Down & Dirty
MF: What are you up to in New York?
DM: I'm here to hit up as much media as I can before the Dew tour starts. That starts next weekend, June 22, 2006, it's the first stop of the Dew tour this year, and its in Louisville Kentucky. There's four other stops, Denver, San Jose, Portland, and Orlando.
MF: How long has the Dew Tour been around?
DM: This is actually the second year of the Dew Tour. Everybody's probably familiar with the X games, and unlike the X games this is more of a series, there's five stops. Its awesome, it's a whole different kind of goal to set for yourself, to stay consistent throughout the whole year. Whereas X Games is one banger, its definitely the most recognizable action sports event around, that most people will know about. Its cool because X games is the one big hit event, and the Dew Tour is five awesome stops.
MF: What's your role with the Dew Tour?
DM: I'm competing in it, in vert and street, or park as its called now, the vert and park disciplines. I'm working to promote it and get people to check it out and see what kind of athletes we are.
MF: Will we see it on TV?
DM: It'll be on NBC. We have quite a bit of live coverage, which is pretty amazing for action sports.
MF: You've been in this sport the longest. What would you say is the biggest change you've seen in the sport of BMX throughout your career.
DM: I would say the evolution of the sport, its progression. The age difference is crazy. I've been around a long time, I turned pro in '92, and I'm still out there competing because I love it, but its cool to see the amount of kids that are getting involved, and that's whats amazing. You see a 17-year-old kid that's out there and he's amazing. What they do at a young age now is much different than what I did when I was younger. All the years that I've been out there, riding in the X Games, the TV exposure, its just great to see the sport progressing into something that's more of a lifestyle, and a worldwide sport, which is cool.
MF: I see you have some visible scars. What's the worst you've ever messed yourself up while riding?
DM: My worst injury I'd say would be tearing my spleen. So I had to get my spleen removed. That was probably the gnarliest spill. It was at a Dallas, Texas state fair in '95. I had to have a week stay in the hospital.
MF: You're famous for being the first to pull the double backflip in competition. What made you go for that and what were you thinking right before you did it?
DM: You know, Woodward camp in Pennsylvania has a huge gymnastic camp. They kinda incorporate foam pits with BMX and skateboarding and inline. There were a few guys that did some doubles in the foam, and they did them on a resi, which is foam with plastic. Jay Miron actually, he's the first one to do it on anything other than a resi, but in a very calculated situation. My situation was, there was a contest in Raleigh, North Carolina, there was a big jump, and I said you know what, lets show the world, whats possible on a bike. X Games was my goal, 2000 X Games I said first trick, first run, double flip, no matter what. Since then theres even more amazing stuff that people are doing, myself included. So check out the Dew Tour and you're gonna see a lot of that amazing stuff, that's a lot more technical than a double flip. A double flip is very... it's a ballsy move, but it's a straightforward double flip, whereas some of the new stuff is pretty technical, its almost like freestyle skiers. It's nuts.
MF: What is your fitness regimen like? And your diet?
DM: What I love to do, and what helps me mentally and physically is cycling. Just going out on a road bike, six days a week. With my schedule its tough to stick to that all of the time, but I love going out, basically 30 to 45 minutes every morning. It helps get loosened up, moderate where your heart rate is, keep it at a steady pace, that's hard to do. Its great for me. Then I get on my bike and I try to ride 1-5, is what I like to do, with the weather getting hotter in North Carolina, I'll go out at about 11. Then I come home and sit in front of the TV and do some lightweight dumbbells, not to bulk up, just to stay solid and keep your muscles tight. I guess that's really it. I'm a big fan of protein shakes, before I go to bed and when I wake up. Although it is tough to stay on a perfect diet when you're traveling. My diet is egg-white sandwiches, with eggbeaters, in the morning, turkey sandwiches with yellow mustard and wheat bread, and then grilled chicken. I am a pasta freak and I do end up at an Italian restaurant probably 3 or 4 times a week, so, that's my party.