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RIDER PROFILE | BRAYDEN BARRETT-HAY

 

 

Primary riding discipline: Freestyle MTB! I started with a ton of dirt jump & skatepark riding, but these days I love bringing my own creativity to all my bikes.
Hometown: Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada

Instagram: @braydenbarretthay

1) Favorite part about being a Title athlete?
It’s so sick being a part of so many projects & riding for a brand I believe in.

2) Most memorable riding moment?
My most memorable riding moment happened back in 2012 my first year on the FMB world tour during Crankworx best trick on the step-down. I was looking at the step-down all week and couldn’t stop thinking about trying to 720 it, but I had never even 360’d a step-down before. I was so hungry to be the first person to do it. I 360’d the step down once then hiked straight back to the top and sent a 720 off the step down. I remember coming off the lip so scared feeling like I was about to die. The end result was that I over rotated, exploded, and separated my shoulder. But still to this day one of the best moments of my life.

3) Bucket list riding locations?
I need to experience some UK dirt jump spots! The old school BMX stye trails look so unreal.

4) What are your hobbies and interests outside of riding?
Outside of riding I’m a pretty simple guy, I love animals & traveling! Being on an adventure, experiencing new things & exploring new places is the best.

5) Who is someone that inspires you and why?
Drew Bezanson! Way back when I was an 18-year-old with a dream but not a lot of belief I met Drew at Joyride 150. It felt insane getting to know this pro BMX athlete, him believing in my abilities & pushing me to “believe” in myself. I’d never felt like someone thought I had what it takes. That never give up mentality I learnt from Drew is what’s made me what I am as a rider & a person. I’m really thankful to him for lesson’s I learned from him.

6) If you weren’t a professional rider, what would your career be?
Bull-rider or Veterinarian was my dream jobs as a kid! Bull riding’s kind of mean & I don’t think I’m smart enough to be a Vet so bikes it is.

7) What was your first mountain bike?
Specialized P1.