Thursday, April 19, 2018

Spotlight: Simone Christensen

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Spotlight: Simone Christensen


Simone Christensen is a Danish racer from Denmark, she's competed at the 2016 Olympic Games and won gold at the 2015 European Games. Her race record is not only impressive but she's also some how doing her medical studies while training. She's definitely one of my favorite racers to watch, so keep reading if you want to learn more about her!

Beatrice: How were you first introduced to BMX and was being an elite rider always the goal? Did you have any set backs in between that time?

Simone: My brother was super into riding small bikes and jumping, so my parents took us down to the local track. My brother didn't wanna have the sweaty and used helmets on (bare in mind he was 6), but apparently I didn't care haha. So I tried and then he also tried, and from there on we started (2002).

I have some of my journals from when I was a kid, where I wrote that I just wanna be the best BMX'er in the world, so yes I think that was my goal the whole time haha.

Mainly the setbacks I have had, has been while I was a junior rider and Elite, not too many before that.

Beatrice: How's the race scene in Denmark and aside from yourself, are there any female racers we should keep an eye on?

Simone: Yes for sure! Specially on the girls side it's looking good with Malene Kejlstrup who was European Champ in girls 15 last year, and Mia Christensen who is former European and World Champion, she is now 15 years old.

Beatrice: You recently had surgery, and it seems your recovery was pretty fast! What happened, and how are you doing today?

Simone: Well for me it feels like forever haha, I started having this random pain in my leg in October, and no one could figure out what it was before in the beginning of January. There was a small infection in my right femur. The surgeon opened up my leg all the way to my bone, made a hole into the bone and rinsed out the infection. I had to wait 6 weeks before I could ride again, because the bone was weakened from the surgery. It still isn't the best, but it's slowly getting back to normal, and the pain is less and less, but still looking forward to it being 100% okay again!



Beatrice: 2016 was a really big year with the Olympics, but looking at your posts, it also had some devastating moments. Going through that experience, what's the biggest lesson you learned and what's your plan moving forward with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

Simone: It definitely was a big year! I think I mainly learned what I was capable off. I never expected to be battling the 3 girls that ended up taking the medals in the final, but it was for sure devastating not making the final due to stupid small crashes in the last corner. There's nothing I would do differently though, I felt like I rode as good as I could and as devastating it was, I'm still proud of my riding them 3 motos.



Beatrice: These days, how do you split your week with training and being in med school? What's a typical week like and what's a general pro tip you can give to racers?

Simone: This year I have done it differently school wise, and I don't go to the classes and lectures I have and try to just do it on the side, reading the very heavy books myself. This is mainly because I wanna just focus on my training, and don't wanna be rushed to make it to a 2 hour boring lecture haha. So training is always first, and I'm still not sure if I'll take the exam I have coming up, as it is just before the World Championships, so I will see if I'm ready for that exam or not.

So a typical week for me is basically the same every day; get up early so I can study a bit before my first session, back home for some lunch and study some more, getting ready for next session if it's a 2 session kinda day, and then back home to relax and study a bit more. I try not to study too late, as it ruins my sleep thinking about medical stuff just before heading to bed.

Pro tip: Probably just try to enjoy every training, and get through the hard days knowing you still have done your best! Hard works always pays off!

Beatrice: How do you spend your recovery days and what's your go to protein shake or supplement that you'd recommend?

Simone: I spend them on catching up with my studying, as I'm always behind haha. Else I make plans to see my friends, so I can use my day off on anything else but training. That fuels me up for the next days of training! I buy my own (protein), so I just get whatever I like flavourwise!



Beatrice: What are your thoughts on the 2018 Worlds location being in Baku, Azerbaijan? Here in North America, I hear parents are opting out based on the location and safety. Any thoughts or tips on this?

Simone: I've been there before, for the European Games in 2015, and I loved the place! Obviously it's very different from Denmark, Canada etc. but I didn't feel uncomfortable at any time. I'm sure if you check out the locations, you can easily find a place to stay where you feel safe if that's what worries you.

Beatrice: If you became a tourist guide for all of Denmark, and you had to set up an itinerary for a racer, what tracks would you send us to and on top of that, what does one eat in Denmark!?

