Hailing from small town, middle
America (St Cloud, Minnesota to be exact), Alise Post is one of the most successful female BMX racers to ever swing her leg over a bike. Alise started racing BMX at the age of 6 and immediately fell in love with the sport. Her older brother Nick pushed to get her started in the sport, and after a few practice sessions and one “chicken out” from racing, Alise finally entered her first race. The rest, as they say, is history.
Her love of racing pushed her to win her first Girls Overall National Championship at the age of 10, beating out thousands of other girls for the title. Just to make sure no one thought it was a fluke, Alise repeated the feat three more times. Alise finished up her amateur career with well over 100 National victories and numerous Local, State,Regional and World Championship titles. She did all this while being a 20+hr/week gymnast, talented track and field athlete, and full time Grade A student.
Needing a new challenge, and
despite the season being well under way, Alise decided to make the jump to the pro ranks of BMX mid-season in 2006. She turned 15 three months prior, the minimum age to enter the Pro category. After taking two thirds in her first two races, it didnt take her long to win her first race, finding the top of the podium in just her third try. Alise finished up with 5 wins for the season, enough to earn her the Women’s Pro National Championship in her rookie year. At 15 years of age, Alise was the youngest to ever win the American Pro Championship. And, the icing on the cake, Alise was also voted “Rookie Pro of the Year” (an honor that had been exclusively reserved for males) by the readers of BMX’er Magazine. Following her start in 2006, Alise won the American Women’s Pro National Champion title again, but this time by a landslide. This feat made her only the third woman to win it in back-to-back years.
BMX made it’s debut at the Beijing, China Olympic Games in 2008, and despite the fact that Alise was one of the best female BMX racers the US had to offer, she was not invited to attend this race due to a 19 yrs. old age requirement while Alise was only 17. Knowing that no matter how well she competed in BMX she would not be able to be a part of this pinnacle BMX event, Alise continued to spread herself thin as a 3 sport athlete and full time student. Alise’s 2008-2009 racing seasons were
definitely affected by doing this.
Throughout 2008 and 2009, Alise had a bit of a reality check. Injury and new competition brought new challenges to her. Despite her below par performances on the international level, by the end of both years she was again up for the American Number One Women’s Pro title. A fluke crash took Alise out of contention for the 2008 title, and 3rd place finish did the same for the 2009 title. Though she still got a Number 2 on her plate both years, Alise definitely wanted more.
Now eligible for the 2012 London Olympic Games, Alise has taken her dedication to BMX to a new level. Upon graduating high school in 2009, Alise retired from gymnastics and track and field in order to move out to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA and get back to her winning ways. Although she remained busy by continuing her education as a full time student at the University of San Diego for the 2009-2010 academic year and upping her involvement on the BMX World Cup
circuit, she saw big improvements in the beginning of 2010. So, Alise decided to narrow her focus yet again by making the difficult decision to take a break from college and completely dedicate herself to BMX. She has the advantage over the 2008 competitors in that she knows exactly what she’s getting herself into, and so she’s doing just what she needs to so she can set herself up for success.
Within months of this decision,
Alise has secured herself as the top ranked American both nationally and internationally by taking the Bronze at both her first Elite World Championship and her home town World Cup in Chula Vista, as well as placing 4th at the final World Cup round in France and finishing 2nd in Overall World Rankings. She is also currently leading the National Women’s Pro Points. Needless to say, she’s on the right track heading towards 2012.
Q & A
When did you turn pro?
I turned pro on the American series when I was just an infant 15-year-old
What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?
2007 World Championships, 2010 World Championships, 2006 & 2007 American Grand Nationals, Frejus & Adelaide after parties 2009 and when I was 9 years old at one of my first National races in Missouri and our whole conversion van and trailer was stolen!!!
If there’s one thing that people in the industry would recognize you by, what would that be?
Probably my nickname: The Beast.
• Fun= bikes & people • Vision= 20/15 don’t act like you’re not impressed. • Friend= Kelly • Foe= Waking up in the morning • Greenhouse= Toyota Prius • Gas= Expensive
When did you first start riding? Where/why?
Started riding at 3 to beat my little boyfriend at something, started racing at 6 because my brother didn’t want a little wussy of a sister
What drives you to be sicker than everyone else?
My dad used to bribe me with pickles…
If you weren’t ripping on a bike, what kind of menial task would you want to do?
Facebook and Twitter…
“The Situation” from Jersey Shore, The Vampire in Twilight or Wee-Man (hey, some people like their guys bite-sized)?
Well, I am pretty bite sized myself, so maybe Wee Man? JK, I think I have to say my fellow Oakley rider and boyfriend Sam Willoughby. I don’t know if he’d be too happy with me if I said anyone else…**cough** Zac Effron or Ryan Dungey **cough**
If you had to share a bathroom with one Oakley rider, who would it NOT be and why?
Brooke Crain…she’s leaves too many surprises in there.
Tell me a funny story about an Oakley rider...(We’ll never tell)
Sam Willoughby was my ultimate creeper/stalker at one point/for years. We’ve now been dating over 2 ½ years. :)
Talent…other than doing no handed pushups:
I’m a shopping extraordinaire.
Your Favorite…(Start with your favorite music artist or something):
PINK, Rihanna & The Hangover.
amazing and unbeatable!
Best song to ride to:
Hmm….Whatever makes ya wanna dance!
First thing you do when you get back from an international trip is…
Turn my iPhone on and hope for 2309482398745 texts to read and feel important :)
A lot of riders never get to go to Prom, did you go, who did you take or who would you ask if you could go today?
I actually got to go to Prom twice, but didn’t get to go to my senior year one, because I was at a World Cup. Sam offered me to bring a prom dress and take me out in Copenhagen, but I refrained. If I could go today, I’d probably want to bring Russell Brand. Good looking and definitely entertaining.
What is something that you wouldn't normally tell someone about yourself?
It’s obviously a secret if I haven’t disclosed the information already…
Fist pumping? Head Banging? C-Walking? Or Funky Chicken? Which one? Or all of the above?
I mean, if I’m really getting down it probably looks like I am doing them all at the same time but out of sync…
Dream vacation spot:
Would you rather get punched in the gut by Mr. T. or super roundhouse kicked in the face by Chuck Norris?
Definitely Roundhouse kicked by Chuck Norris, he’s a legend.
If the most interesting man in the world wanted to take you out on a date, would you let him?
Well of course I would want to see what this man has to say…
People would be super surprised if they knew that you…
pretended I was a cheetah and ran on all fours for a good portion of my childhood. I even drank the milk out of a saucer like a cat…that’s dedication.
What tricks are you working on?
You’ve been mistaken for…
Halle Barry. We share a striking resemblance ☺ HA. I wish.
Buffalo Wings and Dr. Pepper
James Franco or Robert Pattinson?
James Franco. He’s better looking and wouldn’t want to bite me all the time.
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