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Greg Hill Announces GHP is Shutting Down

March 14, 2017 by · Comments Off 

Greg Hill announces closing of GHP

BMX frame manufacturers are having a tough time nosing their way to the front of consumers’ minds lately. The massive influx of dozens of garage brands into the fairly-small BMX Racing marketplace over the past couple years leaves smaller slices of an already-small pie for which BMX Racing brands can compete.

Still, it was a big surprise to the BMX community when Greg Hill announced, on Sunday afternoon, that that he was shutting down the GHP frame brand after the current inventory is gone. The brand had seen three appearances on the BMX market, the first dating back to the 1980s, during the heyday of Greg’s storied racing career. This time, it was a 12-year run.

Here’s what he said in the Facebook announcement:

I am getting asked if were blowing out frames to make way for new ones, the answer is no. Basically, with over 150 different brands in the frame market it’s simply not a healthy market to be in.

We’ll be selling out our current inventory and moving out of the frame business and closing GHP down.

I appreciate all of your support this past 12 years it’s been fun, thank you all once again.

Immediately, everyone was writing “RIP” posts like the man, himself, had passed into the great beyond. Thankfully, nothing like that is the case. It’s the end of an era, to be sure. But, as the saying goes, “one door closes, another opens” (or something to that effect).

Greg, did not say he was getting out of BMX entirely-—only that the GHP brand of frames was shutting down. It remains unclear, but he still has his REMIX line of parts, and his Speed Seminar clinics, as many happy customers can attest.

BMX News will keep an eye on what’s next for our long-time friend, as he starts his post-GHP work. He did say, in another post, that he was writing another book about his life, so we will look forward to seeing that as well.

—Mike Carruth





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Greg Hill and Donny Robinson Talk Grassroots BMX

May 18, 2016 by · Comments Off 

Greg Hill and Donny Robinson Podcast
Last week, in the wake of the announcement that Derby City BMX would be closing down for most of the Summer 2016 season to upgrade the track to a dual-hill, Supercross/Amateur configuration, Greg Hill posted a message on his personal Facebook page which ended up hitting a nerve in the BMX community, with hundreds of shares, comments and likes from around the world.

Greg’s ire in the post (excerpted below) was not focused directly at Derby City, as he talks about in this riveting podcast interview.

If I see 1 more post about a track that’s building a UCI SX track I am gonna lose it!
—Greg Hill on Facebook, May 12, 2016

Joining Greg on the show is Donny Robinson, who has been working to evangelize BMX Racing in school visits for the USA BMX STEM Program, and as a volunteer at his local track, North Bay BMX.

The interview spends only a little time talking about local tracks installing a dual starting hill configuration, then we dive-deep into our discussion of the state of grassroots BMX Racing, and what can be done to compliment the tools USA BMX provides all tracks, to help get beginners and others who are not-yet ready to boost a set of doubles, and start their national career, out to the track, and keep them there.

Technical Note: Apologies for the sound quality on my microphone. I just installed a new microphone (on the very-day we recorded this show), and it was obviously not quite dialed-in yet. It is fixed now, and will be bold and beautiful for the next episode.

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What’s so exciting is that we are starting to see some early wins show up on the board, as Donny talks about a “beginners-only” day he and the volunteers at North Bay BMX in Napa, CA have been running. It goes beyond the standard-fare “new rider clinic” that is run with the track’s top experts in uniform leading the session, and gets down to the very basics that brought us all here in the first place: Kids. Bikes. Dirt. Fun.

In the closing minutes of the show, we talk about the recent announcement by UCI and USA BMX that they will get involved in sanctioning and promoting BMX Freestyle events.

We hope you enjoyed the show. Please visit and like the BMX News Facebook page (link below) and give us your opinions on the show and topics discussed.

—Mike Carruth

Editor’s Note: In the interview, Greg refers to an annual schedule of “80 Nationals.” He called to ask we correct his words, to a total of 68 national race days in 2016.

Also: I said AYSO soccer had 650,000 participants. According to the US Youth Soccer website, they claim 3,055,148 participants (2014). Even if it is 25% of that, it is 750,000-plus.

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Flashback: Midwest Nationals – Elkhart

June 26, 2014 by · Comments Off 

BMX News Flashback - 1980 Midwest Nationals
Going to nationals has always been a special experience. And for a 13-year old Novice, traveling 122 miles to race the 1980 ABA Midwest Nationals was a really big deal. The race was in Elkhart, Indiana that year, and we knew lots of the factory stars we read about in the magazines were going to be there.

This weekend, BMX News will be heading 82 miles in the opposite direction, to the USA BMX Midwest Nationals in Rockford, IL. The excitement and the anticipation of seeing all our BMX friends is still the same today as it was 34 years ago (wow…34 YEARS!).

We dug up the August 1980 issue of Bicycle Motocross Action magazine to revisit Bob Osborn’s coverage of the race, and see who was doing what on the track.

It just so happened that we were on the phone with Greg Hill as we were doing this readthrough, and later realized he won the “Pro Money” class that day (pro used to have two classes: Pro Money and Pro Trophy, and the winners would race the ams in the 15-over Trophy Dash–the last race of the day). We got Greg back on the phone for an impromptu podcast about what he remembers about the race. It’s a great interview!

