Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston
Old school BMX bike fans converged on Crewe on Saturday 27th May 2017 for a social ride in and around the town.
Over fifty people gathered at Crewe railway station in the morning for the annual 'Chesh-Air' event, organised by the ‘Crewe and Cheshire old school BMX’ group.
They rode from the station to The Manor pub for breakfast, onto The Woodside pub, and then took a tree-lined route along the Wonderful Wistaston path to The Rising Sun pub.
Participants showed off their impressive BMX skills at the Platform 1 skatepark and the Shanaze Reade BMX track at Tipkinder Park.
They rode racing and freestyle vintage BMX bikes from the 1980s as well as modern BMX bikes. BMX brands represented included Ammaco, Diamond Back, GT, Haro, Hutch, Kuwahara, Mongoose, Puch, Raleigh, Rebel, Redline and Torker. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize trophies were presented for the best bike.
Gary Mcbride designed a commemorative sticker, containing a grinning Cheshire Cat, which was given to each BMXer.
The event was open to all and bikers ranged in age from children to adults. There were participants from Crewe along with visitors from further afield including Sandbach, Nantwich, Woore, Cambridge, Clitheroe, Halifax, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Peterborough, Stockport and York.
The ride finished in the afternoon with a buffet meal at The Hop Hole pub.
'Chesh-Air' was organised by John Collins from Crewe, who rode his custom-built GT blue & chrome BMX bike. John said, “We once again had a great turnout for this years 'Chesh-Air' event. It was great see such a fantastic array of BMX bikes. I hope everyone enjoyed the ride and chat. We are always looking for new members, so please get in touch and join us on our next ride."
For further information relating to the ‘Crewe and Cheshire old school BMX’ group please visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1145537948806438/ .
Old school BMX rides take place throughout the United Kingdom and around the world. For further information relating to the UK old school BMX scene please visit: http://www.radbmx.co.uk/