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…
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.
Unscene History is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the Brisbane Freestyle scene from 1985-1995. This website is a platform to promote current Unscene projects, including the timeline (to be released November 2013) and the exhibit Unscene: A History of Brisbane Freestyle (1985-1995) (coming 26 & 27 October, 2013). This news feed will keep you up to date with both projects over the coming months. There will also be regular features on some of Brisbane’s most iconic Freestylers, teams, crews, comps, and jams.
Unscene came to fruition after I wanted to gain a better insight into the Freestyle era that I grew up in and around, as a means to document it. People’s memories fade, some riders have passed away, and with such a gap between riding now and 25-plus years ago, there is distortion between what people recognise as “old school” bmx and fact. Unscene History aims to ensure our the local scene is preserved accurately.
Currently, over 40 hours of interviews have been logged from riders, bike shop and company owners. In addition, dated photographs, personal journals, magazines, zines and newspaper clippings, video, clothing and bikes are being archived. All of this information combined helps to create a clearer understanding of Freestyle in Brisbane and invariably how Brisbane had an impact on Freestyle.
Between the archived information, the timeline, and the exhibit, Unscene aims to present an unbiased and honest look at local Brisbane Freestyle and present it to the general public.
As the current timeline solely covers the span of a decade, future projects have been planned to further research both prior 1985 and after 1995 to extend on future preservation.
Unscene History is proudly sponsored by Brisbane based bike company, Colony BMX
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Ross D Lavender, Curator.
Tim Wood performing a Turndown at an early Wheels Entertainment show, 1992.