TCE Dream Chasers with Rockstar's James Hanson

 Photo cred:   @shepherdphotos

Photo cred: @shepherdphotos

This edition of TCE Dream Chasers features one guy who has one of the raddest gigs within the industry, James Hanson. James has a lot of responsibilities at the races, one of which is managing and coordinating aspects of a race day for high profile riders like Jason Anderson and Zach Osbourne. In this industry there are very few opportunities to get a look into amazing jobs such as James’, so in true TCE fashion we knew we had to get the inside scoop. James, being the stellar dude that he is, had no issues with taking us through his day to day along with what goes into a professional championship race effort and building a personal brand…

Hey James! Tell us a bit about who you are and what your title is within the sport.

Hello, my name is James Hanson and I manage Motocross, Supercross and Off-Road motorcycles globally for Rockstar Energy. 

How did you get your start in the sport?

Years ago I moved from Northern California to a small town in Oregon next door to a track called Mt. View MX Park. I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen and I flagged and watered there for several years before I got a bike. Fast forward to racing and winning championships in the B class and then I went pro in a little over 3 years. Rockstar Energy was looking for somebody to fill a spot and thanks to my connections from racing, I ended up with the company. Now here we are 13 years later.

What are some of your main tasks on race day and throughout the week?

Monday-Thursday most weeks is all in front of the computer. From branding approval of all gear, graphics etc. to tracking social media, updating websites, sorting photos and staring at spread sheets until my eyes roll back in my head. Fridays and Sundays are usually spent on airplanes. Saturdays are race days and although were at the track anywhere from 12-16 hours, it's really the best day of the week. I love every gate drop and it seems to never get old even traveling 40+ weekends a year. Race days still have some of the midweek stuff mentioned before with branding and photos, but also handling podium stuff and assisting the sales side of things to make sure their guests have the best experience possible.

 James enjoys another hard fought victory with his rider and 2018 SX 450 Champion, Jason Anderson.  Photo cred:   @collin_speckner

James enjoys another hard fought victory with his rider and 2018 SX 450 Champion, Jason Anderson.

Photo cred: @collin_speckner

Tell us a bit about “Dirt Bikes for President” and how that got started.

The origin of #dirtbikesforpresident is kind of funny. Scrolling down the ole Facebook timeline and seeing people constantly arguing about trivial things, I would randomly comment something like "dirt bikes are cool". I would see political arguments and then I would comment “Dirt Bikes For President”. I started hash tagging it, then trademarked it, figured I should make some stuff, and people were pumped on it enough that I had it in Supercross mains! It's all about positivity and riding for fun, negative comments aren't even allowed on the social. They won't be engaged, just deleted.

Can you describe the feeling of being part of a team that wins a championship like earlier this year with Jason Anderson?

It's incredible! We've won a lot of championships in my time with Rockstar, but it's the same every time. Weeks and weeks of build up with the whole team finally coming down to one final race typically. Heart rate through the roof, shaking and shortness of breath. Then boom! That boom part is hard to put into words, but it's one of the best feelings I've ever experienced. A lot of hard work goes into this by so many people to make it happen, but it's all worth it when you're rider holds up that championship trophy!

What is the best part about your job with Rockstar and the best part about creating DBFP?

Honestly that's a simple answer that covers both; I love dirt bikes more than anything in the world and I get to be around them every single day!

 Even though James probably doesn’t get a chance to ride as much as he would like, this guy can seriously rip! James hops into pro class races here and there and often places very well. Not bad for a guy who spends more time on the road than most people spend at home. James’ passion for dirt bikes is evident anytime he throws a leg over a bike.  Photo cred:   @cycledump

Even though James probably doesn’t get a chance to ride as much as he would like, this guy can seriously rip! James hops into pro class races here and there and often places very well. Not bad for a guy who spends more time on the road than most people spend at home. James’ passion for dirt bikes is evident anytime he throws a leg over a bike.

Photo cred: @cycledump

What is one thing that you want people to understand about your role, the industry, or the racers that you work with?

I get messages almost every day from people wanting to know how to get in. It's almost impossible because the jobs that people want are so few. More often than not when someone leaves a company, they just pop up at the track with another one a couple weeks later. On another note, I really don't believe everyone is cut out for this type of job. Without going into too much detail as why, it’s just not what people think. You work 7 days a week most of the year and something can pop up at any time without warning that has to be handled immediately. On call to put out fires basically. Sometimes the sound of a structured schedule of 9-5, 5 days a week sounds so appealing. No one calling you at night, every weekend off, but honestly I wouldn't change it for the world. I just love dirt bikes and I'm very grateful for my life. There are plenty of perks that go along as well.

If you could change the sport in any way what would it be?

If I could, I would want racers to be paid so much more, farther down in the field. It's just crazy for someone to be capable of finishing in the top 20 on a Supercross race Saturday and not be sure if they can afford to make it to the next round. How much does the 20th best baseball player make? Obviously sports like that are a massive market and we're pretty small, but if I could change one thing, that would be it.

Where can people keep up with you during your day to day and find out more about DBFP?

My Instagram is @professor296 and DBFP's is @dirtbikesforpresident. The website is dirtbikesforpresident.com There are some things on there for sale, but I really need to step it up.

Be sure to follow along with James as he preps for the 2019 SX race season with his riders. For more information on opportunities within the sport stay tuned to TheCollectivexp.com and stay inside all of the action!

TCE Product Deep Dive with Ryan Jensen of No-Toil

TCE Product Deep Dive with Ryan Jensen of No-Toil

The TCE Product Deep Dive is back with new and exciting products from the experts on air filters, No-Toil. No-Toil specializes in providing top quality products that helps us in racers and riders maintain our air filters. Their unique offerings of bio-degradable products makes the messy and tedious task of changing, cleaning, and prepping air filters as easy as can be. Air filter maintenance is essential to a proper running bike and we were a bit curious about the world of air filters. We reached out to Ryan Jensen over at No-Toil to pick his brain about the company and air filters as a whole. Give the article a read to keep your bike running strong for seasons to come…

 No-Toil makes specializes in 100% biodegradable products that makes dirt bike foam air filter maintanance and changes easier and safer than ever.

No-Toil makes specializes in 100% biodegradable products that makes dirt bike foam air filter maintanance and changes easier and safer than ever.

Hi Ryan! Tell us a bit about who you are and what No-Toil is about...

My Name is Ryan Jensen and I've been working here for about 12 years. No-Toil makes the industries only 100% biodegradable & completely non-toxic filter treatment. We're lucky enough to sell all over the globe. As well as private label our products for some major companies such as: Honda, Yamaha, and WIX Filtration.

How did you get the job that you have now with No-Toil and what is your background in the industry?

My Uncle, Robert Jensen founded No-Toil back in 1998. Bob has 3 sons that were heavy in the local motocross scene in the early 90's. With over 20 bikes in the garage, the filter maintenance was a task they all hated. Which led to Bob finding the desire to create a better method to wash his filters in a sink or a washing machine. 2 years of testing & working with chemists; he landed on what we call No-Toil today!

As a young teenager I spent my summers working in the warehouse filling orders, oiling filters, and riding moto. I shared the same passion as my uncle in helping progress the company further than imaginable. He created such a unique product that developed a very loyal customer base, and we've set our sights high! I currently handle all sales, marketing, and sponsorships for the brand and I wouldn't trade it for anything!

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 No toil has a host of products to save you time on bike maintenance and improve overall performance!

No toil has a host of products to save you time on bike maintenance and improve overall performance!

Where did No-Toil get it's start in the racing product world?

 Bob and his kids were able to grow strong support from the Northern California racing community within the first few years of business. From there we've continued to elevate the brand and have had the pleasure to work with some of the greatest athletes & mechanics our sport has seen. From riders such as Talon Vohland, Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg, Grant Langston, and Chad Reed. We've seen tremendous support from some of the most talented people to swing their leg over a bike!

 What was the process like for getting a new innovative line of racing products onto the market?

Launching No-Toil from the beginning was a very difficult and long process. When we first started we could barely give it away, no one wanted to try biodegradable anything. It took about 2 years, and a lot of support from others to help grow the brand. Traditional dirt bike riders can be very set in their ways, and even if your product is good getting them to switch is quite the feat. We've always stood behind our product and supported those who have helped support us, and thats what has been so vital in growing. 

 No-Toil has a huge presence in the industry and a loyal customer base.  How do you differentiate yourself from the competition?

Uniqueness. We are very fortunate to have a product like no one else in the market. Yes there are other foam filter brands, and honestly just about anyone can make/sell a foam filter. Our formula is what makes us so special. There are other "biodegradable" filter oils out there, but unfortunately they are still very toxic. Which is still really harmful to a foam filter.

 The molecules from our plant based oil lay flat in pores of a foam filter. Whereas every other oil is petroleum based, and have round molecules. Meaning No-Toil filter oil not only stops more dirt, but also will flow more air than any other brand. Pretty scientific!

 A dirty air filter can not only rob you of horsepower, but if left untreated can cause prolonged engine issues. No-Toil can hook you up with fresh filters and cleaners to keep your bike running like a champ.

A dirty air filter can not only rob you of horsepower, but if left untreated can cause prolonged engine issues. No-Toil can hook you up with fresh filters and cleaners to keep your bike running like a champ.

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When it comes to Off-Road racing filters are very important, what should customers be looking for in a quality filter?

Dual stage filters are a must for any off-road application. We highly recommend buying a top of line filter, as not all filters are created equal. Top companies use a poly-ether reticulated foam that can withstand heavy abuse over time. 

It is also extremely important to be susceptible of your filters environment. Heat & sunlight are the worst thing for a foam filter. Too much exposure to either will cause the filter to become hard, brittle, and eventually crumble to pieces. If stored correctly a foam filter can last for up to 2 years.

How important are air filters to overall engine performance?

 Extremely! An air filter is the motors only protection from the elements. A bad filter, or filter oil can be catastrophic to an engine. A fresh filter is much easier to replace than a top end or even worse the entire motor. A little preventative maintenance will protect your very expensive motorcycle.

What are some of the most common misconceptions about dirt bike air filters?

We've found some people think their foam filter should last forever. While I did mention with the right care, a filter can last for up to two years. But the more you wash a filter (in anything) the more the foam will become soft and expand. This is why most filter companies recommend having a rotation of at least a few filters per bike. This will ensure you get the most out of your filters. A good example, would be an old pair of moto goggles that have sat around the garage for years. Foam itself just deteriorates over time

 To ensure engine longevity, regular air filter inspections and changes are recommended. No-Toil has you covered from new air filters all the way to cleaners and oils.

To ensure engine longevity, regular air filter inspections and changes are recommended. No-Toil has you covered from new air filters all the way to cleaners and oils.

No-Toil is one of the only companies that use bio degradable products.  Where did the idea to make bio degradable products come from?

What makes No-Toil so special is that it was simply developed to solve a problem, not just a product to "sell". The founder, Bob Jensen was tired of having to dispose of nasty chemicals weekly and still found his filters just weren't getting cleaned correctly. He knew there was a better way! 

Petroleum & solvents speed up the deterioration of a filter as well. Whereas No-Toil products are less toxic than most shampoo's. And will completely biodegrade in about 30 days ... which is almost quicker than a banana.

There are quite a few pro riders that use No-Toil filters in their race bikes.  Are these the same filters that the everyday customer can buy to make their bikes race ready?

We are truly fortunate to have some of the worlds best riders use our product. Unlike a lot of companies on the market, we sell exactly what the pro's use. Wether your an amateur, privateer, or Chad Reed we only give you the best!

The No-Toil products make air filter maintenance quick and easy.  What is some of the feedback that you get from your customers when they make the move to No-Toil products?

We often get " I don't know what took so long to switch, I'm hooked!" As I mentioned earlier we're involved in a sport where riders are very set in their ways and don't easily convert. We understand and respect this as riding a dirt bike is a very high risk sport, and everyone likes to feel comfortable with the way they do their routine. Our goal is to prove to those riders who have yet to try, is that we set the same standards and stand behind our product and customers!

 Top Pro SX and MX riders trust No-Toil on their high end bikes. When you’re racing at these levels you leave nothing to chance, and No-Toil is up to the task. The best part is that they offer the same level of performance and durability to both Pros and weekend warriors.

Top Pro SX and MX riders trust No-Toil on their high end bikes. When you’re racing at these levels you leave nothing to chance, and No-Toil is up to the task. The best part is that they offer the same level of performance and durability to both Pros and weekend warriors.

With the sport changing and becoming more innovative each season, how do you see the air filter technology changing in the future?

While foam technology has stayed relatively the same. We always push to gain greater feedback on improving the product we bring to our customers. We work with some of the industries finest and have an open mind to where motorcycle development is going. 

What does No-Toil have in the works for the upcoming race season?

While there is no official news yet.. what I can say is No-Toil plans to hit the professional racing scene harder than ever in 2019…So stay tuned!

Where can people find out more about the No Toil product line?

We're very fortunate to be backed by the industries largest supporters. No-Toil products can be found in just about any dealership in the US.  Our products are also sold through many distribution channels all over the world. Here are just a few..  Part's Unlimited, Western Powersports, Motosport Inc, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, BTO Sports Part's Canada, Part's Europe, Serco Supply AU, and W.Whites Wholesale

Make sure you check out No-Toil and grab yourself a new filter and maintenance products. Stay tuned for more in-depth looks into some of the industries top products and services.







TCE and AJ Catanzaro are ready for Red Bull Straight Rhythm

It’s no secret that we are getting geared up to make a run at winning the 2018 Red Bull Straight Rhythm event. We are beyond excited to enter the race and do it with such a capable rider as AJ Catanzaro and supportive sponsors such as RAK Racing, Federal Hill Home Theaters, and MotoTape. Last month we headed to Utah to shred The Fying Iron Horse Ranch to shakedown the KX-125 and unveil our amazing tribute theme to the legend James “Bubba” Stewart. We brought out videographer Jesse Petrini to highlight the entire weekend and share it with the world…


Want to check out some pure unedited riding with RAW 2 stroke grit? Well feast your eyes…

Make sure you tune into Red Bull Straight Rhythm next weekend to see how we stack up against the rest of the competition.

Want more in-depth content and information from the Red Bull Straight Rhythm event? Then check out our TCE All Access Experience that allows you to tag along with us through an immersive and interactive Facebook group. You can be a real member of our team and help us make some important race decisions, not to mention a serious hook up with swag courtesy of our exclusive Team Kits jammed packed with merchandise from AJ Catanzaro himself along with FXR, Evans Power Coolant, MotoTape, Patched MX, SGB Racing and more!

2018 MXDN Recap- how did we do against the rest of the world?

2018 MXDN Recap- how did we do against the rest of the world?

The 2018 Motocross Des Nations kicked off this past weekend at historic Red Bud MX in Buchanan, Michigan. As one of the most anticipated races of the year you can bet that expectations, excitement, and pressure were high for all teams. Riders from all over the world made the journey to represent their respected nations in one of the greatest Motorspsorts races there is. We had the pleasure of being in attendance for the first time and wanted to share some memories from the event. It’s not often that we get a chance to attend a race as just race fans so we couldn’t wait to take it all and enjoy the races with our fellow Motocross die-hards from all over the world.

