Tinker ranks as a bona fide old-school legend. Born in 1961, Tinker was among Freestyle BMX’s earliest adopters. Bicycle Motorcross Action magazine hailed him the very first King of the Skateparks in 1980. They even put him on the cover, which made it one of the first solely freestyle covers by a magazine devoted to BMX. While no competition took place, it was still a nice tribute to Tinker’s advanced moves that no one else was capable of pulling off.
Cisar, after making his start in Motorcross, rapidly grew to become a household name (at least in those households that were fans of BMX). After he crashed out during a qualifier for the 2008 Olympics, he became addicted to marijuana, which turned into a heroin addiction. He spent an intensive period of rehab, along with a lengthy personal journey, and after regaining his health, made a comeback to BMX.
You could make a solid case for Ryan Nyquist being a robot in a human body. Among the very best pound-for-pound BMXers who has ever walked the face of the earth, he later turned his attention to MTB Slopestyle and managed to place 2nd at the FISE World Montpellier competition. He’s a great example of a rider who raced his way to the very top and stayed there. Nyquist has made 60 Dew Tour finals appearances, 39 X-Games competition starts, and won 16 X-Games medals.
There’s only one rider to have ever claimed a title in Flatland, Park, and Vert in the very same year. And that rider is Dennis McCoy. Along with Dave Mirra and Mat Hoffman, McCoy was a member of the American Freestyle Association. He also ranks among the most influential riders in history. Even in his 50s, in fact, he still knows how to impress. He also goes by the names DMC and, perhaps somewhat predictably, The Real McCoy.
Roche has said that he has a preference for filming over contests. That probably goes some way towards explaining why he’s been responsible for a number of the very best BMX films ever made. He’s been so consistent that he received a Transworld Ride BMX’s Number One Street Rider nomination each year between the years 2009 and 2013. The rider who grew up in Huntington Beach, California is still making waves in the world of BMX.
You haven’t seen real BMX in action until you’ve seen what this man can do. Mark Webb is still shredding today as he continues to rank among BMX’s more influential riders. Riding out of the UK, Webb has been something of a FISE favourite for some years and seems to have a knack for pushing the boundaries of possibility on a bike. To see what Webb is capable of, take a look at this video of him at FISE World Montpellier 2016 as he pays tribute to none other than Dave Mirra, a legend we paid tribute to ourselves in part 1 of this list.