Drew Bezanson's Learning Curve - Episode 4

Aug 1, 2016
by Red Bull Bike  

It’s often said that 10,000 hours of practice is required to become a master in any field. Well in this case, our man Drew is trying to do it in only 2, just before his first official contest run at 26 Trix in Austria following a shoulder injury that knocked him out of the Swatch Rocket Air event before even getting started…

With a hectic schedule split between BMX contests and his slopestyle endeavors, Drew’s frustrations begin to boil as he battles with the extremes of going from a 4th place finish at X-Games on his BMX, to a less-than-stellar finish in his first recognized slopestyle contest.

bigquotesI knew it was going to be a ton of work to make it to Red Bull Joyride, and it's still going to be a ton of work but do I still think it's possible? Yes, I still think it's very possible... did I underestimate it? Sure, f*** yes I did! - Drew Bezanson

Despite the frustrations, Drew’s blind optimism begins to pay off when he takes on the Swatch Prime Line event in next week’s episode.

The Learning Curve is a six-part series released every Monday that captures the high-fives, tumbling lows and humbling experience of Drew Bezanson’s first season on the FMB World Tour of slopestyle mountain biking as he attempts to earn a spot at Red Bull Joyride on Sunday, August 21st.


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  • 35 0
 Red Bull should release this as a full documentary when it's done.
  • 17 2
 Redvull media player still sucks
  • 3 1
 *redbull
  • 2 1
 he would be faster on 26
  • 5 0
 @bikerguy24: He should get a 29+ for extra grip on those loose berms.
  • 8 0
 I think drew would be doing much better in the FMB if he stopped doing soo many bloody x-ups.
  • 2 0
 @jakecallcut: I agree when watching his runs I just kept thinking how he looks good on the bike he just needs to throw more trick diversity in his runs and clean up the landings!
  • 1 0
 @Shredthenoob: It is a shame the chances of getting in legit have past this year. he was looking so good as he had learned double flips and cork sevs.
  • 18 1
 These are a great watch. It goes to show how far slope style riding has progressed in recent years. Remember though kids to ride bikes because they're fun, and not just to make it to Joyride.
  • 18 5
 Drew always has been a great video/edit BMX Park rider. Slopestyle 10-15 meter jumps are not a BMX park for sure. To be good at it you have to have a bag of banger tricks and balls of steel to do those tricks on those jumps. There is no way a BMX park rider could transform into a MTB slopestyle rider in a few months, no matter what.
  • 6 1
 Yeah,he didn't make it to joyride, wildcard from maxxis slopestyle goes to matt jones and emil johansson.
  • 2 1
 @Hyperx: Let's not be naive and think an invitation won't happen regardless of previous results...
  • 3 1
 @BeardlessMarinRider: Would it be that bad a thing? Two lesser known riders make it on wild cards. Drew, well Drew has earned at least a little special consideration. This is a bit like Conor McGregor. At some point if you bring that much to the table (excitement, intrigue, money) it's not unreasonable for him to get a pass. I mean, would we rather he not be at Crankworks this year?
  • 1 0
 @Hyperx: f*ck u b*tch you cant even make it to joyride a$$hole
  • 1 1
 @Hyperx: f*ck u b*tch you cant even make it to joyride a$$hole
  • 1 1
 @Hyperx: f*ck u b*tch you cant even make it to joyride a$$hole
  • 1 0
 @zelkova: russian, so russian...
ты че,девушка тазхейта?такая же овощная,как и он.Что ты агришься,быдло тупорылое?я всего лишь написал,что вайлдкард выиграли другие люди.
  • 1 0
 @Hyperx: am not russian you moron
  • 1 0
 @zelkova: but you dumb as sh*t.In your profile it's russia, and you look like typical russian idiot.
  • 1 0
 @Hyperx: I am isis you do*chebag and i want your f@ggothead
  • 1 0
 @zelkova: sorry, I don't know, that you are born from riffraff.
  • 1 0
 @Hyperx: i am not born from riffraff & I said i want your head do you understand?
  • 1 0
 @zelkova: I don't understand what person like you forgot on pinkbike.com...It's mountainbike website, man. And you angry as hell for nothing.
  • 12 0
 I like the realness of this vid, too much of the time all the struggles and anger is not seen or edited out. Props to Drew for putting this all out there.
  • 7 0
 Its crazy that hes juggling both bmx and slopestyle at a pro level simultaneously, gotta think when Nicholi Rogatkin made his move from bmx to mtb I believe he went all in and wasn't hopping around both sports (feel free to correct me if im wrong there). I think that if Drew just put a hiatus on bmx and put 100% into mtb he can make even more progress!
  • 9 1
 Rogatkin was a BMX dirt jumper. He won BMX Worlds Dirt and ASA Triples right before moving to MTB and he had a bag of bangers to get on the Crankworx Best Trick podium in his second MTB competition and win 2 next contests
  • 5 0
 Love how raw that is... The guy has high expectations for himself and when he doesn't meet the minimum he hoped for, we get to see his frustration come out.. Ultimately , he knows he needs more time on the big bike. Tricks that are easy on a 20 aren't as easy on a 26..
  • 5 0
 Cool edit, It's a lot of pressure to be putting on himself. Like the shrink said - if he controls his emotions there is nothing he won't be able to do on a bike.
  • 5 0
 Take a step back! Remember why you ride two wheels, it should be fun not stressful! Money is a tool to get stuff, not a definition of greatness
  • 3 0
 For me it's one of the best series to see how the whole Slopestyle event thing is going down, and how much mental thing is behind this all! Really like this documentary and hope, that the hard work is paying off!!
  • 2 0
 It's easy to say that being more emotionally controlled will produce better results. However, once someone is experiencing pain, anxiety, or emotional distress (the type not meeting your expectations may cause among other sources); anger becomes a little more difficult to manage. I think few can imagine the intense emotions associated with that level of competition and performance. I have worked with athletes on their mental game in the past and even then can only partially understand their experience and much less how I might respond in a similar situation. That said, there are some cool tricks to slow that system down so you can continue to perform creatively and in control. This is such a good series; a huge win whether he makes it in or not. I am appreciative he is taking us along for the ride and showing some of his vulnerability. One of the few bits of reality TV that feels "real."
  • 2 0
 You have been made of a legendary xtreme sport transformation dude ! Well done
  • 2 1
 Man... It 's Crazy to see him like that , he wanted to do well at 26 that he lost it!!
  • 2 0
 Inspirational series, keep it up Drew!!
  • 1 0
 The best series of films of cycling that I've ever watched. Utterly inspirational and brilliantly put together, top stuff!
  • 2 0
 Great film series. Look forward to this every week
  • 1 0
 just because of that very bad build ending of a slope track why dont they create the runout of the finishjump safer
  • 1 0
 Looks like he's gettin' the ugliest stuff outta the way. Might just need to dial it in now.
  • 1 0
 Why isn't Drew riding with two brakes until he gets the course down? One brake and OJ equals death on the next set XD
  • 1 0
 he should ride with nyqust
  • 1 0
 So he's going to Joyride....this is gonna be good.
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