I grew up on bikes
When I was little, my father used to take me along for morning group rides strapped into a kids seat on his bike. One fateful day on a family ride, we came across a set of BMX jumps. I was hooked. My parents saw the spark in my eye, and bought me my first BMX bike; a beautiful purple Powerlite. In the mornings before school (afternoon kindergarten classes), my mom would bring me down to the local dirt jumps on a regular basis.
Shortly after I got my first BMX bike I started competing in BMX races. I took to it pretty quickly, and by the end of my first year racing, I had won the 1996 ABA Grand Nationals in the intermediate category. I would later go on to place 8th in the ‘99 world Championships in my age category. Later that year, due to my dad’s job we moved to France where I placed 3rd in the 2000 French National Championships. When we moved back to the US, we moved to New Hampshire which lacked BMX tracks, and my interest for BMX racing disappeared but I took up BMX park riding. In 2003, at 13 years old, I landed my first backflip but my passion for BMX was still diminishing. In 2005 I rented a mountain bike a Killington VT for the first time; I was hooked again.
In 2006, I entered my first downhill mountain race as a beginner and wound up having the fastest time by over 10 seconds for all ages on the Cat 2/3 course. In 2008, I became the Dual Slalom Junior national Champion.
By 2010 I had my first Pro podium, and by the last race had my first Pro Win. In 2011, I finished 5th at the US downhill national Championships as the only self funded privateer on the podium.
By 2015, I had competed in UCI World Cups, podiumed at numerous US nationals, and was a 3 times Collegiate Nat. Champion. But with the lack of funding, my racing career was proving hard to keep up and I knew racing wasn’t a sustainable career. During that time, I had observed that there was a distinct lack of quality mountain bike channels on YouTube and I knew this was the future.
I have never been more excited for that future than I am now. Thanks to the power of the internet, we are at the forefront of something very special. Never before have we seen a platform like YouTube which enables us to connect with thousand of passionate riders across the world.
My ultimate goal is to open on my own mountain bike wonderland. This will not be easy, but with the right mindset I truly believe it’s something I can accomplish. Join me on my journey to help empower people with the tools necessary explore the world through bikes.