Stand out performance from the Cumbernauld National for us at BMXTalk was Adam Brazil, he made the Elite Mens main both days. By his own admission “something I never managed when racing elite a few years back” so we thought it time we caught up with Adam and asked him about all things BMX and his return to Elite Level Racing.
Bristol to Canada and back with all points in-between, we wanted know.
OK right off the bat before getting into it we are gonna go quick fire
Name – Adam Brazil
Age – 24
Years Racing – 13
Current Sponsors – J&R Bicycles
Worst Injury – torn shoulder rotator cuff
Best Season – 2009 (Junior men national and British champ)
Track – Cheddar (of all time), Perry Park (currently)
Band – no band, but it’s been Kendrick Lamar for a while now.
Meal – some kind of BBQ platter followed by a huge slice of cheesecake!
Country Visited (Not Canada, we will get to that) – Thailand
Race – 2010 South Africa Worlds
Racer – So tough. Who doesn’t love Maris, but I do always find myself cheers for Jelle. Of course I always want the GB guys to win though!
Cumbernauld must go down as a special race for you; it’s your first race back in the Elite class for a few years and you make the mains both days. You’ve been fast for years but did you think you would go 6 6 for the weekend and were you happy with that result ?
Cumbernauld was definitely a special weekend, but somewhat surreal as well. I never thought I would go back into Elite/Championship after coming out of that class a few years back. I thought I may be able to sneak into the Elite final on one day but to get there both days and be mixing it in the final was way beyond expectations. It’s funny because before the weekend I would have taken two 6th’s for sure. But being in better positions in both finals and dropping places means I could definitely have done a little better.
You left these shores for Canada a few years back, you took your bike i know so did you manage to race out there or did the real reason for the move keep you busy and what was that reason ?
The reason for the Canada move was a result of my university degree allowing me to do a years work experience between my 2nd and 3rd year of study. Fortunately enough I landed a pretty cool place for my internship! I did take the bike and to be honest I managed to get a lot of training done in that year, but only made it to a few races. I raced A pro at one US national and got blown away so that wasn’t a weekend to remember. The best bike experience in Canada came from my few visits to Whistler to ride some mountain bikes down big hills. So much fun!
Your currently leading the National Series in the 17-24 (4 rounds raced, 4,100 points earned. That’s dominating in anyones eyes). What made you move back up to the Elite class in Cumbernauld?
It’s been playing on my mind to move back up for a while now, and to be honest I just lacked the confidence to take the plunge and make the change. Ultimately I know my biggest weakness in BMX is my ability to race in the pack, so with the Worlds coming up I just wanted more exposure to those tight situations. After this weekend I’m definitely happy I made the move, but I also know that making more Elite finals will be no easy task even though I made both this weekend.
So now you’ve made the move to Elite to improve your ‘pack’ riding are there any other aspects you are hoping to improve on, leading up to the World Championships ?
The last few worlds I’ve done I have gone out either in the quarters or semis as a result of not getting into the first turn in a qualifying position. So I guess I want to improve handling the pressure on the gate when it counts. Just being on the gate with the top riders in the UK will help my confidence going into the worlds for sure.
Do you have any pre-race routines ?
My pre race routine is really just a good warm up finishing with a few short accelerations before going into the pens. I always wear two pairs of socks and pretty much have the same food on race day no matter what, so that’s part and parcel of the race day routine for me.
Any Thanks ?
No worries, thanks for asking me to do the interview! I would like to thank Sean Bowditch and the rest of the J&R bicycles family for being a fantastic team, Renny at Yess for building one awesome race machine, and Tom & Kim Palmer for putting up with me over race weekends! But most of all I need to thank my mum and dad because I seriously wouldn’t be racing without their support. It sucks that they won’t be able to watch me race for a couple of years whilst they’re enjoying their time in India, but I’ll keep trying to make them proud!
****All Photos Abi Taylor****