In 1984 at the age of 16, Geth was picked up by Nottingham’s Bunnies Bikes GT. Geth was making a name for himself, but his real break-out came at the 1984 NBMXA National at Ribby Hall. Geth battled with GT Factory rider Scott Williams, and they both crashed out going for the win, but it was apparent there was a new sheriff in town. Geth ended the season as NBMXA National Champion. In 1985 Geth Joined the new Pro Class, he proved he was the real deal, by securing the No.2 pate behind Andy Ruffell, however, the real highlight was Geth’s historic win at the Kellogg’s TV Series against riders like Stu Thomsen and Harry Leary! In 1986 Geth broke his ankle mid-season in a skateboarding accident and today he’s still riding road bikes for Charity, so now, we are proud to welcome Geth Shooter into The British BMX Hall Of Fame!
Category: British BMX Hall of Fame 2022 Inductees
Carole Gosling was born into the cycling world as her grandfather started the family’s bicycle business, Edwardes Cycles, in 1908. In fact, she lived above the family bicycle shop for the first ten years of her life and her grandfather, Harold, known as Jack, was a championship-winning track racer.
When BMX came along in the early 80s, Carole’s son Clive got his first BMX and shortly after they were racing at Buckmore Park, where Carole took her first job, taking the car park fees. She quickly moved into a role that she did for many years where she was one of the infamous UKBMX finish line ladies. Then in 1985, Carole was elected as treasurer of UKBMX which led her to becoming the European treasurer of IBMXF. Carole was instrumental in organizing the Slough World Champs from writing the moto sheets at 4 o’ clock in the morning, to boiling eggs for the VIP egg and cress sandwiches.
Carole integrated herself into the UCI when they absorbed IBMXF in the early 90s, becoming a commissaire and UK Team Manager at multiple World Championships. Carole was invited by the UCI to be the secretary of various UCI World Cups and when the 2012 Olympics came along, Carole was the UCI secretary to the event, authorizing the results after each race.
Apart from these great personal achievements, Carole is everyone’s favorite mum, helping many racers get to events all over the globe who needed a little help. The amount of time she spent at the foot of a west London tower block honking her horn and waiting for Winnie Wright to come down with his bike cannot be measured lightly!
Carole took a few years off when her mother was too poorly to be left alone but soon found herself helping out once again at events, and she can still be seen today working the start hill and generally being what everyone has come to know Carole for, being a consistent figure of stability and commitment to the sport that she, and we, all love.
Neil Ruffell started his BMX Career in racing in 1983, but that didn’t last long, after he spent many weekends at Rom Skatepark, he realized his true calling was Freestyle. His big break came when he joined the Skyway Freestyle team with Craig Campbell and traveled the world doing Freestyle shows and kicking his brother’s ass on the ramps. You could say he had a Love / Hate relationship with the British Freestyle Association in the mid-80s, being disqualified and courting controversy. But the truth was he was way more interested in doing legendary airs at Southsea King of The Skateparks comps and riding his legendary homemade ramps at Mission Grove in Walthamstow. At The Kellogg’s in 1985, he came 2nd to Ron Wilkerson then after a split with Skyway, Neil developed his own Freestyle Frame & Fork called the Holeshot RF1. Sadly, we lost Neil in 2004 but he will always be remembered as a true Pioneer of BMX Freestyle. We are proud to welcome Neil Ruffell into the British BMX Hall Of Fame.
Malcolm and Sue Jarvis are legends of our sport, and for good reason. It all started in 1978 when a friend mentioned this new thing called BMX in the states, within days Malcolm was on a plane to California and met with the Legendary Skip Hess, Scot Breithaupt and Bob Haro. Deals were done and one of the very first BMX tracks were built in Malcolm and Sue’s back garden for their 5 kids to ride on. By 1979 The Jarvis’s spent months posting BMX info to 400 media stations and the phone didn’t stop ringing. By 1980 Ammaco were bringing in 1000’s of Mongoose bikes, Sue Jarvis was managing and promoting the Mongoose Factory team.
