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Charles Townsend 2014 National BMX Hall of Fame Inductee

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BMX legend Charles Townsend just got inducted into the BMX Hall Of Fame this year. The video above is from his acceptance speech. Charles competitive years were from 1985 to 1996. He’s had a lot of nicknames like “Steam Engine Charlie”, “Speeding Locomotive Charlie”, “Choo-Choo Charlie”, “Black Magic”, “Big Chuck”, “The Fleein’ Korean”, “Chasemainian Devil” but his most popular nickname is “Amtrak”.

charles townsend, bmx hall of fame
Wiki Stats:
First sponsor: Woodside Bicycle Shop.
First national win: In 17 & Over Open at the 1985 American Bicycle Association (ABA) Supernational in Pico Rivera, California on January 27, 1985.
Turned Professional: December 28, 1986 at the National Bicycle League (NBL) Christmas National at age 19.
First Professional race result: First in “B” Pro on December 28, 1986 in Columbus, Ohio at the National Bicycle League (NBL)’s Christmas National. He won US$600, the equivalent of US$1,126.09 in 2007 (Cost of Living Calculator) He also took a sixth in Pro Award but he finished out of the money.
First Senior Pro** race result: First in “AA” Pro at the American Bicycle Association (ABA) Gilley’s Nationals in Pasadena, Texas on March 7, 1987. He won US$535, the equivalent to US$1,004.10 2007. After the ABA Scottsdale National, Charles Townsend called the ABA and moved himself up to “AA” pro. This was reminiscent of Brian Patterson asking permission from then ABA Vice President Gene Roden to move up to “AA” after one race in “A” pro in early 1982.
Retired: 2002. He raced in the Veteran Pro class of the ABA and the NBL’s Master class until 2004.
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Amateur team(s)
1981 Woodside Bicycle Shop
1985 U.S. Boss Racing Products
1985 Free Agent
1985-1986 Hutch Hi-Performance
Professional team(s)
1986 Hutch Hi-Performance
1987 Cyclecraft
1987 CW Racing
1987-1988 Revcore
1988-1989 Diamond Back
1990-1991 Powerlite
1991-1998 Robinson Racing Products
1999-2000 Troy Lee Designs
2000 Airborne
2000-2001 Kona/Rocket Cash.Com
2003 Phantom Bikes
2004 Advent

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Creator of the The Sugar Cayne Bike Fest, SugarCayne.com and Crazy Al Cayne TV.

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