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Bryce Hudson competing for the $100,000 pot in the FMX High Rollers Contest during Monster Cup at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada

X Games Sit Down With Bryce Hudson

Jul 122018

Monster Energy sat down with Bryce Hudson to discuss the upcoming 2018 X Games in Minneapolis, Minnesota and get a feel for what it takes to compete on the biggest stage.


Name, Age, Where Are You From, What Events Are You Competing In?

Bryce Hudson, 27 years old from Murrieta, California and I compete in Moto X Step Up. 

How many X Games have you attended? When/where was your first one?

My first year competing was 2013 in the world tour of XGames. My first event was in Foz Do Iguacu in Brazil, where I won gold my first appearance. 

In your own thoughts, what makes being invited to X Games so different from other competitions?

XGames has always been the most elite contest for action sports athletes. Ever since I was a kid I looked up to the athletes that competed and wanted to be just like them. And here we are today, competing at the same events!

Other than competing, what are you most excited to see/do at X Games?

I’m most excited to watch all the other events, and interact will all the other athletes and friends who we don’t get to see regularly. It’s always fun to see the other athletes and how far action sports is getting pushed every year. 

What’s your mindset as you prepare for X Games?

My mindset is 100% focused and ready to do the best that I can. I have put in the preparation previous to the event, and I’m ready to come out and show everyone I have what it takes to win the event. 

Any special training for the event?

Yes I have done extensive training the past few months and have built a replica step up lip to practice before the event. Most competitors do not have something similar to practice on, so I feel this gives me a strong advantage. 

Do you ever have free time during the X Games? If so what do you do to pass the time?

Yes there is always free time before and after events. My favorite thing to do is just watch all the other action and contests that are happening. It’s not often you get front row or behind the scenes tickets like us athletes get!

Will any of your family/friends be coming out with you to X Games?

For the first time in a long time my Mom, Dad, and youngest brother will be attending the event which is exciting!

Is there anyone in specific that you want to see/watch at X Games?

I can’t think of any one person necessarily, but I am most excited to watch BMX dirt as well as BMX mega ramp. 

Are there any competitors you’re worried about/got your eye on?

Yes there is quite a few this year. It is going to be a stacked field but I have my eye set out for Jarryd McNeil who has won the event the past 2 years. 

Is your bike dialed in? Do you have to make specific adjustments for specific events?

We have made quite a few adjustments to the bike this year, all for the better. For step up specifically we stiffened the suspension and made some gearing adjustments. We are ready to send it to the moon!

What’s more important, the takeoff or landing?

The takeoff is definitely the most important. Landing is obviously a critical part, but if you don’t get a good takeoff and run in then you won’t clear the bar and therefore lose the event. 

How fast are you guys hitting the ramps out there?

We jump at a speed of around 25-30 mph. We don’t go super fast as we have a limited amount of run way. But the faster you can go the better!

What’s the go to pre-competition meal?

Whatever they are serving for free in the athlete lounge LOL. 

What’s your walk up song?

Anything by my favorite band Rise Against is good with me 

Other than moto, that you have to check out at X Games?

BMX big air and BMX dirt are going to be my favorite!

Growing up, did you ever think you would one day be in the X Games?

Honestly I always wanted to when I was a kid, but I never thought that I would be a top contestant! I guess dreams do come true if you work hard enough. 

Any new projects in the works?

Nothing to new for me, I am just continuing to ride as much as I can all while running my company Grip Clean during the week at home. 

What’s the rest of 2018 look like for you?

The rest of 2018 includes a nice long vacation after this XGames, and then beginning to prep for the Australian XGames that will be in October. 

Who would you thank for getting you to X Games?

All of my sponsors, friends, and family. I truly wouldn’t be where I am without them supporting me and helping to push me along the way. Also a big shoutout to Monster Energy for being the best sponsor out there and supporting us athletes in the best ways possible. 

You gonna send it?

I wouldn’t have it any other way. Let’s do this!


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