Bernie Anderson is a pioneer in the sport of BMX having his start in 1976. Originally from Jackson County and Kanawha County West Virginia and a resident of San Antonio , Texas since 1954; Bernie Anderson became a leader in the BMX racing community during its formative years. It is Anderson ’s drive and love of the sport that has kept him active during the decades of growth the sport has realized. Bernie started four state-of-the-art BMX racing facilities in Southwestern Texas and was a force that led the sport to prominence throughout the state. Known for his hospitality, Anderson has always enjoyed entertaining amateur and Pro racers from all around the country including fellow U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame members Toby Henderson, Greg Hill and Stu Thompson
A successful entrepreneur, Anderson realized that he could be part of making the sport of BMX an important aspect of the bicycle community. In 1985, after being a track operator and parent of two boys who raced, Anderson purchased the American Bicycle Association. The sanction was suffering and greatly needed the business savvy that he brought to the company. From bankruptcy, he has built the ABA into the largest sanctioning body for BMX in the world. Innovative programs and the enjoyment of the sport have provided him the abilities to push for continued growth. It is his progression through the sport that provided the needed insight for the varied tasks of the ABA ; A BMX parent from 1976 -1978, a leading Track Operator from 1978-1985, Manufacturer of Rebel Racing Frames 1981-1984 and ABA owner 1985-present.
Now retired, Bernie Anderson still attends many of the ABA events and is active in the planning and management of the ABA . The Texan who in the 1970’s saw more than kids on a dirt lot has helped shape the sport of BMX. It is for his continued efforts in shaping the sport and promoting its popularity that has earned him the recognition of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. However, Anderson is quick to recognize that without the ABA ’s President Clayton John, the employees, track operators, sponsors, families and the racers; ABA would not be the leader in BMX that it is today.
The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is soon to be located in central New Jersey and is an advocate for all aspects of cycling. The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have collectively or individually left their mark on cycling. The individuals are inducted for their dedication and efforts to promote bicycling.
ABA (American Bicycle Association), formed in 1977 and headquartered in Chandler , Arizona , is “The Sanctioning Body of BMX”©. The ABA organizes BMX racing for boys, girls and adults, nationwide and Canada . With 80,000 active members, 274 racing facilities and a 27 event-national race schedule; ABA is the largest promoter of action sports. For additional press information about ABA , the sport of BMX, ABA events or Professional racers, call (714) 666-1999. To find races in your area or view the national event schedule, visit www.ababmx.com..