Name: Jean-William Prévost
Year of birth?: Born on the year of the tiger in the constellation of Virgo. 86 baby
What do you ride?: I ride BMX FLATLAND, some form of artsy floor bmx dance which thrives on developing your own style and tricks.
How did you start riding? : They had a BMX show at my city’s yearly festival where the guys were all dressed in 80’s style suits when I was only a few years old. I remember the show was so cool including flatland and ramp riding, in the end one of the guys tried to backflip the spine and fell straight to his back. I think that was the first time my mind registered the awesomeness of BMX.
Explain the scariest situation you’ve had on a bike: In the early years of riding i also did a bit of dirt jumping on a small six pack at a local trail, it was the last or second to last year of high school just before the final exams. I used to flow through them flawlessly until that day when I went and without double checking on the jumps, I pedalled towards it at the same speed I would always do, but at the moment I jumped I then realised that the jumps had been modified. I nose cased the landing and thumped to the ground on my ribs. I then felt some pain while breathing and pedalled home and thought nothing of it until after I had food and went to take a leak and what came out to my horror was blood clots in the shape of spheres and then just all out blood. When my dad arrived home I told him what had happened and he rushed me to the clinic and then the hospital where i fainted and can’t remember the rest. That was the scariest bike related story for me. That was also the turning point where I started taking flatland more seriously and everything else kind of took the side. Oh and I missed the exams that year hehe…
Explain your best moments whilst riding: While riding i’d say landing a trick that I believed was possible while knowing it was going to take forever to land and then finally land it….Best times on the bike and with my buddies was traveling in a shitbox 1992 Mazda from Santiago, Chile to Bogota, Colombia in 2015. It took two cars and two months…the feeling of driving through the desert of northern Chile and through the altiplano in Bolivia, riding with people from different cultures and visiting ruins of ancient history along the way was some of the best moments in my life.
What are you thinking at the start of a contest?: Thinking about how great it would be if all these riders got together without having to compete!
Who are your heroes? : Bike Heroes: Dave Nourie and Daniel Boyer because they are 50 and still killing it!!!
What’s the most flats you’ve had in one day? : 3 i think aargmf flats…so old school…
What’s the most important thing you’ve forgotten to take riding? : Not that I forgot it but the airline totally zapped my bike on one step of the World Circuit in New Orleans a year or two ago. I didn’t compete at that one….the bike was there at the luggage counter on the morning i had to fly back home….I was sooo pissed!
What motivates you to keep riding? : Travelling, meeting new people, good music and warm weather🐫🌻🌅☀
What do you like doing when your not riding? : Working on my brand “IGI”, managing riders in China, learning Chinese and characters, working on “RealCitySpin” BMX competition and thinking of riding.
What would you say to kids starting out? : Try this trick, or this one…or this one!
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be? : I would make all of the World’s infrastructure underground so that we can enjoy nature as it used to and should be.