Richard Eames & Neil Stewart (British BMX Hall Of Fame Hosts)

Richard Eames

If you’ve been to a UK BMX national in the last two decades and have heard an unmistakable Wigan accent on the mic calling the race action, that’s Rich Eames.

Rich has been announcing BMX races for over 20 years, starting at the Coppull ‘Grands’ race as a last minute stand-in, which led to races at every level up to and including the London 2012 Olympics as the venue announcer.

Additionally, Rich has commentated at European Cup rounds with Hall of Fame co-host Neil Stewart, combining their passion for racing with a 26-year friendship, occasionally leading to some unintended, yet hilarious results on the live stream broadcasts.

Add in live BMX World Cup and World Championship commentary for the last four years, this gives Rich unparalleled experience and expertise in ‘talking BMX’ which is why he’s honored to be one of the hosts for the inaugural British BMX Hall Of Fame event.

Neil Stewart

Neil is a former Nightclub DJ who started announcing at BMX Races in the late 90’s. An 80’s racer, Neil decided to return to racing in 1996 after being inspired by watching Dale Holmes win the World Champs in Brighton. 

He’s still racing and also announcing the biggest BMX Races in the world for the UEC and UCI.  Over the past decade, Neil has announced European Rounds, European Championships, World Cups and World Championships.  

Neil’s is now working with his long-term buddy Rich Eames where they host the UEC Livestream Shows for all of the European Cups and European Championships.

Podcast – Andy Welsh

I always love to do podcasts with friends who are not very revealing on social media about their BMX history/career, it’s kind of a mystery and in this case, it’s a total mystery as Mr. Andy Welsh is not on social media at all.

I’ve known Andy since the mid 80s. He was in the age group above me and has been someone I always looked up to and respected, for what he did in BMX, and, you will also find out on this podcast that he’s a very humble man with good values. 

Andy made a name for himself pretty much right off the bat getting on GT Factory.  Coming from Scotland it was known Andy would make the long drives South to get his BMX fix or as in many cases would take the train down to the Nationals and back home on the sleeper Sunday night in time for Monday’s school. 

Andy talks about racing in Scotland at the start, the rivalry with Wayne Llewellyn, Lee Flavin, Dean Iddiols, Simon Hayes, Sean Field, alongside some of the teams he rode for.  Andy chats about people who helped him along the way from his dad to Fred Hunter, Bernard Williams, Sonny Ives, Tony Scott, Ron Peter, Mark Fryer, Carole Gosling and Tom Lynch Sn (Big Tom).

He covers his training, having a trainer even in the 80s, analyzing Geth Shooter and why Andy’s first-straight was so good. 

Andy talks about pulling the Slam in 1986 Winning the National and British Champions, the European Champions and World Championships all in the same year. 

Years later Andy talks about how honored he was that fellow Scot and Olympic 6x Olympic Champion Chris Hoy sent him the 86 Worlds Video and gave him props.

In his first year Superclass (1987) at only 16 years old, Andy went head-to-head with Tom Lynch for the National title, crashing out while leading the European Championships finals in Belgium, to when was looking like a favorite again at the 87 Worlds in Orlando winning everything up to the final for a possible showdown with US star Mike King, only to flip the gate in the final; and if you’ve seen the video you will know what Andy shouted.

Andy talks about winding it down, family life these days, work and keeping in shape.  It’s great to finally see and catch-up with Andy after 25 plus years and record this. 

Hope you like it.  

Podcast – Clive Gosling

This postcast has been long in the making with Clive Gosling as we wanted to do it in person, as we prefer with all podcasts. With Clive living in the UK and really wanting Paul Roberts (living in the US) involved – I still managed a solo hour conversation with Clive on this trip to the UK this week but we also saved a little for maybe a Part 2 when we can get Paul and Clive together.

I really enjoyed this one. Clive has 40 plus years in BMX and the industry as a whole with his knowledge, passion and personality it is unequaled.

We chat about the early days in BMX starting with Edwards (family bike shop), his mother Carole Gosling who has 40 plus years of deep involvement behind the scenes in UKBMX, EBA right up to today’s time working on the London Olympics and still in 2022 at the Glasgow UCI World Cup earlier this year.

Clive is always Factory (even today) we talked about some of the teams he rode for, racing Buckmore Park, Outwell, Poole the London scene in the 80s into the 90s.

