We reckon everyone has a little BMX in them – take a look at our list of sport stars who have ridden our sport.
COVER PIC: An NRL player living/loving BMX. (Pic courtesy of Deadly Vibe)
BMX riders are present throughout the entire world with many turning to racing as soon as they learn how to ride a bike.
We know the names of many Aussie pro riders in the past and present like Jamie Hales, Natarsha Williams, Leigh Egan Paul Addams, Warwick Stevenson, Sam Willoughby, Caroline Buchanan, Anthony Dean, Kai and Saya Sakakibara… to name just a few.
But what about the Aussie sport stars who have moved on from their younger years on a BMX bike to other things?
Take a look at this quick list and see if any surprise you!
First out of the gate is three-time Le Tour de France sprint champion, Robbie McEwan.
The Queenslander switched to road racing in 1990 at the age of 18 before he began his career as Australia’s best sprint cyclist.
Before then, McEwen had been an Australian BMX champion and it’s obvious why he was so successful as a sprinter on the road… BMX!
Check out his race below!
Another superb addition to our list of BMX sport stars is Adelaide’s Anna Meares. The multiple Olympic and Commonwealth gold medallist and 11-time world champion track cyclist has been an iconic figure in the world of cycling and it all began on a BMX bike.
Take a look at her race in the 6-girl’s final of the Aussie titles below.
The final member on our list who pursued a cycling career is WA’s Ryan Bayley. Bayley represented Australia at a number of major events around the globe. His most notable achievement being the two gold medals he won at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, competing in the Keirin and sprint events..
Bayley was known as a big BMX enthusiast and is recorded competing in the 15-boy’s class at the 1997 Australian National Championships at Tamworth BMX Club, where he came sixth.
Venturing away from the road and track cycling stars on the list is professional racing driver, Jonathon Webb.
Born in Castle Hill, NSW in 1983, Webb has made his career competing in the Carrera Cup before joining the V8 Supercar Series. His greatest achievement was lifting the Bathurst 1000 Cup in 2016 with Will Davison and his team – Tekno Autosports.
The last member on our list is Will Chambers, the rugby league international, who has been part of two premiership winning Melbourne Storm teams.
Raised in Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory, Chambers took to a BMX bike like a natural, winning the NT champs in his first year. For three years he held the state title in the NT and came fourth in the 12-boy’s class at the nationals in Darwin 2000.
Check out this cracking story back in 2007 – HERE.
That’s our list!
So now we offer the challenge up to you. Do you know a sport star who is/was a deadly weapon on a whip?
Let us know on our social media post!