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Larry Woodruff

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Larry Woodruff was an original member of the Freewheelin’ BMX Race Team in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was a pioneer in the sport during the early days of Bicycle Motocross racing. He helped build and raced at the first BMX track in Nebraska – Yankee Hill BMX under the National Bicycle Association (NBA) sanction. He also raced in the American Bicycle Association (ABA) PRO Class during the 1979 - 1980 seasons. Larry was inducted into the Nebraska BMX Hall of Fame on August 21st, 2010.

You can't  think of early BMX in Nebraska without immediately thinking about Larry Woodruff. As one of the older riders of the sport he not only was instrumental in getting the first track built, he was also the role model and inspiration for the younger hall of fame riders like Greg Grubbs and Joe Baumert. Larry was one of the first kids in southwest Lincoln to begin turning his Schwinn Stingray into a BMX bike, riding on the streets, trails and local playgrounds.

Larry was not only a member of the Mr. Bike team but he was also the first rider for Freewheelin' Bike Shop. Then by 1978, Larry was sponsored by Torker.

Larry was one of the best in the 15 and over age class from the beginning. He was a quiet genius on and off the track. He had the athletic ability to win any race at any time, but you you could tell he was thinking beyond winning - he seemed to always be steps ahead of everyone. He could work on your bike blindfolded and make it run perfectly. You knew by his expression that he was thinking far beyond anyone else.

As far as riding style and jumping skill, Larry was a natural. He could pull off a full "helicopter" cross-up better than anyone else at that time.

In 1989 Larry designed and holds a patent for one of the first clipless pedals.

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

Tim Lillethorup