have had a little more time, like at least 45 secs. There was a lot more I was doing in practice that I wanted to do during the contest. Also, having enough time to ride from one side of the course to the other. I'm used to Vans Bowl contests, where your best run counts and you try to do a full perfect run, not do separate tricks in each run like at Rebel Jam. I really wanted to land the 540 & double peg that whole rail, which I got twice in practice, but I'm overall happy with what I put down. I always think I could have done better but I'm stoked with what I landed.

Photo by Angie Marino

Also congratulations on winning best trick! I think it was a feeble grind to fast plant 360? Pretty dope!
My best trick was the feeble fast plant 360. Fast plants are my favorite trick, other than my new trick, 360 look backs. I used to feeble and lean too much and then put my foot down, but then I realized I could put my foot down and then spin out of it.  I've been doing that trick for like 5 years now.
It's my favorite ledge trick. I also do feeble fast plant 360's to smith on occasion.

Ok, I gotta ask about the helmet to helmetless ratio at Rebel Jam. What's your stance on helmets because I think you typically do wear one, but you didn't wear one at Rebel Jam. I'm assuming it's optional there, do you lose points if you wear one? Give me the deets lol.

Yes, I do usually ride with a helmet. A lot of people asked me why I wasn't wearing one and it's because I felt comfortable with the course. When I ride street, I usually wear my hat backward, and not a helmet. When I ride my local park or bowls I always wear my helmet. I always tell kids to wear a helmet, because it's for safety but I felt better riding without one for this contest. I was feeling the vibes, being jibby and having a good relaxed time, but I do have a gnarly hat sunburn tan line though! Haha.

It was announced really suddenly that the women would be getting equal pay from here on out, when did you find out and how stoked are you?! What does equal pay mean to you, especially because BMX isn't your full time?

I'm so stoked Vans decided to change the payout. Originally it was $1,500 for first place, and then it was changed to be $10,000!!!! I was actually at dinner when I checked the practice schedule and saw it was changed and I was like ohhh my geez, they stepped up to the plate!  The equal payout is so important. Especially with women's sports, and in general. We shouldn't have to come out and ride and give it our all for anything less. There shouldn't be a difference. We deserve just as much as the men do.  I don't get paid to ride BMX in any way unless I win a contest. I work full time when I can, and I'm personally struggling financially right now. I had $20 this entire trip, and thankfully Ryan Mills is the man and helped me out. So honestly, this prize purse is going to help me pay my rent on time for once, put food in my fridge so I can eat right and take care of my dogs. They are important to me. I always put the safety and health of my puppies before anything. They are stoked to have the best dog food and new toys!

Photo by Angie Marino

I was pretty stoked to hear a Dude Bird shoutout, a lot of people may not know them because it's kind of like a group of awesome shredders within the Florida BMX scene right? Who or what is Dude Bird exactly and why the obsession with birds?

Dude Bird is a Florida BMX riding group. They were a part of Props: Megatour 10. I was currently homeless in Tampa, FL when I met Jordan Pope. He took me into his family in Lakeland as their own kid. Since then I've been a part of Dude Bird. I don't know exactly where the name came from or anything, but the Dude Bird memes are hilarious. Ask Brett Rohlfing about that! So check out Dude Bird and all the weird YouTube videos and Megatour 10. Riders include: Spencer Foresman, Jordan Pope, Brett Rohlfing, Dave Mahoney, Zack Gerber, Cabe Crisler and to this day many local Florida BMX riders has risen to support Dude Bird.

So what’s next for you?

I really don't know what's next. I'm looking into going to the Vans BMX Pro Cup in Mexico City. I've never been to that contest before. I got my passport recently. In September, I'm qualified 4th to ride the Vans BMX Pro Cup in Huntington Beach.

I really wanna ride more contests, be more involved, ride better, train and support women's BMX. I also want to get involved with FISE too. I need to buy a UCI license and go to C1 events, and try to do that at some point. I need to make more money so I can go to have the opportunity to do that.

I don't care about winning. I just wanna go to these contests and have the best time. Feel all the good vibes, and ride with all the girls and full send it. Riding BMX is the world to me and I'd love to be able to travel the world to do it.



Nikki's set up during the Rebel Jam

Frame: 20.75 Sunday Nightshift
Fork: Odyssey R25
Bars: Odyssey Boss v2 9.25
Stem: Sunday Freeze Steem 48mm
Headset: Odyssey Pro
Grips: Broc Signature
Seatpost: Odyssey Pivotal
Seat: Sunday Slugger
Pedals: Odyssey Pro PC
Pegs: Odyssey Graduate (2)
Cranks: Odyssey Calibur 170mm
Sprocket: Odyssey La Gaurdia 28t
Front Tire/ Wheel: Sunday Street Sweeper/ Sunday sealed hub
Rear Tire/ Wheel: Sunday Street Sweeper/ Odyssey Clutch Freecoaster

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