 It isn’t an MXDN event if there aren’t hundreds of colorful flags being waved around. It seemed as though every country in the world was being represented, yet we all shared one thing in common…MOTOCROSS!

It isn’t an MXDN event if there aren’t hundreds of colorful flags being waved around. It seemed as though every country in the world was being represented, yet we all shared one thing in common…MOTOCROSS!

By now everyone is aware of the incredible displays of talent from the race. It’s no surprise that the MXGP riders were every bit as talented and capable as the US AMA riders, and then some. Team France once again brought home the win and ownership over the coveted Chamberlain Trophy for a 5th consecutive year. The team of Gautier Paulin, Dylan Ferrandis, and Jordi Tixier all rode with an aggression and consistency that no other team could match (save for the Dutch, but we’ll get into that later). Watching Paulin lay down laps at the front of the pack was amazing as he was able to match the speed of Spanish youngster Jorge Prado and Dutch rider Glenn Coldenhoff. The French team connected as a unit and was able to limit their mistakes and set backs unlike most other teams. Ferrandis had several stand out riders as he was able to hold off attacks from 450 superstars aboard his YZ-250F for several motos. As time goes on it appears that team France has elevated their game and don’t plan to slow down (or give up that Chamberlain trophy) anytime soon.

 Team Spain used the ever popular Rockwell Racing rig to house their riders and crew. With the addition of young gun Jorge Prado, team Spain definite made a huge impact.

Team Spain used the ever popular Rockwell Racing rig to house their riders and crew. With the addition of young gun Jorge Prado, team Spain definite made a huge impact.

To everyone’s surprise team Italy took the second step on the podium. The industry as whole didn’t seem to put much of a spotlight on multi-time MXGP champion Antonio Cairoli or his team mate Alessandro Lupino yet both riders had a stellar weekend. Cairoli (in true AC222 fashion) was a front runner all weekend and showed some serious technique and talent as he won the weekend’s qualifying race on Saturday. Alessandro Lupino was possibly one of the biggest shocks of the weekend as he rode amazingly in the top ten and chased down the front runners on multiple occasions.

 Each team had their own personalized sections inside of the pits. Many AMA National rigs were transformed for the event to be used by various foreign teams.

Each team had their own personalized sections inside of the pits. Many AMA National rigs were transformed for the event to be used by various foreign teams.

Despite not winning the event the team from the Netherlands put on a masterful performance and came away as the clear powerhouse of the race. Winning nearly every race on the weekend this team was a force to be reckoned with. Both Jeffery Herlings and Glenn Coldenhoff were head and shoulders above the competition. Had it not been for some very unfortunate luck that resulted in an eye injury and DNF for MX2 rider Calvin Vlaanderen, the Dutch team would have won the race by a landslide…in every sense of the word. For 2019 the Dutch team will have to settle for numbers 7-9 as they took the final step on the podium. Hats off to the Netherlands team and Jeffrey Herlings on a truly dominate 2018 race season.

 National pride was in full display at the MXDN. From countries far and wide, there wasn’t a shortage of costumes, flags, and of course chainsaws.

National pride was in full display at the MXDN. From countries far and wide, there wasn’t a shortage of costumes, flags, and of course chainsaws.

 Dane Rouse himself took a break from building rad Honda two strokes to damn the red, white, and blue and represent for the gold oel USA.

Dane Rouse himself took a break from building rad Honda two strokes to damn the red, white, and blue and represent for the gold oel USA.

Team USA was one of the biggest shake-ups of the event (and not in a good way) as they rode to a very lack luster 6th place in the event. For a team that was touted as the hands down favorites to win the event, many were surprised to see the Americans ride very uninspiring in all motos. Eli Tomac had the best finish with a 4th in race 1 after a come from behind ride. Justin Barcia showed some serious aggression and ability to keep pace, but fell victim to some bad luck and even worse starts. Everyone’s favorite American Aaron Plessinger had quite possibly the most “off” weekend and could only muster up a 16th place finish after a severe crash during Saturday qualifying. Team USA’s lack of results put a huge damper on the weekend for many fans (which is a huge understatement), but in true MXDN fashion the overwhelming number of fans in attendance still rallied to cheer on the rest of the uber- fast field.

 The lines at the Red Bud MXDN were a bit unique compared to a typical MX National. The dirt was a nice mixture of top soil and sand which held up well against the elements and created many lines prime for railing.

The lines at the Red Bud MXDN were a bit unique compared to a typical MX National. The dirt was a nice mixture of top soil and sand which held up well against the elements and created many lines prime for railing.

Speaking of the rest of the field…TEAM PUERTO RICO ROCKS! What more can be said about the team of ungodly talented misfits? They came, they raced, they won the B final, and they absolutely lit the place on fire. The crowds showed this bunch more love and support than any other team and the sirens and chainsaws could be heard all around the track as they whizzed by. The coolest thing about them racing was the fact that even though 2 out of the 3 racers were fresh off the couch (made evident by Kevin Windham’s beer belly and santa beard along with Pastrana’s football sized knee) they still had loads of talent that could be seen here and there. The team was able to raise a lot of money and awareness for the relief effort in Puerto Rico and that alone is worth a standing ovation

 TP199 had quite possibly the most famous 2 stroke of all time absolutely singing around the track. After a much needed wash, the RM250 was primed and ready to ride.

TP199 had quite possibly the most famous 2 stroke of all time absolutely singing around the track. After a much needed wash, the RM250 was primed and ready to ride.

 Since this event was one of the last times we could see Travis Pastrana line up behind a gate there were a lot team Puerto Rico memoralbilia being raffled off to commemorate the special event

Since this event was one of the last times we could see Travis Pastrana line up behind a gate there were a lot team Puerto Rico memoralbilia being raffled off to commemorate the special event

Overall the event exceeded all of our expectations and really showcased the current top talent of our sport. Only time will tell if the Americans can ever regain their “mojo” and win the event. In the meantime, it’s time to bust out those dusty passports and start booking for MXDN 2019 in Assen! We’ll see ya there!

TCE Product Deep Dive with Dave Castillo of AC Systems

TCE Product Deep Dive with Dave Castillo of AC Systems

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If you’re in the sport of Motocross and Supercross then you love new Moto-related products. Let’s face it, most of our industry is based around new parts and products. We all love unboxing new tech for our trusty steeds or the latest gear that helps us spruce up our kits and to keep us safer. Motocross has some of the coolest tech and products out there, and we love them all. It’s pretty much unanimous, getting new gear and parts is definitely one of the best parts of our sport. Since we, total moto-nerds, share in the love of new products we decided to start a whole new segment dedicated towards showcasing new innovative products in our sport. This month we hit up Dave and Natalie Castillo over at AC Systems to find out more about their really unique and totally trick breathing systems that you may have seen on some of your favorite racers….

So tell us how you got your start in motocross?

I started riding motorcycles at 5 years old and racing at 10. My dad, Jim Castillo, rode and raced, so it was just a natural thing for me to do it as well. I turned pro in 1991 and raced 125 west coast super cross. I had some fun with that but ended up injured a fair amount. I’m a big guy so when I was healthy, I jumped up to the 250 class. I never did too well but was able to help form The Great Western Bank team for ’96 and raced along side some amazing team mates in Phil Lawrence, Buddy Antunez, and Denny Stephenson. We had a ton of fun and those guys all had really good results.

What led to the start and development of AC Systems products?

My dad always had issues with goggle foam pinching his nose when he rode. He came up with the notion that, if he could keep the foam from holding his nose shut while at the same time opening his nasal passages, he would be able to breathe more air. The original system was a pair of magnetic clips that attached to the inside of the goggle, holding the foam off of the nose. Then the stickers that had steel disks embedded in them were applied to either side of the nose, which the magnets in the clips attached to and pulled on. It was amazing. We were all so excited about having this available to everyone that we released it as soon as we could. Of course, this being the first version and really only testing it our ourselves, there were issues that needed to be fixed. We pulled it from the market and went back to the drawing board. That’s when my dad came up with the AC Sport Band. We decided that it would be better to have this incredible technology put into a much simpler form that could cover all types of activity, while still fixing the goggle foam issue. Along this journey of completely changing the product we started to educate ourselves more and more on the power of nose breathing. It changed entirely from “more air” to “the right air”, which is something that we are working to educate the market on. The AC Sport Band that we have available today is a simple, durable, sleek design that uses the original combination of magnets and steel embedded stickers to open your nasal passages. It is far easier to use, more effective, and it has become an essential piece of performance wear for most everyone who has tried it. Having started in Motocross we are now working to spread the studies on nose breathing and its effect on the body and mind so everyone can try this product and experience the benefits. It has been incredibly interesting learning all that there is to know about why it’s so vital, especially after spending my life as an athlete, learning that I have been one of the many who has been breathing incorrectly was really eye opening.

 The AC System Band is very unique and works in some pretty cool ways. From the innovative stickers, to the ergonomic band, everything is optimized to provide comfort, functionality, and durability.

The AC System Band is very unique and works in some pretty cool ways. From the innovative stickers, to the ergonomic band, everything is optimized to provide comfort, functionality, and durability.

What are some of the unique benefits of the your product?

There are many unique benefits of our nasal band over standard nasal strips, such as Breathe Right. Then there are the benefits of nasal breathing itself...

Number 1. One of the issues with the standard nasal strips is that they come right off. The typical nasal band is made similar to a band aid. It is a single piece of limp sticky material that pulls on itself in order to open your nose. So, it is basically working against itself to pull itself off of your nose the second that it is applied. Ours don’t do that. When you apply our nose stickers they are not being pulled on immediately, so they have time to set and adhere to the skin. We include wipes with each of the kits that we send out so even if you’re out in the middle of no where you can clean your nose, apply your stickers, let them sit for about 5-10 minutes to properly adhere, and then pop the band on and go.

Number 2. Our system is two parts- the stickers with the steel disk in the middle and the magnetic band. Once you apply the stickers and let them adhere, the band is placed over the nose and the disks snap out to meet the magnets. This means that the intense pull is coming from a rigid plastic band that is only moving the part of your nose that you want to move, which opens your nose to its max. Think of our stickers as suction cups- when you try to pull a suction cup off glass it’s near impossible when you pull from the center, but when you slide it off the edge it comes right off. That's like us compared to nasal strips.

Number 3. Our stickers are designed to wick sweat out through their own pores, but do not allow moisture to affect them from the outside. For example- triathletes have been applying their stickers before the swim portion of their race without them coming off in the water. They don’t use the band for the swim as it would allow too much water to enter their nose, but after their long and challenging swim race they hop on their bike with their band waiting, pop it on, and finish out the day with the stickers fully adhered to their noses. It has been really fun to see how successful the stickers have been staying on through so many different activities.

Number 4. When it comes to goggle sports there is really no reason to use your typical nasal strip. The flexible material collapses under the foam of the goggle and because you have added material on your nose, now it is being pinched down even more. Our two part system with the rigid band is strong enough to open your nose to an incredible nose breathing capacity while pushing the foam out of the way. We also have a variety of sizes so you can choose how widely you want your nose pulled open.

What are some of the internal breathing issues that the AC Systems product addresses?

Well, one of the issues that we are really looking forward to helping with is those who have deviated septums. It's incredibly common and can create some serious limitations with sleep and exercise. When we put the system on people who suffer from that issue, they can't believe the immediate sense of relief from being able to breathe through their nose for the first time. Nose breathing is also incredibly helpful for those with asthma. Really what our system does is simply make nose breathing far easier, and especially as your heart rate increases. At rest, most everyone can breathe in and out through their noses without much struggle. That is how we are designed to breathe, not at all through our mouths. But as soon as we start to exercise, our heart rate increases and we feel the need to take in more volume of air so we switch to mouth breathing. And one would think that getting more air is the answer, but it isn’t. You can get more air through your mouth, it makes sense. Your mouth is a larger passageway than your nose. But, in fact, that is one of the problems. Mouth breathing leads to over-breathing, hyperventilation, dehydration, depleted carbon dioxide levels, vasoconstriction (constriction of the blood vessels), and reduced blood circulation during exercise. So what does that mean? It means that your body is not getting enough oxygen to your brain or your blood when you’re huffing and puffing through your mouth. You are losing a lot of water when you exhale through your mouth. And your blood vessels are getting squeezed smaller and smaller with each mouth breath you take.

What you need to do is breathe through your nose the way your body was designed to breathe. This creates the proper mixture of gasses coursing through your blood for optimal health and performance. When you breathe through your nose, your body re-breathes the expelled Carbon Dioxide and the Nitric Oxide that is naturally produced in your sinuses. Both of these gasses are vasodilators (blood vessel openers) which deliver more oxygen to the brain and muscles faster. Breathing in and out through the nose actually helps you take fuller, deeper breaths, which stimulates the lower lung to distribute greater amounts of oxygen throughout the entire body. When the lower lung is stimulated, it triggers the parasympathetic nervous system which calms the body and mind. Mouth breathing only uses the upper lung, triggering the sympathetic nervous system, which activates the fight or flight reaction and stresses the body and mind

What results have you seen in testing and using the new AC Systems products on racers?

One of the biggest differences we’ve seen is lower heart rate (BPM) on our riders. We have seen it first hand with the riders who show us their heart rate monitors as well as in the tests that some cycling magazines have independently done. The cool part about our product is that we don’t really need to convince people that it works. The benefits of nose breathing are scientifically proven and all of the articles, studies, schools of thought, and facts about it are already done and out there for the world to see with a quick internet search. We want people to feel the benefits of nose breathing, and the only way to do that when you start to get your heart rate up is to have your nose stay open. So again, what we do is simple- we just make nose breathing possible and easy. With a lower heart rate and increased oxygen you will have less arm pump, more endurance, your body will be calmer, and your focus will increase.

 Not only does the AC Systems Band work for us Moto heads during races, but it can also benefit riders during training. To date Cyclists, Triathletes, other Motorsports athletes have all seen very noticeable improvements since using the AC Systems Bands. This is definitely a product worth trying out to see how it improves your results.

Not only does the AC Systems Band work for us Moto heads during races, but it can also benefit riders during training. To date Cyclists, Triathletes, other Motorsports athletes have all seen very noticeable improvements since using the AC Systems Bands. This is definitely a product worth trying out to see how it improves your results.

In modern Motocross and Supercross physical fitness is extremely important, how does this product directly impact that aspect of the sport?

Well, if the above is true, and it is… Training progress should be accelerated. If you now have the ability to be more focused, have less arm pump and less fatigue, then you can do a few extra laps at top speed during the week’s training. So you progress faster. Then you take that confidence and experience of knowing that you’re better than you were into the race weekend with you… and so on and so on. What we really want our users to understand is the science above. Of course the band has the benefits that we mentioned with use under a goggle, but when used as a training tool in the gym, cycling, cross fit, etc. it really trains the body and mind to nose breathe without having to think about it. Basically it shouldn’t just be used on race day, but also throughout training. Practice how you play.

What was some of the initial feedback on the new products from riders?

