• RIP Jeff Dovey Sr.

    As magazines waned in popularity during the late 80s and into the 90s, one of the few alternative sources for obtaining information or documentation of races in the UK, alongside race programs, zines, and occasional magazines featuring racing, were actually videos filmed at the races by BMX dads. These dads would often stand out in the middle of the track all weekend, sometimes enduring atrocious weather, to capture the racing action. One such dedicated dad was Mr. Jeff Dovey Sr., father of Sam and Jeff. Jeff spent well over a decade in the thick of the action from the mid-80s onwards, recording Regionals, Nationals, European events in the UK, and…

  • Interview – 50+ Grand Vet British Champion Lee Hunt

    Year you started BMX? 1983. Hometown local track? Poole Panthers. How was the Bournemouth/Poole race scene in the 80s? It was certainly really big in the South back in the early eighties with three tracks in Dorset at Poole, Bournemouth and Mannington. There were also some other good local places for dirt jumping like the Sections at Upton Heath and the Chestnuts in Wareham. It certainly helped me having regular gate practice evenings with the likes of Tim March, Anthony Revell and Paul and Martin Upshall. Got to say that the Poole UKBMX National in 1984 was probably the best atmosphere I’ve ever experienced at a race meeting. We were…

  • Sarah-Jane Nichols places 2nd at the 2024 UCI BMX World Championships

    Huge congratulations to our British BMX Hall of Fame class of 2022 inductee Sarah-Jane Nichols, who continues to make British BMX history taking 2nd place at the UCI World Championships in Rock Hill over in the US this past weekend. Let’s look a little deeper at her World Championships history. Sarah placed 4th at the Jag World Championships in Burbank, California in 1983. Three years later, we all know what happened at the IBMXF 1986 Slough World Championships with Sarah’s legendary race coming from last to first in the final to become World Champion in front of an amazing home crowd. And now 38 years after getting back into racing less than…

  • Podcast – Martin Murray

    It’s been a long time coming, this podcast featuring my good friend Martin Murray, who had spent a few weeks in the US for DIRTYFEST and the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey. We recorded this episode at Robbie Miranda’s house in Huntington Beach while Robbie was hosting a BBQ, so expect a few guests chiming in with questions for Martin during the podcast. We delved into Martin’s early days in the UK, including his 4th place finish at the Brighton World Championships in 1996 in the Junior category, which kickstarted his pro career alongside his brother Stephen. Martin shared insights from his time in the US, including his battle with…

  • Podcast – Matt Barnard

    It was great to catch up with Matt Barnard while he was visiting Huntington Beach for a family holiday. We met at his beachside hotel along with Paul Roberts to record a podcast. Matt has been deeply involved in BMX in the UK for 40 years, starting his racing journey back in 1984. Matt shares his insights into the various teams he has ridden for over the years, right up to his current involvement with Stay Strong. He also discuss some of the riders on the UK team alongside helping with team manager duties at the Nationals. We talk about the UK Nationals scene over the years, talk about the…

  • 1988 Champion of Champions (Slough)

    Superclass Dale Holmes Tom Lynch Winnie Wright Paul Right Robin Mason Neal Wood Darren O’Neill Tony Fleming Super Cruiser Robin Mason Colin Chivers Russell Breach 14+ Open Tony Fleming Winnie Wright Richard Barrett 17+ Clive Gosling 16 Paul Schollick 15 Anthony Revell 14 Jamie Staff 13 Lee Ives 12 Andrew Please 11 Matt Boyle 10 Ross Hill 9 Lee Bertram 8 Tony Gilham 7 Sim Johnston 6 Brad Anderson 5 Alex Dick Cruiser 40+ Roger Adams 25-39 Pete Dymott 18-24 Paul Roberts 16-17 Matt Simmonds 14-15 Anthony Revell 12-13 Nick Lacey 11 & Under Matt Boyle 25+ Ladies Cruiser Anne Ree Girls 16+ Michaela Fordham 14/15 Claire Edwards 12/13 Sarah King 10-11…

  • Gary Ellis at the 1981 Halfords Anglo-American Cup in Redditch

    Another shot from British BMX racing history, captured by Chuck Robinson and part of the USA BMX Archives, features Gary Ellis at the 1981 Halfords Anglo-American Cup held in Redditch. Gary made several visits to the UK during his career, with the most well-documented ones being the 1985 Kelloggs and 1986 Slough World Championships. However, this particular photo from Redditch showcases a rare shot of him on Robinson, riding on British soil during the early stages of BMX racing in the UK. In terms of results, Gary grabbed first place in the 15s category, ahead of David Argyle (USA) and Harry Porter (UK), and claimed second place in the Open…

  • Podcast – Clive Gosling, Global Head of Marketing at GT Bicycles

    Good to sit down with Clive Gosling over the weekend while he is in California for the week and catch up on everything GT since he took the new role 6 months ago as the global head of marketing for the brand. Clive talks about his history with GT that goes back to 1984 through the 90s and onto today and plans moving forward. We talk about GT’s Kye Whyte after his World Cup win going into this summer’s Paris Olympics, GT’s presence in the UK and France, some of the riders, programs and teams GT supports in racing. Clive also gives us his thoughts on marketing, branding, sponsorship, social media, MTB, Wyn Masters, Tyler McCaul…

  • Interview – Brian Jones

    What year did you start BMX? I started BMX in 1981. How did you discover BMX? My brother Neil Jones first discovered the new craze, and my father decided to sell his RM 125 to buy our first BMX bike from Tony Christen’s shop in Manchester. First bike? My first bike was a Mongoose Supergoose. First race? Our first race was at the Southport regional. Neil and I raced there on Good Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We both won all our races and got the bug to keep racing. You became National Champion the first year of Official National Racing in the UK in 1981. What do you remember about…