Article: Jonathan White
Over one hundred old school BMX bike fans from around the United Kingdom converged on Crewe on Saturday 28th May 2022 for a social ride in and around the town.
BMXers gathered for breakfast at Brewers Fayre Brocklebank on Weston Road, near Crewe railway station, for the annual ‘Crewe and Cheshire old school ride out’ event, organised by the ‘Crewe and Cheshire old school BMX club’.
They rode from the Brocklebank to stop for liquid refreshment at The Raven (Brookhouse Drive), The Woodside (Valley Road, Wistaston) and The Rising Sun Inn (Middlewich Road, Wistaston).
Participants also followed the Crewe-Nantwich Greenway cycleway to the Shanaze Reade BMX track on Victoria Avenue for judging of the best BMX bike competition.
The best BMX bike was adjudged to be an immaculate DP Firebird Freestyler with a pink frameset and black Skyway Tuff wheels. Second place was a black Mongoose, and third place was a chrome Robinson.
First-, second- and third-placed prize winners received a Haro handlebar number plate provided by Dez Green, who also designed the graphic for the Crewe and Cheshire Old School BMX Club stickers which were handed out on the day of the event.
Attendees rode racing and freestyle vintage BMX bikes from the 1980s as well as modern BMX bikes.
BMX brands represented included Ammaco, Cycle Pro, Diamond Back, DP, Dyno, Falcon, GT, Haro, Kuwahara, Mongoose, Raleigh, Robinson, SE Bikes, Skyway, Specialized, Tioga and Torker.
The event was open to all, and bikers ranged in age from children to adults. There were participants from Crewe along with visitors from further afield.
‘Crewe and Cheshire old school ride out’ was once again expertly organised by John Collins from Crewe. The event doubled as John’s stag-do, as he is getting married to fiancée Monique in Crewe on the following Saturday. In celebration, some of the riders wore photomasks of John and Monique during rest breaks.
John Collins said, “We had an excellent turnout this year, following a very difficult period of over two years for all due to the pandemic. Our first-ever ride in 2016 had seventeen riders and we are really pleased with the response to this year’s event with one hundred plus riders. It was great to see such a wide range of BMX bikes and I hope everyone enjoyed the ride and chat. We are always looking for new members, so please get in touch and join us at our next event.”
For further information relating to the ‘Crewe and Cheshire old school BMX club’ please search Crewe and Cheshire old school BMX club on Facebook, or visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1145537948806438 .