Well aside from the benefits of nasal breathing and the findings above as long term benefits, it's an immediate “experience”. It feels so good the moment you put it on because it is such a dramatic difference. People’s eyes always light up and they almost all let out a “WOW!” (Or other exclamations we shouldn’t share). It’s not the same as other products where you just hope that they help, but can’t really tell.

Around the pits we've seen multiple riders (mostly factor riders) wearing the new AC Systems, it seems to be a huge hit. How do you plan to continue to see growth for the new AC Systems?

Yeah we have had it on a lot of guys and it has been really fun to see them all loving it. We have actually been purposely holding back from a full release of the product. We have only had it available on our own website and we have done little to no advertising. We wanted to have it out on a limited number of people to get their feedback and also to make sure there weren’t any big problems that we didn’t foresee happening. We are just now starting to allow dealers to have it. We will also be working on worldwide distribution. But that’s just the off-road motorcycle market I’m taking about. Beyond that we are actually in the process of rebranding the company. When we got up and going, we didn’t put too much thought into the name. We just took what we called the previous model and made it onto the new company name. Since then we have come up with a better name that we are very excited to announce. It will be more clear who we are and what we have to offer as well as position us better for all activities and sports. We are basically redoing everything except the product, which is still going to be reworked a little bit. Once we rebrand we will spread into all athletic fields while spreading the knowledge of nose breathing. We will also create a slightly different band while using the same technology to wear for sleep. Although the current design is already being utilized for that purpose, we have some ideas to make it better. There is a lot that we are looking forward to showing you all down the road.

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 The sports top riders and biggest personalities all run the AC Systems every chance they get. If it works for riders like FMX Superstar Twitch and TCE Rider Henry Miller, then chances are it will work for you too. p/c @browndogwilson

The sports top riders and biggest personalities all run the AC Systems every chance they get. If it works for riders like FMX Superstar Twitch and TCE Rider Henry Miller, then chances are it will work for you too. p/c @browndogwilson

In Motocross and Supercross it's innovations like these that keep the sport progressing and evolving. Where do you see the sport going (technology wise) in the near future?

Well its hard to guess. It seems that technology advances faster and faster as time goes on. I’ll just go along with Elon Musk and say that we will all probably be cyborgs in the near future and we can just plug into our bikes with our Apple iBrains… Hahaha. IDK.

What are some things that we can expect from you guys in the future?

With our rebranding we hope to produce a number of things in the near future. We have a range of products that we would like to make and ideas coming out of our ears, so it’s just a matter of time before we will be launching more.

Where can people go to find out more about and purchase AC Systems products?

People can learn more about us on our website and instagram.

www.acperformancesystems.com

Instagram- @ac_systems

Be sure to give AC Systems a follow and keep and eye out for their upcoming releases and announcements. AC Systems will be hooking up our followers with an exclusive 20% off discount. Head to acperformancesystems.com and use promo code “TCE20” at checkout to get the same bands that your favorite racers use. A huge thank you to Dave and Natalie Castillo and the entire AC Systems team for giving us a true product deep dive and insight into their company. We can’t wait to get a system of our own to try out. Stay locked to TCE for more awesome articles revolving around the sport we all love.

TCE Dream Chasers with Bee G Creations

TCE Dream Chasers with Bee G Creations

We're back with our TCE Dream Chaser segment as we prepare for the upcoming race season.  For this installment we check in with Bee G Creations.  Bee has been gaining popularity and interest with his Motocross inspired works of art that are second to none.  Riders like Ken Roczen, Dean Wilson, and Tim Gajser all call on Bee for unique works of art.  We wanted to get the inside scoop from Bee himself on how he got started and where he plans to go from here....

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So give us a break down of who you are and what exactly Bee G Creations is all about...

I’m a kid from Cali who grew up making art.  Bee G represents my initials while using Bee in place of “B” because my high school basketball coach, teammates and classmates called me “Bee”.  It just made sense and kind of stuck. The brand itself is all good clean fun for all to enjoy. I want to stand out and be different from all the other artist and/or brands out there.

How did you get into art and Motocross racing?

My dad used to race three wheelers and quads back in day doing moto and even some flat track I think, so moto is in the family. We would always go to watch Supercross and X-Games events as I grew up.  I just have always been around it and followed it from a young age.

What is your background in Motocross?

I raced a little bit at Glen Helen when I was little and then a lot of riding at Glamis and Ocotillo here in California growing up.  I have done a little bit of track and now I just go ride the hills.  I don’t do as much track now, after I broke my back a few years ago.  Which is actually when I started Bee G Creations.

 Awesome character drawings like this one of 2018 TCE SX rider Tyler Bowers are some of Bee G's most popular collections. Riders go nuts for these as they are totally unique and seem to highlight their personalities.

Awesome character drawings like this one of 2018 TCE SX rider Tyler Bowers are some of Bee G's most popular collections. Riders go nuts for these as they are totally unique and seem to highlight their personalities.

What was your first creation related to Motocross?

My first creation related to moto was most likely a Travis Pastrana or Mike Metzger piece, but with illustrating it was a Josh Hansen design.  My first purchased moto artwork was my dude Tod Bannister out of Colorado 

Where do you get inspiration from for your art work?

All over the place. I can be watching a Lebron James commercial and somehow get an idea to make an Eli Tomac poster.  I find inspiration from all athletes from all sports.  It probably doesn’t make sense, but that’s how it goes!  As a kid I grew up with World Industries and Tech Decks and that’s what inspires my characters and fun stuff I think.

Your style of drawing is very unique and seems to resonate with a ton of people, how did you refine it?

I have picked up on new techniques through trial and error over the past couple years.  I see what people like from my past work and I try expand on it.

 Portraits and murals like this one is what helped propel Bee G Creations into being a household name in industry. Ken Roczen is among the many who recognize Bee G for the talent and style that they possess.

Portraits and murals like this one is what helped propel Bee G Creations into being a household name in industry. Ken Roczen is among the many who recognize Bee G for the talent and style that they possess.

So it looks like A LOT of pro racers from all over the world are reposting your creations, how did come to get so popular in the racing world?

I think it’s just the fun style and the fact we have social media to share work.  I’ve had a ton of people like Mandie Fonteyn of HRC to riders like Twitch Stenberg who are always sharing my work and spreading the word.  I also try and follow all racing series, not just Supercross.  I just expand my opportunities by doing projects of riders from all over instead of limiting myself to everyone’s favorites here in states.

Who are some of you favorite racers that you've made creations for?

Tim Gajser.  Tim is my favorite rider so doing a project for him was awesome.  Also Ken Roczen, Hanny (Josh Hansen), and Justin Barcia.  Although, not all were official projects, but just some fun ones.  It’s great to meet and share some art and words with guys like that.

Where do you see your brand going in the near future?

Trying to expand and get more of my clothing out to people.  I’m trying to do more collaborations with more brands like the recent one with Fist Hand wear.  I also have some fun ideas for people coming soon that will be available on my site.

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 Bee G has expanded into online apparel to further promote the brand and use another outlet for their creative process. Even when jumping into a new venture, they always maintain their style.

Bee G has expanded into online apparel to further promote the brand and use another outlet for their creative process. Even when jumping into a new venture, they always maintain their style.

What are some big goals that you have for the brand?

I want to just be able to make enough to support.  I want the brand to stand on its own and be established in this industry and others like skateboarding and bikes.  Whatever that includes will be great for me.  Maybe having clothing in Moto and Skate stores or maybe even moto gear.  I don’t want to limit myself, but as long as I can support myself and my life goals I’m happy.

What are some of the things that you have in the works right now?

I have some fun product ideas I will have available soon. I am still developing some ideas.  I think it’s something everyone will really like, especially little kids who follow and have favorite riders.  I just won’t say too much haha J, the same goes for some collaborations with brands.  One is pretty big and involves an international rider and a gear brand so be sure to stay tuned.  I have a Mike Alessi toon and Jason Anderson one in line, but those are just for fun.

What is the coolest or most rewarding part of what you do?

The most rewarding part is inspiring people.  I get messages from kids saying they love my work and want to do the same thing.  I do this for fun and to bring smiles to people is great.  Meeting and getting to know Pros is also so great because its different on the other side of fence.  Giving a rider who’s basically a machine on race day a project that suddenly breaks them out of there shell and gets them to smile or laugh is so great.

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Where can people find out more about Bee G creations and what you offer?

I have Beegcreations.com and you all can DM us on Instagram or email beegcreations@gmail.com.  Sometimes the DMs are hard as I usually have a bunch  unopened due to the large influx of messages, but I still try and always check and go through them.

What advice would you give people looking to follow in your footsteps and be a creative in the Moto industry?

Find a style and stick to it.  Don’t imitate everyone else or listen to people who doubt your style or hate on it.  I deal with people who trace my work and resell, critique the look, look for inaccuracies or even question my techniques all just to cause trouble.  It’s really silly to be honest.  You just have to focus and not give people the time of day.  Find what you love and do it for the fun.  Always try to grow through trial and error both from a creative aspect and business aspect.

It's great to see emerging brands like Bee G Creations follow their passions and bring a unique flare to the industry. When it comes to standing out it pays to follow your intuition, stay true to your talents, and most importantly have the most fun.  For more information on Bee G Creations check the out at Beegcreations.com and give them a follow @beegcreations

Stay tuned to The Collective Experience for more deep dives into the lives of Dream Chasers.....

Go behind the scenes with our team and do it all from home...

Go behind the scenes with our team and do it all from home...

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We've always been a fan of off season races.  Monster Energy Cup, Motocross Des Nations, Bercy Supercross.  We love them all!  But there's one event that gets us so pumped-up from the action that we get arm pump from gripping the remote so hard.  Which event is it you ask? Well, it's none other than the Red Bull Straight Rhythm.  This event is hands down one of the most epic and genius events in Moto history.  Head to head format, an amazing half mile long straight track, and some of the worlds most talented riders....ever!  What's not the love?! For this year's Red Bull Straight Rhythm things are getting even more revved up with the new " 2-Strokes Only" ruling.  Yup! That's right.  A whole event full of pre mix burning machines.  Expect every Moto dad in attendance to have a mini heart attack as they relive the glory days on their old 1992 CR-250 when the boys go ripping by. This is definitely a race you won't want to miss!  And we've got your ticket to get even closer to the action than you ever imagined all without leaving the comfort of your couch.  Sound pretty freakin' unbelievable right?! Well believe it! Would you expect anything less from us?

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 AJ Catanzaro is no stranger to 2-stokes.  This guy can rip on a small bore smoker just as fast as anyone!  Our money is on this guy!

AJ Catanzaro is no stranger to 2-stokes.  This guy can rip on a small bore smoker just as fast as anyone!  Our money is on this guy!

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We're giving our fans an all access online experience that takes YOU behind the scenes with us as we compete for a win during this year's event.  You heard us right! We are throwing our hat in the ring for this shindig.  To top it all off and get your heart pounding we got SX privateer superstar AJ Catanzaro to represent us at the event on a...wait for it.... KX-125! Following in the footsteps of greats like Carmichael, Mike Brown, and the legend himself James "Bubba" Stewart.  Sounds pretty sick, huh? And we want you to be a huge part of the team.  We created a fully interactive and highly exclusive Facebook group to share all of our teams adventures with you.  Ride along with us from start to finish through travel, prep, set-up, practice, and racing.  We're going to give you a front row seat to all of it, including decisions with the team that you can help make.  To make this even sweeter we are giving each fan who signs up a care package including free swag from AJ Catanzaro himself, a personal signed poster, FXR goodies and much-much more.  Plus you'll get recognition that we take with us to the event.  All proceeds raised will go towards helping our privateer effort and showing the factory boys that we have what it takes to get wins.

 AJ wil pilot the beautiful "Roxanne" in the 125 class.  @Luczak101 was kind enough to lend this jewelry on wheels to AJ exclusively for this event.  This thing is a screamer and we can't wait to see AJ rip on it come on October 20th.  Makes us think about the gold ole' 125cc class days...

AJ wil pilot the beautiful "Roxanne" in the 125 class.  @Luczak101 was kind enough to lend this jewelry on wheels to AJ exclusively for this event.  This thing is a screamer and we can't wait to see AJ rip on it come on October 20th.  Makes us think about the gold ole' 125cc class days...

This is unlike anything currently offered in the sport.  A chance to have full interaction with a pro team during one of the year's biggest events, it doesn't get much better.  Now don't go thinking this is one of those lame Facebook groups that the host only pops in and out of every now and again.  This will be the complete opposite.... we are looking forward to responding to each post and comment and sharing exclusive live content, videos, and pictures all who sign up.  To do you one better, we're also going to be doing exclusive giveaways just for this group along with insane coupons to save on products from all of our sponsors.  To get your ticket onto the team make sure you stay tuned in for our official announcement of the program.  As always, hit us up with your questions and leave us some feedback.  We want to make sure each fan is just as stoked as we are.  Check out this sick video from Meta featuring Roxanne herself.  Keep those eyes glued to our Instagram page and be sure to spread the word far and wide....

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TCE welcomes amateur threat Brandon Gregoire to the team...

TCE welcomes amateur threat Brandon Gregoire to the team...

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With the historic and world renowned event that is The Loretta Lynn's Amateur National Championship just around the corner we felt it fitting to announce the addition of New England amateur speedster Brandon Gregoire to the TCE squad.  Brandon is our first amateur rider to join our team and we couldn't be happier.  We are huge supporters of the sport at all levels, yes that includes you weekend warriors and 50cc groms, and love to help out as many people as humanly possible.  It is our goal to foster in the next generation of hard working and dedicated young riders to fill the pro ranks in the coming years.  When searching for amateur riders we look for talented, outgoing, driven, and good hearted people (yes that last one is very important).  Lucky for us, we ran into Brandon not too long ago and immediately wanted him to come aboard.  Not to mention this kid can rip on a dirt bike! It is our hope to have more amateur standouts like Brandon join our team, so make sure you reach out to us and spread the word! We sat down with Brandon to find out a bit more about him along with getting his view point on racing and more...

Tell our readers a bit about who you are: 

Hey everyone! I'm just a 17 year old kid from Monson, Ma puttin' in the work to be the next big thing. I started riding at a really young age, but it was just scooting around the house. It wasn’t until I was seven that I did my first woods race and it went on from there. Up until I was about 12 all I did was race woods.  I didn’t care about winning, I just had fun racing with my Dad on the weekends. I did my first moto race up in Derby, Vermont at a track called Rider Hill in 2012. I was beyond nervous, but ever sense then I have been in love with the sport. It wasn’t until 2016 that I decided that this is something I would consider doing as a career, so I figured that if I was gonna go for it, might as well do it right! I Began to pick up speed here and there, but I was not a smart rider at all, which resulted in injuries here and there. Up until 2018 I was fast,  but not very consistent. Once I was healed up I knew I needed to buckle down and prepare myself better than I ever have; mentally, physically, and nutritionally. Working out daily, eating very nutritious food, and puttin’ the time in that is needed. Let’s just say it’s been a heck of a year so far, and I am beyond proud of where I’m at. Lots of hard work, dedication, and discipline have been involved within my program, but and let me tell ya, it pays off. One thing I truly believe everyone should know is, if you truly want to do something you have all the tolls you need even when you think you don’t.  It matters how bad you want it and what your willing to put into it!

