Birthday: December 21, 1995 (23)
Hometown: Lincoln, Massachusetts, USA
Top Disciplines: Slopestyle (“Too slow for Pump Track and Dual Speed & Style, haha.”)
Nicholi Rogatkin’s trajectory of progression, and innovation, over the past few years is astounding. He started riding bikes at five-years-old, competing at seven, and was taking first place finishes on the international stage in BMX long before entering the slopestyle world, and Crankworx, in 2013 at age 17.
“I was invited to Whistler to ride Best Trick and the experience was absolutely surreal. I didn’t know what to expect going into it and I was mind blown by the crowd, the course, the entire vibe. I was able to pull one of my biggest tricks in the Best Trick contest and end up on the podium. I was incredibly stoked,” he recalled.
Over the past three years he’s managed to keep that momentum going. He podiumed for the first time at Crankworx Rotorua in 2015, then again at the same venue in 2016, but the festival has a special place in his heart for other reasons.
“My favorite Crankworx moment has to be the McGazza train in Rotorua. It was a very emotional and a very moving moment. An entire community of riders and fans came together to show our appreciation for Kelly and what he had done for the sport and for Crankworx. I think everybody in Rotorua that day will remember that moment forever,” he said.
Past Crankworx Podium Finishes:
2015 Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle – Silver
2015 Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler – Silver
2016 Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle – Silver
2016 Crankworx Les Gets Best Trick – Gold