Alex Donnachie Practising on BMX
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Alex Donnachie: Broken Bones, BMX Titles, and Some CBD Oil

By George Kruis / May 06 2020

BMX is not a sport for the faint of heart, or the fragile of bone. Its name alone hints at the kind of creative madness demanded from its athletes—those three letters stand for ‘bicycle motocross,’ which sounds a bit odd considering that bicycles aren’t typically known for having motors. But if you’re going to succeed in the wild, frenetic world of BMX, you’d better get comfortable embracing the absurd, because that’s where the magic happens.

Alex Donnachie is living proof of this. A wiry rider from the small county town of Perthshire, he became the first Scotsman to win a medal at the X Games when he took home the gold in BMX Street at the 2018 X Games in Sydney, Australia. At the time, he was only the third person to ever win gold in the event. All of 13 previous competitions had been won by his childhood idols, Garrett Reynolds and Chad Kerley.

Donnachie’s biggest triumph, though, came just after his biggest setback—one that he feared might end his BMX career altogether. George Kruis, co-founder of fourfivecbd, caught up with Donnachie to talk about the highs and lows of living life on the edge.

Answers have been edited for clarity and concision.

GEORGE KRUIS: Tell us about how you first got into BMXing?

ALEX DONNACHIE: As soon as I learned to ride a bike around the age of 5 or so, I was hooked. That was me. I’ve never stopped riding on two wheels for the past 20 years or so.

GK: What is the hardest thing about your lifestyle?

AD: Injuries without a doubt. I was very lucky for a while, going many years without serious injuries. Then 2017 came along and I managed to get myself into a few surgeries by tearing my ACL and dislocating my wrist.

Alex Donnachie Won First Place in Competition
GK: What were a couple of your biggest challenges?

AD: Realising my body can’t function on Coco Pops and chicken nuggets everyday if I want to keep riding BMX. My body was fuelled on a strict deep fried/chocolate diet throughout my teenage years. I didn’t know a single thing about health and had no interest in learning about it until I got seriously injured.

GK: How did you overcome these?

AD: Well, with a torn ACL I couldn’t ride for eight months, so that gave me plenty of free time to research about diet and exercise. Prior to that, I had never been to a gym or eaten kale. I did make the mistake a lot of people make by watching one documentary on Netflix and going vegan—won’t be doing that again. Now I eat a varied whole food diet and go to the gym six times a week.

How do you:

  • Rest?

    I always aim to go to bed at the same time every night to keep my circadian rhythm in check. I try to get around eight or nine hours of sleep every night. I always take CBD oil just before bed, to aid in getting a better quality sleep.

  • Recover?

    I will use the sauna and do plenty of stretching.

  • Rise?

    I normally skip breakfast, so I start the day with a green tea and some yoga. Then I catch up on some of the latest YouTube uploads.

GK: If you could change one thing in BMX what would it be?

AD: For people to take it less seriously, especially guys that ride street.

GK: What did you do for food and supplements to keep you going?

AD: For me, it’s constantly changing as I learn more information. In terms of supplements I take fish oil, magnesium, ginseng, glucosamine, collagen and fourfivecbd capsules. I also make smoothies most days consisting of various different powders and berries.

GK: What have been your biggest achievements?

AD: Winning an X Games gold medal in Sydney, Australia. I had just got back riding after my ACL injury so it was super unexpected.

Alex Donnachie Participating in BMX Competition
GK: What are your aspirations for the future?

AD: Just keep on doing what I’m doing, continuing to try and travel around the world riding BMX, and trying to stay healthy.

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