Today we celebrate the rad life of mountain biking legend, British Cycling Hall of Fame inductee and UK National downhill champion Jason McRoy.
Born on Nov 26, 1971; McRoy developed an early love of cycling which gave him a big success in BMX racing. After recovering from a knee injury Jason McRoy first tried downhill mountain bike racing at age 17 and surprised the mountain biking industry with his style and wins in various races.
McRoy became a worldwide celebrity after taking second place in Mammoth Kamikaze race in 1993, the first year that the event was held to the ‘Eliminator’ format. His skills and success could not be ignored which made Specialized USA sign him for the 1994 season.
McRoy became the first British rider to join an American professional mountain bike team – Specialized/2 Calorie Quest.
The short, but action-packed life of Jason McRoy ended tragically on August 24 1995 in a motorcycle accident while returning to his home on his Harley Davidson.
Jason McRoy is still an inspiration to a lot of young riders globally. His action and absence is missed in mountain biking world but his character will remain in the scene forever.
Jason McRoy (26 November 1971 – 24 August 1995).