Nick Bruce Is Having a Year
Ohio is not necessarily the first place you think of when you think of ace BMX riders, and yet the humble state has produced at least two of the world’s best: 14-year-old prodigy Marcus Christopher and 19-year-old rising star Nick Bruce.
With a smile as big as the downside flair whip he recently nailed to help him earn first place in BMX Park at the Road to X Games qualifier in Boise, Bruce exudes charisma on every run and talent to match. In addition to the X Games finish, where he was competing as a rookie, he also performed at the June 12 halftime show at Quicken Loans Arena’s NBA Finals watch party for his hometown Cavs and took top honors at the Nitro World Games BMX Triple Hit qualifiers in May. Primed for the spotlight, he could be one of the favorites to win it all when the main event goes down on June 24.
Though he topped a stacked field that was deeper than any of the other qualifying events for NWG 2017, Bruce says he saved his best for Salt Lake City. “I don't want to give away any hints, but I am working on a couple new tricks I haven't done before,” he says. He doesn’t seem fazed by the gravity of the upcoming semifinals. He's preparing like he does every other competition: “By sticking to my workout/training program and riding my bike every day until I leave for the event,” he says. It’s the no-nonsense confidence of someone whose star is on the rise, because he knows how to win.