When it comes to naming core BMX brands Bicycle Union should undoubtedly be amongst the top of anyone's list. With a rich history in BMX and some of the greats like Scott Malyon, Chris Doyle and Jerry Galley repping over the years you know that with Bicycle Union you get what you get, proper BMX parts from a proper BMX company.
Main man John Dye has been a well known name in UK BMX since he first got on one back in the early 80's, and he is still a highly respected member of the scene, not only being the head honcho of Bicycle Union, but running his own BMX shop 'VOLT BMX' since 2009 in London, a true rider owned rider run BMX shop.
"By just doing BMX, we can put all our heart into it." - John Dye
In recent times Bicycle Union have come out with some great media in the form of 'Zines and Podcasts, more commonly know as the Union Tapes. These both cover in depth history of all things BMX and get close and personal with the guys that were actually there in the Golden Era. The most recent one featuring none other than earlier mentioned legend Scott Malyon.
The International BMX Freestyle Federation (iBMXFF) World Championships came to a close at NASS in the UK today with Vince Byron, Jose Torres, Jack Clark and Matthias Dandois taking the World Champion titles. The largest global BMX freestyle event of the year took place at NASS Festival this weekend (6th – 9th July) at the Bath & West Showground.
Australia’s Vince Byron and Jose Torres hailing from Argentina took the Pro Vert World Champion title and Pro Park World Champion title respectively. Britain’s Jack Clark was named Dirt World Champion and France’s Matthias Dandois was crowned Pro Flatland World Champion. Over 450 professional and amateur athletes across the globe headed to NASS to compete across four disciplines of BMX freestyle, park, vert, dirt and flatland, skateboard park and flatland and mountain bike dirt.
The event featured a 14ft Vert Ramp, one of Europe’s tallest, a pro park, dirt jumps, street spots, public courses and ramps. Inspired by the individuality and creativity of alternative youth culture, 15,000 music & action sport fans made their way to the Bath & West Showground for a weekend of action sports, live music and hardcore revelry.
Hip Hop royalty in the shape of Wu Tang Clan’s Method Man and Redman headlined Friday night supported by rising grime star Giggs. On Saturday Aussie Drum and Bass outfit Pendulum and DJ duo Sigma while the festival came to a close on Sunday with grime legend, Kano and Wiley.
I thought this edit was sat somewhere on the internet but it was nowhere to be found earlier today so hear it is....possbily again. It's been more than a decade since this event but watching this edit still makes make me feel the same as the day it dropped....and Danny Hickerson's clips could be from the future still today.