Rider Bio: Gordon MacRae
Name: Gordon “The Commissioner” MacRae
Home Club: Geelong, Victoria.
Classes: Retro 30+
Bike: S&M Holmes
Best Retro Results:
1st Track Attack Series 2017
1st BSX 2017
1st South Eastern Cash Dash 2012
1st Knox Thunderdome 2012
1st Park Orchards Clash of the Titans 2011
3rd Park Orchards Clash of the Titans 2012
I was always a kid who enjoyed riding a bike, in fact there weren’t any lengthy periods of time growing up, that I didn’t have some sort of bike to ride around on.
In the mid 90’s, I bought a BMX off a mate of mine, and we started riding street, mini ramps, skate parks and dirt jumps. I did try giving flat land a go, (but I sucked at it) and my overweight freestyle bike wasn’t suited to BMX racing, so freestyle is pretty much what I did until about 2004 when 5 knee injuries, full time work, and studying made my bike time pretty much non existent.
In 2008, I saw that BMX was the new Olympic sport, so I checked out a local race meeting, and felt the urge to ride again. This time I wanted to give racing a go, to not only have fun riding my bike, but to help get fit again after indulging in a few too many meat pies over the years.
Anyway, I got myself a race bike, started going to gate practice and riding the odd clubby for a year or so, before I entered Open events. It was there, where I saw that Old School was being offered as a race class and wanted to give it a go. I built myself a 1985 Haro Master and started lining up on the gate with guys like Noel Griffiths, Russ Lawson, Matt Waldron, Josh Van Dyke, John Mafrici and Co.
I raced around in the Old School/Retro class for a couple of years on my Haro and S&M Holmes, before a lot of political BS took the fun out of it, so I stepped away from the retro race scene for a few years. Late last year, I got the urge to race again, I quickly built myself a bike and entered the 2017 Track Attack Series.
It was a brutal series racing 7 meetings in 9 days after a few years away from the sport. It was however a lot of fun and I hope to compete in as many of the Knox, Frankston rounds and Open meetings as possible throughout the year. See you on the Gate.
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