Name: Jimmy Mac Mcneal Hometown: Camden, NJ, USA. Occupation: CEO/founder Union Square shoes Let's start with your BMX background. Give us a short history. Jimmy Mac McNeal: I've been BMX for very long time since the early '80s, I started competing in BMX racing at an early age and my love started with a mix of BMX and freestyle especially during that time period of the early '80s. I already started riding, but a friend was reading a BMX Action mag in 4th grade and loaned it to me. I was hooked. And it never stopped. I've been riding 45 plus years. Committed and always moto/skated for fun…
Did you learn much by doing Bulldog Bikes? Jimmy Mac McNeal: Bulldog bikes was a great learning experience. We had a lot of success, and we had a lot of challenges. I had to get very creative because there was a lot of blocking going on where people didn't like exactly what we were doing. So it made me be able to innovate in distribution and sales and marketing. Using a hip hop approach like emcees like Too Short and other independent artists where they went direct to the consumer. Also being one of the early BMX sites starting our site in 1998 and being able to order on the phone and online, I basically modeled what Dan's was doing.
When was the first year you got yourself a BMX license to race? Felicia Stancil: 4 years old. My dad used to race BMX, so I started young!
From the very beginning was the goal for you to become an Olympian? Felicia Stancil: In the beginning I loved BMX because I got to travel the world and met so many friends within the sport. I believe I was 13 years old when I saw BMX racing during its Olympic debut in 2008. I thought it was amazing that my sport became an Olympic sport, but it didn’t become more of a reality that I could compete on that level until I was Junior Pro racing down the 8m. Once that began, I decided to only focus on BMX since I was involved in many sports growing up.
BMX Racing has changed from your early years to now. What are the biggest changes for you?
Name: Logan Martin Age: 28 Hometown: Gold Coast, Australia Sponsors: Rockstar Energy, Hyper BMX, Snafu BMX, Pushys online (Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi) Car dealership, LSKD, Fist Handwear, Go Pro, Cortex protection.
Winning the Olympic Games must have been a dream come true. How long did it take for the moment to really sink in? Logan Martin: It was definitely a dream come true! I put so much into achieving this goal and it’s so
Name: Sean Hanni Age: 29 Hometown: Morrison, CO. USA Hook-ups/Sponsors: Pusher BMX
The FAT Favorites list:
Spot to ride: Redstone Skatepark BMX Video: Etnies Chapters Website: ourbmx.com Web Video: Nathan Williams 'Why Not' video Food: Burritos babyy Person on Instagram: Mark Losey because he posts all the dope magazine photos I grew up on Travel Destination: Big Sur, CA Riders to ride with: The Pusher crew! Car: VW Thing Movie: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Color: All the colors are good in the right context Shoes: The Vans BMX old skool is pretty dope
-Spot to ride: My favoriete spot is House of Urban Sports in Amsterdam, because the vibe is always good there! And the park is amazing. -BMX video: Chase Hawk x Oakley // Austin, Texas -Website: YouTube -Web video: Session at Five Dock, Sydney, Australië @danfoley -Food: Spaghetti bolognese -Person on Instagram: Sem Kok -Travel destination: Hawaii -Riders to ride with: @thomasbmxer -Car: Abarth spider -Movie: The Fast And The Furious -Colour: Olive green
Name: Matt Drew Age: 33 Hometown: Waterdown ON, Canada Hook-ups/Sponsors: Station BMX shop and I get some flow from Vans
The FAT favorite list:
-Spot to ride: All time would have to be the Taylor Texas park but for local I’d have to go with Waterdown park. -BMX video: Criminal Mischief -Website: Instagram? Haha -Web video: Drew Bezanson vs Joyride 150 -Food: The chicken and rice spot with the boys -Person on Instagram: Any midschool guys -Travel destination: Anywhere warmer than Canada -Riders to ride with: All the local homies. Jesse, Ryan, Adam, Cole, Zeb, BMXfu boys
-Spot to ride: I have two local spots to ride - Brumov Bike Park which is the outdoor park I grew up in and we have in my city a training resi park that me, David Janáč, Vojtěch Chuchma and Daniel Knotek ride. Built by us! -BMX video: Harrymania! It blew my mind when I saw this triology for the first time and I am still going crazy about it now! -Website: Instagram. It’s an app mainly but I love it! Many amazing riders sharing their brand new clips that inspires me to keep working! -Web video: Logan Martin - STAY DEDICATED. I saw it a million times I guess. When I feel down I just play it and couldn’t even watch it because when I hear it, it displays in my head. -Food: Any Asian food, mainly spicy food and Dandan noodles
Name: Shawn Kluesner Age: 27 Hometown: Bloomington, Indiana currently living in Indianapolis Hook-ups/Sponsors: I'm on the flow team for Daily Grind and I get hook-ups from Dans Comp. But before all that, my homies would always help me out if they could! We have a really dope scene over here in Indiana. With a lot of caring people that just want to see their friends ride!
The FAT favorite list:
-Spot to ride: I don’t think I have one favorite spot! My favorite spot changes from time to time,