Marcus Christopher Is Meticulous About His Craft
The sleepy town of Canton, Ohio, is most famous for two things: the Pro Football Hall of Fame and undervalued 25th President William McKinley. But Canton-based BMX prodigy and Nitro World Games competitor Marcus Christopher is already making a strong case to join that list, and he’s only 14 years old.
The fun-loving Midwesterner was introduced to BMX racing by his dad at age 4. By age 10, he had taken up freestyle. “I enjoyed learning all the tricks,” he says. Practicing on his own epic ramp setup in the backyard, which he dubbed “Graceland,” Christopher’s progress was about as speedy as it gets, and by age 11, he was a sponsored pro dropping edits like this:
While there is a joy to Christopher’s riding that feels carefree and spontaneous, he is also a meticulous craftsman. “I prepare for competitions by practicing often and making sure the tricks I plan on doing are dialed,” he says. It helps that he’s buddies with fellow Ohio BMX star Nick Bruce, who let Christopher use his custom setup, complete with resi lander, to get ready for the Nitro World Games qualifiers. It paid off, as Christopher went on to drop a BMX Triple Hit qualifying run that had onlookers cheering his name.
After his breakout performance at qualifiers, Christopher is stoked to compete in Salt Lake City later this month. “NWG is definitely the biggest contest I have been a part of,” he says. “The best of the best on such a huge stage is going to be sick.”