• The UKs first ever International Event – Halfords International 1981 Redditch

    Thank you to Mr. Steve Wilson for bringing this to our attention. After conducting more research, thanks to Brian Jones and the May 8th, 1981 issue of BMX News Newspaper, we learned about the first-ever British International BMX Meeting, which took place in Redditch on May 3rd, 1981. This event was sponsored by Halfords and organized by Alan Rushton’s Sports Plus. At the time, just under 300 riders participated, despite the vile weather conditions reported in the BMX News article. It was the largest race held in the UK at that time. On the international front, riders such as Greg Esser, Jamie Burrows, and Kerensky Bullard traveled from the United…

  • British BMX Hall of Fame 2024 UPDATE

    2024 marks the third year of the British BMX Hall of Fame. Whilst we will continue to nominate and induct people into the Hall of Fame annually, and continue to document the history of British BMX racing and freestyle via this website and our social media channels, we have decided to take a year off hosting an annual award ceremony in 2024. We know this may come as a disappointment to many and is a decision we have not arrived at lightly. However, we are all too aware that the UK economy (and especially the bicycle industry) is at an all time low right now and many of our target…

  • Congratulations, Tom Lynch! Inducted into The British BMX Hall Of Fame Class of 2023

    The word ‘legend’ is used too freely and without truly considering its actual meaning and magnitude. But, Tom Lynch is a true legend – not only of our sport where his impact was huge, but also in life through his many significant contributions and ongoing efforts towards better cycling for everyone. Tom went up against, and beat, the best of the best in true David and Goliath fashion. Who can forget the sight of ‘wee Thomas’ on the gate against the entire Dutch Amev team, many twice his size but Tom took them to the cleaners winning the 1986 European Superclass championships along with six national number ones and a…

  • Congratulations, Andy Ruffell! Inducted into The British BMX Hall Of Fame Class of 2023

    Andy Ruffell needs little introduction. At age 11, Andy saw the BMX episode of CHiPs and dreamed of one day being able to upgrade his Raleigh Grifter for the real thing. Before BMX teams were a thing in the UK, Andy built a reputation as one of the best park riders in the UK, credited as one of the first UK BMXer’s to perfect aerial 360s and giant airs. In 1980, Andy joined the UK’s first BMX race team, Team Ace, before being quickly snapped up by Ammaco Mongoose to become Mongoose’s first factory sponsored European rider and the National Titles started to add up. As BMX blew up in…

  • Congratulations, Jerry Galley! Inducted into The British BMX Hall Of Fame Class of 2023

    Jerry Galley will forever be the “rider’s rider” in freestyle circles. No other British rider produced the edge of seat excitement that was evident whenever Jerry took a run. Effortlessly talented on vert, bowls, dirt, mini and street, Jerry could do it all. He’d make the hardest tricks look easy and blast the biggest airs imaginable. From his early days riding Romford to his World Championships vert runs everything he did was pushed to its very limit. Long before going viral was even a thing, photos and footage of Jerry were some of the most eagerly anticipated in the whole of bmx.  Jerry encapsulated a shift in attitudes, and credibility as…

  • Congratulations, Geoff Catlow! Inducted into The British BMX Hall Of Fame Class of 2023

    Geoff Catlow’s journey in BMX began in 1986 when he started taking his son Effraim to UKBFA contests. Shortly thereafter, Geoff began volunteering his time to help run and organise these comps. His involvement with BMX freestyle grew in 1987 when he became UK Hutch Team manager overseeing a legendary group of riders including his son Effraim, Lee Reynolds, Jamie Bestwick and John Yull. By the close of the 80s Geoff saw that freestyle was changing and that there was a need for a new kind of contest that reflected the direction of the sport. In 1988 The King of Concrete Competition was born. Initially called the “Sea Air Comp”…

  • Congratulations, Luli Adeyemo! Inducted into The British BMX Hall Of Fame Class of 2023

    Luli Adeyemo’s BMX journey began in 1986 with a second-hand Raleigh Burner. Despite initial struggles with staying upright, Newark Cavaliers Club and Coach Darryl Pointing’s support honed Luli’s skills, particularly in speed out of the gate. In 1986 Luli secured a wild card to the World Championships in Slough, her debut International event and emerged as the 14-15 girls’ World Number One. This marked the inception of a stellar BMX career, marked by numerous British Championships, National Titles, European Podium finishes, and even a victory at the 1990 ABA Grands in the US. Now residing in Australia, Luli recently earned a women in leadership award for her advocacy in promoting…

  • Congratulations, The Higginson Family! Inducted into The British BMX Hall Of Fame Class of 2023

    The Higginson’s in BMX. Martin Higginson started working on the BMX News publication in early 1981. After a few months, the financial backing for the paper stopped. So Martin’s dad, Arnold, financed the continuation with a new name, BMX Weekly, and still in paper format. Nigel Higginson became involved in taking the pictures and writing content, and Marjorie looked after the books while Jonathan raced for the brand. Later BMX Weekly became a magazine format and turned into a bi-weekly publication reaching 46,000 copies at its peak. Everyone wanted to see themselves in print, and especially see the race results. It was crucial for all to know when and where…

  • Congratulations, Pete Middleton! Inducted into The British BMX Hall Of Fame Class of 2023

    Pete Middleton is truly a pioneer of British BMX. Hailing from Walthamstow, East London, Pete won the first EVER official BMX race in the UK back in 1979 at Brockwell Park. A few years later he won the first ever money prize given at a race at the Isle of Man and the first official UK Pro Money race at Ipswich. Team-wise, Pete rode for Ace, Skyway, Mongoose and ASR. In 1983 Pete placed 6th at the World Championships 14+ Open final against America’s best and another big win in the Superclass Trophy at the Olympia Champion of Champions in 84. In 1985 Pete won the Pro Class at the Pleasurewood Hills Lowestoft International and was the winner…

  • Congratulations, Phil Townsend! Inducted into The British BMX Hall Of Fame Class of 2023

    Congratulations to Phil Townsend for being inducted into the 2023 British BMX Hall of Fame in the Outstanding Contribution to BMX Category. Four Decades in British BMX and Phil Townsend is still going strong behind the scenes at the races. Discovering BMX in 1984, Phil saw an advert in the local newspaper for a race at Royston and took his son Richard who took the win and was immediately hooked. From Club volunteer to NBMXA, EBA, GBBMXF and now British Cycling, Phil was behind introducing BEM race softwear back in 1999 and finish line cameras in 2005. Phil basically did whatever he could to keep the sport up-to-date behind the…