South Bend's Mad Dog competes in the Dew Tour

By: Brandon Lewis Email
By: Brandon Lewis Email

Washington High School sophomore Brett "Mad Dog" Banasiewicz is the youngest competitor on the Dew Tour this year.

The Dew Tour is the annual summer tour of the best in BMX and skateboarding.

BMX riders compete in one of three courses: Park, Vert and Dirt. Brett normally competes in park, but decided to compete in both park and dirt at the Dew Tour.

In July the tour stopped in Chicago for one of the BMX competitions.

"It's cool because they encourage you a lot and you know, like you put on for your city and do good, you're going to get respect," said Brett.

At 15-years-old, Brett is the youngest person to win the Dirt competition at the Dew Tour and at the X-Games where he placed fourth.

"It wasn't too long ago that Brett was getting autographs from these guys like Dave Mirra and such, seriously, and now he's going to sit on the deck and ride it's pretty amazing. You still gotta wake up and go is that really happening?," said Bill Banasiewicz, Brett's father.

Both of Brett's parents work full time, so they don't often get the opportunity to watch their son compete, but his mom said it's probably a good thing that she's not there all the time.

"One time he told me, 'now if I fall don't you dare come running after me', so my sisters are told to hold on to me, so I don't go and run and embarrass him. Oh yeah I'm a typical mom, I'm bad," said Lisa Banasiewicz. "It's hard because I always call him my baby and stuff and I'm trying to be good. I really am, it's hard."

Even Brett's father admits he was nervous watching his son compete on the Dirt course for the first time.

"I watched him in dirt and my knees were shaking," said Bill.

Lisa wasn't always a fan of Brett's BMX riding, and once tried to get him involved in other activities.

"I tried to get him in band, I tried to get him to play the clarinet and he hated band and he was always in trouble in band, but the only thing that kept him in band I said 'if you don't go to band, you can't ride your bike', so I've been fighting him the whole time. I gave up, he won. He's a pro," said Lisa.

She insists he's not treated like a celebrity when he's at home on South Bend's west side.

"To us he's just Brett. Instead of going to a soccer field, we drop him off at airports Dr. Spock doesn't teach you do a BMX sport, so I pray a lot and have a good support team at home," said Lisa.

Brett will begin his sophomore year at Washington High School in the fall.

"Washington's been very good at working with us his schedule. It's crazy during the school year, but Washington's a great school and we're glad they're working with us," said Lisa.

You can watch Brett compete in the Dew Tour every month.

Action Sports will air on WNDU from Portland Aug. 14 and 15, Salt Lake City Sept. 18 and 19, and the finals from Las Vegas Oct. 16 and 17.

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