Thanks so much to Joey Cordova for being a super integral part to this year’s Lyons Outdoor Games. He was key in shaping the course to make it the best Outlaws of Dirt BMX/Dirt Jump Comp ever. We really appreciate his attitude, his skills, everything about this man.
By his passion and enthusiasm for the event, you’d think it was Cordova’s first time to ride in Colorful Colorado, but it isn’t – the pro BMX rider actually learned to ride his bike in the Front Range, and this is his 4th time riding in the Lyons Outdoor Games. “The Outdoor Games has a special place in my heart because my family and friends who I grew up with get to come and watch,” Cordova says. “It’s always cool to come back and see people who I know, and catch up with people who I haven’t seen in awhile, and perform in front of the home crowd.”
And, this year is particularly special: “Longmont is very special to me,” says Cordova. “There are still people going through tough times due to the flood, and I hope that the event brings people together and helps the people who are in need. I’m looking forward to doing anything I can to lift their spirits.”
Cordova’s passion for all things biking started early; his father raced motocross, and he was riding bikes by age 3 and competing by 5. Although, it wasn’t until 10 years later, at 15, that he discovered his true passion, dirt jumps and trail riding. At 18, he learned how to back-flip and was hooked after that. “I just love being in the air and being weightless. It feels almost like you are flying. I love everything about it, flowing and feeling like one with your bike.”
Fun dirt jump contests and trail rides are his favorite things to do, which is why he is looking forward to the Lyons Outdoor Games. It’s not high-pressure the way that races are he explains; it’s about how much fun you can have. In particular, he’s looking forward to helping Outlaws of Dirt dial-in the perfect jumps. “I started trail building when I transitioned to dirt jumping and trail riding. It’s become my second passion. It’s such an amazing experience to envision a trail, build it, and then ride it. It’s almost like an artist painting on a canvas .. but then you can ride the course when you are done with it.”