Arguably the Mongoose Factory team can be called the greatest British BMX Team in history, with riders like, Andy Ruffell, Tim March, Craig Schofield, John and Steve Greaves, Wayne Llewellyn and dozens of other riders getting their first break on the team. British BMX thanks you Malcolm & Sue Jarvis and we are proud to welcome you to the British BMX Hall Of Fame!
Based out of Middlesbrough in the North East, Lisa Wright was one of the most dominant female riders of the late 80’s and early 90’s. She won every major title in the UK, winning multiple National titles in both UKBMX and NBMXA alongside British Championships the Winner of the Champion of Champions and the FIAC World Champion in 1988.
Lisa spent most of her career riding for the Titan Factory team and was best known for her ‘come from the back’ style to take multiple titles both home and abroad. Lisa had some incredible battles in the Supergirls class with former World Champion, Luli Adeyemo and together they took Supergirls racing to new heights moving into the 90s, paving the way for the next generation of Elite female riders.
Welcome to the British BMX Hall Of Fame – Lisa Wright!
Jamie burst onto the UK freestyle scene in the sports centre BFA contests of the late 80s, airing ridiculously high on the narrowest of quarter-pipes, often in unfeasibly tight shorts and questionable knitted sweaters!
As vert riding transitioned over to half-pipes Jamie’s prowess really began to stand out. Maybe having a ramp to ride in a local pub car park in Derby helped! His distinctive smooth style included doing his lip-tricks and tailwhip airs in the opposite direction – something that developed into his ability to flow all over a vert ramp like a set of trails.
Despite holding down a full-time engineering career in the 90s, Jamie held his own against the elite of pro vert riding. Once Jamie made the leap to full time riding by moving to College State in the late 90s there was no stopping him. Bessie dominated vert riding, taking his first X-Games gold in 2000, and rarely let go of the reigns after that. 9 back to back golds between 2007 and 2014 count amongst his 13 golds in total. These medals overlook the fact that Jamie can shred any ramp you put him front of him. His talent, drive and experience have cemented him as one of the all time UK freestyle greats. Alongside his personal achievements in BMX his role as UK coach for the hugely successful Olympic team in the 2020(1) Olympics has massively helped raise the profile and appreciation of BMX freestyle in the public consciousness.
– Chris Job / DIG BMX
Jamie Bestwick is a hero that needs no introduction and what can be said about him that hasn’t already been said before? Whether it’s smashing headset cups into a KHE Beater or building up his first signature GT frame in the back room of Derby storm whilst eating chips, to winning his first gold at the X games, Jamie doesn’t half-step and approaches all aspects of his life with such a passion and drive, unless that’s dancing or operating technology. From his early days of riding vert with crash mats to his current task as UK Olympic Team manager, Jamie is an incredible individual and anyone who’s ever crossed his path should consider themselves lucky.
– Jay Allen
It’s difficult for a Wigan lad to call Alan Woods a pioneer of BMX, for me Alan IS BMX, it’s almost inconceivable to imagine where BMX would be in the North of England if it wasn’t for this man. Someone somewhere should compile a list of National Champions that have come from this little town. It’s crazy. All because of the energy, passion, and foresight of Alan Woods. Alan’s an undoubted Legend of the sport. Dylan Clayton would not have gone racing if it wasn’t for Alan Woods, imagine that, where would BMX be? Even when considering current riders like Kyle Evans, and Paddy Sharrockk, would they have started racing BMX if it wasn’t for the roots laid down by Alan? Even Kye Whyte, “The Prince of Peckham” himself had the honour of riding for Alan’s as his first team.
An honorable mention must also go to Alan’s parents, Arthur and Madge who were very active in supporting Alan when they realised his passion. As a 12-year-old kid myself, I was more excited about the interest Arthur would show in my racing than any trophy I might have won. When Alan eventually approached me and asked me to join the Robinson support team back in 1983, I was over the moon and within days thanked Alan for that ‘Factory’ look. I mean, jeeez, kids would ask for my autograph!!! I could barely write my own name. I also seriously doubt the Freestyle scene in the UK would be what it is without Alan. The apparent time and effort Alan has put in from the beginning is astounding, who can forget the Torker Trick Team with Terry Jenkins and others? AlansBMX still supports a freestyle team today.
