For any of you in the FMX community who haven't heard of Ronnie Faisst, it's probably safe to say you've been living under a rock. Ronnie has established himself as a fixture in the FMX circuit since the sport's inception with three X Games medals, three Gravity Games medals, and countless photos in magazines and video features. He's currently part of the Nuclear Cowboyz demo crew and does countless shows around the world. And with his signature tattoos, he's easily recognized. But don't let the image fool you. Ronnie is a true believer in his faith and shares it with everyone he can. Recently, I sat down to catch up with Ronnie to discuss recent happenings, the status of his femur, the Whosoevers and his renewed love for riding his dirt bike again.
ESPN.com: Ronnie, what have you been up to lately?
Faisst: Not too much. I've just been riding and breaking in my new bikes for the Nuclear Cowboyz tour coming up in January. I've also been training at the gym with the Dojo, going to church and I just got back from a hunting trip in Jersey with my dad and family.
You recently just switched to the CRF 450 full-time. How's that going and will you be ready for the Nuclear Cowboyz tour on it?
Yeah I just made the switch full-time, so I've been getting it all dialed in and trying to spend as much time riding on it as I can. I'm really pumped to get back on the road and start doing some shows again. I've just been able to ride ice days a week within the last couple months. It feels good because I haven't been able to do that all year.
You broke your femur last year on that tour, how is it healing up?
It's good now. I did it back in March and was out for three and a half months. I healed up in just enough time to ride X Games and Dew Tour. I received a Bronze Medal at X and second place at Dew Tour. I then had to take off another four weeks to get the screws in the rod taken out of my knee, because it was rubbing on my IT band. But now I'm all good!
Did having the time off give you a newfound love for riding again?
Yeah it was like God restored my love for riding again by getting hurt. In a way, getting hurt turned out to be a good thing because I was really burnt out. But now, it's so much fun again. I love riding again, like I did back before I was burnt out. I'm really pumped on next year and getting back to riding shows and contests. I've been having a lot of fun riding lately!
Tell me about the Whosoever group.
Whosoever is Sonny from POD, Lacy from Flyleaf, Ryan Exit concerts, Brian Head Welch from Korn. Basically I got hooked up with them two years ago and what they do is travel around and share their testimony with as many people as they can -- from churches to rehabs, to schools and skateparks. It's really cool, I jump on every opportunity to travel around with them and share what God has done for me and in my life. Being able to ride for a living is truly a blessing from God.
I know you shared a little bit at Ox's and Jim McNeil's funeral. What did that mean to you to be able to do that?
I was asked to speak at all my boy's memorials -- Lusk's and more recently, both OX and McNeil's. I was honored to speak at all. It's a privilege to be able to honor your boys' lives and at the same time, honor the Lord and share to good new about Christ. I'm humbled and thankful. I pray what I shared at each one has given people hope in Christ.
How mental is riding, and how has believing in God helped you with it?
Riding is a 100% mental! And believing in God has definitely given me security with riding. I've never got on my bike and thought I was going die. The worst I thought could happen was I'd break some bones, but honestly I've lost three good friends in the last three years. And I think being a Christian has helped me with the fact that I don't need to fear death, and I don't need to fear ending up somewhere I don't want to be. I know where I'm heading and I like having that peace with me.
Sounds good, thanks for letting me do this with you and good luck in 2012.