AI – Tyler Trueman

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         A little over 3 years ago or so, I found a BMX rider on Instagram. A dirt shredder that was blasting jumps. He wasn’t doing 720 tail whips or triple truck driver but he was flowing so well with great bike control and throwing huge nac-nacs and tuck no handers. His flow on a 20 inch bicycle wasn’t the only thing that caught my eye when going through his Instagram, I saw the hard work and dedication that he has put into crafting a pile of dirt into a master piece that one can have a blast on for an hour or a day and it would be worth it. After some time of following this guy, there was a contest called RedBull Dreamline. Dreamline is a dirt contest with huge jumps, the tip top pros were there and I saw this kid that I have been following and seeing him progress at this contest riding in it! He didn’t place but seeing him progress and get a chance to ride a competition with the top pros was incredible to see! The guy I followed is Tyler Trueman.

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How old are you?  21

How long have you been riding? I raced for a few years, starting when I was 6, then got into Moto and did that for a while, and I started riding trails and digging about 7 years ago.

What got you into riding?  I was actually playing soccer at the time, and when we would go to soccer practice, we would pass the BMX track. One day I decided I wanted to try it, and I have loved it ever since!

What is your favorite part of doing the cedar point shows?  Shows are a blast, I love them. My favorite part of them is getting to show our awesome sport of BMX to a group of people that otherwise wouldn’t know what it is. We do about 300 shows over the course of the summer, with an average of 400-500 people at each show. Shows are a great way to get BMX in front of a new audience, and thats how you get more riders to grow the sport.

Who is your favorite rider? Why? My favorite rider is also one of my best friends, Cory Nastazio. I’ve known Cory for about 4 years now, and he is definitely the most entertaining person in BMX, on and off the bike. He has a crazy style, and even crazier tricks the he could pull out of no where. We’ve gone on a few trips together, and those have been a blast. He has helped me learn pretty much every trick I do today, and is always giving me pointers on how to do them even better. He’s always a treat to watch, and you just never know what he’s going to do!

What type of rider do you consider yourself?  Definitely a trail rider. I’ve done it longer and enjoy it more than anything else, but I do enjoy riding other things as well.

Are there any place you plan on traveling by the end of 2018? I’d like to get out to Australia and New Zealand and ride out there by the end of next year. They have some awesome trail spots out there, and I’d love to get to check them out! 

What is your favorite place to ride? My favorite place to ride is Eastside Trails in Texas. Those jumps are bigger and faster than anything else, and the most fun place you could ever ride your bike!

What is the dream place to ride? I’ve always been attracted to huge jumps. I’ve always wanted to go bigger, faster, and higher. Cam White has some of the biggest jumps in the world in his backyard, and it has been a dream of mine for years to get to check them out. Videos don’t typically do big trails justice, but his even look massive in all of the videos I’ve seen. One day I’d love to check them out!

What is your favorite web edit or video part?  My favorite video part is Mike Aitkens in Anthem 2. I’ve watched it so many times, and it gets me so psyched to ride every time. It’s a must watch for anyone who rides!

Where do you ride mostly and do you like your BMX scene there? The last few years I have traveled around a lot so I’ve ridden with a ton of people and seen a bunch of places, but I still mostly ride in Texas. The scene there is awesome, everyone is a blast to ride with, and there’s a ton of stuff to ride. Everyone is really friendly, and rides just about everything. If you haven’t ridden in Texas, you’re missing out! 

Do you plan on doing the Cedar Point shows next summer too? If they have us back again next year, I definitely hope to be a part of it again! We had an awesome crew last year, and I’d love to work with all of them again.

Who are your sponsors? Can You Dig It, Deluxe, and GoodPop

What are your winter plans? Any tricks got planned? I have a few digging projects planned, but other than that, just trying to stay warm in the Ohio winter! I’ll probably go to Texas for a few weeks to dig and ride a bit out there as well.

What kind of music do you listen to when you ride? I usually don’t listen to music when I ride, but when I have my speaker, I’ll put on my playlist of songs from BMX movies. Most of them are from Anthem 2.

When you go to ride do you have a idea for new tricks or just go there and whatever comes to you, you try?  Sometimes I’ll want to try some new tricks, and other times I’ll just want to try and go as high as I possibly can. It just depends on how i’m feeling that day. I have just as much fun doing both, so I always just try and enjoy my time on my bike, tricks or no tricks.

What is your biggest accomplishment in BMX so far? That’s a hard one. I’ve met so many people and gotten to be a part of some really cool things, but getting to go to Dreamline and ride in it the last 2 years they had it takes the cake. Red Bull set us up on an awesome trip, and I got to ride the jumps in Angelfire, NM, and Asheville, NC, with all of the people in BMX that I have ever looked up to. It was an awesome experience, and to this day, I still cant thank them enough for making it happen!

What is the biggest problem in BMX that you have noticed? How do you resolve that problem?  The biggest problem in BMX is reaching out to new riders on a grassroots level, and doing so in an encouraging way, so that they and their parents will want to get involved with the sport. Action Sports have always had that “bad boy” image, and most parents don’t want their kids involved with anything like that. I think in the last few years, BMX has started to change its image, with more riders showing off the athletic side of the sport, and that makes a much better connection with parents and younger kids, showing them that not all people that ride are Hood Rats. If this keeps up, it will definitely help grow the sport.

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