A few interesting things you’ll see if you download the PDF of the BMXA coverage (link below):

Todd Kingsbury at the 1980 Midwest Nationals^^On page three of the PDF, we see Todd Kingsbury (far left) hanging out with friends in the pits. Tragically, Todd would soon be diagnosed with leukemia, and would die less than 18 months after this photo was taken, on September 13, 1981, at 12 years old. He would be the motivation for ABA starting the “Race for Life.”

John Kiernan at the 1980 Midwest Nationals^^It was probably the first time a video was used in reviewing what happened in a main event. Local BMX dad, John Kiernan, had one of the first video cameras on the market and taped the pro main. Kevin McNeal and Brent Patterson crashed in the second turn. McNeal had a reputation as a Kamikaze rider, and went for the pass, taking himself and leader, Brent, down, also throwing Stu Thomsen off his third place pace, paving the way for Greg Hill to get the Pro Money win that day. John allowed ABA head official Gene Roden to review the tape of the race. As a result of the video review, Kevin McNeal was suspended for the next two nationals.

Richie Anderson at the 1980 Midwest Nationals^^A 13-year old Richie Anderson has this now-famous photo in the coverage. Richie won 13x and the 13-14 Trophy Dash, beating another legend, who was a year older at the time: Pete Loncarevich. Richie (Rich, now, but he’ll always be “Richie Anderson” to us) will be back at the Midwest Nationals this year, as pit dad and coach to his 7-year old daughter, Danica.

David Marietti at the 1980 Midwest nationals^^We see a photo of Dave Marietti, who got second in 14x. Dave now owns The Hot Shoppe, who makes all the NAG and open jackets for USA BMX, along with many factory team jerseys.

Toby Henderson at the 1980 Midwest Nationals^^And Toby Henderson, who is riding for Raleigh at this race (far left). He’s on the inside, ready to move to third in this Pro Trophy main. Today, Toby is founder and chief at BOX and Promax, sponsor of the BMX News “Top Story” section, and one of our sport’s top manufacturers. Note: everyone is running a “Bicycle Motocross Action” visor. That was one of the Pro contingencies that year, so if you won with that visor, you got paid.

The podcast with Greg is awesome because he sees the events of how the main went down a little differently than reported in the story. Greg walked away with $1350 that weekend– $500 pro money win, the $400 or so in contingency money and $450 won in a pit-pool on the exact minute when the last moto would cross the line. That $1350 would be the equivalent of $3800 in today’s money–at 15 years old. Righteous bucks!

Greg also offers up one of his famous opinions on BMX Supercross, and today’s riders versus the old schoolers. You don’t want to miss it!

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Check out our coverage from the 2014 USA BMX Midwest Nationals, right here on News. Follow us on Twitter for as-it-happens action from the infield and the pits.

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Podcast: Olijuwon Davis on Pro Gate Clinics

December 24, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Pro Gate Grands Clinic Podcast

The free clinics promoted by Pro Gate as last month’s USA BMX Grand National were very popular, with over 250 riders signed up for the two sessions. In the morning session, Mariana Pajon, German Medina and Greg Hill spent more than an hour with the kids, coaching them as they gated up on their form and other things that go in to getting rippin holeshots consistently.

In the afternoon, Tyler Whitfield and Olijuwon Davis rocked the house, Rockford style, with serious tips & tricks for over 100 attendees.

We caught up with OD to talk a little about how the clinics went, and get some tips on how you can give your self a gate clinic every day (both mentally, and on the bike).

Since recording the Podcast over the weekend, we learned that Olijuwon finished at the top of the A-Pro points chase for 2013. There is no title in that class, but we’re very happy for our buddy, nonetheless. Congrats, OD!

Here are some photos from the clinics



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GHP Dips Toe into MTB Market

October 15, 2013 by · Comments Off 

GHP 29-inch Mountain Bike

A BMX News tipster in the Southeast sent us this tidbit over the weekend. Greg Hill and GHP BMX are doing a limited edition 29″ Mountain Bike. As you can see, it looks awesome, and has a respectable parts group on it (not that we know much about Mountain Bikes, but if we know Greg, it’s legit).

Greg told News that they are limited edition, and he already has some solid interest, so expects they will not last long–especially at the $679 out the door price.

Check the link below for the spec sheet, which has Greg’s email address and phone number to buy one directly from the man himself.

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GHP 29-Inch Mountain Bike Spec Sheet (PDF)

Podcast: Kyle Bennett and Greg Hill

January 4, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Kyle Bennett  goes to GHP/Risen Team

Mid last month, a few whispers hit the Internet that Kyle Bennett might be moving to GHP for the 2012 season. Nothing was confirmed or final at that point, so that news dove back under the bed until today, when we sat down with Kyle and Greg to talk about the go-forward plan.

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Here is the official press release:

Kyle Bennett has teamed up with GHP BMX/ Risen BMX to continue his success on the track, look for KB out front at a USA BMX National event near you! Kyle will be training with Greg Hill in preparation for a successful 2012 season, Kyle brings years of experience along with three UCI Pro World and 3 NBL Pro titles, KB has a lot of fuel in the tank and has his sights set on adding more titles to his resume in 2012 and 2013…”I am very excited to be working with the guy’s from GHP/Risen BMX and working with Greg will take me to the next level” KB
We want to welcome Kyle to our GHP and Risen BMX family, it’s on for 2012, watch the magic unfold this year as KB does work! I am very happy to be working with one of the sport’s most accomplished athletes. –GH

While Bennett will be fully equipped with the full range of GHP and RISEN BMX products. He will also be supported by Dan’s Comp, Tioga, Alienation and Crit Plates.

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