How many racing kits do you normally have during one season of BMX racing?
Tory Nyhaug: I usually have maybe 4 Answer/Ssquared kits and 3-4 Canadian national team kits per season
What career number is printed on the back?
Tory Nyhaug: 49 of course!
What do you look for in protection gear? Comfort? Weight? Quality? Pricing?
Tory Nyhaug: I like my gear to fit snug but light and free. Also I think it's important to have a good quality helmet to protect your head against concussions, I only wear the ones with the new Mips technology. I don't wear any pads, I hate the way they feel and I feel like I can't move, I like to feel free on the bike so I don't wear anything. I've tried it in the past and honestly I don't think it made a difference when I crashed so I stopped wearing it.
How does it feel showing up at a race with brand new gear?
Tory Nyhaug: You feel fresh. I like to look good, I like to colour coordinate my kits down to gloves/shoes/goggle colours as well. Look good, feel good, ride good, is a motto I believe in. The only other thing I like to do is wash the gear before I ride in it so it doesn't feel stiff.
What happens to your old gear at the end of the season?
Tory Nyhaug: I have tons of it still haha, or I'll trade jerseys with friends around the world at the last World Cup or do some giveaways on social media.
Do you change lenses much in your goggles?
Tory Nyhaug: I usually travel with a few pairs to each race all with a different lense so if I need a switch I'll just switch the pair. But if I find one that I like for a certain track I'll keep a couple pairs the same. Luckily I've been with Oakley since I was a teenager and they've always been great with giving me lenses and that whenever I need. So I don't have to ride with anything scratched up.
You ripped your gloves. What do you do with them?
Tory Nyhaug: Throw them away and grab a new pair haha. Sometimes it's a good mental practice as well for me in a way for instance: If I crash in a moto or a race and rip my gloves, throwing them away is a way of me telling myself yup that one's done let's move on to a fresh start.
Do you save a jersey yourself from each season?
Tory Nyhaug: No I don't, If I have a jersey I really like I'll keep it but I'm not picky about that stuff. I'll save the Olympic jerseys or any big race like that though.
Do you think certain protection gear should be mandatory or do you leave that up to the rider himself/herself to decide?
Tory Nyhaug: Obviously Helmet/Long Sleeves and pants should be mandatory. But otherwise I think Gloves and any extra padding shouldn't be mandatory I think. I like using gloves in racing, Five Gloves makes me my own signature glove that's really thin and comfortable so I love to wear that. But there's no need to make anything else mandatory that's up to each individual.
Any advice to the BMX racers out there?
Tory Nyhaug: I see a lot of riders chasing teams trying to get on them, chasing social media followers, chasing #1 plates etc... that's all well and good, but my one piece of advice that I've learned would be to just ride for yourself. I spent way too much time when I was a bit younger caring what people thought, what my sponsors would think if I didn't do well and all that instead of just going out and enjoying it. I learned the last couple years to really enjoy what I'm doing and race for myself and the thrill of competition rather than all that excess stuff. I just want to look back on my career when it's all done and know I did everything I could for myself regardless of what happened. If I can do that then it will have been successful. So to all you kids out there, just go out and have fun riding your bike!