We talk about Clive winning his first National title, racing Superclass, hanging out with Will Smyth and the Jive guys going to the States in the late 80s, hooking up with Gork and the BMX Action guys at Wizard Publications.

Clive talks about riding everything in BMX not just racing, riding South Banks, hanging out with Simon Tabron, riding street, contributing for the magazines, working for UKBMX writing the Race Zines for the Nationals and getting into Mountain Bikes in the mid 90s.

Clive brings us up-to-speed with what he’s doing these days in the industry working for GT and Cannondale (Director of Marketing at Cycling Sports Group) sponsoring both Kye Whyte (Olympic Silver Medalist, European Champion and World number 2) and Malverns Classic last month and so much more.

EBA British Championships 1989

Supergirls Luli Adeyemo 
Superclass Dale Holmes
Supercruiser Geth Shooter 

17+ Tom Lynch, 16s Anthony Revell, 15s Jamie Staff, 14s Nick Lacey, 13s Andy Please, 12s Matt Boyle, 11s David Maw, 10s Chris Hyde, 9s Tony Gilham, 8s Daniel Worthington, 7s Philip Shirtliffe, 6s Gary Helders, 5s Doug Williams

35+ Cruiser Pete Dymott, 25/34 Cruiser Nigel Rees, 18/24 Cruiser Kevin Sykes 16/17 Cruiser Anthony Revell, 14/15 Cruiser Simon Dowson, 12/13 Cruiser Matt Boyle, 9/11 Cruiser Clint Allender

15 + Girls Lisa Wright, 14 Girls Nicola Stitch, 13 Girls Adele Croxon, 12 Girls Kerie Jane Hopkins, 11 Girls Samantha Giles, 10 Girls Claire Buckinger, 9 Girls 8 Girls Angela Robinson, 7 Girls Joanne Gough, 6 Girls Gemma Worthington, 5 Girls Claire Rees 

1989 EBA National Rankings

Supergirls Luli Adeyemo 
Superclass Dale Holmes
Supercruiser Geth Shooter

17+ Bobby Hyde, 16s Nicky Restall, 15s Jamie Staff, 14s Nick Lacey, 13s Andy Please, 12s Matt Boyle, 11s David Maw, 10s Lee Bertram, 9s Tony Gilham, 8s Danny Worthington, 7s Philip Shirtliff, 6s Gary Helders, 5s Michael Aird. 

40+ Cruiser Pete Dymot, 25/39 Cruiser Clint Hillier, 18/24 Cruiser Darren Collins, 16/17 Cruiser Walter Farrington, 14/15 Cruiser Nick Lacey, 12/13 Cruiser Matt Boyle 11& Under Cruiser Clint Allender 25 + Girls Cruiser Sandra Needham 14/15 Girls Cruiser Lisa Wright 11 & Under Girls Cruiser Michelle Chenery 

15 + Girls Michelle Chenery, 14 Girls Andrea Holtham, 13 Girls Adele Croxon, 11 Girls Jamie Anne Tweedie 10 Girls Claire Buckinger 9 Girls Carley Mayern 8 Girls Melanie Lane, 7 Girls Nicola Anderson 6 Girls Gemma Worthington 5 Girls Claire Rees 

1988 British Championship BBMXA /NBMXA

1400 Riders (Derby Greyhound Stadium)

Superclass/Pro (The Classic)  Dale Holmes, Kim Carbutt, Jamie Vince, Darren O,Neill, Tom Lynch, Neal Wood, Frazer Kennedy, Andy Welsh

17+ Kim Carbutt, 16s Dale Holmes, 15s Anthony Revell, 14s Jamie Staff, 13s Dylan Clayton, 12s David Cash, 11s Matt Boyle, 10s Ross Hill, 9s Lee Bertram, 8s Stu Wilson, 7s Daniel Worthington, 6s Philip Shirtliff, 5s Simon Homans 

35+Cruiser Pete Dymott, 25/34 Cruiser Alec Scott, 16+ Cruiser Dale Holmes, 14/15 Cruiser Anthony Revell, 13 & under Julian Allen

15 + Girls Luli Adeyemo, 14 Girls Claire Edwards, 13 Girls Jo Bradshaw, 12 Girls Sarah King, 11 Girls Jamie-Ann Tweedie, 10 Girls Michelle Richmond, 9 Girls Karren Johnson, 8 Girls Jodie Greenaway, 7 Girls Melanie Lane, 6 Girls Nichola Anderson, 5 Girls Gemma Worthington