​​There are countless great BMX riders in the world. So many, in fact, that a lot of them begin to blur together. It takes an incredible rider and an original style to really stand out from this mass of talent.

Enter Ricky Catanzariti. Ricky first caught my eye in a plaza video Colony dropped of him in December. A rider I’ve never heard of riding plazas? My hopes weren’t too high. Boy, was I wrong! The video was just over a minute long, but I caught myself watching it over and over. There’s something special and different about Ricky’s riding. He did a crank flip barspin out of a nose manual - one of the coolest things I’ve seen in ages - but there was more to it than just that. It was clear he wasn’t “just another great rider.”

Fast forward to last week. Colony dropped a mind-blowing section from Ricky that delivered far above even what I - a big fan - had anticipated. I could run through all of the reasons why this new video is great, but you should have already watched it and know them for yourself. (If you somehow missed it, it's above this text. Watch it NOW!)

With these two amazing videos under his belt, I realized that I knew absolutely nothing about Ricky other than who his bike sponsor is and some of the tricks he likes to do. With the help of Colony, I got in touch with him in hopes of finding an answer to my question. Who is Ricky Catanzariti?

Outtakes from Ricky's new Colony video

Where do you live?

I live in Two Wells - a little town in Adelaide, Australia.

How old are you?

The big two-zero.

How long have you been riding?

Pretty much as long as I can remember. My older brothers rode, so they got me into it pretty early, I guess.

Who do you ride for?

Colony BMX, Eat Children Crew, and Little Black Bike.

Do you have a “real job?”

I guess so. I’m a yardy at a transport company. Forklifts are my forte.

How long have you been on Colony?

About two-and-a-half years.

What frame do you ride?

Colony Monash.

Your first Colony video was all park / plaza riding. The second was all street. What do you ride the most?

Pretty much a mixture of both. Usually, it’s a street on Saturday and park or plaza on Sunday type of deal for me. I try to get a ride on my ramp setup throughout the week if I finish work before dark.

Crankflip barspins…. HOW?

Kick ‘em and throw them. Simple.

What inspired you to bring that trick into everyday riding?

I guess I’m just in that phase when you’re confident with something and want to see what else you can link it up with.

What’s your favorite variation of it you’ve done?

Probably out of a nose manual, I’d say.

Your style is incredibly original. Which riders influence you?

Too many to name. Really everyone who I see killing it.

How many tries did that hang five to 180 barspin take?

Ahh, not too sure really, but I was a wimp about throwing the bars for a while. Haha!

What was your favorite clip from your last video?

Hard to say, really. I’m overall stoked on the whole video.

Are you currently working on anything else?

Trying to get clips for the ECC DVD and I have a few old clips from my ramp setup, so I’ll eventually get more.

Ricky's Ramp

Any big plans for the rest of 2016?

I keep telling myself I’m going to LA near the end of the year, so I’ve gotta organize that. But, other than that, not too much besides driving forklifts.

To learn more about Ricky, follow him and Colony on Instagram.

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