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Interviews with current and retired personalities from the BMX community

Interviews with current and retired personalities from the BMX community
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Interviews with current and retired personalities from the BMX community




Episode #22 - Ronnie Bonner

Ronnie Bonner is the man. With over 30 years in the BMX industry as an owner, designer, manufacturer, event promotor and likely the best laugh in will love this episode. I left this interview feeling like family, just the way you should when you connect with a friend as passionate about the sport as you are. If you don't feel the need to give back to the sport after listening, listen again...and again! Thank you all for the support of the show and as always, support those that...


Episode #21 - Mullaly Bike Park

This is the history of the Mullaly Bike Park as told by the core caretakers and mentors of this historic non-profit park located on the side of Yankee Stadium. Listen in as the guys talk about the 30 years of history that all began with the Rad Dogs and just a couple ramps on an old ice skating rink back in 1988. Everything from King of NY contests to wrestling matches took place here along with a ton of music shows, one of the biggest being Sick Of It All during one of the contests near...


Episode #20 - Chris Doyle - Multi Talented BMX Pro

Chris Doyle, the consummate professional with the friendliness of an old friend. I have to admit, this one intimated me a bit because Chris is so well spoken and experienced...and I'm not! Ultimately, Chris's demeanor made the interview flow so well. Chris has an amazing memory and articulated his experiences so well. I'm positive you will all love this one. As always, support the companies that support our BMX riders such as these that sponsor Chris Doyle. Find Chris on IG at...


Episode #19 - The Halahan Shredders

The Halahan boys...if you don't know them, get to. Not only are they shredders on in the BMX world but they skate, build amazing trails, have outdoor skills, deeply respect BMX history and are incredibly supportive of each right down to their 5 year old sister. On top of that they have amazing parents that get it, really get it. In this interview I really got to appreciate what it's like to be a kid again and so will you. The youthful enthusiasm, the sense of humor, the appreciation of the...


Episode #18 - Isaac "Ground Chuck" McCrea

So excited to publish this podcast! Isaac Ground Chuck McCrea is the total package. Honest, entertaining, generous and not afraid to offend anyone! If you are looking for quotes and stories that will stand the test of time, listen closely to this one, Ground Chuck doesn't disappoint. Example, "if I didn't get hurt I would make Clint Reynolds my b*tch". That's for starters. Seriously though, Isaac is a fun loving guy that has his heart so much in the right place and has been an icon for...


Episode #17 - Nina Buitrago

Nina Buitrago is an Austin-ite that has been riding and promoting BMX for years, always with an eye on the well being of the sport for women. I was fortunate enough to spend the weekend in Pittsburgh during the Ride Like A Girl clinic weekend at the Wheelmill and caught up with Nina there. Nina is so well spoken with an infectious laugh and smile. She also happens to be the USA UCI rider representative for women BMX freestyle in the 2020 Olympics. Enjoy the listen and support her sponsors...


Episode #16 - Nuno Oliveira of Odyssey, Sunday, Fairdale and more

I was fortunate enough to catch up with Nuno Oliveira when he was visiting his family on Long Island during the holidays. Nuno is involved with Odyssey, Fairdale and Sunday among others on the marketing end and has been in the BMX industry for over 15 years. We touch on his Long Island BMX roots and talk teams, Taj, Texas Toast, manufacturing and more. Really grateful to have caught up with him on one of his few trips out East from Cali. Thank you Nuno and thank you Superfly (John...


Episode #15 - Rob Dolecki

Always psyched on the people I'm fortunate enough to interview and Rob Dolecki is no exception. Long time BMXer and photographer for multiple print and digital publications, Rob talks about his history as well as the changes in riding and media over the years. Please support his personal efforts with the Maintain Series found at and the latest issue of Life After Print - 99.8 Shots Fired, Dig BMX's latest hard copy photo journal at As always,...


Episode #14 - Scotty Cranmer

Scotty Cranmer. Hard to say enough in this show description. Scotty has become a good friend and delivered the most heartfelt words in this interview. Complete open book. He is one of a kind and you will hear why in this interview. If you love inspiration and BMX heroes, this is the podcast for you. My only hope is that this interview reaches the masses for one reason, to motivate and inspire. I produce this podcast purely for the passion of the sport of BMX and the gratification that get...


Episode #13 - Susie Levan - The Best Known Levan

Episode 13 of The BMX In Our Blood is all about the big sister, Susie Levan. There is definitely talk of Jimmy but we'll leave the big story about him up to the Chris Rye (Props) documentary coming out next year. Go Fast Pull Up. Don't miss that, in that there are many more interviews with the Levan family. Go Fast Pull Up is going to be amazing. Anyhow, Susie has her own story about her BMX career that includes National and World titles as well as just completing her 34th year of racing....


