Muscle Milk TWMX Race Series Profile: Charles Castloo

Muscle Milk TWMX Race Series Profile: Charles Castloo
Charles Castloo, 28
Wildomar, CA
Sponsors: One Industries, Tag, Sunline, FMF, 100% Goggles, Gaerne, EVS
Charles Castloo was a regular on the supercross and outdoor national series for several years before hanging up his boots on his professional career and moving on to take a job in the industry.   Originally from the East Texas area, he is now working as the Global Brand Manager for One Industries, Sunline and Tag, Castloo keeps busy with his regular job, turning motocross racing into a hobby.  Charles came out to the final round of the Spring Cup at Competitive Edge MX, and we stopped by to see what he has been up to recently.

What brings you out to the Muscle Milk/Transworld MX race today?
Honestly, I’m trying to get ready for the Loretta Lynn’s regional which is in a couple of weeks.  I did one of these races last year and I was super impressed with how well it was run and how quick you get out.  Everything goes smooth, there is transponder timing and a really professional event.  I came out because I want to get a little bit of gate time and wanted to do it with a quality race.
After racing supercross and the outdoor nationals, is coming out to race now more fun than when it was your career?
Absolutely!  If I win or lose it’s all good.  I’m still competitive deep down, but at the end of the day I’ve still got to go to work tomorrow so it is just all in fun.
You are trying to qualify for Loretta Lynn’s National, did you race it  when you were younger as well?
I actually went back last year in the Junior Vet 25+ class, but prior to that the last time I had raced there was in 2004 in the 125 and 250 Pro Sport classes.  I’ve been there the last few years working in the industry, but to see the transformation in the racing aspect from 2004 to 2013 has been drastic. 
Do you think the kids are more competitive now than when you were doing it?
Yes and no, I think that there are a lot more families that take it more serious, maybe even some that take it more serious than they should.  In my day of growing up, it was a stacked class, there was probably double the factory amateur riders on the gate than there are today in the B class.  There are more huge double stacker 50′ motorhomes, but the actual quality of competition is probably pretty close to the same.
What are your day to day responsibilities at One/Tag/Sunline?
A little bit of everything.  Being the Global Brand Manager for the Tag/Sunline/One Graphics division, so it is everything from new product development to market strategies, to pricing, website updates and marketing.   It really is a little bit of everything.  It is a pretty small crew there, which is a good thing because it doesn’t get too many people involved but at the end of the day there are only so many people to split up the work load with.
With a busy full time ride, is it difficult to find the time to get on your motorcycle and ride?
Oh, yeah, definitely.  I think this is the fourth time I’ve been able to ride this year since supercross started.  People think that those that work in the industry get to ride all the time, and in some postions like the magazine guys, test riders and things like that you do, but the desk jockeys maybe get out one day on the weekend.  During supercross season it is hard because during the West Coast, we are up to midnight on Saturday night and get home Sunday, the last thing you want to do is get up at 7:00 to drive to the dirtbike track.  Once the outdoor nationals start, I get to ride a little more in the summer. 
What other things do you do besides motocross?
There’s not a lot actually.  It is obviously a full time job for me, so outside of riding I really don’t do much.  In my down time when I don’t feel like riding I am just hanging out with my family, getting caught up with house stuff.  I do some downhill mountain biking when I can, but not much else.