Ravil 'Rijyi’ Nasirov was born and brought up in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city. He describes his first real passion as his bike, when at 10 years old, he was inspired by the local guys riding and performing tricks.
The surrounding hills and mountains of Almaty provided the perfect practice spots for downhill riding, and after buying a bike, Rijyi quickly picked up the skills and speed to take him into competitions.
His first major victory was a second place finish in Bishkek, a race that took place across the border in Kyrgyzstan. But his exposure to the riding and competition brought the young rider into the realms of the BMX scene, a sport that truly grabbed his attention. Before long, he was hooked.
"BMX became for me not just a fad, but a way of life – my lifestyle,“ he says. Rijyi began waking up at four in the morning just to ride and practise new tricks. He felt like he was living a dream, something he says is the only way to achieve good results. And it wasn’t long before he was not only entering himself into BMX competitions, but immersing himself in the scene to promote and develop BMX as a leading sport in Kazakhstan.