Here is a list of those who have helped to shape the sport of BMX and had a huge hand in what makes it what it is today. And what better way to start such a list than with Dave Mirra, a rider whose special talents took him to the top in every X-Games event since it started in 1995 through to 2009. Mirra’s passion for cycling and his commitment to becoming the best rider he could possibly be led him to a reputation and a career that still commands respect with action sports fans throughout the world. He held the record for the highest number of medals achieved in BMX freestyle. Sadly, Mirra passed away on February 4, 2016.
The veteran rider has talent and skill that saw him win competitions all over the world. He’s still creating new tricks and remains very active in BMX. He hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, either, and the subject of retirement has yet to come up. So he will undoubtedly continue taking to the track whenever the opportunity arises. BMX is a life-long passion for Bestwick and to call him an icon would be something of an understatement.
Nicknamed the Blue Falcon, here is a rider who is revered by many. Foster tore up BMX courses in his prime. He made his first appearance on the professional racing scene in 1991, and in the same year, he won his first professional race at the NBL Christmas Classic. He turned AA professional within a year and went on to a very successful career. Foster is the only rider who has managed to maintain a career spanning over 30 years, as well as crossing over from pro racing to trail, street, and pro park riding.
Before he made the transition to mountain biking, Tomac was very serious about his BMX racing career. He started to take part in BMX events in 1975, in around the Michigan area, and continued to compete in BMX racing as a teenager when he raced against BMX legends from Michigan like Tim Root, Mike Chapman, and Tony Carnes. In 1984, when Tomac was just 16 years of age, he won the National Cruiser Classic as part of the factory Mongoose team.
We struggled to think of a name who has achieved more for BMX in their life than this man. Even those unaware that BMX is even a sport knows of Mat Hoffman. And how could they not be? After all, he’s won six X Games medals and has been named World Vert Champion no less than 10 times. He’s also been given credit for inventing more than 100 tricks, the first to land a 990, and later a no-handed 900. Hoffman even has his place in the history books, literally, when he was named in the Guinness Book of Records for the highest air ever achieved on a BMX bike. As if that wasn’t enough, in 2002, he was presented with the ESPN Action Sports Lifetime Achievement Award.