Yesterday we lost a good man to cancer, taken from us way too young. Michael Bowes was known by many within the Melbourne BMX scene for being naturally talented on a bike and sending more rails then most when he was only 14. There is a common topic that has been mentioned in all the tributes I have seen online and that is that Bowes would never say a bad thing about anyone and would do anything for his friends and family, this could not be any more true.
I dug up what photos I could find of Bowes and posted them below along with his section from an early BHP video which will give you a good idea of what we are talking about regarding his style on a bike. He was probably only 14 years old when this was filmed back in 2001.
I wish Bowes’s friends and family all the best during this shitty time. I hope they can find some pleasure knowing he touched many peoples lives and will always be remembered by our community.
Setting up something rudimentary to ride in the street outside your house is a time-honoured BMX tradition, and is likely where it all started for a lot of us. Jack Kelly takes that idea to a new echelon; with some crazy technical links on his flat rails as a comeback of sorts from knee dramas.
Boyd is over in the USA right now and he sat down with Ride BMX to help new riders learn how to ice grind. Boyd definitely can ice grind so check this out if you are needing some tips. That ice 180 was butter…