What differences do you see from an industry sense?
Mountain biking has a much broader general appeal. The average person hears that I ride moto and asks if I do backflips like the guys they see on TV. Everyone, however, has ridden a bicycle at some point in their lives.
Name your favorite dirt bike movie of all time.
Winners Take All! One time when I was flying through Atlanta, Gerardo was on my flight with his shiny track-suit and gold chains on. Everyone was saying “Rico Suave” to him but I said, “Yeah, Johnny Rivera!”
What is your favorite mountain bike movie?
It’s not a mountain bike movie but, Breaking Away is one of my favorite movies of all time. I remember watching it with my mom and dad and they loved it, too. In 2010, I bought Life Cycles on Tara Geiger’s recommendation and it made me want to throw my video equipment in the garbage. The cinematography absolutely blew me away.
Best moto event you’ve been to?
The 2008 Motocross of Nations at Donnington Park. James Stewart, Tim Ferry and Ryan Villopoto brought home the win for Team USA, but it was a nail biter until the end because Stew landed on a hay bale and crashed, and Ferry had to come through the pack to secure the win. That was James’ only motocross loss of the year; he went undefeated in the 450 Nationals that season. The atmosphere at an MXoN is just insane, and that one in particular was memorable for me.
Best mountain bike event?
I look forward to the Sea Otter Classic every year. As a fan, it’s great to see all the cool new stuff. As a journalist, we are treated better at that event than we are at any Motocross or Supercross event. It’s not even close! I’ve also raced the old man slow cross-country race the past three years and that’s always a great time.
Mountain biking bucket list?
After my mom passed away, we took my dad to Moab to ride the Slickrock trail. It was the first time I had seen him smile since mom died, and the memories I have of that trip are some of the best of my life. I hope to go back there again and relive those memories.
Swap and his father on a memorable trip to Moab. “One day I hope to go back and relive those memories,” Swap shared.