How long have you been riding?

I began riding at the age of two back in 2003.  I was bought my first motorcycle and it went on from there. It was a KDX 50, and the thing wouldn’t even make it up my yard. From there on the bikes began to progress in size as I became more attached to the sport.

 Brandon has opened a lot of eyes this year including some big wigs at FXR Racing.  Brandon scored himself a sweet set up and sponsorship with the FXR Racing team.  Now he'll be stylin' like the best of them.

Brandon has opened a lot of eyes this year including some big wigs at FXR Racing.  Brandon scored himself a sweet set up and sponsorship with the FXR Racing team.  Now he'll be stylin' like the best of them.

What got you into the sport?

My grandfather and father got me into the sport. Neither of them raced, but they very much enjoyed the time they did spend on bikes, just riding around the back yard as father and son.  They decided to get me my first bike, and from there on it is what I have always loved to do.

How has your 2018 season gone so far?

My 2018 season has gone very well so far, but I truly believe it is because I have put in more work than my fellow competitors. I’ve built confidence within myself, I am mentally tough, and I am able to ride consistent which is a big part of my program. Most of the time I am just racing locally around New England. But, I was able to qualify for the 2018 Loretta Lynn Amateur National Championship in Tennessee. I qualified through the Unadilla  Regional in New Berlin, New York. It has been a great year so far, and I can only look forward to what is in the future.

What were your goals coming into 2018?

My main goals coming into the 2018 season were to become a smarter and faster rider, but also to enjoy the sport a lot more. It has always been a dream of mine to qualify for Loretta‘s.  With the effort that I was able to put in at the beginning of the year and continuously put in up to this point now, I was able to get myself two tickets to the Ranch. My mental coach and I, Jay Cavanaugh came up with some smart goals for the season, my first one was to qualify pass the regional, and my second one was to compete at Loretta Lynn’s. I am very much looking forward to racing on the big scene, and look forward to myself progressing more and more throughout the year.

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 Brandon is no stranger to wins.  On any weekend Brandon can run with the best of them and looks to be on par with some of the fastest amateurs in the world.

Brandon is no stranger to wins.  On any weekend Brandon can run with the best of them and looks to be on par with some of the fastest amateurs in the world.

Tell us about your personal program that you have going on:

Yeah, for sure this year I partnered up with RAK Racing. The leader behind that is Jay Cavanaugh, and he has taken the position of being my mental coach. Jay has helped me immensely, as we continuously work on becoming a better rider, never focusing on just one thing. We always are looking to progress forward and improve week in and week out. We work on mental toughness, physical strength and endurance, along with eating nutritious food. I try to ride about three times a week, but it’s very difficult working full time, but if I’m not able to get to the track I always am working out and doing endurance training. I work on working out my core, training my body to withstand immense heat waves while at my peak as well. The biggest thing about my program this year is my father for sure though.  He has helped me out immensely from the beginning.  If he feels that I need to ride, it's not an issue.  If I need something, not an issue. If it wasn’t for him I would not be anywhere and he is literally the reason that I am the way I am. He is just as important to my program as I am actually doing the training, if not more. But, overall my program has remained organized and always planned out ahead of time, allowing me to train for success. A big part of my success so far this year is that I truly believe I am unlike most of my competitors, I don’t need to be pointed in a direction, I am aware of what I need to do and I know if I do it, even if it is challenging it will pay off.

What are some of your highlights for 2018?

I would definitely say my biggest accomplishment so far throughout the 2018 season, is qualifying for Loretta Lynn’s. Along with being a vey consistent rider throughout all aspects of racing, wether it’s winning, lap times, or being smooth.  I have made many adjustments which allowed me to become faster. But, one of my biggest accomplishments I made so far this year is aligning myself with all the great people that support me. Thanks to them I can focus on being the best I can be. - Gregoire Excavation - Aggressive Graphics - FXR - REP Suspension - Flow Vision - Blu Cru - Moto Lab - The Collective Experience

You were one of the very few lucky riders to get the "golden ticket" to the holy grail that is the Loretta Lynn's Amateur National in not one , but two classes.  What was that feeling like when you qualified?

It was unreal, I was so proud of myself and my dad from the time we have put in, and all of it finally paid off. When I crossed the finish line into 250 B stock, I didn’t know what to think. I knew mathematically I qualified, but I didn’t think it was true. As soon as I exited the check in point, I asked my dad if I qualified. He said, “your in.“I was so pumped and actually got pretty emotional to be honest along with my dad. When I qualified for the second class, 450 B stock, it was amazing, but it definitely did not feel like the first one. It was like I knew I deserved it, I just couldn’t believe I actually did it the first time. But, the second time I knew I could and that’s what I did, I went out there, pulled the hole shot and settled into second with the main goal in reach! 

 You can always tell Brandon is having fun on his motorcycle from the style and enthusiasm that he displays each time he throws his leg over the bike.

You can always tell Brandon is having fun on his motorcycle from the style and enthusiasm that he displays each time he throws his leg over the bike.

How are these Loretta's qualifiers different from other races?  

These Loretta Qualifiers are different because of the added pressure put on them. Along with attracting faster competitors, which is awesome.  It adds a new component to racing, allowing you to progress as a rider with the help of faster riders. I feel as though Loretta qualifiers wouldn’t be that stressful if you have the opportunity to do more than one. I think if you have the ability to do multiple you have a wicked advantage, but, even with a disadvantage I was able to qualify in two classes which I worked extremely hard for!

What are your goals for Loretta's this year?

My goals for Loretta’s this year are pretty straightforward if you ask me.  My main goal heading into the National is to do my absolute best and to never give up even when I am pressured. I feel as though I have earned a top 10 position without a doubt, but I want and I am working towards a top-five overall finishing position. I’ve put the work in, I’ve been physically and mentally challenged, and I have improved my discipline. All of which is all setting me up for success when I arrive at the Ranch!

You were selected as TCE's first AM rider to represent the brand at Loretta's, what type of involvement do you hope to have with TCE and it's Pro riders?

I am honestly completely stoked to be the first amateur rider to be a part of The Collective Experience. I really feel that I’ve already built a connection between Dave and I. We haven’t known each other long, but I feel we are very similar, both uplifting, positive people. The biggest thing I’m looking forward to is learning the ways of the pros. To get an understanding of what goes on throughout the day, what I should be working on in order prepare myself for when that time comes.  Along with some of the mental and physical challenges they face throughout the day, things I can work on now, to give me an advantage in the future. I am beyond stoked to truly be a part of such a cool group of people, I really appreciate Dave giving me a chance!

 Brandon has a lot of support in his corner and hopes to make everyone proud with great results in Tennesse in August.

Brandon has a lot of support in his corner and hopes to make everyone proud with great results in Tennesse in August.

Who are some of the people who support you throughout the year?

Throughout this year so far I have gained more support than I have ever within my whole career. Before this year I had only one or two businesses helping me out, but now with the results I have produced and the work that I put in I’m getting recognized by many bigger businesses. I am partnered up with Aggressive Graphics, a graphics dealership out of Massachusetts with unique graphic designs. Flow Vision goggles out of California, who helps me out immensely with awesome deals. REP Suspension out of Hampden,  Massachusetts who has been doing my suspension for multiple years now.  I recently partnered up with Jay Cavanaugh, owner of RAK Racing. He is a huge part of program and I truly appreciate all his hard work and dedication toward myself. I am also working with The Collective Experience. Dave is just willing to do whatever he can do to benefit myself which is absolutely mind blowing. Offering parts, recognition, whatever it is. Another company I’m pumped to become a part of is FXR, a gear company I have always thought looked wicked cool and allowed me to join their family and no longer have to worry about looking sick! But, along with all these guys who help me out immensely I can’t forget my Dad, and Tom Ledger at the Moto Lab for getting my bikes dialed. Thanks guys, really appreciate it!

You've definitely got the talent and passion to progress within the sport.  What is your ultimate goal with racing?

My ultimate goal within racing is to be a top Pro racer. A lot of people bash on ya when you even mention going Pro let alone being the one on top. But, there’s no reason if you ask me why I’m not capable of doing it. With how much I have progressed in less than a year blows my mind. I truly feel if I show what I am capable of at the right places, and continue to show my work ethic, I can truly be one of the best out there on a factory team.

What advice or insights would you give a young kid looking to have racing success as you have as of late?

The biggest thing I would say to a little kid coming up through the ranks, is to have fun. Yeah, it’s repetitive, it’s said a lot, but it’s true. Only ride if you wanna ride, that’s when you’ll notice yourself progressing a crazy amount. Don’t put to much pressure on your self, the more prepared and calm you are, the way more competitive you will be, and always remember we all started somewhere. I was a just a little kid having fun in my backyard not too many years ago. Now I’m going to compete at the biggest Amateur National in the World. Choose what you wish to do in life, and go after it!

For more information on Brandon be sure to give him a follow here and check out our TCE Amateur support efforts on Instagram, Facebook, and right here at thecollectivexp.com

Introducing the all new 2019 FXR Moto gear line-up.

With the 2018 Pro Motocross Championship at the halfway point he industry is already speculating about 2019 and what that season will hold.  For most this time of the year is special as it is the time when all of the new and exciting 2019 machinery and products are unveiled.  For us, no new products were more anticipated than the 2019 FXR Motocross gear collection.  We are very big supporters of the FXR brand and appreciate the fit, durability, and attention that goes into each garment that they make.  Just take a look around the pits and you’ll see an abundant amount of riders sporting the FXR line-up.  From riders like Jimmy Decotis, Cade Clason, Mike Brown, and Jess Pettis to the average weekend warrior, FXR is definitely the choice of riders looking for comfort and function.  Check out the latest designs and fits from the 2019 line-up.

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The Revo line is the top choice for Pros and industry personnel.  The lightweight feel and 4 way stretch panels paired with the slim cut design makes this a definite stand out gear choice.

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 Legend Mike Brown shows off the new 2019 Revo gear.  

Legend Mike Brown shows off the new 2019 Revo gear.  

The Helium line is some of our favorite gear sets.  Combining some of the best from each line such as superior fit and stretch along with uncompromised durability and breathability.  It’s easy to see why so many riders choose the Helium line up as their gear set of choice.

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 Master Tester Keefer loves the FXR brand and shows off the 2019 Helium gear any chance he gets.

Master Tester Keefer loves the FXR brand and shows off the 2019 Helium gear any chance he gets.

If you want superior ventilation and breathability then the Helium Air MX line is for you.  Designed for the longest of Motos on the hottest of days this gear will keep you going the whole way through.

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 The "Rippa" Jimmy Decotis knows how to get it done for the cameras.  Jimmy sports the Helium Air MX gear on a regular basis.

The "Rippa" Jimmy Decotis knows how to get it done for the cameras.  Jimmy sports the Helium Air MX gear on a regular basis.

Looking for quality gear at an incredible value?  Look no further than the Clutch MX line up.  Created with tough 600 D polyester fabric, reinforced leather, and stretch paneling this gear is ideal for any rider or racer looking for performance and comfort all while keeping the budget in check.

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 Canadian MX superstar Jess Pettis sports the value packed Clutch MX gear.  You can look killer all without breaking the bank! 

Canadian MX superstar Jess Pettis sports the value packed Clutch MX gear.  You can look killer all without breaking the bank! 

FXR is continuing to push the boundaries of MX gear all over the world.  Riders all over the world praise FXR for their unrelenting support and commitment to quality.  Want to hop into the latest craze in MX gear?  Then head to FXRRacing.com and get yourself a kit fit for a champ.  Make sure you use promo-code “TCEFXR3012” to save at checkout. 

 

Shout out to all of our incredible sponsors!

Shout out to all of our incredible sponsors!

Here at The Collective Experience we are proud to offer race fans the chance to get closer to their favorite riders with unparalleled behind the scenes experiences along with supporting the privateers and satellite teams of our sport. We have had the pleasure of meeting fans from all over the world and connecting with more riders than we can keep up with.  It's been a huge blessing and something that we are dedicated to growing and seeing through 10 fold. We put in more effort than you can imagine, however none of what we have accomplished to date would be possible without the support, kindness, and all around positive energy from our incredible sponsors.  These companies have gone above and beyond for us and we wanted to make sure that you knew about all of these incredible industry businesses to get yourself hooked up with the best there is.... 

 

 FXR is one of the most popular gear brands on the market.  They are a dedicated and passionate gear company that is known for their support of Motocross and Supercross champions and weekend warriors a like.  Just take a look at any professional race and you'll see dozens of privateer and support riders wearing FXR on the gate.  Not only do they provide amazing support, but they also have some of the highest quality and best fitting gear around.  Just ask riders like AJ Catanzaro, Henry Miller, and racing legend Mike Brown.  If you want to support a brand that supports all levels of racers like no body else, then head over to   FXRRacing.com   and grab yourself a set of brand new kick ass gear today! Make sure you use promo code 'TCEFXR3012" to save big time at check out!

FXR is one of the most popular gear brands on the market.  They are a dedicated and passionate gear company that is known for their support of Motocross and Supercross champions and weekend warriors a like.  Just take a look at any professional race and you'll see dozens of privateer and support riders wearing FXR on the gate.  Not only do they provide amazing support, but they also have some of the highest quality and best fitting gear around.  Just ask riders like AJ Catanzaro, Henry Miller, and racing legend Mike Brown.  If you want to support a brand that supports all levels of racers like no body else, then head over to FXRRacing.com and grab yourself a set of brand new kick ass gear today! Make sure you use promo code 'TCEFXR3012" to save big time at check out!

 Evans Waterless Coolant makes racing fluids that meet the intensely high demand of professional racing.  They have countless wins in all forms of motorsports and continue to support racers at all levels.  Walk through the pits of a Motocross or Supercross race and you're bound to see Evans coolant bottles on a majority of tool boxes.  Make sure you check these guys out at   Evanscoolant.com   and get your machine performing at it's best! Use promo code 'TCE25" to save at checkout.  Get Evans Coolant and get ahead of the competition! 

Evans Waterless Coolant makes racing fluids that meet the intensely high demand of professional racing.  They have countless wins in all forms of motorsports and continue to support racers at all levels.  Walk through the pits of a Motocross or Supercross race and you're bound to see Evans coolant bottles on a majority of tool boxes.  Make sure you check these guys out at Evanscoolant.com and get your machine performing at it's best! Use promo code 'TCE25" to save at checkout.  Get Evans Coolant and get ahead of the competition! 

 Rutted Racing Co. is a Minnesota based apparel brand with an enormous passion for racing and they bring that passion into each one of their products.  They continue to support Pro riders like Henry Miller and Tyler Bowers all the way down to the local 50cc beginner riders.  If you love racing and want to support a grass roots company with a dedication to it's customers and the sport then check out    Rutted Racing   and show off your racing spirit!

Rutted Racing Co. is a Minnesota based apparel brand with an enormous passion for racing and they bring that passion into each one of their products.  They continue to support Pro riders like Henry Miller and Tyler Bowers all the way down to the local 50cc beginner riders.  If you love racing and want to support a grass roots company with a dedication to it's customers and the sport then check out  Rutted Racing and show off your racing spirit!