Simone: I love the Copenhagen track, but unfortunately I live a few hours from that, but that's definitely a place to be for a racer! Else Skanderborg, my training track, is also fun. For this year I signed with a club in Randers, and they are building a full size SX track that's gonna be super awesome, so can't wait for that!

Uhm, I guess if you have an old school kinda meal it's potatoes, gravy and meat. And I think we eat a lot of different types of bread haha else, I think it's pretty varied meals like everywhere else.



Beatrice: If you could live anywhere, do anything, what would it be right now?

Simone: Live in California (or at least somewhere warm), and of course ride BMX. Maybe even go to med school there!

Lastly. because I am Canadian, we want to know: Between Tory Nyhaug and James Palmer, who takes longer to take a selfie?

Simone: Haha gotta say Tory (mainly because James said that haha).


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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Train Like a Pro with Dr. Jason Richardson: Mental Preparation

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Train Like a Pro with Dr. Jason Richardson: Mental Preparation


Dr. Jason Richardson is a World Champion and Pan Am Games Gold Medalist, he earned his MBA and Doctorate in Psychology while completing as professional athlete. He's worked with a number of well known athletes like Nikita Ducarroz, Jill Kintner and Arielle Martin to name a few.

Recently, I reached out to Dr. Richardson on the topic of mental preparation and got him to share some of his expert knowledge on how you can take your training to the next level. Before we do that though, let's learn more about Dr. Richardson.

Beatrice: Growing up, what influenced your decision on getting a Doctorate in Psychology?

Dr. Richardson: I was already grown… I graduated college in 1997 and got my MBA in 2000. I decided to go back to school after I had recovered from breaking my leg in 2006. It made sense that I use my sport and business background to create a business that helps people achieve peak performance and life satisfaction. Getting my Doctorate, coupled with the fact that I was a pro athlete for 15 years, set me up to be the obvious choice for action sport athletes as well as a unique choice for businesses and team looking for a speaker/trainer.

Swiss/American Rider Nikita Ducarroz, one of many athletes who have worked with Dr. Rich

Beatrice: In terms of athletes, what is the definition of mental prep and how does it play into results? Is it important as your nutrition and training, or is it more important in your opinion?

Dr. Richardson: Mental prep is important. However, I would like to introduce the idea that Mindset is key. The physical training is a form of metal prep to certain degree, but the overall mindset - a belief one has about themselves, the world, and what is possible always wins out. The work I do with people is about mindset first… then we do things to retrain the mindset… then we do things to mentally prepare for an event. That said, an athletes training and skill development are always at the top of the list. This is inclusive of what one is feeding their brain and body!

Beatrice: What does being mentally prepared even feel like in competition?

Dr. Richardson: A willingness to see through what it is you set out to do. Candidly, an athlete may not feel prepared or even confident… but that doesn’t mean they are not prepared. The trick is to understand that our brains naturally go to these negative thoughts when we experience stress. So… are you willing, ready, and able to deal with the stress? Are you ready, willing, and able to do what you are trained to do DESPITE how you may feel?

Beatrice: What advice did you wish you had when you were racing at the elite level?

Dr. Richardson: I had a very long elite career and I worked with a sports psychologist for many of those years. In that regard, I was fortunate. However, I would have capitalized more on the racing both bikes and started to use my status to get in front of more people outside of the sport.

https://www.facebook.com/DrJasonRichardson

Beatrice: Your book “It's All BS! We're all wrong, and you're all right!” was written for everyone, but is there one chapter most relatable to an athlete, and generally which chapter do you love the most?

Dr. Richardson: Self Esteem is Not Enough - But You Are! I think that is chapter 6. We make the mistake of thinking confidence is the key to our success. While confidence is nice and probably wanted - it is not necessary. This concept, once internalized, can really free an athlete up to be dangerous… in a good way!

Beatrice: What are some really common obstacles you deal with when it comes to your athletes?

Dr. Richardson: I like to offer everyone with whom I work a basic premise as to “how this will go down”. The trend I am noticing now, more than ever, is fear. Not that it is something new, but specific fear of injury (crashing) as it pertains to SX races.

Beatrice: You’ve helped so many athletes, and we don’t have to release any names … but was there ever an athlete you thought you couldn’t help?

