Welcome back to the top, Nicholi Rogatkin!
Oct 14 2022
With numerous top 3 finishes in his career, Nicholi sits firmly amongst the upper echelons of world slopestyle rankings. In Australia this past weekend, Nicholi once again found himself atop the podium with a first-place finish in Slopestyle at Crankworx Cairns. With that honor regained, we wanted to congratulate Nicholi and introduce him to those of you living under a rock.
Magicshine is proud to be a new sponsor for Nicholi Rogatkin, and we recently interviewed him as we begin this incredible collaboration.
Nicholi Rogatkin: Bike riding has been my passion since I was a 5 year old kid! So it’s absolutely a dream come true for me to be riding bikes now as my career. I first started riding at age 5, and I did my first pro contest at age 12. I started competing to push my riding level more, as it was always a big motivation for me to show big tricks in competition!
Magicshine: It should come as no surprise to anyone that mountain biking is dangerous. How do your friends and family feel about you riding?
Nicholi: Mountain biking is definitely dangerous but that is part of the thrill of the sport. My family has always understood the danger and encouraged me to push it harder! A lot of my friends are fellow riders and competitors, so they of course understand the danger as well! My mom and dad and my younger bro have always been my best supporters, I’ll always be thankful for that!
Magicshine: We learned that initially rode BMX, but later you turned to mountain biking. Why? Could you tell us the difference between BMX and MTB? Which one do you think is more difficult?
Nicholi: Yes! I started on a small 16” bike in the skateparks around USA back in the day! My passion was always big jumps and big tricks, so around age 16 I started trying all my tricks on MTB and did some competitions. The main difference between BMX and MTB is the bike size and wheel size, MTB has bigger bikes and therefore bigger jumps! Both sports are difficult in their own way, and pro riders in both categories are pushing the level every day!
Magicshine: I watched a lot of videos you post on your media and learned that you seem to be very successful in combining BMX and MTB. Has your previous BMX experience laid a firm foundation for your MTB later?
Nicholi: I absolutely think my BMX background was a good foundation for MTB, I think I was able to use my skills in the right way! I had to adjust my riding a lot from BMX to MTB, it was not easy and took a long time. But I think the BMX foundation was great for so many tricks and other aspects of riding.
Magicshine: What do you think is the biggest achievement you’ve made?
Nicholi: I think my biggest achievement is competing at the top of MTB for so long! I will try to keep it going as long as I can.
Magicshine: Every time I watch online, I feel really worried, especially when you do challenging and really dangerous tricks. Do you get scared? How do you overcome that fear?
Nicholi: Of course I have fear, I understand the danger more than anyone! Being confident in scary moments makes it possible to do some incredible things, so staying confident is my strategy of how I overcome the nerves and the fear.
Magicshine: Success always comes along with failure. I noticed that you once failed several times in an event. (Watch this awesome video from Red Bull about Nicholi’s journey)
But you never appeared to be sad, or frustrated, You seem to remain calm and positive. Could you tell us what you think about this success and failure?
Nicholi: I am lucky to have done so many different competitions in my life since I was so young. So I’ve had the chance to experience so many different types of moments. Staying positive through contests makes it much more enjoyable, as contests always involve nerves and pressure!
Magicshine: Of all the events you have participated in, is there a most impressive/fulfilling/saddest? Do you have a clear plan for the following days/years?
Nicholi: My winning runs at Red Bull Joyride and District Ride will always stay in my memory, those moments felt like a dream! In the following years I will continue pushing to win another World Championship and keep pushing the progression of the sport!
Magicshine: There’s no doubt you spend hours practicing. Interestingly enough, I watched a video on your TikTok. You were practicing in a hotel because of quarantine. Where and how often do you practice?
Do your friends join you? And have you ever practiced cycling at night or before dawn?
Nicholi: My practice always depends heavily on what events are ahead of me. I do most of my practice in competition training, as that training is so unique. In those situations, I have some of my best friends riding with me. There have definitely been times during sunrise / sunset where I did some training but never with lights. Stoked to try out some riding in the dark with Magicshine lights on!
Magicshine: In addition, I am curious how many bicycles you have? Do you have a favorite bike brand or component brand?
Nicholi: I have a few different types of bikes for different types of riding! Hardtail bike for Slopestyle, trail bike for bike park, and downhill bike for huge jumps and Freeride! All my bikes are from Specialized, and all equipped with SRAM parts and other accessories! Very happy and confident with all my bikes!
Magicshine is stoked to be partnering with Nicholi and help him push the limits no matter what time of day he is riding. Be sure to follow Nicholi on Instagram and TikTok to see what he’s up to and support him on his quest to reclaim the world title.