Give us the full rundown. When did we start? How long have we been racing? All that fun stuff.
Makayla: My Brother got both of us into the sport. I started a year after he did, so I’ve been doing it since I was six, and now I’m 18, and she’s been doing it since striders.
Tiffany: I started balance bikes when I was like two, and then I don’t know when I went the full track, but it’s been my whole life pretty much.
At what age did we make that progression jump of getting faster and taking it more seriously?
Makayla: When I was eight because I could still race clips back then. I got my first pair of clips, and we would do the Canadian circuit with a lot of really good competition back in the day.
Tiffany: When I hit my growth spurt in 2018, I started winning more Canadian nationals, and it just progressed from there.
Has it been only BMX? Are there any other sports or cycling disciplines?
Makayla: During COVID, BMX tracks were all closed, so I got really into dirt jumping and then went to Whistler and did some mountain biking with all the Canadian BMX riders. Everyone would come and do that kind of stuff until the tracks opened back up, which helped a lot, skill-wise, for my riding.
Tiffany: I tried getting into dirt jumping, but it didn’t go well, so I dont do it anymore.
So, tracks open back up, you’re both winning through the season, and you both end the year Canada’s National No.1, Makayla in Cruiser and Tiffany in Class. Take us through that Grands day; what was it like being up for the title?
Makayla: That day, I was pumped. I was ready and warming up early in the morning, and I’m normally not a morning person, but I had really good energy because I was feeling really confident with it. But it was a bit nerve-racking being in the gate and having everyone watching and announcing.
Tiffany: In 2018 and 2019, I was also going for the title, but in both years, I lost by one point, so I was kind of used to it. That day at Grands, I really didn’t care anymore if I got it or not. I definitely wanted it, but I wasn’t stressing about it.
How was it kicked off the year back in that same venue, racing with the new title on your plate?
Makayla: It felt like the pressure was on with a lot of people watching. We were both on the shirts, which was really cool, but yeah, it was a fun weekend for sure.
What’s the plan for the rest of the year? More US stops in the future?
Makayla: We’re going to do all the Canadian series for sure, and we’re going to try and hit maybe one or two more in the US for the experience.
Okay, A couple of random ones:
Favorite Bike Brand?
Makayla: Meybo or Speedco
Makayla: Victoria BMX
Tiffany: Gotta be Victoria BMX
Favorite Topic in School?
Makayla: Phys ED
Is there anyone you’d like to thank for getting you this far?
Makayla & Tiffany: Our parents, Tara & Mark, they’ve done a lot to be able to get us to the races and help with mechanical issues that it always goes through. Our brother Riley, because he definitely motivates us and helps us keep going. All the locals out at Victoria BMX, And of course, our team Factory Motofill and Hugo, who helps us get all the best deals.