USA BMX Inducts Eight BMX Legends into Hall of Fame
The induction ceremony is one of the star-studded events during Hall of Fame Weekend
Eight BMX legends will be inducted into the 2023 National BMX Hall of Fame this weekend at a ceremony expected to bring more than 200 BMX fans and riders from across the country to Tulsa.
The induction ceremony is just one of a handful of celebratory Hall of Fame events scheduled throughout the weekend, kicking off on Friday evening, Oct. 6, with an inductee meet-and-greet and concluding on Sunday, Oct. 8, with a lively bike “cruise” around downtown Tulsa.
USA BMX inducts legendary BMX racers and industry personalities into the National BMX Hall of Fame each year—all of whom are determined to have made a significant impact on the sport. Nominations are accepted by the public, and the final nominees are determined by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. From there, the final inductees are then voted on by 500 BMX experts, including current Hall of Famers, BMX historians, and members of the media.
The USA BMX Hall of Fame began in 1985 with three inductees that year. Over the past 37 years, there have been between one and eight legends inducted each year, with the exception of 2021, when it was paused due to COVID.
This year’s eight inductees include two Lifetime Achievement honorees, all of whom are known for fueling excitement and interest for BMX through international championship-level events, exposure in mainstream media, and new tricks and techniques that have helped grow the sport’s fan base exponentially. Three of this year’s inductees will be honored posthumously.
“The contributions this year’s honorees have made to the sport of BMX in their own unique ways are nothing short of extraordinary,” said BA Anderson, CEO of USA BMX. “This is one of the most special events we hold each year because it is our opportunity to show our gratitude for everything our honorees have done to support the mission of USA BMX. They broke barriers, busted through walls, and paved the way for this once known ‘alternative’ sport to become mainstream.”
Stanley Robinson (Fresno, Calif.) — Early Racer Inductee
Stanley is a longtime Mongoose Factory rider credited with inventing the two-pedal start—a technique that quickly gained popularity after Stanley dominated a race at the legendary downhill track, Corona Raceway. One of the few BMX pros to triple at a Grand National, Stanley is also known for racing on some experimental bikes, including an early rear-suspension model.
Bubba Harris (Surprise, Ariz.) — Modern Day Racer Inductee
Having started racing BMX at the age of 7, Bubba holds the record for the most consecutive Number One pro titles in the American Bicycle Association (ABA). He has appeared on the covers of every major BMX publication over the past two decades and has been featured in Olympic Beat magazine and the BMX documentary series “Only Human.”
Ryan Nyquist (North Carolina) — Modern Day Freestyle Inductee
Considered one of the greatest and most diversely-skilled freestylers, Ryan has 16 X Games medals, 39 X Games competition starts, and 60 Dew Tour finals appearances. He has ridden for Haro Bikes for more than 25 years and is currently USA Cycling’s head coach for Team USA’s BMX freestyle program.
Gale Webb (Menifee, Calif.) — Woman Inductee
Known as the original “Rad Mom” of extreme sports, Gale is a motocross racer, skater, and promoter/manager of the Gale Webb Extreme Sports Show for more than 30 years—a popular freestyle program that featured BMXers, skateboarders, and inline skaters performing extreme tricks while inspiring kids to say no to drugs, stay in school, be kind and never give up.
Alice Bixler (Sarasota, Fla.) — Lifetime Achievement Inductee
Alice played a vital role in Florida’s thriving BMX scene since the 1970s. She first became involved with BMX in 1974 after taking the neighborhood kids to a local track in Sarasota and soon found herself volunteering at the track as a scorer. Her involvement with—and passion for—BMX grew from there. In 2008, the Alice Bixler Scholarship Program was established to honor Alice for her many contributions to the sport of BMX and has since awarded $152,750 in scholarships.
Renny Roker (Florida) — Industry Inductee (deceased)
Renny was the owner and founder of Jag BMX and the promoter of the first-ever Jag World Championships in Indianapolis. In the late 1970s, Renny introduced inter-city youth to the exciting “new” sport of BMX and later, as an actor, was responsible for getting BMX featured in an episode of the popular TV show CHiPS. Renny created the ESPN Pro Series and was one of the first BMX promoters to bring in major sponsors such as Coca-Cola, 7-11, Swiss Miss and shoe store brand Thom McAn, which produced a BMX racing shoe named the JOX-JAG BMX Shoe. Renny was the brother to actress Roxie Roker (The Jeffersons), cousin to meteorologist Al Roker (NBC’s TODAY Show), and uncle to singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz.
Dave Vanderspek (San Francisco, Calif.) — Early Freestyle Inductee (deceased)
This freestyle legend founded the Curb Dogs and is credited for uniting both bikers and skateboarders while introducing some of the earliest street-riding tricks to BMX. Dave was the first rider to be sponsored for skating and BMX at the same time and appeared in all major American and international BMX magazines as well as major news publications, including TIME Magazine.
Mike Redman (Orange County, Calif.) — Lifetime Achievement Inductee (deceased)
Mike wore multiple hats: racer, operator of two BMX tracks, owner of Redman Bikes, trainer, and the national announcer for ABA, USA BMX, and UCI events. He was a four-time winner of the National Number One Factory Team title and a three-time winner of the National Number One Trophy Team title.