 Ever wonder who makes those incredible edits of your favorite pro riders? How about who the geniuses are behind those theatric music videos we all love? Well, look no further.  Surge Unlimited is a media company that provides it's customers with amazing one of a kind video edits to promote themselves or their business.  Surge Unlimited has years of experience and has worked with fortune 500 companies all the way to professional Supercross and Motocross trainers and riders like Aldon Baker and Marvin Musquin.  There's pretty much nothing that Surge Unlimited can't do.  Want a custom made promotional video for your business or a private edit to showcase your riding skills, then head to   Surgeunlimited.com   and get hooked up like a pro!

Ever wonder who makes those incredible edits of your favorite pro riders? How about who the geniuses are behind those theatric music videos we all love? Well, look no further.  Surge Unlimited is a media company that provides it's customers with amazing one of a kind video edits to promote themselves or their business.  Surge Unlimited has years of experience and has worked with fortune 500 companies all the way to professional Supercross and Motocross trainers and riders like Aldon Baker and Marvin Musquin.  There's pretty much nothing that Surge Unlimited can't do.  Want a custom made promotional video for your business or a private edit to showcase your riding skills, then head to Surgeunlimited.com and get hooked up like a pro!

 There's no team like the RAK Racing team!  RAK stands for Random Acts of Kindness and that is exactly what they are all about.  RAK racing specializes in doing incredibly nice and heart warming things with the their racing budget and by generous donations from supporters.  Not to mention, the crew over RAK Racing kick some serious ass on the race track. From buying dinner for unsuspecting groups of people to paying for tolls or house necessities for under privilegded, RAK strives to make a difference.  They are also in attendance at majority of the Pro Supercross rounds providing mental coaching and more.  Reach out to Jason and the crew at   RAK-Racing.com   and pop in a donation to help make this world a kinder place and support some badass racers at the same time.

There's no team like the RAK Racing team!  RAK stands for Random Acts of Kindness and that is exactly what they are all about.  RAK racing specializes in doing incredibly nice and heart warming things with the their racing budget and by generous donations from supporters.  Not to mention, the crew over RAK Racing kick some serious ass on the race track. From buying dinner for unsuspecting groups of people to paying for tolls or house necessities for under privilegded, RAK strives to make a difference.  They are also in attendance at majority of the Pro Supercross rounds providing mental coaching and more.  Reach out to Jason and the crew at RAK-Racing.com and pop in a donation to help make this world a kinder place and support some badass racers at the same time.

 Were gonna keep this simple.  Do you live in the Northeast? Do you ride dirt bikes? Then enough said.  It's a no-brainer.  You need to check our   Northeastdirtbike.com    Not only are they a full service race shop with tons of professional hop up experiences, but they also post regular calendar updates to keep you in the know with all of the racing going on in the Northeast. Jeremiah over at NE dirt bikes will make sure your ride is up to par with any Pro Supercross race machine.  Save yourself some time and money and drop off your bike to these guys. You won't be sorry.

Were gonna keep this simple.  Do you live in the Northeast? Do you ride dirt bikes? Then enough said.  It's a no-brainer.  You need to check our Northeastdirtbike.com  Not only are they a full service race shop with tons of professional hop up experiences, but they also post regular calendar updates to keep you in the know with all of the racing going on in the Northeast. Jeremiah over at NE dirt bikes will make sure your ride is up to par with any Pro Supercross race machine.  Save yourself some time and money and drop off your bike to these guys. You won't be sorry.

 Join the world's biggest online community dedicated to Motocross and Supercross.  MotoHub is unique in that they are a meeting place and social playground for all things racing from pro racing to amateur weekend races.  Have a new Moto related business or new track that you want to promote? Then   TheMotoHub.com   is the place for you.  Did we also mention that they host regular Q&A session with pro riders and industry insiders? Yea, its pretty awesome! You can even win contest, giveaways, and prizes.  What's not to love? Sign up today and be a part of the coolest thing in racing!

Join the world's biggest online community dedicated to Motocross and Supercross.  MotoHub is unique in that they are a meeting place and social playground for all things racing from pro racing to amateur weekend races.  Have a new Moto related business or new track that you want to promote? Then TheMotoHub.com is the place for you.  Did we also mention that they host regular Q&A session with pro riders and industry insiders? Yea, its pretty awesome! You can even win contest, giveaways, and prizes.  What's not to love? Sign up today and be a part of the coolest thing in racing!

 If you ain't grippin you're slippin! That's the motto over at MotoTape.  Their name sake is exactly what they are all about.  Providing the racing world with products to make sure that they can hold onto their machines.  From Cobra minis to full factory Yamaha's these guys have you covered.  We personally rock MotoTape on our bikes and can attest to their durability.  Check these guys out at   MotoTape.com   and make sure you you ain't slippin. 

If you ain't grippin you're slippin! That's the motto over at MotoTape.  Their name sake is exactly what they are all about.  Providing the racing world with products to make sure that they can hold onto their machines.  From Cobra minis to full factory Yamaha's these guys have you covered.  We personally rock MotoTape on our bikes and can attest to their durability.  Check these guys out at MotoTape.com and make sure you you ain't slippin. 

 What's one of the most important parts of your bike? Yes, the grips are important, but we were thinking more along the lines of suspension. Yeah, that stuff.  Personalized suspension set-ups are one of the biggest performance adders that you can get for your bike.  If your bike aint' handling right, then your gonna have a bad time.    SGB   has you covered!  They specialize in providing top level support and parts to professionals Supercross riders and amateurs a like.  Make sure you reach out to this crew to get your bike setup like a champ!  Mention The Collective Experience to save big all while getting the best service.

What's one of the most important parts of your bike? Yes, the grips are important, but we were thinking more along the lines of suspension. Yeah, that stuff.  Personalized suspension set-ups are one of the biggest performance adders that you can get for your bike.  If your bike aint' handling right, then your gonna have a bad time.  SGB has you covered!  They specialize in providing top level support and parts to professionals Supercross riders and amateurs a like.  Make sure you reach out to this crew to get your bike setup like a champ!  Mention The Collective Experience to save big all while getting the best service.

 Patched is the only place to go for custom made butt patches.  If you can dream it, they can do it.  Patched MX is a small business with a huge vision and passion for us riders.  That means that they are dedicated to proving you with top notch customer service and guarantee satisfaction with their work.  How good are these guys? Well, for starters they have put patches on Adam Cianciarulo, AJ Catanzaro, and Adam Enticknap to name a few.  Want to customize your kit and put your personal flair into your set-up? Then check out these guys at   PatchedMX.com   and get your imagination brought to life!

Patched is the only place to go for custom made butt patches.  If you can dream it, they can do it.  Patched MX is a small business with a huge vision and passion for us riders.  That means that they are dedicated to proving you with top notch customer service and guarantee satisfaction with their work.  How good are these guys? Well, for starters they have put patches on Adam Cianciarulo, AJ Catanzaro, and Adam Enticknap to name a few.  Want to customize your kit and put your personal flair into your set-up? Then check out these guys at PatchedMX.com and get your imagination brought to life!

 There are quite a few Moto related podcasts out there, but none are quite as in-depth and all around more informative than   BigMXRadio.com  !  From weekly race reviews and re-caps to interviews with some of the most popular people in the industry this podcast has it all.  How good are they? Well top brands like FMF and Alpinestars put their support into these guys and so should you.  Give them a follow on Facebook and Instagram to check out their incredible posts and other content.  Not to mention we personally listen to them each week and regularly call-in.  Not to toot our own horn, but it's a pretty stellar segment :) Make sure you tune in each week to stay in the know and get some good laughs from Brad G (aka Everyone's favorite Canadian).

There are quite a few Moto related podcasts out there, but none are quite as in-depth and all around more informative than BigMXRadio.com!  From weekly race reviews and re-caps to interviews with some of the most popular people in the industry this podcast has it all.  How good are they? Well top brands like FMF and Alpinestars put their support into these guys and so should you.  Give them a follow on Facebook and Instagram to check out their incredible posts and other content.  Not to mention we personally listen to them each week and regularly call-in.  Not to toot our own horn, but it's a pretty stellar segment :) Make sure you tune in each week to stay in the know and get some good laughs from Brad G (aka Everyone's favorite Canadian).

TCE Check in with SX trainer Taylor Selby

TCE Check in with SX trainer Taylor Selby

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In our sport we love seeing riders make progress and improve on their skill set every season.  It's really eye opening and inspiring to see these athletes rise above the trials and tribulations associated with professional racing.  From lower budget privateers to top level factory riders, when your favorite rider makes strides and reaches a new level in the sport its very exciting.  Over the past few seasons we have had the pleasure of seeing two of our top riders, Adam and Tyler Enticknap, make some serious improvements to their programs and finishes.  Both riders have landed themselves into numerous main event races and have steadily increased their speed and efficiency on their bikes.  We were curious about their progression and how they made their improvements and learned of their involvement with trainer Taylor Selby.  Taylor has played a huge role in their programs acting as both trainer and race day support.  We wanted to find out more about Taylor, his role, and the progression of riders in the sport so we tracked him down to pick his brain a bit...

Hey Taylor!  Tell us little bit about yourself and what you do in the sport.

I'm originally from Wisconsin, 29 years old, I was a NCAA all american linebacker and NFL free agent.  I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Physiology and I've been training for 10 years now and working out since 6th grade.  I've played every sport growing up and also racing.  I work with athletes of all ages and levels from physical therapy to specific sport performance.

How did you get involved in training and fitness? What motivated you?

Racing and sports have been a passion of mine since I was a child. My grandpa introduced me to stock car and late model racing at a young age and my uncle introduced me to power sports later on. Growing up in the midwest all we had to do was hunt and ride river beds, tracks, and woods everything on from dirt bikes to snowmobiles.  I grew up without parents and fitness/sports have always been my escape and my go to comfort. Competition has led me to my current life where I strive to compete in anything that I do like Motocross, road-biking, MTB, and business. I raced and rode dirt bikes at a real young age and then football took over as I grew and figured out I had a college future playing ball.  I came back to Motocross after 12 years of football.

 Tyler Enticknap has seen a huge improvement in his injury recovery and race craft thanks to Taylor and his support.  The benefits of a well approached plan and conditioning are invaluable to a top level racer.  P/C  @szumski_photography

Tyler Enticknap has seen a huge improvement in his injury recovery and race craft thanks to Taylor and his support.  The benefits of a well approached plan and conditioning are invaluable to a top level racer.  P/C @szumski_photography

How did you get involved with training Adam and Tyler Enticknap?

"HAHA", I always remember these moments.  It started when I bought a bike and started riding again.  l live 30 min from Zaca Station and I ran into them a lot (always broken and limping around). I decided to approach them and Ty had recently just undergone ACL reconstruction. He came in and I did his full therapy and got him back on a bike in a shorter time frame than doctors gave him.  Addy always "cool guyed" me and basically never worked out through his career.  After seeing Ty's progress he decided to give it a go.  Going on 4 years now we have accomplished massive leaps in their fitness and career along with mindset and lifestyle changes as most have come to see.

How do you approach training these two vs. other athletes?

Addy and Ty are confused as twins.  They couldn't be more different other than looks. Ty is a very aggressive no questions or no complaints.  Ty is a "head down" type of  worker.  Addy is all finesse and thought.  I always say if they made up one racer we would be on the podium already. All in all, we've had to teach the steps of the meaning of being a "pro athlete" basically changing all lifestyle first and then working through a real off-season/ on-season program.  Its taken some time, but 2017 was a massive leap for both of them as they started adapting to their individual changes and needs. I hold all my athletes to a very high level of standards and if we fall back we pick it up harder and get up back up.  It's not just grunt work and grit behind training.  It's more psychological and planning/programming than what people see.  Everything from oxygen thresholds to heart rate applications to food intake at what times of the day based on volume of work load.  Like I said, they are completely different in every way other than the fact that they have the deepest passion for racing and helping people.

What type of energy do they bring to the training program?

They bring it everyday, no questions asked.  If I lay it out they take care of it.  They always have high energy and sometimes too high and need to bring it down to more focal points.  When they walk into our facility everybody loves them and they love everyone else.  For as gritty and dirty as these two get they are the most kind and loving/caring guys and open to help anyone around them.  They never ask a question "why" or look for a return. That's why I will always work with them.  

 Taylor and the boys review race strategy and daily approach between practices at The Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas.  Taylor plays a crucial role in their program and continues to help these two riders reach their full potential.

Taylor and the boys review race strategy and daily approach between practices at The Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas.  Taylor plays a crucial role in their program and continues to help these two riders reach their full potential.

What are the training sessions like?

Depending on where we are in the season, typically they come in warm up for 10 with a moderate heart rate interval build then go through individualized Strength Happens mobility activation work based upon their ailments.  We then break into 3 circuits in our Strength Happens programming.  It all depends on where we are at in season because its specifically based on heart rate and the duration of volume stress on the nervous system to get as close to Motocross/Supercross replication as we can. We have a very solid strength aspect with mobility being key and then move into specifics and cool down post workout.

Adam had a pretty successful year and did great in the first few races.  What was it like seeing his progress each week?

We have our ups and downs and that's racing.  We love progress of course, but so many variables go into racing.  We have worked on consistency more than anything in all aspects from eating to starts to motor mounts and dialing in what works all around.  There's no better feeling than progress, but we take it in stride and always set up for what's next and never settle for being content or stagnant.  That's why these two are special.  They always want that next step. We've broke a lot of bones over the years and significant injuries and the first conversation they give me is "whats our plan and when can you get us back on the bike".  It's unreal and humbling.  

We’ve seen an influx of SX and MX specific trainers pop up in recent years. What do you think has caused this boom in the MX training sector?

There is a lot of pretend out there without proper knowledge or experience even on a bike to know what goes into this.  At this level you have to understand how the bodies central nervous system works with each one of your athletes.  Thus, why broad Crossfit "bullshit" programs don't apply to everyone and broad cycling programs don't apply to everyone.  At this level of racing and demand each body is broken down specifically to that persons needs wether it be nutrition intake or mechanical, the smallest variable can make the world of difference.  Theres a lot of spotlight and media and like every other sport people want to be apart of it.  I find the passion because it's been a part of my life forever and the demand on the body is greater than any sport I've been apart of.  Mind you I've played Football at the highest level and have had nationally renowned trainers.  I've ran track, I've wrestled, and I've boxed for years along with playing Lacrosse. 

 The training and work never stops for Adam and Tyler.  Progression takes persistence and they always make sure that they are focused on their goals.  Top finishes in 2019 and beyond is their highest prioritiy.

The training and work never stops for Adam and Tyler.  Progression takes persistence and they always make sure that they are focused on their goals.  Top finishes in 2019 and beyond is their highest prioritiy.

What about the uniqueness of SX and MX makes high level endurance training such a necessity?

You have to operate at such a high level without a mistake for longer periods of time more so than any other sport.  You have to be able to take risks and be comfortable in high risk environments.  It's a lot of psychological confidence in being able to operate in that space for 20 minutes plus,  while also being able to change at any moment and not to mention the physical demand of a 170-200 BPM heart rate and holding that pace.  When you look at it on paper it looks impossible and that's why each night the best 40 in the world get to attempt making their mark.  You have to prepare non-stop. Unlike any other sport where you can just show up based upon your physical and gifts you now have a bike and all the other variables within the race like track break down or other riders etc... There is never a place where you can settle because this sport is never ending with improvements being 100th's of a second.

