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Rex Reason

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Rex Reason was an original member of the Mr. Bike BMX Race Team from Lincoln, Nebraska. He was a pioneer in the sport during the early days of Bicycle Motocross racing. He raced at the first BMX track in Nebraska – Yankee Hill BMX under the National Bicycle Association (NBA) sanction. Rex also raced in the American Bicycle Association (ABA) sanction. Rex was one of the smoothest riders with the speed to win at any time. He was inducted into the Nebraska BMX Hall of Fame on August 21st, 2010.

Rex began his BMX career as one of the younger riders on the Mr. Bike team, competing in an age division that included team mates Greg Grubbs and Joe Baumert, as well as other fast riders like Randy Gibson, Doug Kahl and T.J. Heyden. It was the toughest age group in Nebraska at that time and Rex was often out front and winning trophies with glass smooth riding and the speed to win from start to finish. Rex was a natural athlete who made winning at BMX look easy.

By the late 1970's BMX in Nebraska there was a core group of riders that had been striking out on the national circuit with a degree of success competing with the top factory sponsored riders. Rex was in that group. It was not uncommon to find Rex traveling to Oklahoma, Arizona or even the World Championships at Indianapolis, Indiana to challenge the best riders in the world. In 1979 Rex finished second place in his age division and qualified for the World Championship Trophy Dash - the race to determine the World Champion. He was so quick out of the gate that he found himself leading through the first turn. He almost won that race and now he was known world wide.

Rex was also a star athlete on his high school track team and by 1981 he was faced with a tough decision. He decided to concentrate of running track and put his BMX career on hold. Over the next few years he would return to the BMX tracks and still had what it took to win. One summer day in the mid 1980's Rex visited his friend Joe Baumert who was teaching at the Woodward BMX Training Center in Pennslylvania. Rex borrowed a bike, got in the gate and consistanly beat everyone down the first straight - including the training staff.

I'm proud to help induct my friend Rex Reason into the Nebraska BMX Hall of Fame.

Tim Lillethorup