Dream On – Alejandro Bonafe

Dream On – Alejandro Bonafe


Born in 1999, Alejandro Bonafe grew up on the island of Ibiza, Spain, but moved to Premiá de Dalt in 2016 when he was 17 years old. His newly found home was just a few meters away from La Poma bike park.

At first, he rode BMX, but after seeing a lack of Dirt events, he changed his mind and decided to try an MTB. As it turned out, he liked it more than riding on a BMX. The transition went smoothly, progressing fast and gaining experience by competing around Europe.

Alejandro, one of the leading riders from the third generation of Spanish dirt jumpers, was given a great opportunity by Sherwy, a former pro rider from the second generation and one of his idols, “He was aware of my progression, and I met him one day. Sadly, he’d had a moto accident and broke his back, so he wouldn’t be able to ride anymore. He offered me the keys to his property, Morrilla, where he had his private jumps, and told me that I could do whatever I wanted and needed to take my riding further.”

He suffered his first major injury three years ago, “I got ejected to the bottom of the landing, broke my collarbone, and ended up needing surgery.” The recovery was going well, but he started riding again too early, crashing on the first day and landing on his bad shoulder, “I bent the plate in my collarbone and needed another surgery.” In the end, it took him one year to get back, “I learned that everything in life has a process, and you need to trust it.”

Recovered and more motivated than ever, Alejandro started competing and doing shows again, and by the end of last year, he was awarded Rookie of the Year. The recognition for his hard work and dedication was great, but what was even better was what came with it: getting a wildcard for Crankworx.

Next week, Alejandro will be the third Spanish rider to have ever been invited to compete in a Crankworx Slopestyle. The only other two who have achieved such an important feat have been the Lacondeguy brothers, “I’m still speechless. I’m going to try and do my best to be on the podium or at least finish in the top 10. If I do, I’ll be able to go to Canada for Joyride.”