“Uncontainable” BMX star Bezanson out to conquer mountain bikes
Canadian Drew Bezanson believes he can make a successful switch to mountain bikes after breaking new ground in the BMX world with audacious projects such as “Uncontainable”.
The 27-year-old is currently on a steep learning curve to master another discipline on two wheels. Ahead of the spectacular Red Bull Joyride mountain bike event on August 21, Bezanson took time out from training to reveal the lengths that he is putting his mind and body through to pull off this inspirational feat.
Asked about the motive behind the switch, he said: “I’m still doing both, but MTB Slopestyle (mountain bikes) is simplicity at its finest. It’s ripping down hills with your friends and it reminded me of what I love in biking.
“It’s the opportunity to ride slope courses exactly like the ones I want to ride in BMX, but we don’t have.
“The big ramps at the last MTB contest I did were 3.5m high, while a BMX ramp that helps you take off is about 2m high. I definitely had to pick out new spots to ride. It’s difficult to find proper size ramps for MTB – you have to build your own or travel to find new spots.”
The Nova Scotia native built up his incredible arsenal of biking skills isolated from the BMX world, but when he finally emerged into international competition he dominated his rivals.
He has racked up six Simple Session wins, along with victories at the BMX NORA Cup and Baltic Games, to elevate himself into the affections of BMX fans worldwide.
In an effort to test himself to the limit following the “Uncontainable” feat, Bezanson now spends his days practicing Slopestyle Mountain Biking with the ultimate goal of competing at Red Bull Joyride in Whistler.
After missing out on qualifying at the Swatch Rocket Air and Crankworx Les Gets wild card events, he will line up again at the Colorado Freeride Festival from July 28-31 in the hope of clinching a place.
In terms of how the two bikes differ, he revealed: “Mountain bikes are quite a lot bigger with a different rotation and wheel size ratio, while BMX bikes were made to do tricks.
“But the riding sensations are pretty much the same. Two wheels is two wheels. You can adapt pretty quickly.
“My goal is to make Joyride. I need to get a wild card to be able to ride there. It’s a whole new world.”
What of the difference between his new adventure and the remarkable one he enjoyed with “Uncontainable”?
He added finally: “It’s a very different challenge, and definitely not scarier because MTB is a lot steadier. It’s just comfortable doing tricks on a mountain bike.”