Ryan Guettler is currently in town and seeing as he hasn’t seen some of his old crew for a good 20 years we figured a rider’s reunion was in order. This past weekend a whole bunch of us old Brisbane crew got together for a BBQ, catch up and a ride down at Beenleigh bike park. Thanks to Ryan for making a video of the day…
I am fortunate to say Clint and I have been close friends for best part of 23 years. During that time Clint has grown from a one of Australia’s solid Flatlanders of the 1990s, to one of the worlds most talented Mini Ramp kings, and owner of Australia’s most successful bike company – Colony BMX.
Since his early riding days back in 1988, Clint’s life has always been about BMX. He has done pretty much everything that can be done within the BMX community and needless to say, every facet of Freestyle in Australia wouldn’t be what it is today without the guy.
To this day, his riding is still inspring – so smooth, technical and he can still bust his old Flatland combos without too much fuss.
If you would like to learn more about Clint’s competition history, check out the comp timeline here.
Don’t forget to bring your bike and come down to the Jam today! See you there!
Its hard to imagine that for almost 30 years Doug Larsen Park has been home to ramp riders, bowl moles and even a few flatlanders.
This Saturday, there will be a relaxed session down at Beenleigh to get a few of the old boys back on the bikes for an afternoon of hanging out and riding.
All ages and bikes are welcome so come along from midday, the 26th of July, for a great day in the QLD sunshine.
The Unscene Vimeo page is now up and running. The aim of the page is to become a resource of old Brisbane Freestyle footage from pre-1995. If you have any VHS or Beta footage you would like to contribute please drop me a line and I can have it digitally converted and added to the Vimeo page.
The first batch of video is courtesy of Carmelo Gilbert. The videos listed are the RADSports Freestyle Spectacular, August 1989 and a Beenleigh Competition from 87/88 I am yet to confirm. If you have any information on this comp please leave a comment. Oh, and if you see yourself in any of the video leave a comment with your name and time you are featured in the video. Hopefully we can get text added to the footage at a later date.
In my later years of High School I kept a journal. I don’t know why I kept one, but I thank my younger self for doing it. Amongst the usual teenage stuff you would expect to write about, I kept a pretty good account of what our crew did when we went riding.
As it happens, 18 years ago today marks the anniversary of Riders Comp 5 held at Beenleigh Bike Park.
The Riders Comp series was created by Colony BMX owner Clint Millar with the help of other riders, most notably Michael Canfield and Tim Wood. During the early to mid 1990’s, and at the lowest of the Australian Freestyle recession, this 7 part comp series was one of the essential local events keeping some kind of organised competition alive in Brisbane.
Freestyle by then was well off the grid of corporate interest and very few bike stores supported these events or had the means to. Local competitions still played a major role and with limited resources, the comps were now at the hands of fellow riders.
Riders Comp 5 had a strong turnout compared to the previous Riders Comps. Sydney’s Mike Daly, Dave Hendren and Tim Lynch arrived the day before the comp and Newcastle’s Josh Goudy along with two of his mates camped by the Flatland area over the weekend.
Disciplines included Flatland, Street, Mini (the concrete bowl) and Vert with classes Beginner, Expert and Pro. Trophies and cash were awarded to the top three riders of each class. This was the second Riders Comp with enough funds to afford trophies. Previously all kinds of trophies were donated for the Riders Comp 1-3 – they were normally stripped of their original plaque and crudely engraved with a new one which often resembled a second grader’s handwriting. It was rider owned and rider run at its best and like everything back then you made do with what you had available to you. The cash prize was an accumulation of entry fees divided up and reimbursed to the place holders. You were lucky to see $20.00 if you placed top three and you won the lotto if you placed in more than one discipline.
At the end of the day the comps were a load of fun. It was just another excuse to ride your bike with your friends and hang out. More information will available about the Riders Comp series at the Unscene exhibit in late October and the Timeline coming in November 2013.
The ‘large’ turnout of riders and spectators look on during the Flatland comp.
Clint Millar filming Brad ‘BT’ MacDonald during his Mini run.
Brisbane Flatlander, Jim Gallichan. Dumptruck. Josh Goudy’s tent in the background.
Todd Neville airing out of the big bowl.
The remains of a Riders Comp 5 trophy.