Where do you see training in SX and MX going?

I only see it continuing to rise.  It's a small market being their are only so many athletes at this elite level, but you're seeing the Champions crowned that are known for their off-season and on-season work both on and off the bike.  It speaks for itself.  The guys just riding continue to fall through the ranks and end up racing just to barely even make a night show.  Without knowing someone I can watch and see who is trying to progress and who is just trying to stay afloat.

What do you currently have going on?

Currently I'm in Santa Barbara and have been for years.  Being a partner with a unique private facility Strength Happens, growing that brand with Mike Claytor and our team.  We have a lot of amazing things in the works and Mike has been at this and making his program more well known for the better part of 12 years.  We're now in all aspects from Iron Man competitions to therapy to everyday strength needs for everyone.  We are focused on continuing to grow as I said and looking at a 2nd and 3rd facility.  This is our life and we strive to help everyone and I'm lucky to be apart of it 

 Adam Enticknap has had a huge improvement in his speed in early 2018.  Although some of his results did not show it, his speed and overall approach was greatly improved over the previous year and it's only a matter of time before Adam is an even bigger threat on his big Honda 450.

Adam Enticknap has had a huge improvement in his speed in early 2018.  Although some of his results did not show it, his speed and overall approach was greatly improved over the previous year and it's only a matter of time before Adam is an even bigger threat on his big Honda 450.

What are some of your goals for the future and where do you plan to take your career in training?

My goal will always remain in terms of helping as many people as I can while maintaining quality and specifics.  My door is always open and training and competing is my life.

For more information on Taylor and Strength Happens be sure to follow him at (Taylor Selby) and check out Strengthhappens.com.  Be sure to stay tuned into The Collective Experience for behind the scenes promos and exclusives with the best and brightest in the industry.

SGB Suspension and Patched MX have joined the TCE program for 2018

SGB Suspension and Patched MX have joined the TCE program for 2018

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We are excited to have SGB Suspension and Patchedmx.com as new sponsors of the TCE MX Fan Experience for 2018.  We loved the support from the industry and supporters like these help to keep us providing more and more for our riders and fans. 

SGB Suspension is a Motorcycle tuning shop in Maryland that specializes in engine work along with suspension tuning/customization with Race Tech products.  SGB has supported local racers at all levels and works with high end clientele such as Supercross privateer AJ Catanzaro.  Jason at SGB Suspension prides himself on detail and precise tuning to meet the demands of the serious Motocross/Supercross racer.  Need your suspension set up for your racing discipline and skill level? How about a deep cleaning and fresh fluids?  Want some ultra-trick coated forks like the pros? Then hit up SGB Suspension and get hooked up today. Mention The Collective Experience for a great discount with the same top notch quality!

 AJ Catanzaro trusts SGB Suspension on his race bikes.  These guys are always there to support the local racers and national Pros.  Imagine what they can do to your ride!

AJ Catanzaro trusts SGB Suspension on his race bikes.  These guys are always there to support the local racers and national Pros.  Imagine what they can do to your ride!

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 Nothing says factory like a custom butt patch! Top Pros trust Patched MX to keep them looking ultra trick and custom. If you can imagine it, they can make it! Hit them up today!

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TCE Dream Chasers with Jake Vanada

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This month's Dream Chasers segment features one of the most likable and helpful guys in the sport.  Jake Vanada spends his weekends being the supporter and positive voice for many within the industry.  As a chaplain, Jake is responsible for spreading knowledge, encouragement, and faith amongst the riders and industry personnel. Jake is an invaluable member of the SX family so we wanted to sit down with him and get his 2 cents on the industry and what his role is all about....

Hey Jake! For the few people out there who may not be familiar with you tell us a bit of who you are and what you do at the races?

I am the race chaplain for the Supercross and Motocross series.  I travel with the race series and work along side the promoters and the AMA.  I speak at chapel.  I meet with riders, team owners, managers, trainers etc. throughout the race day.  I am down at the starts to encourage the guys and pray for them.  I lead team meetings and team prayers with teams that want them.

 How did you get started on your path as a Chaplin? 

I got started in ministry back in 1994, so I have pretty much been doing ministry my whole life.  In 2012, I had the opportunity to get the chaplain ministry started with the National Snocross Race series through a good friend Jesse Strege.  I am a big time believer in paying attention to God calling us to do what He wants.  At the time, I was on staff with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, so I was working in the world of sports in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.  God opened a door, all I did was walk through it.

 Jake spends his time helping and working with as many riders and industry personnel as possible.   From the sport's most elite to the everyday privateer, Jake wants to help everyone.

Jake spends his time helping and working with as many riders and industry personnel as possible.   From the sport's most elite to the everyday privateer, Jake wants to help everyone.

How did you get into the sport and what lead you to stepping up to the role that you have in the industry? 

In 2008, I spoke at a FCA MX camp in Indiana.  I met some awesome people who loved God and loved dirt bikes.  I have always loved God, and this dirt bike thing was new to me, but I have always loved horsepower and powersports…so it was an intstant connection.  Through that camp, we started a FCA MX camp in Minnesota in 2009.  Because of that connection, I met Steve Hudson who was the chaplain for our sport for 20 years.

It seems like you’re one of the busiest guys in the sport. Take us through your day at the races? 

Haha…there are a ton of uber busy guys who work like crazy to be the best.  Being around this industry has turbo charged my desire to be the best.  Race day is a busy day for sure.  I get to the track a couple of hours before track walk.  Most of the supercross rounds, I start off the day doing a short talk for the KTM Jr. SC riders…which is a total blast…seeing those young faces and all their parents…all jacked up to ride on a “REAL” Supercross track.  It is pretty dang cool.  Right after I am done with that, we are off to track walk where I  make a point to check in with certain guys or follow up with certain riders or managers.  After the race director is done with the riders meeting, we have a short chapel service, its optional which allows those who can’t stay or prefer not to stay a chance to get back to the pits and get ready for the race day.  I speak and teach for 12-15 mins., pray for the day and then we are off and running wide open for race day.  The rest of the day is all about relationships, mentoring, counseling, encouraging, basically walking alongside everyone in the pro paddock area, from privateers and their families, to the factory rigs, riders, mechanics.  I am on the move all day.  I love what I do.

How does what you do help these riders out? 

I think for many of them, having someone there to connect with on a bigger level than just racing, someone who genuinely cares about who they are as a man or a woman, not just because of what they do, it means something to them.   I am for them.  I want what is best for them.  I get excited for them when they finally make the main, or finish in the top 10, or make it on the podium.  I hurt with them when they don’t get the result they wanted or expected.  That is the role of a chaplain.  Come alongside…help them with life, racing, relationships, faith.  The whole thing.

 A lot of what Jake does is bring positivity and perspective through scripture.  Many riders utilize his knowledge and teachings to improve their everyday lives.

A lot of what Jake does is bring positivity and perspective through scripture.  Many riders utilize his knowledge and teachings to improve their everyday lives.

What is it like working with and helping/supporting so many high profile riders?   

Its pretty cool, but I don’t look at them like a typical fan of the sport might…we are all a sort of “Moto family” on the weekends.  I look at them as my brothers and sisters doing life, working hard, trying to be great at this racing thing that we all get to do.

During the morning Chapel service you touch on a lot of great examples and insights.  How do you decide on each topic that you discuss at every round? 

That is a really great question.  I try and teach truth from God’s word in a practical, encouraging, and fun way.  What I talk about is often shaped by how the season is going or what I see our industry needs.  I pray a lot about this and seek the Lord on what to talk about.

One of the coolest things about your service is how relatable and relevant you make each session. How difficult is it to do this? 

Thank you…its cool you say that…I hear that a lot.  I’m not really sure why so many say that, except that God is the one who has given me the ability to do this…if it wasn’t for Him, pretty sure the messages would be rather boring.

 Jake and his family are no strangers to motorsports.  Hailing from Minnesota, Jake has his hands into the snowmobile scene in a big way.

Jake and his family are no strangers to motorsports.  Hailing from Minnesota, Jake has his hands into the snowmobile scene in a big way.

What is one major thing that you have taken away from working with riders in this sport? 

Each one of them has a gift and ability and a massive drive to be great at this sport.  Every single rider has a story…its incredible.  The number one thing I take away?  How hard each one works to be great.  It is mind-blowing and super motivating.

How has your faith helped you reach your goals and get you where you are today? 

For sure it has.  My faith has grown in tremendous ways and continues to every year.  For example, we raise the support we need for us to do this ministry.  God sends every dollar we need…it blows me away.  I trust Him completely…with it all…who I talk to, what to say.  I think when we all depend more on God through faith, than we do on ourselves…great things happen.  I see this in my life all the time.

If there is one thing that you would change within the industry what would it be?

  That’s a hard one.  There is so much good happening and so many people working hard to make our sport better, from the promoters, to production, to manufacturers…to see it all from the inside, its incredible.  I know one thing that would really help our sport is more support for our privateers, which they are working on, but the gap between the privateer pro and the factory pro is still pretty big.

 On race day a majority of the riders make sure to seek out Jake throughout the day.  With this sport being so mental and hectic, Jake's insight and support is often times a necessity. 

On race day a majority of the riders make sure to seek out Jake throughout the day.  With this sport being so mental and hectic, Jake's insight and support is often times a necessity. 

 Jake is usually one of the first people that riders shout out and acknowledge.  Here Jake and his wife spend time with the 2018 West Coast 250 SX Champion!

Jake is usually one of the first people that riders shout out and acknowledge.  Here Jake and his wife spend time with the 2018 West Coast 250 SX Champion!

What are some cool things that you have in the works or things that you are getting involved in?

  I am starting a whole new part of the chaplain ministry this summer, something other sports like the NBA and the NFL do for their athletes…helping riders who are done riding.  I am pretty stoked about it.  I have some plans as well for training camp next fall…building on some stuff we got started in the fall of ’17.  I am super stoked about it.

How do you hope to have an impact on the industry and people that you talk to? 

I hope it is a huge impact, but not at all because of me, but because of Christ in me.  I want to see people in our industry get on the right path…the narrow road that leads to life.  Helping them do that and loving them in the process is pretty much the whole reason I do what I do.  I love what I do.  I love our sport and the people in it, from the truck drivers, to the top factory riders and everyone in between. 

For more information on Jake and his endeavors be sure to give him a follow @jakevanada . Stay tuned for more behind the scenes and in depth stories and stay locked to The Collective Experience for all of our new and exciting offerings.

TCE Perspective with Ash Money

TCE Perspective with Ash Money

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We're continuing to bring you new and exciting perspectives in the sport that we all love.  Too often we are fed the same watered down rider interviews and even more often we are left longing for more in depth and unique perspectives.  Well, we're here to give you just that! This week we take a look into the life of Ashley "Ash-Money" Sandte, girlfriend of superstar Supercross racer Adam Enticknap.  Adam has one of the biggest followings and most loyal fan base as the races and Ash is always right by his side to meet supporters and help Adam in everyday possible.  Always a crowd favorite, we wanted to get some insight from Ash on the sport through her eyes and give you another behind the scenes look at what it takes to compete at this level for not only Adam, but Ash as well...

Hey Ash!  You're pretty popular around the pits, but for the select few who may not be as familiar tell us a bit about yourself and who you are.

Ash Money is in the house!! Also known as Ash, or Ashley. I am the beyond proud girlfriend of Adam Enticknap "The 7 Deuce Deuce" and dog mom to our adorable French bulldog, Drake. 

How did you meet Adam and get involved in the sport?

I met Adam through a mutual friend. At the time he was newly single and my friend really pushed for us to meet. We ended up having the chance to meet in a group setting, the next day he came to my flag football game where he asked for my phone number and the rest was history. Honestly, I think he was pretty impressed with my QB skills ;) I really only got involved in the sport once Adam and I started dating.

 Adam, Ash, and little Drake are quite the pack.  When Tyler, Adam's brother, comes around it's always a party! You won't find a more fun family to chill with at the races.

Adam, Ash, and little Drake are quite the pack.  When Tyler, Adam's brother, comes around it's always a party! You won't find a more fun family to chill with at the races.

Did you know about Motocross and Supercross prior to meeting him?

Pretty much before Adam I knew absolutely nothing about Motocross/Supercross. My friend had an extra ticket to Anaheim 1 and invited me to go. I had the best time and was soooo impressed with my first SX experience!! Who knew at the time that was a foreshadow of my near future?!

What were your initial thoughts about the sport?

The sport quickly gained my respect and I had no idea there was this whole other world of MX/SX out there. 

What surprised you the most about the life of a professional Motocross and Supercross rider?

It's more than a full time job! Days are packed with prepping the track in the morning and evening, watering the track multiple times a day, training, riding, and bike work all while traveling and racing on the weekends. 

 Ash is always a fan favorite at the races.  While Adam has his lines of fans, Ash has her huge following as well. Fans are always stopping by to hang with Ash and meet Adam's number one supporter.

Ash is always a fan favorite at the races.  While Adam has his lines of fans, Ash has her huge following as well. Fans are always stopping by to hang with Ash and meet Adam's number one supporter.

How has his involvement in the sport shaped your relationship?

His loyalty, dedication, never give up attitude, and respect for the sport and his sponsors has carried into his personal life and is the foundation our of relationship. 

Walk us through a day in the life of you two?

There are technically four of us because you've gotta make sure you include the whole crew: myself, Adam, Tyler and Drake. I work full time during the week, so those days are pretty uneventful for us. 

On days that we get to spend a full day together goes something like this:

 Every morning Adam wakes up and wishes our dog a very warm and loving "good morning" while he rubs his cheeks for like a minute straight! Adam then makes his way to the kitchen to turn on the espresso machine that he is madly obsessed with. Tyler takes his role as the morning chef while Adam transforms into a Barista and puts his heart and soul into making the perfect cup of espresso with latte art (work in progress.) We then head to the track where they do their thing. I do my best to get accurate lap times, snap some action shots and selfies while getting my tan on and playing with Drake. Then we head home for a second espresso drink, dinner and bike work, go to bed, wake up and repeat. 

How do you impact his career/training?

I just try to give him as much unconditional love and support as I can. He does an incredible job handling his own business and I help out with the small things where I can. 

 The Enticknaps make riding and training days a family affair.  Ash is a huge part of their success and always has their backs.  Nothing's better than having a tight knit team backing you up.

The Enticknaps make riding and training days a family affair.  Ash is a huge part of their success and always has their backs.  Nothing's better than having a tight knit team backing you up.

What is the most stressful/negative part about sharing your life with a pro rider?

The time away from each other. Luckily I'm a pretty independent person, but I can never seem to get enough of Adam and our time together. 

What is the most exciting/best part?

Being able to support and watch him live his dream every day. 

What is your favorite part about the sport?

The LIT KIT award. Just kidding....I truly love the community and getting to know and build relationships with all of the wonderful people involved in the sport. 

 Adam and Ash are the definition of handwork and dedication.  They both put a lot into the sport and enjoy every second of the process.  They make quite the team!

