1. Issue 65 - Feb-Mar 2003
1. Issue 65 - Feb-Mar 2003
Back in May this year Bas Keep graced the final cover of Ride UK Magazine, giving him a grand total of 6 covers and making him The Man With The Most Ride UK covers of all time.
Here’s the story behind how he came to be that man.
When we heard that the issue of Ride we were working on would be the last in its printed form, we immediately halted all of the current content that had been already submitted even with the with layouts already well underway, so that we could do something that would be a nod to its past, its heritage and straight away we began the task of contacting people for the retrospective content you’ll see within.
Everything had to be done quickly, as the deadline cloud was well above us and it was gaining speed. The replies came in thick and fast and we needed to repress our nostalgia of leafing through past issues to continue with the pressing job at hand. We were overcome with the potential stuff we could put in, and it was a lot of fun getting it together and laying it all out, seeing all this history side by side. However, there was one gaping chasm left to jump – What would be on the cover? Covers rarely just ‘happen’, they are often planed and discussed beforehand and we like to have a few options to decide on, but we had nothing, nada and needed to do something special, something that would make sure this issue would be remembered.
Suddenly, as if a gift from above, like it fell from the skies, the opportunity presented itself to have Sebastian Keep on the final printed copy of Ride UK and I have to be honest, I jumped at the chance. Not only because the endless ideas and potential were already giving me sleepless nights but because if history was anything to go by, it was bound to be a belter. Bas already had the most covers to date, so with this being the last printed issue, there would be no contenders there, and this would finally and undisputedly crown him, as the man with the most. I got wind of the image we were about to see and knew almost without setting eyes on it, that it would be our final cover image. Sometimes, things just fall into place.
Bas’ first cover was back in 2003 and since then he’d spanned over a decade worth of different riding styles and trends. One thing that has remained throughout though, is his dedication and creativity on a BMX.
Seb Hejna – Ride UK Editor
“I always looked forward to seeing Ride, especially seeing who got the cover. The cover is a special place and there are a lot of memorable covers when I think back. Benson’s, Lacey’s, Kriss’, Niki Crofts, Ak’s, Owain Cleggs, Preisty’s, and many more, the list could go on. I’m proud to have been a part of a good thing and something that united the British scene for so many years..”