The MBA Q&A:
Name: Joey Foresta
Birthdate: August 31, 2001
Birthplace: Fredericksburg, Virginia
Height: 5-foot- 9
Weight: 140 pounds
Shoe size: 9. 5
Helmet size: Medium
Marital status: Single
Current home: South Jordan, Utah
Cars: Not yet
Started racing: 2008
Turned pro: 2016
Racing specialty: Dual Slalom and
Favorite course (North America):
Canyon’s DH course, Canyons Resort,
Favorite food: Steak
Goals: “Continue to have fun and
progress in my racing.”
Heroes: Cody Kelley and Mike Day
Favorite recording artist: Russ
Favorite movie: Borat
Favorite hobbies: Relaxing with friends
Jobs held (other than racer):
“Hopefully won’t need one for a while.”
Most embarrassing moment:
“Crashed riding through a parking
lot right after leaving the national
Always takes on a trip: Earphones
What you would be if you were not
a racer: “Hmm…hope I don’t have to
find out anytime soon.”
MBA: Where did you grow up?
Joey: South Jordan, Utah.
MBA: What kind of work do your
Joey: My dad is an operations director
and my mom manages a staffing company.
MBA: When did you first learn to ride
Joey: Three years old.
MBA: Who taught you?
Joey: Mom and Dad.
MBA: Did you race other bikes before
Joey: I raced BMX since I was 4 and
still do a little in the winter for off-season
MBA: When did you get your first
Joey: 7 years old.
MBA: When did you start competing on
Joey: 7 years old.
MBA: How did you finish in your first
Joey: I won.
MBA: Did you win any titles as an
Joey: I have been lucky enough to win
some titles since I started. I won national
championships three times in dual slalom
and five times for downhill. I also have six
Sea Otter wins and six Utah state
MBA: What have been your best results
as a pro?
Joey: I got second at Sea Otter in
dual slalom and third at the national
championships this year.
MBA: Are you going to go to college?
Joey: Not yet, but I plan to.
MBA: What other sports have you done?
Joey: [Laughing] I’m not very good at any
other sport. My dad says I can’t even catch
MBA: Can you tell us something interesting or unusual about your family?
Joey: Neither of my parents are into any
type of cycling, and yet my sister and I have
excelled at it. She is currently the num-ber-one amateur BMX girl in the
National Championships at Mammoth
Mountain this past July, Joey’s speed
would have put him roughly mid-pack
among the nation’s top pros—not too
shabby for a 14-year-old kid.
How did Joey get so fast? Well, for one
thing, he grew up riding mountain bikes
in his home state of Utah with pro racers
Mitch Ropelato and Cody Kelley—two of
the fastest dual-slalom and downhill pros
There’s one other thing: Joey’s sister
was recently honored as the top amateur
BMX rider in America, and she has even
been written up by Sports Illustrated. Will
Joey win races in the pro ranks in downhill and dual slalom in the next few years?
Frankly, we’d be surprised if he didn’t.
The kid is fast: Foresta (right) beat
World Cup downhill star Marcelo
Gutierrez in their matchup in Whistler's
Giant Dual Slalom, two weeks before
Joey turned 15.
Quick study: Joey
Foresta burst onto
the scene this past
spring by placing
second in the Pro
Men's Dual Slalom at
the Sea Otter, widely
considered the tough-est such race on the
planet. For anyone
the world's top riders,
that was quite an
accomplishment. For a
14-year-old kid, it was