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 scenes with the administration of BMX.
From the 96 Worlds in Brighton, the 2012 London Olympics, and World Championships in Birmingham, Phil has seen all the changes as we moved into the Olympic era of racing.
Today, Phil is very much involved at Club, Regional and National levels with no plans to retire yet. Clearly, a BMX lifer.