Mateja Ilic Interview

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How old are you? I am 18 years old.

How long have you been riding? I have been riding for about 3 years.

What got you into riding? Playing Dave Mirra and watching dew tour and X games on TV, made me wanna start riding Bmx and hopefully one day be on the same level as all the pro riders I looked up too.

What is the dream place to ride? My dream place to ride would have to be Adrenaline Alley in England.

What is a problem that you see with BMX today? The problem I see with Bmx today is that everyone divides them selfs into groups like street, park or dirt and becomes competitive or has negative thoughts of other styles of Bmx. I think people are forgetting that we all ride Bmx and are just one big family.

What is a memorable BMX moment that you remember? Any stories? My most memorable moment was being in Montreal for a contest and just cruising around the city at 4 am with the boys and exploring a new city.

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What are some ways that you deal with injury? I sit at home and rest. Its honestly one of the hardest  things to do but its worth it in the long term.

What is your biggest accomplishment in BMX? My biggest accomplishment in Box as of right now would have to be landing a 540 Briflip. I have wanted to do this trick for a while now and I’m very proud to have finally landed it.

What was going through your mind when you started trying to do 540 bri flips? I started thinking about 540 Briflips for about a year and a half. It started out just as a joke then turned into a dream trick. I thought about how many pros have changed box with so many new tricks at woodward and I wanted to be a part of the progression in Bmx.  I didn’t like the foam pit quarters there, and so I decided to send it straight to rez. I didn’t do any 540s that day I just sent it and ended up crashing pretty hard. I crashed many times before I pulled it. Im still so happy to have done it!!! 

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What do you think the best part of Joyride 150 is that you ride? Haha I love all of Joyride, its the best park ever, so its really tough for me to choose. I love riding the rezzdawg with the boys!! But the jump lines are always a blast box after box it seems to never end, I love it.

How has meeting new people helped you in riding? I love meeting new people! It helps me a lot because I create a bond with new riders and make new friends that help push my riding in a positive way. I also love learning life lessons from many new people. You can always learn something new from someone. 

What were 3 things that happened during your trip to Woodward that you are thankful for? I am really thankful to have the opportunity to ride such an amazing skatepark. It was so sick to ride with all the boys and meet new people. I loved the rezdawg sessions with Jay Dalton, he kills it on a bike!!

Are there any extra words you would like to have in the article? Fun fact My left testicle exploded from Bmx 🙂 On October 31, 2017 I was at the halloween jam and I did the pumpkin long jump contest and we jumped over 20 pumpkins. I ended up landing on one and my feet blew off my petals and I went in-between my tire and seat and I ruptured my left testicle. By far my worst injury and a level of pain I have never felt before. Couldn’t walk for weeks I couldn’t ride my bike for over a month. Good thing is I healed 100% with no side effects. 

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Credits: Barspin & Bike toss- Anish Kalsi

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