Did 2021 turn out the way you wanted?
Anthony Bucardo: In some ways yes, the clinic tour and learning more about myself as a person and an athlete, racing was pretty solid until I broke my ankle the week of World's, so for me 2021 for racing was a wash besides a few Pro Am wins, and my first USA BMX podium, so not terrible just not what I was looking for.
With the start of the new year, are you always looking to become a faster racer?
Anthony Bucardo: Yes, 100%. Taking the training very serious this year with my new coach and just giving it everything, I will get faster.
Have you picked your races for 2022 yet?
Anthony Bucardo: All of the USA BMX series mostly, and UCI World Cups, and to get on the USA World's team for the UCI BMX Racing World Championships in France!
What did you change on your bike for 2022?
Anthony Bucardo: Only changed my hubs, the new DUO brand hubs, and Haro/Cliq forks from the Answer and yeah nothing too crazy.
Do you generally test things in the off season like different tires, different sized frames, wider bars, longer stems, different gears?
Anthony Bucardo: I haven’t no, this year I plan on trying to do some of that stuff as now with the coach I can track/keep data so I can actually try to see what is better for what not, so I plan on trying a few things when we get some time to, but first gotta build the engine back up from my injury.
What racing gear will you be running in 2022?
Anthony Bucardo: Fly racing gear!
What's the helmet of your choice for the new season?
Anthony Bucardo: Fly formula, best helmet!
Do you intend to eat better in 2022?
Anthony Bucardo: Yes 100%! I’ve always wanted to and now as I’m trying to take everything serious that’s what is my biggest downfall, I love food haha but time to sacrifice and fuel up with the right stuff, slowly getting there.
Has your training schedule changed from last year?
Anthony Bucardo: Yes! Got a full time coach (AMV), so a lot more structured, a lot more communication and guidance and just hard work! I love it!
Do you get help with mental coaching?
Anthony Bucardo: No I do not.
What's your local BMX track that you ride the most?
Anthony Bucardo: San Diego BMX
Do you ride pump tracks and trails to improve your bike handling skills?
Anthony Bucardo: Yes I love trails and pump tracks whenever I go to a good one.
What are your weaknesses?
Anthony Bucardo: Belief in myself sometimes, 90 fr sprint power, and myself really.
What are your goals for 2022?
Anthony Bucardo: Couple podiums USA BMX , maybe even a win. And get closer to those mains in UCI World Cups, even a semi this year I’d be content with, and to get top 8 at the UCI World's.
See how the others prepared for 2022:
1) Camille Maire (FRA)
2) Stefan Heil (GER)
3) Vincent Pelluard (COL)
4) Eddy Clerté (FRA)
5) Aiko Gommers (BEL)
6) Payton Ridenour (USA)
7) Sylvain André (FRA)
8) Elke Vanhoof (BEL)
9) Izaac Kennedy (AUS)
10) Asuma Nakai (JPN)
11) Ross Cullen (GBR)
12) Bethany Shriever (GBR)
13) Joshua McLean (AUS)
14) Cameron Wood (USA)
15) Arthur Pilard (FRA)
16) Anthony Bucardo (USA)