Dr. Richardson: Of course! I am not for everyone and everyone is not for me. In many cases, when deciding to work together, it is a matter of creating rapport, trust, and seeing if the dynamic (chemistry) is good. If it is a case where those things are hard to create, for whatever reason, I want that athlete to find someone that would be more impactful to their success.

Credit to Hannah Gallacher for suggesting that we write about this important topic!

Beatrice: In freestyle BMX, eating healthy, training, ice baths... these things are only now being implemented as I think more freestyle athletes are seeing themselves as just that, athletes. In racing, was there ever a shift or were racers always professional as they are today? If there was a shift, when did it occur and was there a particular rider that lead the way?

Dr. Richardson: In racing there were several shifts. Christophe Leveque lead the way in the modern age (90s) and from there, the Olympic announcement and subsequent involvement created opportunities for the riders to learn from sport science and vice versa. I would also like to note that BMX racers were training and working hard in the 80s as well. I do not want to diminish the efforts of our predecessors.
 
Beatrice: Lastly, we need to ask for some free advice. Are there any techniques you can give us to remain focused in staging and do you have any tips to block out distractions?

Dr. Richardson: Create a routine. Preferably one that you do once out of the chutes (Like when you are a couple of motos behind the gate). I am a big proponent for controlling/using breathing, creating a physical trigger (like a hand clap, shaking out legs or little jumps)… then focusing on ONE thing. That ONE thing to focus on you want to be well within your control and simple to execute.

To learn more about Dr. Jason Richardson, and what we can do for you, visit him at drjasonrichardson.com
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Monday, March 12, 2018

Learn about Buchanan NextGen

Monday, March 12, 2018

Learn about Buchanan NextGen




Not a lot of riders can do what Caroline Buchanan does, aside from achieving heights on her bike, she's a social media wizard, and most importantly a rider who gives back to the community. I personally think it's important to donate your time and to give back to the next generation, because without your support, the sport dies. Racing in particular, heavily depends on volunteers. So, I messaged Caroline to get some info on Buchanan NextGen, in hopes to inspire some more riders to give back where they can.

Beatrice How did Buchanan NextGen get its start?

Caroline As an 8 time BMX and Mountain Bike World Champion who has had inspiration from mentors in my career, I wanted to give back to the sport that has taken me through an amazing journey to the highest level competing at the Olympic Games for Australia

I want to support and nurture the future of BMX and women in sport. To break the mould of support in Australia taking it to a new level of professionalism and have these grants available for the girls who are performing and showing that drive and talent to secure themselves in the running for the grant by applying. Then by performing at the 14 and 15 year old age group at the BMX Australia National Championships to then be eligibly for the grant of $3000 each to assist in getting to the BMX World Championships.


Beatrice What do you take away by giving away, and was there anyone in particular who helped you the most?

Caroline I loved helping the girls to overcome adversity that is faced in male dominated sport and when aspiring to be the best in the world. Give them the opportunities to compete on the world stage and gain the experience necessary to be champions of the future.

Layne Beachley 7 x World Surfing champion helped me at age 14 by being a mentor of mine and also supporting me through her Aim For The Stars foundation which has grants for young girls who are not just in sport but talented in all areas of life.

Beatrice In years past, who were your previous recipients? 

Caroline Over the past 4 years I have been able to source $37,000 in support from to assist the girls.

Past Buchanan Next Gen Scholarship girls!

Mikayla Rose - 2014 & 2015
Paige Harding - 2014 & 2015
Taylor Robinson - 2015
Molly McGill - 2016
Desree Barnes - 2016 & 2017
Shannon Petre - 2017

Beatrice When will you be announcing this years recipients?

Caroline 2018 contenders will be decided at the 2018 BMX National Championships!



Beatrice Have you received any ridiculous applications from non qualified applications, like guys? Any funny ones you'd be able to share?

Caroline Yes I have had a few guys ask my fiancé if he would do a Nobles Next Gen scholarship hahah but no males try enter my scholarships yet.



Thanks for checking out this post, unfortunately the deadline is closed, but take a look at this application and plan for next year!

