Long Live the Battle of Hastings! After a hiatus in 2020, the world-class BMX event stormed back onto the global stage with a rip-roaring event that seared the eyes off the hungry BMX fans, who’ve been waiting for 2 years to get back on the BOH vibe. With a global rider list representing all the different freestyle BMX disciplines, we were treated to a display of the best in the biz throwing down all weekend.
The annual team event has been hosted at the epic Source Park in Hastings, UK, where the largest indoor skatepark in the world resides just below the beachfront and a stone’s throw from the sea. The packed event is always sold out in hours, but the livestream throughout qualies and finals allowed a global audience to witness the iconic BMX competition.
8 teams of 4 riders were invited to compete in the bowl, park and street sections of the course and the Finals went down with Monster Energy’s own Ben Wallace and Alex Donnachie representing in 2 of the teams picked to compete on the Sunday event. With a handful of technical tricks, huge amplitude, and a mixed team of different riders, it was Team Wallace that scored the overall team win for the event.
“I absolutely loved it this weekend, the vibe in here was special and to be a part of it was an honour… I loved being here. This is my very first Battle of Hastings and being a team captain just makes it that much more special. So, for me to come away with a win with an incredible team, I couldn’t ask for anything better!”- Ben told us shortly after taking the prizemoney and the legendary handlebar trophy for the win.
Ben’s team consisted of Keiran Reilly, Ollie Shields and Sam Jones; …”what an absolute team, and they put in some work. I can’t take all the glory, it’s a team effort and for them to do what they did so well made us take the top spot and I’m so thankful for them putting in so much hard work. You wouldn’t necessarily relate Kieran as a bowl rider, but he adapted so well. Then we’ve got Oli Shields who’s an all-round rider and then Sam Jones, who’s an absolute technical machine on the street, so there was a mix of everything and that’s what this event needed. We had the 4 pieces that just fit together in a perfect puzzle.”
Some technical issue led to Ben having to call on the brotherhood of BMX to rally together and help get his bike ready for his Best Trick final:
“Yeah my best trick, I had 3 attempts and you know third time’s a charm! But that wasn’t even down to me…Obviously I’m doing the tricks, but I had Gary Young’s seat, because I broke mine, I had Reed Stark gave me an inner tube, I had Keiran Reilly’s tyre, Ryan Nyquist fixing my bike, Tom Justice straightening my wheel…everybody came together and that’s why BMX is so great, because we all got together, and I needed that. To get it done on the 3rd time, which made it count, made it even better!”
The stoke was all-time and the boys couldn’t wait to start planning next year already… will we see Ben at another BOH? “I came here thinking I couldn’t really compete with some of the riders, because I don’t really class myself as a Bowl rider, but you know everybody praises me for some of the stuff that I do, and everyone’s been given me so much love and I’m so honoured and thankful to be a part of this one!”..
Watch this space!