Hometown: Youngstown, OH
Like many riders before him Nick’s first
taste of BMX came from humble beginnings. After seeing an X-Games
Contest on television at a young age, Nick immediately picked up his
sister’s bicycle and started jumping it off anything he could find.
Flying through the air is where Nick felt at home, and his dare devil
attitude had him building bigger and bigger jumps with wood scraps from
his dad’s construction sites.
After he received his first real BMX
bike as a Christmas gift a few years later, Nick found a local treasure -
Jones Jumps - a makeshift trail spot the would come to define him as a
rider. Nick would frequent the trails and although he was the youngest
rider, it quickly became apparent that he had bike control like none of
his peers. Nick began going higher and further than everyone else and
started progressing at a rapid rate.
A few years later BMX began to boom in
Nick’s hometown of Hubbard, Ohio and Section 8 Skatepark was opened.
There Nick was able to develop as a park rider and watch some of the
local legends, Anthony Napolitan, Steve Cuesta, and Zach “Catfish”
Yankush”, push their riding to the pro arena. With the knowledge of what
was possible Nick began riding harder than ever until an injury to his
spine set him back.
Being off his bike, Nick began working
various jobs and playing different sports. The local skateparks then
diminished and the trails Nick grew up at were plowed. After graduating
high school, Nick was determined to pursue his dream of becoming a Pro
BMX rider. He began strengthening his body and making the trek to
skateparks over an hour away just to continue riding.
In 2012 Nick’s dream became a reality.
After winning several stops in the Free Flow Contest, Nick was invited
to compete in the finals in both Dirt and Park, where he found himself
on the podium in both disciplines and became the first rider to ever win
both finals. Nick then found himself riding along his idols when he was
invited to the Dew Tour qualifiers. Qualifying 6th in Dirt allowed Nick
to make his Pro Debut.
In the two years that followed his first
pro debut, Nick has traveled the world for major contests, invented
never before done tricks, and taken several first place podiums at pro
Although Nick’s career is just starting
to develop he continues to push and aspire fellow riders to follow their
dreams. Nick believes that with passion and hard work anything is
*Info Courtesy of NickBruceBMX.com