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Thursday, February 3, 2011
Drew Bezanson talks 2011 Simpel Session

Drew Bezanson is returning to Tallinn, Estonia to defend his Simpel Session title.

In the beginning of 2010, DK's Drew Bezanson wasn't even expecting to travel to Tallinn, Estonia for the Simpel Session contest. But at the very last minute, he got an invite to the contest, booked a ticket, and ended up taking home first place for the weekend. Throughout the rest of the year, Bezanson continued to dominate, filming innovative Web edits, winning more contests and earning the NORA Cup Ramp Rider of the Year Award. Now, as a new Simpel Session approached and the 2011 season begins. we caught up with Drew to see what he has in store for the coming year. Not surprisingly, Drew isn't "training" or taking it too seriously, he's simply having fun. Here's Drew. What have you been up to?
Bezanson: I've just been hanging out in Ontario, Canada keeping it pretty low key. I have a ton of good friends in Ontario, along with a ton of good indoor parks to ride. I have a lot of fun there, so why not put yourself in fun situations? Simpel Session is just around the corner, so I'm really looking forward to that too.

Drew B. with a slack-nac at Ray's MTB in mid-January.

What was it like winning Simpel Session last year? Are you worried about any other riders while defending your title this year?
Winning Simpel Session last year was incredible. I didn't even expect to go last year. Everything ended up working out, so coming into the contest I had no expectations. I just wanted to ride and have fun. Defending my title? As long as I have fun on little kid's bikes and am happy with how I rode, that's good enough for me.

Have you been preparing much for the entire comp season ahead and what are you looking forward to most about it?
I don't know if I ever prepare. I ride my bike everyday because I love it. I'm looking forward to traveling to all the contests, seeing all my friends there and having some fun on little kid's bikes.

You crashed trying a huge transfer and a ridiculous fufanu at X Games last year. Assuming you're invited back this year, will you take on a different approach or are you going to come out guns drawn and swinging again?
Hopefully I will get a second chance to ride X Games. Last year was definitely a huge bummer for me. I came into the contest hurt, with the wrong mindset. Hopefully this year I can get the opportunity to ride it again and have some fun. I always like to come out swinging, so we'll just have to wait and see.

Are there any big maneuvers we may see out of you this year?
I've been having a lot of fun with opposite tricks lately. As for big maneuvers, I've been working on my nac-nacs, ha.

Are you going to be spending a lot more time in the states this year. What are your plans exactly?
I'm pretty much a gypsy, so wherever the wind takes me. The wind takes me to America a lot, which I don't mind at all. I probably won't get a place or stay in one specific place. I just plan to migrate wherever.

Yes, this blog has been heavy on stretched supermans this week, but can you blame us? Drew at Ray's.

Lastly, any thanks?
Of course! First off, I would like to thank my mom, my dad and my family, friends and my lady. Without them I wouldn't be who or where I am today. I would also like to thank ESPN for giving me the opportunity to do this interview. Also, a big thanks to all my sponsors, Red Bull, DK Bicycles, Fox, The Shadow Conspiracy, Skull Candy, Ryder Distribution and POC helmets. I can't thank them enough for all the love and support they give me.

Drew will be riding in practice on Friday and during the Simpel Session qualifying on Saturday live from Tallinn, Estonia. For the latest from Simpel Session, check the Simpel Session Web site.