Getting into the industry of your dreams can seem like a journey that not only takes a lifetime, but can also be riddled with obstacles that seem almost insurmountable. The vision that we have for ourselves in these goal worthy roles can get muddled and blurred after each small set back or step in the wrong direction. This is something that we all deal with and can easily relate to. So then how do we go about making our dreams a reality? How do we take the necessary steps to land our dream roles? Where can we start? These lingering questions paired with an immense passion for the SX industry sparked the creation of The Collective Experience and the TCE SX Fan Experience.
The goal of this program is to give fans a completely immersive experience unlike anything offered in the industry. This program gives participants a true behind the scenes look at what working for a pro team is all about. It allows the everyday fan to get some very detailed insights into the industry and helps them to make some invaluable connections within the Supercross racing world. It also helps them to get a head start on a possible career within the industry. Many participants in the program have made life long memories along and connections that have landed then with opportunities that they once thought out of reach.
Superiors fan Robbie Good got a chance to shadow Supercross Pro AJ Catanzaro at the 2017 Metlife Supercross race as well as Pro Rookie Jon Ames the 2017 Budds Creek Pro MX National. Robbie jumped into the program head first and fulfilled a lifelong dream of connecting with pros and more. Robbie gave us a bit of insight into his experience with TCE....
"Since the time I can remember, I’ve been around dirt bikes. When I was 4 years old my parents bought my brother and I a Kawasaki KDX50 and from there on my love for 2 wheels has never left. Growing up I always felt the calling to join the military and when I was of age to serve my country I tried to enlist. Unfortunately, due to health issues in my past it made me ineligible to join so from there on I was left searching for what “my thing” would be and what my future would look like. Well, I figured my love for the Moto industry and riding has always been there so I started looking at opportunities within the industry. To my amazement this past Spring I won a giveaway to shadow AJ Catanzaro at the Metlife Stadium Supercross race thanks to The Collective Experience. When I was first introduced to AJ and his Team I felt comfortable right away. It was like I was a part of them immediately. When Jeremiah, AJ's mechanic, had me help him out I was able to learn the little things that he does to prep AJ’s bike and make sure all his sponsors are cleanly represented on the bike. I learned proper vehicle prep and much, much more about the bikes themselves. I also got to learn from Rob Clingan, AJ's team manager, about analyzing where AJ is looking good or bad on the track and how to go about fixing those issues. From all of the things that I learned on that day I feel that it translated over to my personal riding development. This experience helped me to win my first College Boy 2 championship this past season. I just applied a lot of the same principles to my program that AJ and his team implemented in theirs".
"Because of all of the things that I learned at the Metlife Supercross race I decided to do the TCE Fan Experience program again, but this time for the 2017 Pro Outdoor Motocross National Series at Budds Creek Maryland. For this race I was partnered with Savij Racing rider Jon Jon Ames. Once again I felt right at home with this team. I got a very similar feeling with this staff as I did with AJ Catanzaro's team earlier in the year. I got to learn from and be around industry renowned engine builder Chad Sanner and Team manager Broc Schemlyun. Throughout the entire day I made a ton of connections in the industry with people like Jeff Jetton from 3N1MX and the guys from Panic Rev ministries. I also got to have some good conversations with Factory riders Shane Mcelrath, Josh Mosiman, Zach Osbourne and many others. Both of these experiences were not only a dream come true, but were something that sparked my love for this sport even more!"
"Since my TCE Fan Experiences I have been pushing myself week in and week out training on and off the bike. Because of the connections that I made through TCE I have recently been able to do some training with AJ Catanzaro and Pro Rookie Tyler Stepek at AJ’s track at Tomahawk MX. I have also been getting ready for a new role where I will be working with a Pro rider in the Pro Motocross National series later in 2018. I have learned a lot of skills, tips, and tricks around working with sponsors in the industry that help me keep going through the season with a solid gear setup and bike. I’ve also learned how to manage a program/routine myself on race day. By participating in this program I have learned more than I imagined I would and it’s been a very beneficial and fun time. I know without a doubt that I will be signing up for one again in the 2018 season."
For your chance to experience the same opportunities that Robbie did, be sure to sign up for the TCE SX Fan Experience and shadow your favorite pro rider at a Supercross race of your choice. Get inside the action and get an experience unlike anything you imagined.