Mar 16, 2015 1:36 AM by Ross Field
It's not every day a BMX legend hangs out in Chico. But that was the case Sunday as Hall of Famer Greg Hill set up shop at the Silver Dollar BMX track in an effort to teach and inspire the younger generation.
Greg Hill says, "BMX has been what I've done since I was 10 years old."
He went on to become a legend.
"He is the Michael Jordan of BMX," said Kane Brown, a race enthusiast.
"It's been a lifelong hobby, and I made it into a living," said Hill.
During his 20-year career, Hill won five pro world titles, became a ten-time national number one pro, and was inducted into the BMX Hall of Fame in 1990.
Now the 51-year-old travls all over the country passing along his knowledge to the future generation.
"I probably do 15-to-20 two-day clinics a year," said Hill.
He starts with the basics.
"I try and teach them the foundation. A lot of kids want to learn how to jump, but in order to learn how to jump, you've got to learn how to be smooth on your bike, you've got to learn how to pump the jumps properly, it's a process," said Hill.
But Hill teaches more than just technique.
"I really try to teach them to remove words like 'can't' out of their vocabulary, try to open up their vision to just kind of letting them see that anything is possible if you just put your mind to it."
"He's really cool and he's really fast, and it's just really cool to learn from him," said AJ Jackson, a BMX rider.
Greg Hill, a BMX legend turned traveling teacher, aspiring to inspire.
The race days may be over but the spokes won't stop spinning and he'll continue to roll along happily guiding the next wave of riders.
"It's really enjoyable, it's rewarding," concluded Hill.