Love gravity bikes? Hey, so do we! Our blog is a place to share your stories, inspire others and make the gravity bike community more connected, fun and professional. You can also follow us on Facebook and connect with over 54,000 like minded riders and supporters.

What's next? Part 1


What's next? Part 1

10 January 2012 / Posted by Brett Phillips

Image: GBHQ, Collingrove, South Australia. Circa 2010

 

What's next for gravity bikes? - Part 1
Its funny, I've been thinking about this question on and off for as long as I can remember. Its occupied my mind nearly ever day, to some degree, for past 20 years when I haven't been distracted by work, life and everything in between. I've suffered my fair share of sleepless nights thinking about what I could do to increase the visibility of my sport, what I could do to bring people together and what I could do to inspire a new generation to pick up where the old had left off. 

 

I've obsessed about not doing enough and how much might be too much. I've thought about building, riding, developing, organising and advocating almost more than I've thought about anything else. Almost! I've wished that I was part of the early 90's movement in all its well subscribed and well sponsored glory, and then been thank full that I wasn't. I've even worried that I would miss out on the chance to register and ride at the next event and therefor miss out on the chance to introduce someone new to the sport. I obsessed about developing new bikes and pushing things in new directions.

 

Even now as I sit in a hotel room in Shenzen, China far away from the serenity of my home back in Melbourne, Australia, I can't help but continue to sketch out my thoughts on paper and think about the barriers and the opportunities they lay ahead. What is it going to take to organise, co-ordinate and promote the best aspects of riding and racing gravity bikes, and what it will take to make the sport more accessible and well subscribed? How can I get more riders involved? What will it take to make Gravity bike riding and racing part of a more mainstream bike culture? Obsessive compulsive? Perhaps. Big dreams? Maybe...

 

In reading about the origins and developments of many 'underground' sports, its pretty safe to say that many of the early pioneers rarely thought about how big their sports would become or what it would take to get them there. They were simply obsessed with emptying their next door neighbours pool and skating it under lights, or spending all day making a set of dirt jumps in their backyard and wondering if they could ever backflip them. 

 

Perhaps in many ways it wasn't for them to worry about! Perhaps, like most extremely talented and passionate people ahead of their time, they were simply put upon this earth to inspire the rest of us about the possibilities. To allow us to dream up new ideas and new ways of doing things.

 

I can still remember the day that I saw images of Matt Hoffman doing his first ever backflip on the cover of a popular BMX magazine and witnessing Tony Hawk do his first 720. I sat there stunned and wondering what can they possibly do next and could I ever be part of a 'movement' like that. But perhaps that's the point. Perhaps it was Matt and Tony's responsibility to simply ride and inspire someone like you and me into action s

Back

Register to Post

Recent Posts

Team GBHQ
Tips For Successful Mountain Bike Racing
Interview with Zack Leader (UK)
Oz Gravity Sports Hall of Fame Award Announced.
Mt tarrengower Victoria push for gravity event???
Resources & Information
Oz Gravity Sports Hall of Fame Award
2014 Championship Points System
Hello
2014 Australian Gravity Bike Championships

Categories

All Categories
Speed (10)
World cup (9)
Australia (18)
Interviews (9)
Friends (49)
Movies (10)
Inspiration (58)
Gravity Sports Events (9)
Builds (25)
Tracks (20)
Riding (57)
Bikes (46)
Music (3)
Websites (31)
Fairings (3)
Girls (11)
Rules (3)
Old School (6)
Racing (34)
IGSA Rules (2)
Video (14)
History (8)
International (25)
Custom (8)
Facebook (3)
Riders (35)
ISGA (12)
Freeride (22)
Media (19)
Advertising (1)
Festivals (14)
Blogs (4)
Ideas (28)
Shop (1)
Strava (1)
Organisation (5)
Championship (2)
Resources (1)
Hall of Fame (1)
Team GBHQ (1)

Archive

November 2017 (2)
July 2015 (1)
November 2014 (1)
June 2014 (1)
May 2014 (1)
April 2014 (1)
February 2014 (2)
January 2014 (2)
October 2013 (1)
September 2013 (1)
August 2013 (6)
March 2013 (2)
January 2013 (1)
November 2012 (2)
September 2012 (1)
August 2012 (1)
June 2012 (1)
May 2012 (1)
February 2012 (1)
January 2012 (4)
December 2011 (2)
November 2011 (1)
September 2011 (5)
August 2011 (1)
July 2011 (4)
May 2011 (5)
April 2011 (10)
March 2011 (4)
February 2011 (2)
January 2011 (4)
December 2010 (1)
November 2010 (10)
October 2010 (9)
September 2010 (12)
August 2010 (23)
July 2010 (2)
June 2010 (13)
May 2010 (6)
March 2010 (4)
February 2010 (11)
January 2010 (1)
October 2009 (1)