Yesterday, a large portion of Madera’s team announced that they were no longer riding for the brand. This included Jake Seeley, Erik Elstran, Dan Kruk, Mike Stahl, Taylor Thompson, Jeff Dowhen, Jesse Romano, and Isaiah Johnson, and filmer/rider Grant Castelluzzo. You can click each person’s name to read their individual statement. The only two remaining riders on Madera are Dylan Mccauley and Tom Villareal. Dylan made the following statement on Instagram Story (which we can’t embed, so I’m quoting him): “…Anyone quitting @maderabmx is making a big mistake, Madera is not accountable for what Mike H did. And the fact that he as a team manager cant take blame for his own actions makes me so fucking upset… The fact that this whole thing happened before more than half of the team was on the team makes me want to cry. Some of my team members are leaving and that hurts me. We are a family and a team. FAMILY first. We as Madera aren’t racist and I’m not going to let one person let everything have done die. As as that is to say, it’s the fucking truth.” In a second post, Dylan continued: “[Mike H] is not racist and anyone that thinks that is a fool. Mike has done more for BMX then most people has [sic] lived… but I do think as a rider for Madera, Mike needs to confront his own actions! Hate me, but I’m real and I will never fake my thoughts or mind.”
This exodus comes as backlash from a story from former Madera team rider Sean Morr posted recounting the Madera team manager using a racial slur on a team trip in 2012 and his following experience with the brand. The team manager posted a (now deleted) apology to his personal instagram, but did not directly admit that he actually said what was reported by Sean. Last night, Jake Seeley announced his departure from the team, then within an hour, Madera announced that they were letting the team manager go and went on to condemn any form of racism. From that point, the rest of the riders began announcing their departure…
It’s unclear whether riders are leaving the brand because they no longer wished to be associated with Madera or if they were unhappy with the team manager’s release.
As of now, the Madera website and youtube is no longer public and the future status of the brand is unknown. We at Our BMX have/had a good standing relationship with the people at Madera and hope that others can see past the actions of one person and not let it reflect on a team of hard-working people who love BMX through and through. We also understand and strongly believe that there is no room in prejudice and it cannot be tolerated, especially within BMX.