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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…