Mountain biking’s feeble — but recovering — Great Uncle

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A few weeks ago, I mentioned that BMX would be making its Olympic debut at Beijing this summer — alas, only as an exhibition event. But considering that road-racing, track racing, and even mountain biking have been medal events forever, it’s kind of surprising it took this long.

This article about British BMX sensation Shanaze Reade gives a nice historical summary of how BMX developed in the early 70s, and then got upstaged by a lot of “freestyle” silliness (RAD, the movie — anyone?), and finally buried up to the neck by mountain bikes.

But the X-Games and Dave Mirra brought back BMX streetstyle, and this extended a lifeline back to BMX racing on dirt. Fascinating!

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