Nikita Ducarroz will compete in the UCI BMX Freestyle World Championships next week in Abu Dhabi (UAE). While the Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist is considered a medal hope, her story of mental health gives hope to others. The daughter of a Swiss father and an American mother, Ducarroz enjoyed the benefits of dual citizenship and grew up in Northern California while spending summers with her grandparents in Geneva, Switzerland.
At the age of thirteen, Ducarroz began suffering from severe anxiety attacks, which led her to isolation within her own home.
"BMX helped me to overcome my fears"
It wasn't until she found a BMX video on YouTube that she began to break free from the isolation she felt. At first, she saved up for a bike and practiced in her driveway. Day by day, trick by trick, her love for the sport grew. Eventually, the sport led her to do something that scared her to death: she took the plunge and went to ride at her neighborhood skate park. By doing this, she took a step toward overcoming her anxiety and began her BMX career.
Nikita continued to work hard and build her skills. It wasn't long before she won competitions - first at
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The FAT favorites list:
-Spot to ride: Anywhere with the homies -BMX video: BMX inferno, Nowhere fast and All day -Website: FATBMX and BMXfeed -Web video: Too many great ones to just pick one -Food: I love food -Person on Instagram: @_angelsc & @diegobravo666 -Travel destination: Japan, Germany, and of course BCN -Riders to ride with: Homies
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The FAT favorite list:
-Spot to ride: Wherever there’s Handrails and Box -BMX video: Bangkok Free Bird, Street Food Boys -Website: FATBMX, DigBmx, OurBmx -Web video: Dig -Food: All Street Foods -Person on Instagram: Nathan Williams -Travel destination: Germany, Italy, Netherlands -Riders to ride with: Nathan Williams, Dakota Roche -Car: Mazda BT50 Pro
-Spot to ride: has to be Asylum Skatepark / Junction 4 skatepark / Corby skate park -BMX video: Always love watching the Webbie show (all) -Website: YouTube -Web video: Prison documentaries -Food: Do love a steak -Person on Instagram: Got to love watching Kieran Reilly -Travel destination: Woodward -Riders to ride with: Kaine Mitchell / Dean Tecno gym / Josh Cox and many more. -Car: RV camper van
-Spot to ride: Has to be Adrenaline Alley, always ridden there since I was young so holds a special place to me! -BMX video: Harrymania inspired me as a kid, definitely has to be my favourite. -Website: YouTube -Web video: Fernando Alonso taking his R25 for a spin in 2020, goosebumps every time! -Food: Has to be a burger! -Person on Instagram: David Goggins, he always pushes me to train harder
-Riders to ride with: Ash Finlay and the Delta crew are a great laugh to ride with, but have too many favourites it’s hard to say! -Car: Mercedes’ GTR AMG all the way -Movie: Barnyard, absolutely hilarious!
Author: Antony Frascina, Clint Pilkington, Andrew Rigby
Date published: February 2022
Copies printed: First Print – 1600 (sold out). Re-printed August 2022.
How long was the thinking process before you decided to get to work on the book? We Were Rad: It was a pretty fluid process. We originally made an Old School style ‘Zine’ where we interviewed BMX Royalty such as Bob Haro and Andy Ruffell. This gave us the confidence and the bug to be creative. At the time social media was blossoming and every day new unseen images were appearing. These were the untold story of the kids on the streets, like us. We immediately all felt that these images and stories needed to be collected and told. We Were Rad was born!
Did you have things lined up and organized as far as photos were concerned or did you have to