Troy Dog’s Shack: How I Crashed

Look, I am not going to sit here and toot my own horn this entire column, but I am. 

I had the privilege last week to be a guest on the Big MX Radio podcast with host Brad Gebhardt. I assumed I would get some of the Troy Dog Squad to listen to my silky-smooth voice… but I ended up putting up more numbers than Chili Dog has hard drives (spoiler alert: he has a warehouse full to the brim). I CRASHED his website singlehandedly. I received the most listens in his podcast history, just like I told him I would.

I touched on all the important stuff. How I took over as CEO of vurbmoto a few weeks ago, rebranding myself, me, my agent Bird Dog, me again, and my hero Chili Dog. I also found enough time to drag Slaw through traffic a few times.

The most important thing that we discussed was my best friend forever and ever Kyle Chisholm. We even tried to cold call him.  Chiz was obviously out grinding (before his crash) so I left him a voicemail and that I would call him again in five minutes. Being long distanced friends is hard. 

I hope that you take the time to listen to this pod. I have been grinding away year after year for almost a decade putting out several columns a week—for you. To bring you the most enjoyment in your life. Now that vurbmoto is back and I am running things I have a new perspective on the entire industry. For me, my goal was to always become the best media guy in the pits. I was going to dethrone them all. Well, now that I am older, the goal is to be the best Troy Dog in the pits. Also, we cannot even have pits. I usually just sneak in Chiz’s gear bag. It smells like lavender and coconut in there. 

The point is: folks keep grinding and chase what you want. If I want to write about how A-Ray takes Hinge chicks to the hot bar at Whole Foods, I am going to. If I want to write about how Chase Sexton has joined the Troy Dog Squad because he randomly likes my tweets at 10:30 p.m. on a Wednesday night, I am going to. If I want to write about that time I blew out that porta potty at Oak Hill on championship Saturday and immediately ran on the podium to get remarks from Eli Tomac after his final amateur title, well you bet your balls I am going to. I never had the chance to wash my hands after that and I never told Chili Dog about it until now. Sorry C-Dog. 

This podcast means a lot to me for many reasons. It is something I have always wanted to do. To tell some stories in a different form other than writing. With my new brand I thought it would be cool to explain what I am about and why you should come read my column every week. I think I accomplished that. It’s always great to get recognition, even if you have to ask for it.

In 2007, 2008, and early 2009 I would sit in high school and sneak in several times a day. I had read and watch every piece of content and I wanted more. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew moto was my thing. It has always been my release. Who knew at the time I was writing the blueprint for my future? The three dogs that I wanted to be like ended up being the reason I am here today, and they are now like family to me. Life has a funny way of hooking you up sometimes. 

Everything has come full circle. Thank you for reading and listening Troy Dog Squad. Now let us talk about more important matters, like that one time at Oak Hill when I blew out that porta potty.

If you want to get in touch with Troy Dog you can email him at, whether it be a story idea, to talk about a previous column, or even if it is to say hi. Troy will answer all emails sent…it’s the Troy Dog way. Also be sure to follow @troydogvurb on Instagram and Twitter. Join the Troy Dog Squad today!

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