Mario Presi is a super fast racer who competes in the UK national series , and has competed at euro and world level.
He has written a little bit about his bike and his background in BMX racing, not only is he talented on the track but he is one hell of a chef as well….mariopresipersonalchef.blogspot.com
Take it away Mario!!
Frame: Haro Blackout Pro xl plus
Fork: Haro cliq
Head set: Shadow conspiracy
Handlebars: Haro cliq
Crankset: Haro cliq
Chainring: Renthal 44t
Rims: Allienation Deviant (front) Allienation Runaway (rear)
Hubs: Profile Elite
Tyres: Kenda Konversion 20×1.75
Brake: Shimano dxr
Seat: Tioga spyder
Seat post: Allienation
Seat clamp: Hope QR
Pedals: Shimano dxr
I started back in 1985 and my first race was in Jesolo near Venice on a beautiful red clay track. I had a yellow Bianchi and I was racing wearing a track suit..I made the final and the other guys on the gate were all on GT, Redline, Haro..wearing they sponsors racing gear. I finished 8th..and from then I got hooked.
During my racing career I won several Italian National titles in both 20″ and 24″, many Regional titles and I took part in European competitions (at the time when the Superclass was the Elite of today) making A finals and in some occasions making the podium.
The level of racing abroad was completely different from what I was used to..I kind of had to throw myself into the mix and many times, it paid of.
In 1992 I took the win at the Euro Champs in Padova, my home track/town..I remember it like if it was yesterday..
I stopped racing at the end of 2000 as BMX in Italy was almost dead and I had to concentrate on my career/job.
I moved to London in 2001 and after many years of inactivity I discovered Brixton BMX track by pure chance. At that time I lived 15mins away from the track..so..After watching the Olympics I bought myself a Felt Cruiser and got back on the track again.
Best decision I had ever made..
I realised then how much I’ve missed the sport. I grew up racing BMX, travelling across Europe, seeing new places, making new friends..and this is probably the best part..making friends..
My first race in the UK was a regional at Hayes on my cruiser..I was so unfit and almost forgot everything about how to ride a BMX that by the time I was at the bottom of the start hill I was 1 and 1/2 bike length behind the other riders. It was a slap in the face as I wasn’t used to it but I had so much fun
Since then I got fitter, stronger and faster.
I took part at the British Champs in 2009 racing for Brixton and got a respectable 5th place in Cruiser 30-34. Not so lucky the following year as I crashed in the Final in the first berm.
In 2011 I decided to race the National Series and I took my first win at Braintree on Sunday (missed Saturday race as I was working) beating the World Champion Alan Hill and that was an important achievement for me..I was so happy when I crossed the finish line that I was screaming my lungs out..Later in the same year I took the win at the British Championships.
2012 was a big year for me personally as I was officially included in the HARO UK BMX team.
I made the trip to Orleans in France for the Euro Champs where a super stacked 30-34 cruiser class was a tough nut to crack. Made it to the semis (5th) and that was a good lessons for the up and coming World Champs.
Birmingham was the host city for the Worlds and overall I was feeling good.
I decided to race both 20″ and 24″. I made the Semifinals in Masters in an Arena (NIA) packed to the rim with people watching and live streaming from RedBull TV..
On Sunday it was Cruiser racing and after the qualifying rounds I was feeling good..The final was stacked with fast guys..8 riders representing 8 different countries..how cool was that
After a not so good gate..I managed to take a well deserved 4th place..in my first ever World Championships.
2013 and I am proud to wear the HARO jersey again. This year I will race mainly Masters with the occasional Cruiser race.
Many people to thank during all these years..My Mum and Dad above all who sacrificed so much to take me to races and supported me all the way.
Phil Beer to be my first sponsor in the UK and a person I deeply respect and owe so much. Adam Gardner and Lauren Smith at Moore Large – HARO UK for the support..