USA Cycling announced today that famed Freestyle BMX rider, Ryan Nyquist will be joining the organization as the BMX Freestyle Head Coach. Nyquist will play a key role in the program, organizing and accompanying riders to camps as well as domestic and international competitions. He will also work with internal staff to create selection procedures and ensure that athletes are getting the support they need on and off the bike.
“Ryan is in a unique position to continue riding at a high level while coaching,” said Vice President of Elite Athletics for USA Cycling, Scott Schnitzspahn, “We are excited to have him on staff serving as a coach and mentor and for him to be able to pass along over two decades of knowledge and experience to our Elite BMX Freestyle Athletes.”
Nyquist, a respected member of the freestyle BMX community, member of the UCI BMX Freestyle Commission, and the UCI Men’s BMX Freestyle BMX Athlete Representative, is a 16-time X Games medalist, three-time World Champion, an ESPY Award Winner, and has won nearly every major BMX Freestyle title at least once since turning pro in 1996.
“I’m not retiring from BMX Freestyle,” said Nyquist, “I still have many goals for riding, and I’m not ready to hang up my helmet just yet, but when the opportunity to be the Head Coach presented itself, I couldn’t help but think that my history and success with competing could help fast track the current and next
In his latest edit for Haro BMX, Ryan Nyquist brings his signature style and bottomless bag of tricks to ramps, jumps, boxes and bowls throughout California to session everything in sight! Sit back, relax, hit play, and enjoy!
Ryan Nyquist recently re-relocated to his adopted home of North Carolina, which also happens to be home to his private skatepark - The Unit. Watch as Ryan rides the place like only the man with the keys can. Timeless!
Call him the veteran, or just the most experienced rider out there. But never count him out. The BMX legend continues to ride because he loves it and because he knows he still has it. 2017 is in the books. Bring on 2018.
My 2017: Ryan Nyquist Hometown: Wilmington, NC. USA. Sponsors:Haro Bikes, Rockstar, Bell, Vans, CTI Knee Braces
Do you remember the first BMX event you went to this year and how did it go? Ryan Nyquist: Yes it was Simple Session and it didn’t go that well. Hahaha! A couple small slip ups and I didn’t qualify for finals. Made for a short weekend.
How many weekends/days were you away from home and at a BMX jam/contest or on tour? Ryan Nyquist: A lot. Maybe 100-150. That’s a lot for me.
What was the best event you went to this year that gets your vote? Ryan Nyquist: The Vans BMX Pro Cup in Australia was so rad! The vibe and the crowd were amazing!
What contest placing were you stoked on this year? Ryan Nyquist: This year I wasn’t super focused on placing well. I was more into making my own goals