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Monday, February 6, 2017

So you Want to get Into BMX ft. Drew Mechielsen

So you want to get into BMX but don't know where to start? Luckily, we've got you covered. We are pleased to welcome Canadian BMX rider Drew Mechielsen to the blog to share her top 3 secrets to success in the sport. 

Drew got involved in BMX at 3 years old. Since then, she has gone on to win the 2014 Junior Women's National title, and was selected to be a member of the Canadian team competing at the 2015 UCI Supercross World Cups in Manchester, England and Papendal, Netherlands. Last season, Drew won the National title for Elite Women, and place 4th at the USABMX National event in California, all while battling a torn PCL for the majority of her season.

Find out Drew's top 3 tips to success in BMX below.

Learn to always be ready for a new challenge - BMX will always have you facing a new obstacle to over come that will never fail to get your heart beating fast. There’s constantly things to try that will push you out of your comfort zone, no matter what level you are. Whether you are brand new and just starting, or a pro who's been doing it forever, there’s always something different to try that’s sure to get your heart racing.

Be Confident - you can’t show up to the track worrying what other people are going to think of your level or how you ride. When you go to a local track for open practice there are going to be people of all skill levels there, and you have to focus on yourself only. It’s intimidating at first, but just wear a smile and have fun working on your own progress!

Don’t give up after one fall - you will fall, but you will get back up again. We all do. You can’t get discouraged after one fall. My body is covered in scars from falling onto that dirt a few times too many. But its part of the sport and all those scars tell a different story from my 16 years of riding my bike. And I know there will be more, but that’s not what I focus on, I focus on having fun and improving myself. It’s just one of the challenges of BMX but it sure helps you become a tough person.

So.... grab your bike, hit up your local track and have fun!