At this years World Championships for us and at LOT of other people watching the way he attacked and dominate every lap, winning by half straights, Ryan Martin was our Stand Out Rider. We asked the former antipodean some questions……..
- Name – Ryan James Martin
- Age – 13
- Years Racing – 8 years
- Current Sponsors – Yess, Ultimate Parts, David Lloyd Gym Birmingham, Peak Performance Rugby.
- Worst Injury – I’ve been really lucky, but looped out on my freestyle bike on a track and lost a lot of skin off my back
- Best Season – this season
- Track – Cambridge (NZ)
- Band – None I like a wide range of music
- Meal – Sushi
- Country Visited – Belgium
- Racer – Liam Phillips, Niek Kimmann, Maynard Peel
So Ryan what do you put this dominance down to ? Who’s in your corner helping you out ??
A lot of hard work. I came back from Birmingham World Champs having got third and knew I wanted to do better. That’s when I started working with coach Kurt James and he’s turned me into the rider I am today. Kurt took me back to basics and I built up my skills from there. It was frustrating at times but so far it’s paid off. In NZ clubs run a training night and a mid-week race night ($2, 4 motos finished in 1 1/2 hrs), this means I could race two or three times a week and this makes a big difference, My Mom & Dad do a lot getting me to training, gym, sprints and racing and without them I wouldn’t have had the opportunities that I’ve had to date.
For some you’ve come from nowhere, can you explain to us where you have come from, and how British Cycling are lucky enough to have you pull on the jersey ?
I was born in Sutton Coldfield and at 4 years old I moved to New Zealand and that’s where I started BMX at the local track, Cambridge. My New Zealand citizenship came through after the World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand so to compete at World Champs I had to ride for GB. That was weird in my home country with all my bmx mates wearing black & white but it was great to win in front of a home crowd and then meeting Liam just before he won was a highlight. When I came back to the UK in the lead up to Rotterdam Grant White let me train with the GB riders at Manchester and that’s where I got hooked on Team GB. For a variety of reasons we moved back to the UK at the start of May and I’m really enjoying the racing, the group I race against are fast and I really enjoy the fierce competition.
Whats the Dream……. a move to Manchester, Olympics, whats your goals long term ?
Olympics is a very long term goal for me because of my age but still a goal. My goal would be to achieve what Niek Kimmann has just done but perhaps from Lane 2! I’m looking forward to World Cups, SX and winning Elite World Championships.
At such a young age you’ve got 3 World titles is your main focus number 4 right now ? Looking forward to Columbia ?
Columbia is definitely a 12 month goal and retaining my E1 next July also. At the moment my goal is Grands at the end of November. I’ve always wanted to race at Grands and some things are on the cards that may make that possible. After a really good July with Euros and Worlds I need sometime this month to recover before I start again. My season started last September in NZ so I need a bit of recovery time.
Recent tweet from yourself (@RyanMartin_W1) “Star gazing @BirminghamBMX riding with some big guns” So who do you look up to in BMX, Who do you enjoy watching ?
I enjoy watching the elites ride but I enjoy watching the ‘fun’ stuff where riders push eachother on rhythm straights to do crazy things. Daniel Franks and Trent Jones are two riders who find triples and quads to do on rhythm sections that no one has even seen or even thought about doing & I really enjoy that.
Gate 2, from memory you came out of it every knockout round and final at worlds, favourite gate ?
I don’t have a favourite gate each track is different and my favourite gate is the one that is going to get me into the first corner the qucikest and in the shortest distance.
Last Words and thanks…
I would like to thank Renny at Yess for his ongoing support, David Fox at Yess Factory NZ for putting me on a Yess last year. Terry and Pete at Ultimate for taking me under their wings, David Lloyd Birmingham for their support, Nathan Parsons and Peak Performance Rugby for helping me with my training program, Birmingham BMX Club and the other GB riders / parents who have welcomed me back home and been so supportive. Mark and the other Team GB staff for supporting me so far and hopefully in years to come.
To my kiwi mates you are and will never be forgotten #seeyousoon #nerang2017
There are a lot of people in my corner and I would really like to thank them all for their support.
Thank you BMXTalk for this honour and interview.
Editors Note – This Video is of Ryan’s World Final i took while in the stands…. Amazing, this boy is a different class and rightly deserving of being in our ‘Stand Out Rider’ series