Who ever invented the phrase, “It’s as easy as riding a bike,” never tried to do a freestyle trick on a BMX course. That shit is hard. But that doesn’t mean they’d never seen BMX. Because they may have watched Nina Buitrago soar through the air on a BMX bike. She makes everything look effortlessly easy. Including the kind of tricks and jumps that would make most people run far, far away, the thought of broken bones, and bruised skin buzzing around their heads.
For an extreme rider like Buitrago, that’s part of the thrill. It’s not easy. BMX takes practice and skill and a whole lot of fearlessness. But once it’s a part of you, it’s downright addictive.
“The first moment I got on my own bike…that was when I realized, oh my gosh. I love this,” Buitrago says. “I don’t want it to end.”
That moment, when she first got on a BMX bike and took her first ride, was 17 years ago, and it hasn’t ended. In the interim, Nina Buitrago hasn’t just continued to ride, she’s become (almost unarguably) one of the best and probably most influential female BMX riders in the world. This was no easy feat. Especially considering that when she entered the sport, there were almost no women riding. It would take a lot of guts and passion to break into the male dominated world. Luckily, Buitrago had both in strides.
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