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS TO FOLLOW:
@buchanannextgen on instragam
and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BUCHANANnextgenteam
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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Toronto X Jam 2018 Female Finals

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Toronto X Jam 2018 Female Finals

Photo Credit: Karl Hinkley
Karl Hinkley...he's the nicest and coolest dad in the whole world, he's also the man behind NoWear BMX and this edit! This past weekend we had the Toronto X Jam, an event that takes place along side the Toronto International Bicycle Show.

If you want to plan for next year, stay in Toronto and book off the first weekend of March. This international event has brought in ladies from all over the world, but this year was a battle between Canada and the United States. Check out the edit below, hopefully we'll see you next year!

1st Place: Hannah Roberts (USA)
2nd Place: Angie Marino (USA)
3rd Place: Sarah Dinel (CAN)
4th Place: Kara Bruce (CAN)


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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Jess McCormack with Berm Academy Part 1

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Jess McCormack with Berm Academy Part 1

Photo from https://www.facebook.com/Bermacademy/
If you're looking to have the time of your life, for a week or even up to a month long, look no further than Berm Academy, where you can tour like a pro, with coach and tour guide Jason Carnes.

After a month of travelling across 7 states, riding tracks and trails and racing 2 BMX Nationals, Australian BMX racer Jess McCormack shows us what her trip was like, check out part 1 below.



ABOUT BERM ACADEMY

The Ultimate Tour Experience for BMX Racers

Jason Carnes’ Berm Academy is proud to deliver the ultimate BMX road trip experience for every rider, 14 and over, from novice to pro! Experiencing the coast-to-coast BMX scene in the U.S. is an exciting vision that many riders around the world share. Whether we’re hitting a USA BMX race or practice night at one of their 350+ tracks, shredding the trails, bike park, or a secret backyard track, exploring a new city by bike, lounging at the beach, cannonballing at a local swim hole, whitewater rafting, or stopping in to check out one of the hundreds of National and State Parks, you are guaranteed to have a good time and create friendships and memories that will last a lifetime…and you’ll do it all in one of the sickest rigs the sport has ever seen.

The Berm Academy offers seven day, fourteen day, and one month (or longer) options with transportation, accommodation, most meals, and an opportunity to hit some of the country’s best tracks, trails, industry hot spots, and experience lots of road-life good times. And when it’s time to roll into a USA BMX National, The Berm Academy gives you the “Pro” treatment with a massive pit set-up that is unrivaled by all other teams, and exclusive to tour participants (and maybe a few visiting Pros).

If you want to experience tour life and do it like a pro, get on board with Jason Carnes’ Berm Academy and let’s hit the road!


- http://bermacademy.com
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Monday, March 5, 2018

Train Like a Pro with Nadja Pries: Powerdot Smart Electric Muscle Stimulator

Monday, March 5, 2018

Train Like a Pro with Nadja Pries: Powerdot Smart Electric Muscle Stimulator



As an athlete, getting a massage is one of the things I look forward to the most, but the cost of getting one is increasing each year, booking an appointment with your favourite person isn't always the easiest, and tipping is the worst. So what's the alternative? Have you heard of a NMES unit? Are you thinking Dr. Ho? Close.... keep reading to learn more about this awesome technology, I also asked pro BMX racer Nadja Pries to share some info about her training and why she uses this too.

First what is a NMES unit? It stands for NeuroMuscular Electrical Stimulation. NMES targets the muscle itself, creating muscle contractions to recruit more muscle fibers when training; warming up or recovering. PowerDot it a portable device that does this and much more.

Beatrice: What does a normal week look like for you?

Nadja Pries: I am a student so basically all of my trainings are aligned with the classes so its quite a challenge for me and also my coach to fit all the training sessions into my daily routine. This is just an example. It always depends on the part of the season and my other commitments.

Monday: Gym
Tuesday: Track & Core
Wednesday: Gym & Sprints
Thursday: Track
Friday: Gym & Sprints
Saturday: Track
Sunday: Off



Beatrice: How were you introduced to PowerDot and what does it do for you?

Nadja Pries: Well I am doing my strength training at Reebok Crossfit Nürnberg. The owner of this gym was working together with PowerDot and introduced me to them (Thanks Drake!). They were pretty stoked about the sport of BMX racing and asked me if I would like to be a PowerDot Ambassador.



