Quarantine Time with Team Mongoose: Ben Wallace

This time last year, Mongoose pro Ben Wallace would be on his way to Montpellier, France to compete in the world renowned FISE event. But COVID-19 has turned the competition world upside down. Being upside down for a contest normally isn’t a bad thing, but when you're helping get the UK team to the Olympics and contests are stripped away what do you do? Well, if you are Ben Wallace you hang out at home and get creative on and off your bike while keeping a positive attitude towards the quarantine life.

Mongoose Pro Ben Wallace 2019 Ultimate X in South Africa
Ben from Ultimate X 2019 in South Africa. Photo credit Eisa Bakos

So, what have you been doing with yourself to keep busy at home?

Ben: Been very busy with a newborn baby keeping myself and the wife awake. But still being positive in this strange time by keeping fit, eating healthy and working out as much as we can.

What do you miss most about BMX right now?

Ben: The freedom of being on your bike the travel to the events and seeing friends from all over the world.

What are you looking forward to most when everything returns back to normal?

Ben: Shaking someone’s hand, giving them a hug and not having to take hand sanitizer with you wherever you go ha-ha!

Tell us about that ‘fake trick’ you posted.

Ben: The fake trick was just something that popped into my head and thought it might have been a funny idea and it turned out pretty good.

My wife did the drawings and added the photos together.

Are you going to do anymore fake tricks?

Ben: I did have some more ideas on doing some more, but now some restrictions have been lifted I might be able to do real tricks now 💪🏼

You just did a little video of you riding in your garage and driveway. How’d that come about?

Ben: A group of friends set a challenge to make a DIY video for whatever you wanted, and I came up with this. Was nice to have a little fun riding in the driveway with the family and creating some quirky obstacles to mess around on.

Any advice for people trying to find something to do to pass the time?

Ben: Keep your mind and body active because sitting still will send you crazy and don’t be afraid to try something new. Stay safe and stay positive.