Episode #12 - TNT - Mark Zalewski

For Episode 12 I ventured down to New Jersey and met up with Mark Zalewski of TNT Bicycles at the annual Ironman BMX race in Howell, NJ at Central Jersey BMX, Mark's home track. Never put two guys together with unlimited time to talk about the old days of BMX if you want a short podcast! It was well worth the time. We talked about everything from manufacturing to whose idea it was to have Dave Clymer on the team! Mark also talks about the most influential team members of TNT. Many thanks...


Episode #11 - Keith Terra - High Sodium BMX Legend

Episode #11 was only natural with Keith Terra's major involvement with the iconic 7-11 trails on Long Island. In this interview I go back to the campfire chat format with a bunch of great trail guys along for the interview after the FiftyFoe Jam ended at the Flatlands Trails in Medford. Lots of great questions from the crowd and social media. Thanks for having us Jay! Be sure to listen back to past episodes for more great history. Also, please check out my Instagram account @gromdad2000 or...


Episode #10 - Flatlands Trails

Episode 10 is with the diggers behind the Flatlands Trails in Suffolk County, NY-Jay Emmerich and Brian Chliek. The interview took place at the Flatlands trails as they had a jam for FiftyFoe54 to help with his recover from a broken leg at Posh a bit over a month ago. Plenty of trails sounds happening in the background! I talked to Brian about the Splish Splash riding incident he was involved in and how far people will go for YouTube clips. When do YouTube profits outweigh legal costs....


Episode #9 - DB4 Danny Bailey - Trails Legend

Episode #9 should be #4, for Danny Bailey aka DB4. Danny was a long time BMXer from Long Island that has left an impression on so many over the years. Currently an amazing endurance athlete on the road bike, Danny discusses how important relationships have been to him over the years with great stories to convey that. You won't find a more passionate guy. Enjoy! By the way, thank you for all of the kind words in support of the podcast. Many more to come throughout the winter! Thank you BMX!


Episode #8 - Matt Dallas - BMX Racer And Promoter

In episode #8 of The BMX in Our Blood I talk to modest Matt Dallas, a current World #4 title holder as well as top 3 nationally ranked rider going into the USABMX Grands this Thanksgiving weekend in Tulsa, OK. Matt has been an integral part of the growth of BMX at Bethel Supercross in Bethel, CT through running an amazing social media campaign to bring riders back each week, if not for their 1st time. In his spare time he has rung the Wall Street Bell and is one fast guy with loads of...


Episode #7 - Superfly John Skvarla

The Episode #7 recording was diverted from the John Superfly Skvarla Keyko birthday trail jam to his Super printing studio because of rain but only after an amazing, heavy session at the trails. The interview turned into an audience participation podcast that worked out really well. Didn't plan on it so turn up the volume to hear the audience questions, it's worth it. John Skvarla has been in BMX for over 30 years straight. Anyone that wants to hear a detailed account of the Long Island...


Episode #6 - Roger Williams Pump Track

The story of the Roger Williams Pump Track is amazing and during the interview for this podcast you will hear why. Cara and Vic Bettencourt spearheaded the effort to accomplish one of the best public riding spots around for all levels. The facility is located within the Roger Williams Park that is also the home of the Roger Williams Zoo. Cara gives a detailed account of how the project happened and how generous the City of Providence is to cycling and BMX alike. Cara and Vic have big plans...


Episode #5 - Circuit BMX Shop

Since coming back into the sport it became evident very quickly that Circuit BMX in Pawtucket, RI was a shop that is deeply rooted in today's BMX community. Cara and Vic Bettencourt own the shop and have both ridden for years. What impressed me the most is their passion for holding BMX events and trips for the community throughout the year for riders of all levels. Just for the love of it, not for shop promotion. I am posting two podcasts today from interviews with them because they are...


Episode #4 - Cody Diggs - Trail Rider Of The Year

NORA Cup Trails Rider of the Year Cody Diggs talks about his riding, trail building, importance of helmets, how he stays stoked on BMX, FBM for the people, etc. (as well as a few questions from the fans). I love every interview but this one was a laugh a minute as we sat by Cody's trails campfire on the Friday night before the Circuit Pump Track Jam and the FiftyFoe54 benefit jam the following day at Cody's trails. Bonus background insight from James Nutter, Jake Straight, Seth...


Episode #3 My BMX Story

Quick podcast to get to know me and my history with BMX until the next interviews are ready to go! Great interviews are being recorded in the next few days so hopefully this snapshot of me and why I do what I do from fundraising to riding to doing this podcast is interesting to you. As always, please send questions and subscribe. Thank you!


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