How is PowerDot used? PowerDot is controlled through your phone via Bluetooth, providing that you have something like an iphone that can support the app. I personally love that the pod is rechargeable through a USB cord, and the simple, easy to understand interface makes this an intuitive product to use.



Beatrice: As a competitive BMX racer, where on your body do you use PowerDot the most?

Nadja Pries: I have 4 favorite spots where I use PowerDot very often. It’s the calves, quads, IT band and my neck. I think every rider knows the feeling of tight legs. Of course I also use my foam-roller, but it's still something completely different. I think it‘s really important to always feel fresh before you start a practice session to get the most out of it and your legs are not getting sore too fast.

Beatrice: There are many programs in PowerDot, like massage (my favourite), Active Recovery, Warm up and much more. What programs do you typically use, for when and why?

Nadja Pries: The massage program is also the one that I am using the most. It helps to decrease your muscle soreness and is perfect whenever you have the feeling of tight muscles.

After heavy trainings or races I also like the Recovery programs, which basically have a similar effect to a recovery ride. It keeps the blood moving, which allows the body to transport all the waste products out of the system. For BMX riders I also highly recommend the Explosive strength program, which can be used either during or after your strength training session to give that extra little stimulus to your muscles.



There you have it! It's a product that I personally love and as you can see Nadja does too! If you have any questions about PowerDot, leave them below and we'll try to get to you as soon as possible. Check them out at https://www.powerdot.com or https://www.mypowerdot.eu/. For EU readers, use NADJA for 20% off.
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

It's a Women's World - Angie Marino & Perris Benegas

Thursday, March 1, 2018

It's a Women's World - Angie Marino & Perris Benegas



Alright, I am hyperventilating a little. When Angie and Perris come together, the real fun happens. Check out this latest edit for Cult below.

"BMX is for for everyone that wants it. Don't matter what you ride. We're especially proud to add these 2 badass girls to the CultCrew Family. Here's a weekend of shredding in the SoCal area from Angie Marino and Perris Benegas. Give them a follow below..."

Cultcrew https://www.instagram.com/cultcrew
Angie https://www.instagram.com/a_ngiemarie
Perris https://www.instagram.com/perrisbenegas
Veesh https://www.instagram.com/veeshermang

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Fasthouse Welcomes Caroline Buchanan

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Fasthouse Welcomes Caroline Buchanan



January is always an exciting time for BMX industry, it's when you see riders either get dropped or picked up. In this case, Fasthouse has just picked up Caroline Buchanan.

Santa Clarita, CA – (Jan. 29th, 2018) – Fasthouse welcomes Lifestyle/BMX/MTB global athlete Caroline Buchanan (Australia) to the team.

Mike Redding stated, “We are stoked to have Olympian and multiple World Champion Caroline on the team doing lifestyle projects and riding at global events for us. She will also help us design our women’s line in the future. She fits our brand vibe: Speed, Style, and Good Times!”

Caroline will be at select BMX and MTB events, and bike parks around the world.
Go to Fasthouse.com and check out our current lifestyle clothing line. Keep an eye out for our MTB line and Bell helmets co-lab dropping this spring. Give Caroline a follow on her IG account @cbuchanan68.


About Fasthouse
Our passion is the motorcycle and bicycle. In the beginning, the guys cutting first track were courageous, free-thinking, and the essence of cool. The heart and soul poured into their love of riding and racing spawned a lifestyle. We invite you to share with us that lifestyle. You can be born into it or you can find it along the way, but once it gets in our blood, it stays there forever. Fasthouse…Speed, Style, and Good Times!

web: fasthouse.com

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Camila "Goddy" Harambour - Something more than a welcome

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Camila "Goddy" Harambour - Something more than a welcome



Check out this beautifully done edit with Camila Harambour for Jammin Bike Distro, we're loving the cinematic feel!

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Friday, December 29, 2017

A day in the life with: LAURA SMULDERS

Friday, December 29, 2017

A day in the life with: LAURA SMULDERS



Laura Smulders is a Dutch BMX racer who recently released this brand new edit. See what a day in her life is like below!

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