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NICK BRUCE



Instagram: @Nick_Bruce
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 events.

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 possible.

*Info Courtesy of NickBruceBMX.com