It takes someone to do it. It took Alain Massabova a year to do it. Some things are easier said then done. "You should write a book about the history of BMX!" Alain took on the challenge and pulled it off, and in a great way. 300 pages of French BMX history, from the early days to 2022. From racing to freestyle. Jams to competitions. Road trips to photo shoots. France has some rich history in BMX and flipping through the book you will face familiar names. Some you've forgotten. Some are still ripping. In 35 years a lot has happened in BMX and seeing everything together in one thick book is great. Collecting the photos alone must have been a challenge. Back in the day nothing was digital so that scanner must have made some overtime scanning all the early photos. Then archiving them first, putting them in the right order before making a selection. Which ones to use?
It only works when eveyone pitches in, and lots of them did. This makes the book something special for everyone. The book starts off with the 1978-1988 oldschool phase. How it started, the pioneers,
Title of the book: The Power of Belief Author: Sarah Juggins / Bethany Shriever Date published: 12th September 2022 Pages: 272
When were you approached to do a book? Bethany Shriever: Start of the year!
How long was the thinking process before you decided to get to work on the book? Bethany Shriever: Not that long really, it’s not often you get offered the opportunity to write your own book about your journey in sport (so far).
Did you have things lined up and organized as far as photos were concerned? Bethany Shriever: We went through old photos my dad had kept on his computer from when I first started. The rest was fairly easy as there are some amazing photographers out there who get some great shots, like ProperCycling magazine and Navada BMX Photography.