Adam and Ash are the definition of handwork and dedication.  They both put a lot into the sport and enjoy every second of the process.  They make quite the team!

What is one cool fact/thing about Adam that fans should know?

I feel like he shares a lot of his life and passions, but I'll give you two interesting facts you probably didn't know about The 7 Deuce Deuce:

#1- He is obsessed with the Harry Potter movies. He watches it every night to bed.

#2- He doesn't drink, EVER. He is naturally high on life!! 

What is one cool thing that fans should know about you?

I'm super competitive. I can pretty much beat Adam in anything that isn't related to dirt bikes or freestyle rapping. I can whoop his booty in a game of P.I.G, Monopoly and Tennis to name a few. 

What encouragement or advice would you have for other people who’s significant other is an aspiring pro racer?

Embrace the lows and the highs. Enjoy the ride! 

Be sure to give Ash and Adam a follow and stay tuned for more offerings.  Let us know what types of stories you want to keep reading. For more information on our experiences and shadowing our pro riders, check out our experiences page.

TCE MX Fan Experience NOW OPEN!

Want your chance to shadow a Pro MX team? How about some up close and personal time with the top Motocross racers in the world? Sound interesting? Well you're in luck! Back for 2018 is the TCE MX Fan Experience aimed to give race fans a behind the scenes unlike any other.  This is your shot at working with a Motocross team and gaining real life hands on experience.  Spend the day learning from the mechanics, trainers, team managers, and riders about what it takes to run a professional race team.  You will have a completely immersive experience all day long and we get you hooked up with major connections within the sport.  You get all day access to the team and pits to get as much out of the day as possible.  To top it all off we spoil you with goodies, swag bags, and extras throughout the day.  The best part about our program is that, through your participation we are able to help fund and support the hard working privateer riders and teams of our sport.  

We plan to hold the program with the Triggr Racing team featuring superstar privateer Henry Miller and the 3D Racing Team featuring 2017 top privateer Brandon Scharer at select rounds of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.  Want to find out more? Check out the experience link or send us an email.  Be sure to follow us on Instagram @thecollectiveex and stay up to date on all of our offerings.

TCE Perspective with Bradi Bowers

TCE Perspective with Bradi Bowers

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Ever wonder what the sport is like from a different perspective?  How about what it takes to support a professional athlete in one of the toughest sports there is?  Well, look no further because we are bringing you several exclusives with some bad-ass women who support some of the racers that we admire and look up to.  Last week we profiled Falan Vandemeer, fiancee turned mechanic for Brandon Scharer, to get her perspective on the sport and what goes into supporting and living with a pro Supercross racer.  This week we wanted to catch up with Bradi Bowers, wife of Factory Kawasaki supported rider Tyler Bowers.  Bradi is a huge hit with fans and has been around the sport for quite some time.  Bradi's insight into the sport is extremely valuable and can help others looking to make or support a career in the sport.

For the very-very few out there who may not be 100% familiar with Bradi Bowers, tell us a bit about yourself and who you are.

Hey guys, Bradi Bowers here! I'm the wife and baby momma to Tyler Bowers. I also work for Monster Energy as a Monster Energy girl at select races because… BABY, duh. I have been working in the industry for 9 years, so I have seen a lot and have my opinions. 

How did you meet Tyler and get involved in the sport? 

I had been working for my agent, Kelly Louch, since 2009 which led me working some Supercross (Florida) events that year. Then in 2010, I met Tyler at Baltimore Arenacross, which this was my first time working Arenacross with Monster Energy. 

Did you know about Motocross and Supercross prior to meeting him?

I knew about Supercross a little bit, at this time dirt bikes weren’t HUGE in Florida. Everyone was more about water-sports like wake boarding.

 Tyler is one of the most popular riders in the pits and has been racing professional for quite some time.  His success has led him to some great opportunities, such as his ride with factory Kawasaki this year, and to some great support.  Tyler's biggest support definitely comes from his wife Bradi.  photo credit:  @opbphotography

Tyler is one of the most popular riders in the pits and has been racing professional for quite some time.  His success has led him to some great opportunities, such as his ride with factory Kawasaki this year, and to some great support.  Tyler's biggest support definitely comes from his wife Bradi.

photo credit: @opbphotography

What were your initial thoughts about the sport?

Not going to lie, my first Arenacross, I thought "people actually do this for a living?"

What surprised you the most about the life of a professional Motocross and Supercross rider?

How much work goes into this sport as an athlete. The travel, training and recovery, its a full-time lifestyle!

How has his involvement in the sport shaped your relationship?

Loyalty. He’s very loyal and committed to his teams, his goals, and his passion. All which carries into other aspects of life, including our relationship.

 Even though Tyler has a very jammed packed schedule and is goes "all out" on  race day, he and Bradi always make time to convene and review throughout the day.  The two also make sure to bring baby Max with them to say hey to fans and bring Tyler some good luck.

Even though Tyler has a very jammed packed schedule and is goes "all out" on  race day, he and Bradi always make time to convene and review throughout the day.  The two also make sure to bring baby Max with them to say hey to fans and bring Tyler some good luck.

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Walk us through a day in the life of you two?

(Riding days) Tyler and I switch nights with Max, so depending on who watched the monitor at night, the other person gets up with her when she wakes up. One person watches baby, changes her diaper and gets her ready for day, as the other gets breakfast going. Max and I pick one day to do track day with Dad because she loves going to the track. So then we pack up her essentials, and off we go to the track. When we get back home from the track, Max usually takes a nap and Tyler goes for a cycle or gym workout. Then, we play with Max until bath time and we get her ready for bed together.

How do you impact his career/training?

Tyler likes to overdo it, he’s constantly trying to do more and everything he can to do better. That is not always a good thing.  I am very good at telling him to rest when he’s starting to run himself into the ground, and can’t quite see it for himself. I'm also very good at giving him a good kick in the ass when he’s lazy and needs someone to be real with him. I play both sides well.

What is the most stressful/negative part about sharing your life with a pro rider?

NO OFF DAYS! I think everyone in the industry has the same wedding anniversary date because there are no other dates open for a wedding during the racing/training season!

 Bradi has one of the coolest jobs at the races and spends most her day greeting and hanging out with her fans.  It's not very often that riders aren't the most popular one in their crew, but for Bradi and Tyler, she certainly draws in the crowds.  Bradi has been in the industry for a quite some time and has great insight into the sport and what it takes to be successful at a high level.

Bradi has one of the coolest jobs at the races and spends most her day greeting and hanging out with her fans.  It's not very often that riders aren't the most popular one in their crew, but for Bradi and Tyler, she certainly draws in the crowds.  Bradi has been in the industry for a quite some time and has great insight into the sport and what it takes to be successful at a high level.

What is the most exciting/best part?

I love to travel, so being able to share new locations or revisiting locations is great because I am with my other half. 

As someone who has an intimate connection to the sport, what would you like to see changed within the sport?

I would love to see more rides available, but I don’t know how or where the funding would come from for this. I would love to see more professionalism in certain positions at teams. We spent some time talking to people who are in NASCAR, and they are very quick to respond to proposals and calls, whether its positive or negative, its quite nice. 

What is one cool fact/thing about Tyler that fans should know?

He’s very loving for a bear.

 Tyler spends a lot of time with his family during week to keep things relaxed and to enjoy life.  Unlike most racers, Tyler has things figured out regarding his home life and race life.  Bradi and Max are never too far away at the races and can usually be found under the tent with Tyler.

Tyler spends a lot of time with his family during week to keep things relaxed and to enjoy life.  Unlike most racers, Tyler has things figured out regarding his home life and race life.  Bradi and Max are never too far away at the races and can usually be found under the tent with Tyler.

What is one cool thing that fans should know about you?

I actually have a dental hygiene degree.

What encouragement or advice would you have for other people who’s significant other is an aspiring pro racer?

Always have plan. Never quit believing in your worth. 

TCE Prize pack raffle- your chance to win big!

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The Collective Experience is excited to have an all new TCE Prize pack raffle! This is your chance to score big time on a bin full of amazing products from our great sponsors and supporters. Included in the prize pack will be apparel from FXR Racing, Rutted Racing, and Evans Power Coolant.  Also included in the prize pack are promo codes and coupons from FXR Racing, SGB Suspension, and Evans Power coolant.  Too top off this stellar prize pack we are also including several signed jerseys from our 2018 line up of Pro Supercross riders.  Riders such as Tyler Bowers, Brandon Scharer, Mike Akaydin, and Henry Miller have made contributions and a very lucky winner will receive them all.  Your support and purchase of each raffle ticket goes towards supporting our privateer program and directly impacts our hard working and dedicated riders along with their teams.  To enter and purchase your raffle ticket head over to https://raffles.ticketprinting.com/?r=7501

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TCE Perspective with Falan Vandemeer

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In our sport a lot of the attention and spotlight is put onto the racers and team personnel, and for good reason.  After all, they are the main features of the racing, right?  Despite that being true, there are a lot of people behind the scenes that help to make each rider a success.  Arguably the most important among them are the wives and girlfriends of these star athletes.  They often wear many hats from mechanic, to personal cheerleader, to trainer, and most importantly their biggest fan.  Without them and their constant support, many riders wouldn't be to make through this tough sport that we all love.  We wanted to take a deep dive into the dynamic of a few racers and their significant others and get their perspectives on the sport, their home life, and their lives around the races.  Over the next few weeks we'll bring you exclusive looks into the lives of the women who make this sport and the racers they support so successful.  This week we caught up with Falan Vandemeer, fiancee to Brandon Scharer of the 3D Racing EBR Performance Yamaha team.

Hey Falan! Tell us a bit about yourself and who you are.

Well to start, my name is Falan (named after my dad Alan). Im 23, and currently I am a full time, online, college student working towards my Bachelor’s degree in English. When I am not at the races with Brandon on the weekends you can find me reading. I can read basically anything as long as it’s got a good story line.

How did you meet Brandon and get involved in the sport?

It all started at a family BBQ back in 2012, I was in my senior year of High School. One of my cousins happened to have Supercross on that night, it was the first round of the East Coast that season. It also happened to be Justin Bogles rookie race…that was the race that him and Malcolm crashed together, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I was hooked, and started watching Supercross, then Motocross from there on out. That same year my other cousin was getting ready to race a Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier. My mom, step dad, and I went to the race to support him, and even though that was a stressful day for my cousin he was able to qualify! Then I started to go to any race of his I could, and decided to pick up a camera and try my hand at some moto photos. A year later I was still taking photos, really enjoying it and possibly thinking of pursuing it as a career, when I took some photos at a local event…the Transworld Slam to be more specific. I went home that evening and began to edit photos, unsure of who half the guys were in the photos (I was still learning about the sport), when I stumbled upon a photo that I really liked. There was dirt flying in the photo which was in focus, while the rider in the background was turning in a berm somewhat out of focus. He didn’t have any numbers on his bike so I had no idea who he was. At the time I was trying to promote my photos on social media, and I uploaded the photo and said just that, “One of my favorite shots, but I have no idea who the rider is”. Against all odds…a person I didn’t follow, and who didn’t follow me, tagged the rider who was none other than, you guessed it, Brandon! After Brandon was tagged in the photo we started talking, and he asked me out on our first date not long after. 

Did you know a alot about Motocross and Supercross prior to meeting him?

Somewhat yes…I had started watching it a year prior to us meeting, but I had no idea what the sport was really all about.

What were your initial thoughts about the sport?

Super exciting! One of the better sports I was into! At the time I was going to school to be a sports journalist, and I was set on being a reporter for SX and MX, that’s how much I loved it.

What surprised you the most about the life of a professional Motocross and Supercross rider?

The amount of work they have to put into the sport, which such little payback to them.

How has his involvement in the sport shaped your relationship?

One thing for sure, if it wasn’t for Brandon and his racing I wouldn’t have had such amazing life experiences. I’ve travelled to so many new places, “survived” a motorhome fire (which includes all my clothes being destroyed/burnt), and I've even been Brandon’s #fakemechanic, which has hands down made us stronger as a couple. I’d be lying if I said racing wasn’t both of our main priorities, and it’s what we plan our lives around…and I’m perfectly okay with that. In fact, if Brandon stopped racing I wouldn’t know what to do…it would be really weird.

 Falan has been an integral part of Brandon's program the last couple of years.  Not only does she help him during the week, but she also doubles as his mechanic!

Falan has been an integral part of Brandon's program the last couple of years.  Not only does she help him during the week, but she also doubles as his mechanic!

Walk us through a day in the life of you two?

To be honest, we’re a pretty “boring” couple. We don’t stray too far from our normal program. Our typical day would be Brandon waking up super early to start getting ready to head out to practice, which involves him having to force me out of bed as well. We go to practice together, he rides while I sit in the car and read whatever book I’m reading. After practice he washes and preps the bike, while I’m still reading. Then we head towards home, go to the gym for an hour or two (which he has to force me to go to as well). Then we go home and by then it’s time for dinner. Finally it’s time for bed; we actually call ourselves an “old couple” because more often than not we are in bed by 9pm. Sometimes we watch our favorite show “How I met your mother”, but only if we’re able to stay up a little late, Brandon is usually knocked out halfway through the first episode. 

How do you impact his career/training?

I give all the credit to Brandon. He is his own mechanic/trainer/racer. If it wasn’t for him and his own motivation, and his downright love for the sport he would not be racing still. All I am there for is to support him when he needs me.

What is the most stressful/negative part about sharing your life with a pro rider?

Number one, would be the constant fear that he will get hurt. I don’t care if he breaks a pinky, it absolutely kills me to see him in any sort of pain. Being his #fakemechanic actually keeps me sane on race days because instead of worrying about him getting hurt I’m focused on getting his lap times/positions during the race.

Number two would be the instability of things. Unfortunately, there is nothing permanent in this sport…one day you could be the biggest thing out there, the next people forget who your name is. You have to be committed to going all in, and being able to go with the flow. This is includes moving, not having work, living on the road…etc.

 The bond between a rider and their mechanic is very important.  Falan arguably has one of the best bonds out their with her fiancee Brandon.

The bond between a rider and their mechanic is very important.  Falan arguably has one of the best bonds out their with her fiancee Brandon.

What is the most exciting/best part?

On the other hand I would say the instability of the sport is what makes it so exciting. You never know opportunity is going to be coming next. Five years ago, I would never have thought that I would have travelled to as many places that I have been to.  Another thing I love is the fact that I have met so many lifelong friends through the sport. Shout out to our friends Brent and Christina, whom I wouldn’t have met if it wasn’t for Brandon and his racing!

As someone who has an intimate connection to the sport, what would you like to see changed within the sport?

I just wish there was a broader industry, not just like five factory teams…If there were more opportunities for privateers I guarantee that if you put over half of them on a factory bike you would be surprised with the results. But unfortunately, only a handful of racers will ever get that opportunity and it’s a shame. This ties in with the money issue as well…I think if there were more racers on factory bikes, the racing would be more exciting, more sponsors would pitch in money because there would be more viewers, and overall the racers would be able to live off of the salary that they are getting. Money is definitely an issue. Just my opinion.

What is one cool fact/thing about Brandon that fans should know?

