Bicycles have the ability to bring people together, building life long relationships, memories and enjoying the company of those closest to us. I was introduced to the world of BMX in 1982 when my parents gave me my first bike, a white and red 12" BMX that I learnt to ride in the living room of our home. I grew up in Bendigo with the local BMX track just up the road from our house. My Dad would take my older sister and I there to ride on weekends and we also rode our bikes everywhere around our neighbourhood and the surrounding bushland.
In 1988 at my parents signed me up for my BMX first race where I finished third, my sister had her first race at the next meeting and we were both hooked. Our parents brought us proper race bikes after a few races, I had a Kuwahara and my sister got a brand new Mongoose Mini Californian. Soon we were travelling to race meetings all over the state and by the early 1990's, all over the country.
By the late 90's I'd moved into the Junior Elite class and then onto the Elite/Pro class and was coaching younger riders on a weekly basis. In early 1999 I stopped racing due to injury and later that year was made a life member of the Bendigo BMX Club. Over the years I met and became great friends with other riders from all around the country, had a lot of good times and made memories that I look back on very fondly to this day.
Twenty years later and my life still revolves around bikes. Now riding is simply for the enjoyment of it, where it can take you and the people you can share that experience with.
District Cycle Store Owner