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ISSUE 199: The New Guard – Preview

Ride UK BMX Issue 199 has arrived.  We’re proud of what we’ve done here.  Yes, it was a long old break between issue 198 and issue 199, but that’s even more reason to celebrate the now!

Entitled ‘The New Guard’, this edition embraces the many changes since the previous issue: new riders, new photographers, new content, new owner, new editor, new look, new life.  

Our return to print focuses on the current crop of UK talent, the incredible BMX scene on our doorstep.  We cover the riders we respect, the riders we know well, the riders we didn’t know, the riders we wanted to see more coverage of.  It’s our return to the print world and we’re buzzing to be back. 

Now issue 199 has well and truly landed and we’ve enjoyed seeing the stoke from everyone on our social media notifications since the launch.  For those who haven’t grabbed a copy yet, this article is for you.  Let’s go through what’s in it, who’s in it, and where to get it.

On the cover: A new line in one of the oldest and gnarliest bowls in the UK.  Dom Elt folding one over the channel in Satan’s Toilet, Southsea. Photo: Martin Grainger


JOE JARVIS – Half Cut, Full Send

Photos by Martin Grainger
Words by Robin Pearson

When I think of Joe Jarvis, I think of hard threes, skinny jeans, dodgy handlebar angles, perfectly stomped tailwhips and quite a bit of drinking.  He is a man with a lot to say, and he’s not afraid to say it.  Joe sets us right in this fiery interview.

BE SKINT & RIDE – The First Ben Towle Interview

Photos by Adam Lievesley
Words by Robin Pearson

It’s been an interesting few years since I first heard the name Ben Towle.  I’ll be honest, when I heard of him and saw some of his riding, I quickly dismissed him as a park rat.  Of his own admission, as you’ll read, that was fair enough.  However, since that introduction there’s been a fierce evolution in Ben’s riding, a sickening rate of progression and adaptation that comes from simply having bags of natural talent.  With Ben on this path, we wouldn’t call it THE Ben Towle interview, so it’s just the first one.

UK SIGNATURES – Recognised Royalty

Photos by Chaz Mailey, Tonash, Cain Martin, Martin Grainger, Adam Lievesley
Words by Robin Pearson

Having a frame with your name on it?  That’s arguably the pinnacle of BMX riding.  Your own geometry, your own colour choices, your own graphics, your pride and joy.  With all UK heavies: Jordan Godwin, Isaac Lesser, Alex Donnachie, Kieran Reilly, Alex Coleborn, Dan Paley, Dan Lacey, Tom Justice, Mark Webb, Kriss Kyle & Alex Kennedy, this is the elite club of homegrown riders with sig frames.

CROSSOVER – An extreme pursuit of balance

Photos by Mike Drummond, Paul Foster, Adam Lievesley
Words by Robin Pearson

Looking sideways with five rippers.  These are riders who not only shred on twenty inch wheels, but also on other vehicles of gnar.  Why is that?  Is BMX not enough?  Are they just sickeningly talented at everything?  Is there a direct crossover of skills?  We decided to profile five such guys, watch them ripping it on both terrains and find out how their obsessions compare.


Photos by Robin Pearson, Ryan Lilburn, Clint Vancliff, Adam Lievesley, Martin Grainger

Not eight random photos with no home, eight carefully chosen banger images that we wanted to showcase with no distractions.  Street, park, trails – UK BMX up and down the land.

THRICE – Sam Jones

Photos by Fooman

Past, Present & Future thoughts with the one and only Sam Jones.

WHO IS? Antonio Carrizo-Smallwood

Words & photos by Kieran Cooper

Getting to know this young Hull talent.

WHO IS? Frasier Hill

Photos by Fooman
Words by Ash Heeley

Sheffield powerhouse Frasier Hill makes his introductions.

+ More!


Available now from:

  • The Ride UK BMX Shop
  • Your local BMX shop!  Including Entity, Alans, Waller, Foundation, Winstanleys, Crucial, Volt, Dead Sailor, Grind
  • Indoor skateparks!  Including Unit 23, Adrenaline Alley, Asylum, Graystone, Rampworx



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