The Union Tapes
We believe the UK needs BMX podcasts so we threw the hat in and interviewed the riders who were actually there.
We’ll aim for one a month and see where it takes us?
Stuart King discovered BMX at its lowest point in popularity, we pin it down to around 1990. How the carcass of a 80's kids boom held any interest to a young teen back then is quite intriguing. He quickly picked up a friend group and a heavy arsenal of tricks, which only got bigger and bigger as he himself grew. He is one of the most naturally determined riders I’ve ever met, and that determination became visible in his style once he reached 16 or 17 years old. He quickly became one of the big UK names in the mid to late 90s, and was one of the only UK names to make it over to the USA into and hang in the infamous pro class at Hoffman bikes BS series. After a lot of troubles with breaking bike parts and generally bad products of the early 90s, he became interested in making more robust BMX products, which later became the legendary King Bike Co, a frame which was built in 95 which had geometry that is still used to this day. Multiple trips to the USA for contests, and the first UK BMX X Games competitor, which led to him meeting new friends in Bethlehem PA, the home of Posh trails. We get into how everything fell into place, the riders, the places, the events, the bikes, the products, the company, the burnout and getting back into it in recent years.
Riders mentioned: Mark Langston, Richard Browne, Duncan Jack, Mason Smith, Elliot Mcgrath, Martin Allmey, Scott Stevens, Grotbags, Jerry Galley, Mike Canning, Jamie Bestwick, Simon Tabron, Jason Davies, Dave Mirra, Dennis McCoy, Joe Rich, Taj Mihelich, Sandy Carson, Chris Sals, Jay Lonegan, Ed Koening, Robbie Morales and Mat Hoffman
Greg Guillotte was one of the riders pushing the limits in mid to late 80’s, part of the legendary meanwhile quarter pipe crew in west London. Greg scored a Radness unlimited page in BMX action bike magazine as his first pic and that was the start of many print pages to come. Whilst BMX dwindled in size and became a pointless childs activity in the eyes of the public, crews of dedicated riders up n down the country pushed harder than ever in pursuit of BMX radness. In this interview we hear Greg's story of moving from the USA to Holland to London then back to the USA, getting into BMX, first visit to Londons meanwhile gardens, learning to air, getting in the magazines, hole shot contests, UKBFA, BMX beat, the infamous pop out-itis, learning to ride Londons half pipes, moving back to the USA, competing in the 2 hip and AFA contests, building a new backyard ramp in TX, shows for Micki Conte, getting a cover of Go! Magazine and much more….get some!
Zach has done more in BMX than we could ever fit in to multiple 3 hour conversations. I first met Zach in 86 at Chingford halfpipe, we cover a history of his BMX riding from his start in the boom days of the early 80s to present day. We talk about early Harlow riding scene, meeting locals Eric Steel and Darren Robinson, breaking bikes, discovering Rom skatepark, seminal BMX shop Faze 7, the mythical 80s Rom local Marco Lara. Home made 1/4 pipes, The annual Holeshot contest in Finsbury Park, London. Meanwhile ripper Greg Guilliotte, Uncovering the Chingford scene. Getting pics in RAD magazine. Travels to the northern BMX mecca’s in the 80s and meeting new scenes. BFA contests. Backyard jams. Localising Leigh on sea skatepark. Riding in the circus with Shaun Scarfe. Inventing the 360 backflip, riding for GT and becoming the team manager for them, competing in the USA CFB series, appearing in the Dave Mirra video game, the vert contest circuit and….biscuits??! Enjoy!
Fids is one of the bigger UK names from 90s BMX to present day. He’s pretty much done it all.
We take it back to the start-the very start. We find out about the early BMX craze days at Gillingham skatepark, the transition to skateboarding,
finding out about punk rock, being a sponsored vert skateboarder, London vert ramps, the death of vert skating. How he got back into BMX in the early 90s.
Wining backyard jams, first trip to California, getting on S&M, the start of UK trail riding, endless euro trips, the difficulties of riding, Boyley stories,
Euro Road fools, injuries, still being on S&M and getting a pro board on S&M as well as much more…he thinks he saw Pantera in holland but it was actually Madball!