It’s fair to say that when it comes to cycling, both the sporting world and the personal preferences of riders here in the UK tends to be dominated by road and mountain bikes. There’s certainly a lot more publicity for these types of cycling on social media and the television, but others, like BMX cycling for example, receive far less media attention.
If you’re not too familiar with BMX cycling, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s purely an extreme sport favoured by the USA; there’s some great British talent that goes under the radar of those that aren’t BMX-ers! I’ll be honest, I’ve personally not yet set foot on a BMX bike – I’ve simply not had the opportunity and I’m a little bit intimated by it. But there are some great reasons as to why you should consider BMX cycling as a sport or hobby. Here’s just a few:
Great Britain boasts two of the biggest names in the BMX sporting world in Liam Phillips and Shanaze Reade. That’s pretty cool, right? Both competed at the last two Olympic Games in London in 2012 and Beijing in 2008. Between them, they have amassed vast amounts of titles and numerous World Championships. And, as you will see on the British Cycling rankings there are many up-and-coming names to watch out for on the BMX scene.
BMX cycling is also championed by numerous famous faces. Before he hit the dizzy heights of F1 glory, British racer Jensen Button was a keen BMX rider before making the transition to the track. Also, another Olympic athlete, Iwan Thomas, has also declared a love of BMX and at a young age was competing in championships before turning to running. Other famous fans of BMX include Graham Coxon of Blur fame and Matt Helders, drummer from the Arctic Monkeys.
One of the other great things about BMX riding is the health benefits it can bring. Obviously there’s the cardiovascular exercise you can get but because of the riding style of a BMX bike you also work on your core strength and balance too. All very good reasons to give it a try.
Finally of course, there’s the thrill seeker appeal of BMX cycling. Unlike road bikes you can traverse ramps and bowls learning tricks, stunts and different techniques along the way. As you might have guessed though, this isn’t for the faint-hearted (which may be why I’ve not yet had the bottle to try it), but if you think it’s for you, you’ll need to invest in a decent quality model.
Looking for a new two-wheeled challenge?
So, if you’re looking for a new two-wheeled challenge or considering trying something new when it comes to bikes, don’t write-off this fantastic option! Give BMX riding a go and you’re bound to find that this underrated bike sport has a great deal to offer.
Don’t forget to let me know how you get on…
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