Felicia Stancil: The biggest change for me is that there is a lot more international travel and more SX tracks around the U.S. now. Somewhat similar lifestyle as I still race a lot of U.S. races and similar mindset of the day to day training since my dad had me racing international races starting at 9, which made me somewhat competitive and wanting to perform my best at a young age.
Bigger jumps, higher speed, bigger crashes. Do you generally pad up for the possible crash?
Felicia Stancil: This is a personal preference, but I’ve tried many things throughout my career, but I only like to wear elbow pads now.
You've suffered a big injury in 2022 already, are you almost back?
Felicia Stancil: Yes! I just went down the 8 meter for the first time and it felt great. It takes 3 full months to heal from a dislocated hip, which is the longest I was taken out of the sport for. Luckily I was able to maintain most of my strength through physical therapy and everything is healed so I feel great now!
What was it like meeting Chase Sexton and watching Supercross?
Felicia Stancil: I’ve always been a big SX fan and Chase and I are both Illinois kids with the same #23, so we were planning to trade jerseys for a bit, but it was cool to finally meet him!
Do you believe the risk is even higher in that sport?
Felicia Stancil: I think riding smart always lessens the chance of risk and they all seem very professional on showing up prepared, but the surfaces are different. Hard to compare of which one is riskier, but both have risk.
Have you picked your next race yet?
Felicia Stancil: Tulsa will be my first race back!
What did you change on your bike for 2022?
Felicia Stancil: nothing. Exact same set up as last year.
Do you generally test things in the off season like different tires, different sized frames, wider bars, longer stems, different gears?
Felicia Stancil: I’ve tested all of those things throughout my career, but I’ve learned my personal preference for my height and what I like, so no testing anytime recently.
Has your training schedule changed from last year?
Felicia Stancil: Some different training locations throughout the year and had to modify some things from my injury, but still consistency and as much hard work as I can do throughout the year is the plan.
Have you worked on your endurance to go 110% on the last straight and keep Laura behind you?
Felicia Stancil: Hey now. That was only 1 track technically. Well I’ve been injured, but we will see how some races go soon!
Do you get help with mental coaching?
Felicia Stancil: yes! Not consistently, but if I am struggling with something, I do reach out for help.
What's your local BMX track that you ride the most?
Felicia Stancil: I’ve been in Tampa a lot recently, so Tampa BMX right now.
Do you ride pump tracks and trails to improve your bike handling skills?
Felicia Stancil: I have many times in the past yes! But with traveling and racing on so many different tracks during the season, they all bring a different challenge, which is refreshing and then I don’t get bored.
What are your strengths?
Felicia Stancil: Maybe jumping!
What are your weaknesses?
Felicia Stancil: I could always improve on a few things
What are your goals for 2022?
Felicia Stancil: Work hard, work consistent and race my best :)
Pics by Bart de Jong/FATBMX, Navadanet, Felicia.