5. What was your summer of 2021 like? You traveled a bunch and mountain biked with lots of new people?
It was cool and also a very humbling experience at the same time. When I first got on a mountain bike, I was like, "I should be able to do a lot of things." I thought I was going to just hop on and just manual down the street. That did not happen. I would say 85% of things came easily and others weren't so easy. I mean, manualing is 10 times harder on a mountain bike than on a BMX bike. I was like, "oh, this is a lot more bike to maneuver."
Before I signed with Canyon, I only knew a handful full of elite mountain bikers. When I went to the bike park, there were loads of kids calling me out. "Hey, you're Brad, you're Brad." I was like, "What? Mountain bikers know me?”
Then when I announced that I was riding for Canyon, there was well over a thousand comments, most of them from mountain bikers. So that was cool. It was interesting because I had no idea the response I would get.
6. Who are you excited to ride with, or get to know better from the SRAM and RockShox family?
I would like to ride more with Brandon Semenuk. I feel like there's a side that people don't get to see of Brandon. Everything's very clean-cut, and it'd be cool to hang out with him and get to see some of the other side.
Christian Rigal and I have worked together, but it’s always great to see Christian and ride with him. I would like to hang out with some of the downhill riders as well. I met Vali Höll already. It would be cool to go to Austria, hang out, and ride some of her local stuff.
7. What was your impression of riding at the old Rampage site last fall?
Rampage was insane because I had hit some smaller drops, and I was like, "Okay, cool. I've hit some drops before." Then I got humbled. I hit the hip a few times at the old site, and then few guys were like, "Well, we're going to go up top and hit some other features." I'm like "What features?" They were like, "Up there."
Everything that could go wrong was running through my head. My foot could slip off. I could go too slow, case it, fall backward in the gully, or whatever. I could walk my bike back down the hill, go sit in the van and twiddle my thumbs, or if I brake perfectly, clear the gap, I ride away and have fun. So that's when I go for it.