Interview: Todd Cress

By Erick Weinstetter
with Todd Cress

Q1) When did you start racing and what was the first track you ever saw or raced?
A) I started racing in 1980 when I was 10 years old. My first track was the Peru Indiana fair grounds and it was my first race.

Q2) When did you get a Powerlite ride? Was it factory or co factory? Was it thru a bike shop if so, which one?
A) In 1981 I got a Powerlite bike for Christmas. My dad and I worked hard to get it ready for the World Championships in Indianapolis that were held in January. I made the main and was the only “non” factory rider on the gate. I won the main and instantly fell in love with my Powerlite. We called Steve Rink and told them of our success and I rode for Powerlite Factory team for the rest of my racing career.

Q3) How long did you ride for them?
A) I rode for Powerlite from 1981 to 1985 when I gave up the sport.

Q4) How long did you race till?
A) I quit in 1985 (16 years old) as I was a Sophomore in High School and I did not have any local friends that still raced. It was a tough call as I still loved the sport, but other sports were of interest and racing in the Midwest at that time was not as popular as it was when I was little.

Q5) What sanctions did you ride mostly?
A) I mainly raced NBL, but occasionally did some ABA races.

Q6) Who was your main competition?
A) My main competition were other factory riders…Doug Davis, Billy Griggs, Steve Veltman, Mike King. There were a lot more, but it’s been a long time and those were the guys that I remember the most.

Q7) Got any cool BMX stories you can share?
A) I have so many great memories of being at the races. My stories are all pretty tame as I raced from 11 years old to 16 years old. My best memories are all of the traveling and hanging out with the other riders and teammates. One Summer Tommy Brackens stayed with me and my family for a week and we went to a couple of Nationals together in the Midwest. He was not only a fast rider, but a great guy and I enjoyed training and traveling with him.

Q8) Got any of your old bikes or gear?
A) Unfortunately I do not have any of my old bikes. I do have a few of my old jerseys and number plates that my mom saved for me.

Q9) What’s your favorite restaurant chain, fast food or not.
A) I live in Phoenix, Arizona now and I would have to say that I’m a huge Mexican food fan. There are some great Mexican food places, but as far as a chain I would have to say that Rubios is probably my favorite place.

Q10) What’s your favorite racer of all time?
A) Wow, I grew up watching some great Pros so that’s a tough one. I’m gonna go with Tommy Brackens for obvious reasons, but I would have to say that my favorite guy to watch was Richie Anderson. There was nobody smoother than that guy.


2 Responses to “Interview: Todd Cress”

  1. 1 Tom Wold
    August 23, 2012 at 1:30 am

    OMG !!! Todd Cress .. I remember racing @ Peru ,Indiana very well … I raced for our local bike shop & remember you from the races …My father ran the gate @ the track .. I rode a Powerlite as well & still have it after all these years… I stopped racing around 1981 or 82 as a 13 yr old expert.. Congrats on your accomplishments !!
    Tom #38w

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