I am honestly at a loss for words on this one…
Last week the BMX world was crushed with the horrible news that one of our own had been taken away from us in a car crash. Today my heart goes out to Rickey’s friends and family as they mourn his death, celebrate his life, and say goodbye to him one final time.
Just a few days prior to his accident I saw Rickey in Las Vegas at the Interbike where I briefly caught up with him on the hectic trade show floor. For me, and for many people in the BMX community, that would be the last time we saw him.
I wasn’t close to Rickey, but in May of 2009 I had the privilege of spending a week with him while on a Shadow road trip in Florida. During that week I gained a huge amount of respect and appreciation for Rickey’s character. I already knew he had tons of skills on a bike, and that was reconfirmed on our journey, but part of the beauty of going on a road trip with new people is getting to learn who they really are off their bike. Within a few days of hanging out with Rickey I drew the conclusion that he was a very genuine human with a great heart, and I could tell that he was the type of person that many would consider a true friend.
In remembering the great times shared with Rickey, here are 20 photos I shot of him while we were on the road together…
Here is the video Chris Mahaffey made from that same trip.
RIP Rickey Bates – #BANNED