One funny thing I can come up with is that he is ambidextrous, making him really hard to eat with because he can never decide what hand he wants to use and he’s constantly elbowing me!  Also,  he’s actually a decent golfer…he somehow even got me into watching golf with him! And enjoying it!

What is one cool thing that fans should know about you?

Aside from me liking to read,  I also love to write as well. That’s actually what I am going to school for, to be an author. I’m currently working on my first fiction novel…so who knows; maybe one day you will see my name on the cover of a book!

 TCE rider Brandon has had a successful past couple of seasons, each of which he has had Falan in his corner 24/7.

TCE rider Brandon has had a successful past couple of seasons, each of which he has had Falan in his corner 24/7.

What encouragement or advice would you have for other people who’s significant other is an aspiring pro racer?

Hang in there and be as supportive as you can! Things can get really difficult sometimes, but that is when you really have to step it up as a girlfriend. You are their best friend, and essentially one of the only people that they will listen to. Constantly encourage them, and support them. Don’t be afraid to go with the flow, and don’t be afraid when things get out of control. They know what they are doing, and you also have to trust them, just like they trust you (even if they sometimes don’t show it). Also, don’t be afraid to live your own life outside of racing as well. You deserve a future just as much as they deserve a future in racing! 

TCE athlete AJ Catanzaro featured on Racerxonline.com

 Photo courtesy of Cole Beach Photography

Photo courtesy of Cole Beach Photography

The Collective Experience rider AJ Catanzaro was featured in a Racer X online article where he had the opportunity to share his thoughts and insights as a racer with the public.  Around the pits AJ is known for his charismatic nature and is more than informative when it comes to discussing the sport.  Topics like the race tracks of 2018, top rider injuries, and the current 2018 season happenings were talked about.  Believe it or not, but it is very rare for riders and racers to share their thoughts openly and many fans commented on the refreshingly opened nature of the article.  Be sure to check out the article here and support privateer rider AJ Catanzaro by following him on social media along with signing up for a TCE SX Fan Experience package with him.  Stay tuned for more great content and news from behind the scenes of Supercross.

 Photo courtesy of Cole Beach Photography

Photo courtesy of Cole Beach Photography

TCE Dream Chasers with Derrick Sorensen

TCE Dream Chasers with Derrick Sorensen

How cool is it when we get a chance to do something we love? For us Moto folks, we get this feeling anytime we swing a leg over a bike.  Now imagine getting to do your dream job!  It must be exhilerating doing something you love day in and day out and actually getting paid to do it. Those lucky few really know what it takes to make this happen and we love to pick their brains anytime we can to see how we can inspire others to do the same in the sport we all love.  This month we checked in with a young technician on the Rockwell Racing team, Derrick Sorensen, to see how he is living his dream...

 Image: @browndogwilson

Image: @browndogwilson

Tell us a bit about who you are and what you do…

My name is Derrick Sorensen, but I’m known as Drizzy in the pits, I am 19 years old. I’m originally from Utah currently living in Arizona. My life outside of being a race technician consists of being a general mechanic.  I guess if I’m not outdoors mountain biking, camping, or shooting I’m probably working on my car or someone else’s car or bike. I’m the type of person who loves to be tinkering with things and I love problem solving.

How did you get into Moto?

Unlike most people in the industry or sport I didn’t grow up racing and I didn’t start riding until “later” in life when I was 12. I was always into sports and I always wanted a dirt bike, but it wasn’t really financially possible until I was 12. From then on out my story is the same as everyone else’s.  I fell in love with it.

What motivated you to be a tech?

Since I started riding late I wasn’t going to make a career out of riding. I hadn’t thought about making dirt bikes my career until my sophomore year of high school when my 250 blew up. I mean I was always fixing things and taking things apart and was mechanically inclined, but really my only experience working on bikes was stuff I learned from YouTube when my bike was having issues.  Things like how to clean the carburetor, fix a sticky throttle cable, setting sag, and other stuff like that, but when my bike blew up I had to find someone. So I started searching online for a good shop and ended up finding Matt Jory at Proven Moto. It turned out that his shop was only like 7 minutes away from my house and once I found out his background in racing I knew that I wanted him to build my bike. It wasn’t until I met him and saw his shop that I first had the thought that the only way to be at the races on Saturdays as anything other than a spectator was to be a professional race technician. Money was still tight then and so he told me that if I brought him the motor out of the bike it would be cheaper. I pulled the motor out that night and brought it to him the next day. Once the motor was done I picked it up and put the whole bike back together. The first time I started that bike up it was so satisfying to know that I had the bike torn down to the frame and then put it all back together, so the idea of being a race technician was set in stone

 Derrick has been wrenching for AJ Catanzaro on the West coast rounds of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross series.  This is Derrick's first year working with a higher profile rider and he has learned a lot in a short amount of time.    Image: @browndogwilson

Derrick has been wrenching for AJ Catanzaro on the West coast rounds of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross series.  This is Derrick's first year working with a higher profile rider and he has learned a lot in a short amount of time.  

Image: @browndogwilson

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 How did you start your on your path to becoming a professional tech?

 Once I decided I wanted to be a technician I knew that I needed to get more involved in racing and make the transition from single track rider to racer, so through Matt I met Colby Sorensen. Colby is a local pro in Utah and was starting a riding school. I took a few lessons, but again money was tight. Colby was great and said that if I came and helped him maintain his track and help with some of the younger kids then I could ride for free and he’d give me pointers every now and then. But I still needed to figure out where I was going to  learn more. Enter the ever so attention grabbing MMI Facebook ad. I went from clicking on the ad to having a recruiter at my door in the matter of a few days and I ended up enrolling. My start date wouldn’t be until after I graduated highschool, so there was still a lot of time for me to change my mind, but I stayed involved and actually was taking auto shop at the time and found out about a competition called skillsUSA where highschool kids compete at the state level in various trades. Well it turned out there was a motorcycle mechanic competition and if you placed you got scholarship to MMI. I found out how to get signed up and my first year competing (I was a junior at the time) I took third in state and won 3000 dollars in scholarship money to MMI so after that there was really no going back.

Going into my senior year I was planning on competing again and  winning, so I spent months practicing, but only ended up taking second in state.  It was good for another 5000 dollars in scholarship money. After graduation I worked for the summer and then moved out to Arizona to go to MMI. I learned very quick that MMI sets you up to go to a dealer and not to go to a team, so I reached out to as many people as I could asking if anyone would let me come to the races even if it was just to wash bikes. I really just made everything in my life revolve around bikes and doing well at MMI. Eventually, after messaging people another pro from Utah Shawn Yarbrough messaged me back and said he could use help at Phoenix and believe it or not that was my first time even being at a Supercross race. It was one hell of a way to experience Supercross for the first time. It was a dream come true, and after that I ended up helping Devin Sorensen (also no relation) out in St. Louis.

From there it was basically just messaging everyone I could and trying to go from round to round and help people out while going to school. One of the people that I also ended up helping out was Bryce Stewart at Salt Lake. We clicked well and I told him if he needed any more help to let me know. Bryce also mentioned he might need help at the first three rounds of outdoors and so from then on out I kinda stuck with him. I drove out to Vegas SX to be there for him and ended up driving back and forth from Phoenix to his house in California every weekend until the AMA Outdoor Nationals started. Things were going well and I decided that I wanted to take a break from school and stick with him when racing headed east. I was with him up until about Unadilla. Once I got back to school I started the MMI K-Tech program and was talking with Devin about doing east coast once I graduated. (We’re pretty good buddies now so shout out to him!).  I ended up finding out that Rockwell watches had a team and needed someone. Shawn was working for Rockwell at the time so I hit him up and got in contact with Ryan Clark the team owner and Chris Elliot the team manager and sent in my resume. I guess they liked what they saw and said I had a spot on the team, the only problem was I was supposed to take the Suzuki fast program and I wasn’t gonna graduate until February, well I decided real quick I’d be better off working with the team than taking Suzuki so I dropped it and graduated as soon as I finished K-Tech at MMI. I graduated on a Thursday and was at the track that Friday. I’ve been with them ever since.

What are your daily responsibilities as a technician for Rockwell?

 My day to day responsibilities for Rockwell Racing depend on if it’s a regular weekday or race day. During the week I usually will wash the bike and tear it down on Monday and clean,grease and polish everything on Tuesday, and assemble on Wednesday. I like to just put music on and go through my routine. I try to talk to my rider AJ Catanzaro during the week and form a game plan for the weekend and debrief, if you will, about the past race. During the weekend my job is pretty simple, myself and fellow Rockwell Racing mechanic Eric a.k.a. "Jelly" set up the semi and get the bikes through AMA tech inspection. Saturdays are usually pretty crazy and the only things I worry about are the bike and AJ. The bikes get ran through and checked over completely before they go out for each practice and race. And besides that I just make sure AJ is happy with the bike and doesn’t want to make any changes. 

During the pre-season and off time I am responsible for maintaining the shop and fixing or fabrication various things around the shop. Me and Jelly usually team up to take inventory and clean. Going back to race day it’s for sure awesome to be with Rockwell because there’s always a crowd of people and there’s so much going on with Nuclear Blasts set up and the Justified crew doing their thing selling their apparel. I mean for A2 FXR brought out a really trick snowmobile and at Houston we had a fully set up Timbersled, so that brings a lot of people over.

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 Rockwell is one of the coolest teams in the pits.  What is the vibe like under the tent with the guys from your perspective?

 As far as the team goes everyone vibes pretty well. Ryan Clark is definitely the mentor type and is so helpful to have around, Chris is like the team mother in a way because he is always making sure everyone has what they need and everyone is taken care of.  Chris Sharpe handles things on Rockwell’s end and is always keeping things running smoothly and brings the two sides together really nice. Jim is our team cook and is the unsung hero. There’s not a single person that doesn’t help out in their own small, but major way. That’s why it’s a team because everyone has a job and without all the great people on the team things wouldn’t be possible. Over all I think the vibe is really easy going, a lot of teams have their area so roped off where as we always have people over and up close to the action checking out watches talking to riders, and talking with the Justified crew. It’s cool that so many people in the industry rep our gear so it’s just cool to be a part of that

 What is it like working with AJ? What are some things that make him stand out from other riders?

 I’ve really liked working with AJ because for one I am a fan and so when I found out I was gonna be working with him I kinda had a "fan-girl" moment.  AJ’s definitely very laid back and usually doesn’t ask for a lot and doesn’t change a lot of things so it makes my job really easy.  I’m a little bit of a jokester so it’s nice to know I can joke with him and he can take it and it doesn’t throw him off his game. I think what sets him apart is just how likable he is.  It seams like he always has a long autograph line and is always talking to someone. Plus I mean it’s the "Cat" and everyone knows he’s got a nasty style and flow. It’s hard not being able to work together durning the week, but I feel like we’ve got a pretty solid rapport going.

 What is it like being on the floor during an SX race?

To be on the gate during the night show is unreal! It’s so cool to see all the people and know that there’s people in the stands that wish they could be in your shoes. It’s so cool to me when people will see me after the race when we go out to eat and say, " Hey nice job the bike looked great all day" or people will ask me questions about the bike while I’m doing my run through and it almost makes you feel like a celebrity.  It’s just cool to be a part of something especially when it’s your dream. Not very many people get to live their dream so it’s rad.

 What is the most fun thing about your role?

 Again, I’d have to say the most fun thing about being a technician is being on the floor and talking to people and getting to see the bikes on tv or pictures and knowing that you were a part of that.  But I’d also say that being with the team and going to dinner or joking around after the race is always fun too. Really it’s all fun no matter how much hard work it takes I love it.

 Derrick works under the Rockwell Racing tent and seems to be really liking the squad.  The Rockwell team sets themselves apart with a great atmosphere, open and welcoming staff, and great displays for fans.

Derrick works under the Rockwell Racing tent and seems to be really liking the squad.  The Rockwell team sets themselves apart with a great atmosphere, open and welcoming staff, and great displays for fans.

What are some things you’ve learned that you didn’t expect to?

I think the biggest thing I’ve learned that maybe I didn’t think I would is really just how much it really takes to keep a team going and how much effort everyone has to put in. I’ve learned how to be better at certain things and definitely how to be resourceful, but I expected to learn that. So by far it’s just seeing how much goes into things

 What are some misconceptions that people have about tech’s?

I think the biggest misconception people have about techs is that we only work on bikes, where as I have many different hats and play many roles. It’s really a full time thing and a lifestyle. I also think people assume we have secrets and use magic when really it’s just a lot of common sense, practice, and routine. It definitely takes more than just being a good mechanic though , you have to know how to talk to your rider, play mental coach, and sometimes detective.

What is one thing that you would change about the industry if you could?

 It’s hard to find something I’d change about the industry just because honestly this sport is so great. But if I could change one thing about the industry it’d probably be how expensive it is to be a part of. Tracks are getting more and more expensive to ride at. Bikes cost more than ever. Gear is expensive. I know it kept me out of racing when I was younger and I feel like it’s keeping a lot of other people out of the sport too.

 How do you overcome the fear of starting out at this level and making mistakes?

 I think for me I was never afraid of starting out because it’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to get my shot and I wasn’t afraid of mistakes because I knew I was going to make them. I think the biggest help for me has been just telling myself that I belong. New things are always scary to some degree, but it’s important to just embrace it

 What are some skills that others can use to get where you are?

 I’d say the most important skill you can have as a mechanic is the ability to think outside the box and be organized. Organization is key! Give yourself timelines and schedules or a routine or list. Find what works for you and refine it. But by far the most important skill to have to get to where I’m at (which isn’t very far by the way, I’ve yet to accomplish anything substantial) is perseverance. People skills help a lot as well. I’ve quit jobs to go racing, I’ve been broke, I’ve lost sleep, I’ve invested all my time and energy into my goal.

 Derrick pours tons of effort and long hours into AJ's bike.  No detail is too small when working with athletes at these level.

Derrick pours tons of effort and long hours into AJ's bike.  No detail is too small when working with athletes at these level.

 What advice do you have for other young tech’s who are just starting out?

 So to summarize I think what it boils down to for me is the fact that I’m never satisfied, no matter what I do I know I can do better, and the key for me is I’m brutally honest with myself. I sit down and evaluate things and I think to myself, "Am I really doing absolutely everything I can be? Where can I improve and if somethings not working am I tryin to change it?" I think that knowing I’ll make mistakes like everyone does (even the top mechanics and riders do), but choosing to learn from them instead of getting discouraged about it has helped. When I make a mistake it lights a fire underneath my ass because I see it as a spot to learn and grow. But at the same time instead of worrying about what I’m not good at I found what I was good at and doubled down on it and became tunnel visioned. It just happens that dirtbikes was that thing that I found. So anyone that wants to do this can if they really want it. You can't just say that you want it. There’s no reason that anyone can’t be or do anything they want. The formula is simply hard work and dedication. The best place to start is changing what you can immediately to be better, so don’t wait to meet the right people. Instead go find them! Don’t wait to be taught, go learn! Go to the track or go work on your own bike. Just make everything you do in life about achieving your goal. Then, once you get your shot worry about refining your craft, being organized, getting a routine, trying new things and always-always try to learn more.

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