The Battle of Hastings was a good weekend for BMX, it’s that simple. Now, other BMX comps happen. There seems to be plenty of mainstream park comps these days, all catering to the ‘competition’ rider. And I have to admit, I enjoy a lot of these events, in fact, I MC at many of them, so they, and the riders that compete always get my support and in many cases, admiration. However, it can be 50/50 sometimes whether some of the riding helps to progress BMX, or simply produces a plethora of lemmings pumping out the same moves across the same ramps. For me, I always love it when a rider shows up to one of these events that I know will bring something else to the table, someone that looks for a transfer or signature big move, rather than just cramming in another whip or bar on the same box or quarter, but that’s coming from an old guy, and what you like, you like, whatever it is, and don’t let anyone tell you different. BMX is what you want it to be.
As we all know, and whether we like it or not, BMX is fragmented, with competition riding being just one discipline within it. But this competition, in Hastings, was something else. It was a riders rider competition, it was about originality and fun, and the teams taking part reflected this. It was an assembly of talent not seen on these shores since… Well, lets face it, The Backyard Jams, another product of, you guessed it, Hastings. I spent most of my weekend doing the live feed with Mad Jon Taylor, and it was an honour to be a part of something so special, especially with Jon. We were however holed up in what could only be described as an ISIS bunker… But hey, that’s showbiz. LOL.
We have another article coming up later this week as part of the Roll On Series, featuring some 35mm photography documenting the weekend. This will discuss the relevance of the Battle of Hastings, but for now, enjoy looking through these images of Riding, People, and Objects plus the edit above, all highlighting some of Ride UK’s favourite elements to what was one of the most memorable BMX weekends for some time. Enjoy.
Some incredible things went down that weekend, with a range of riding that would almost suit any BMXers needs. The throttles were open, the style count was through the roof yet the ‘trick’ count was low. BMX in a very pure form.