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2020 GENERATION: UK riders to watch out for this decade

Onward.  It’s the start of a new decade and we feel pretty well poised to begin the 2020s by shouting out some of the best up and coming UK riders.  Some of these guys will already be on your radar, some won’t.  We thoroughly recommend you shift those that aren’t, on!  Hit the Instagram tags, easy done.

These are riders who have started to prove themselves in the final years of the 2010s.  Ride UK has already covered the likes of Tom Russell, Stu Chisholm, Matt Harris, Ben Towle and Kaz Campbell quite extensively in the past couple of years, so you won’t see them on this list.  We think of them as household names by now, so you’re probably already fans of theirs!  They’re all shredders in any case.

Most of the following names have some kind of hook up or sponsor, but they’re not pro riders (yet).  Thanks to events such as Backyard Jam, we saw many of these names come up and up first hand last year, even in that short 5 month span of the jam series.  Read on, follow these guys, see what they do…

Ellis Lloyd. Photo: Adam Lievesley



This guy popped up quickly and made quite an impact in 2019, to the point that he got signed up with Radio Bikes.  An interesting style and choice of tricks, great natural ability and a decent talent for taking the piss out of contemporaries means he’s on our list.



Scottish wizardry.  Awesome bike control, especially on the front wheel.  Jensen has properly magical nose wheelie balance, and I know because he cruised right past me on the front wheel several times at the Backyard Jam final.  Jensen does it for Sunday Bikes and Odyssey through Backstreet Distribution.



Dude is 10 years old and does backflips!  Seriously, Harry does it all, from motocross to DH to BMX.  Safe to say he’s comfortable on two wheels.  Hooked up by Radio Bikes.  He’s already sending things like flip can-cans, just imagine his riding towards the end of the decade…



The absolute rail ride master from Hull.  Seen slaying it at Dub Jams and Backyard Jams, Joe’s riding is precise and entertaining.  Rides for BSD, Waller BMX Shop and DUB.  Stoked to see what Joe does in the next few years.



Stylish young gun from the midlands, repping wethepeople.  Ellis is 15, can roast a transition, makes it look good, does a few well-chosen tricks…  Keep your eye on this guy.


Harry Schofield. Photo: Adam Lievesley
Henry Logan. Photo: Adam Lievesley
Ben Gordon. Photo: Adam Lievesley



Edinburgh-based, with great bike control.  What is it with these Scots?  BSD recently hooked him up for his creative moves, his prowess at spinning, and breathtaking hair style.  Follow!



Not afraid to send it.  Louis is a street guy from the south coast who will probably do great things in the next few years!  More great big drops, hopefully.  Supported by Subrosa.



The Backyard Jam 2019 champion!  Sasha is a proficient park rider, does some decent tricks and isn’t shy of going fast at stuff, which is what we love about her.  Oh yeah, and she’s only 13 – we can’t wait to see her progress even more in the next few years.



A 20-year-old sarcasm machine from Hebden Bridge.  Watch Ben ride and expect lots of grinding and probably a fair amount of crashing.  We’re big fans of Ben.  He helps run BNGBNGMCR, rides for United and was recently featured with some fine clips on their Affirmation DVD.

Kris Bunnage. Photo: Adam Lievesley

The following four riders took 1st and 2nd at Backyard Jam 2019 Am Finals in Park and Street.  These guys won places to ride at Simple Session 2020!



Tricks!  Ash Finlay will do big tricks on big set ups.  That flip transfer at the Backyard Jam finals…  He triple whipped it as well.  Rides for Demolition and TSG.



Interesting style, unpredictable rider.  That’s entertaining!  Winner of Backyard Jam 2019 Am Finals, riding for United.  See his clips in Affirmation!



So many barspins!  Quad bar air on the big quarter at Corby…  Hundreds of other barspins elsewhere in the building.  Rides for Hyper & Snafu.



Aka Alex PB.  Skilled street rider from Chester, makes it all look good, too!  Federal and Dub hookup.




Merseyside machine who recently got hooked up with Federal as well.  Cam is dialled.



Another of our favourite female riders – Jay has a pretty different style to a lot of the other girls out there.



Stephen Murray’s boys (younger Mason is ripping too) made great moves in the last few years.  Seth is now the proud owner of an excellent flair lookback – what a wild trick!  Seth represents Stay Strong, of course.



As Darryl Nau proclaimed at the Vans BMX Pro Cup 2018 in Malaga, he may as well be called Mark Ducati, he goes so damn fast.  Very precise and solid bowl rider from Scotland, throws in a few tricks but mainly just keeps it rapid.


Mark Ducat! Photo: Adam Lievesley
Crazy Pete. Photo: Adam Lievesley



Nice trails-esque style from this Grimsby local.  We were stoked to see her ripping around Adrenaline Alley at the Backyard Jam finals…  But she also took a savage-looking slam!  Onwards and upwards.



Tariq may be injured at the moment but that won’t hold him back for long.  Manchester’s Fitbikeco. contingent, does bits for BNGBNGMCR and Foundation, sends it.



Aka Crazy Pete!  A very entertaining rider, Crazy Pete busts out some wild moves.  Rail manuals, steep front wheel stuff, decent.  Riding for Kink BMX and DUB.


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