Today I was able to get on Skype with none other than Jamie Bestwick. Jamie is a fascinating person with so many layers to him. He’s a husband and father, he’s a business owner and entrepreneur, he has a foundation in his name, he races motorcycles and Baja trucks, he does long distance cycling, he’s an on-air sports analyst for NBC, and on top of that he’s the greatest BMX vert rider to ever live. I know that’s a bold statement, and although there’s nowhere to get an accurate fact check on it, I don’t think you’ll find many people within the BMX community who would disagree with it.
Jamie has a collection of X Games gold medals that runs 12 deep and has won every Dew Tour year end title since the event’s inception in 2005. When people watch Jamie drop into a vert ramp they can immediately tell that he is on a different level than other people. There’s really no two ways about it—he’s simply the best to ever do it.
Jamie was a little short on time today, so we skipped on catching up, we skipped the Chime In segment, and we skipped the Quick Hit questions and got straight into the good stuff. Although I’d love to talk to Jamie about business and all the other things he has going on in his life, that will have to wait until we can do a part two because this time around I focused the conversation on Jamie’s mindset and mental game when it comes to competing at such a high level. Sit back, relax, and soak up some knowledge from Mr. Jamie Bestwick!