I don’t want to digress too much but Alan but he is also a big music fan and has endless stories of live gigs and even had a hand in a then unsigned punk band play a gig in Wigan. This band was later named Green Day. I believe there is footage somewhere on YouTube.
I myself came back into the sport of BMX racing in 2015, I pretty much immediately started getting support from Alan and in return as always, I promoted the shop as best I could. I’m not sure how or when it happened but I sort of ran the Alan’s race team and have got to know the whole family, wife Julie and grown up kids, Toby and Ralph. Toby pretty much runs the mail order side of the shop, and we always have a good laugh, especially when we hit the Karaoke at Christmas. The Alan’s BMX Heritage race team always tries to tip the hat to the past with our choices of race kits, all down to Alan and still to this day the attention to detail to give us the ‘Factory’ look.
Alan won’t mind me telling you he is also quite the eco warrior and these days spends quite a lot of time doing his bit in trying to protect the planet and raise the profile of the effect of climate change in whatever he does he always has his finger on the pulse with anything to do with BMX.
His knowledge of all things Old Skool is incredible and when Freestyle appeared on the Olympic scene recently our female gold medalist Charlotte Worthington was also riding for….?? Yep, Alan’s BMX…. Over forty years we have had this little shop in our town and the passion is still there. He rang me in tears after the last Olympic finals with Kye and Beth getting silver and gold respectively and he talks passionately about trying to emulate the ‘Frogtown Classic’ race recently staged in the USA, already coming up with ideas and possible venues. So, in essence, you can suggest Alan Woods; not only as a Pioneerhe’s also a Son – Racer – Businessman – Punk Rocker – Husband – Father – Maverick – Eco Warrior – Social Conscience – Alan Woods – BMX
Words – John Bentley (AlansBMX Race team manager)
Prior to racing BMX both her brother, Michael, and she were involved in Schoolboy Motocross, generally both finishing middle of the pack.
1981 – Started her journey into BMX racing and had a first place at a Southampton race meeting.
1982 – UK BMX – Junior girls No. 1
1983 – NBMXA No. 1
NBMXA British Champion
Jag World Championships Burbank USA – 4th
1984 – NBMXA No. 1
UK BMX No. 1
Champion of Champions Winner.
Kellogg’s Overall Winner
1985 – UK BMX No. 1
Kellogg’s Overall Winner
1986 – NBMXA British Champion
UK BMX No. 1
1987 – World Champion
NBMXA British Champion
Also inducted into the NBMXA Hall of Fame
Since Sarah’s departure from BMX, she continued Shotokan Karate and earned a black belt. She played Ice Hockey for 35 years during which time she represented Great Britain and the England ladies, playing in Ukraine and France. Sarah also had a role in a TV Show called, Ice Warriors, which was shown on ITV during 1997 for 9 weeks. She was Taaraz the Renegade in the show, which had the same production team as Gladiators and a similar format, except it was on ice. Sadly, they only made the one series. Sarah quit Ice Hockey, just recently, in 2020 when Covid hit, she felt at age 50 that she needed a change, but wasn’t sure what that looked like.
Around 2010, Sarah took up road cycling, and bought her first road bike. She trained hard to do a charity ride from a local village to Paris -210 miles which was incredible. Since then, she’s done a lot of road cycling over the years, including another long ride from Belgium back to the UK and a 100-mile event around the New Forest to name just a couple.
In September last year, Sarah decided what she finally wanted to do and that was to restore her old 80’s Redline and go to a few of the Old Skool shows and events that are held around the UK. Christian Kift was instrumental in helping Sarah restore her bike and in December she was doing Santa Cruise 7, a charity BMX ride around London dressed up as an Elf. Sarah was later invited by the local BMX track, Andover, to take her Redline along, to show, and talk about BMX in the 80s and the differences between then and now. Whilst at the track, she was given the opportunity to use a club bike and try out the bikes and track. To her surprise, she found that she still had a love of BMX racing. Within weeks, Sarah had purchased a second-hand bike, then some padding, (after learning the hard way not wearing any), and she is currently working on fitness and track craft with the hope of a comeback to race next year in the 30-plus lady’s class.