Alan Foster (BMX rider)

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Alan Foster
Personal information
Full name Alan David Foster
Nickname "AF"
Born (1970-01-18) January 18, 1970 (age 44)
Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb) (1993)
Team information
Current team Felt (retired)
Discipline Bicycle Motocross (BMX)
Role Racer/Team Manager
Rider type Off Road
Amateur team(s)
1982-1983
1983-1989
JF&S Plumbing
Wheel Power
Professional team(s)
1988-1989
1989-1990
1990
1990-1992
1992-1993
1993-1994
1994-1997
1997-1998
1998-2002
2003-Present
Wheel Power
Huntington Valley Schwinn
Slam Designs
ELF Manufacturing
TNT Racing
Airwalk
Airwalk/Schwinn
Airwalk/XS
Airwalk/Free Agent
Felt Bicycles
Infobox last updated on
June 30, 2008

Alan David Foster[1] (b. January 18, 1970 in Wilmington, Delaware later raised in Joppa, Maryland USA) was a professional American "Mid School" Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer and Dirt Jumper whose prime competitive years were from (1992–1999) his nickname was simply "AF", the initials of his given and surname.

Racing career milestone[edit]

Note: Professional first are on the national level unless otherwise indicated.

Started Racing: In April 1981 in Newark, Delaware[2] at the Lums Pond BMX track.[citation needed]

Sanctioning Body: National Bicycle League (NBL)

First race result: First place in 11 Beginner.[citation needed]

First win (local): See above.

First sponsor: JF&S Plumbing

First national win:

Turned Professional: September 1988

First Professional race result: Fourth place in "B" Pro at the National Bicycle League "War of the Stars" National in Memphis, Tennessee on October 15, 1988. He won USD$40 [equivalent to about $80 in 2014[3]]. He also came in third in Pro Award, winning $22.50 [equivalent to about $45 in 2014[3]].[4]

First Professional win: In "B" pro at the NBL "War of the Stars" National in Orlando, Florida on March 25, 1989. He won USD 300,[5] the equivalent of USD 521.64 in 2007.

First Junior Men Pro* race result: See "First Professional race result"

First Junior Men Pro win: See "First Professional win"

First Senior Men Pro** race result: Sixth in "A" pro at the NBL Silver City Sensation National in Meridien, Connecticut on July 29, 1989. He finished out of the money since the prize purse was only rewarded from first to fifth positions. The next day he came in seventh place, again out of the money.[6] Hard times seem to have struck after that. He spent several weeks competing in Senior pro but not making the mains. Seven Weeks, 15 races without transferring out to the qualifying motos. As a result after making the mains in "All Pro" (which was what the NBL was calling its Senior Pro class at the time. Junior Pro was "Superclass") at the NBL Cape Cod Classic in Cape Cod, Maryland on June 16, 1990, at which come in 5th, he reclassified back to Junior pro in July 1990 due to being uncompetitive in the Senior division.[7] His first race as junior pro again was in "A" pro at the ABA Midwest Nationals in Rockford, Illinois on July 21, 1990. He came in sixth.[8] He transferred back to Senior pro in approximately July 1991,[9] approximately one year after he reclassified back to junior pro. However, once again he had a hard time in the Senior Pro division and reclassified again, racing in Superclass division at the NBL Grandnational in Louisville, Kentucky on September 1, 1991.[10] In all the time he had spent in Senior pro since July 29, 1989 and prior to the 1992 ABA Grandnationals the total number of Alan Foster making the mains was five.[11] He turn back to the Senior Pro class to stay in 1992[2] at the ABA Gold Cup finals in October 1992 in Reno, Nevada.

First Senior Men Pro win: In "AA" Pro at the ABA So. Cal. Nationals in Del Mar, California on January 23, 1993.[12]

Retired: August 2003. The last race was the Downhill Class at the X-Games. He states that he simply lost the desire.[13]

Height & weight at height of his career (1993): Ht:5'11" Wt:190 lbs.

*In the NBL "B" Pro/Super Class/"A" Pro/Junior Elite Men depending on the era; in the ABA it is "A" Pro.
**In the NBL it is "AA" Pro/Elite Men; in the ABA it is "AA" Pro.

Career factory and major bike shop sponsors[edit]

Note: This listing only denotes the racer's primary sponsors. At any given time a racer could have numerous ever changing co-sponsors. Primary sponsorships can be verified by BMX press coverage and sponsor's advertisements at the time in question. When possible exact dates are used.

Amateur[edit]

  • JF&S Plumbing: 1982-1983
  • Wheel Power Bike Shop: 1983-September 1989.[14] He would turn pro with this sponsor.

Professional[edit]

  • Wheel Power Bike Shop: 1983-September 1989. Wheel Power dropped their team after the 1989 NBL Grandnationals[14]
  • Huntington Valley Schwinn: 1989-Late Summer 1990
  • Slam Designs: October 1990-December 1990
  • ELF (Extra Light Frames) Manufacturing: December 1990-November 1992
  • TNT Racing: November 1992-April 1993
  • Airwalk: May 1993-Mid 1994
  • Schwinn/Airwalk: Mid 1994-December 1997
  • Airwalk/XS: December 1997-December 1998
  • Airwalk/Free Agent: December 1998 – 2002 His first race for Airwalk/Free agent was the NBL Christmas Classic.[15]
  • Felt Bicycles: February 10, 2003–Present He was hired as Team manager and racer. In September 2006 he was named Assistant Product Manager for Felt BMX[16]

Career bicycle motocross titles[edit]

Note: Listed are District, State/Provincial/Department, Regional, National, and International titles in italics. "Defunct" refers to the fact of that sanctioning body in question no longer existing at the start of the racer's career or at that stage of his/her career. Depending on point totals of individual racers, winners of Grand Nationals do not necessarily win National titles. Series and one off Championships are also listed in block.

Amateur[edit]

National Bicycle Association (NBA)

  • None

National Bicycle League (NBL)

American Bicycle Association (ABA)

Fédération Internationale Amateur de Cyclisme (FIAC)*

  • None

International Bicycle Motocross Federation (IBMXF)*

  • None

Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)*

  • None

*See note in professional section

Professional[edit]

National Bicycle Association (NBA)

  • None

National Bicycle League (NBL)

American Bicycle Association (ABA)

United States Bicycle Motocross Association (USBA)

  • None

International Bicycle Motocross Federation (IBMXF)*

  • None

Fédération Internationale Amateur de Cyclisme (FIAC)*

  • None (FIAC did not have a strictly professional division during its existence) (defunct).

Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)*

*Note: Beginning in 1991 the IBMXF and FIAC had been holding joint World Championship events as a transitional phase in merging which began in earnest in 1993. Beginning with the 1996 season the IBMXF and FIAC completed the merger and both ceased to exist as independent entities being integrated into the UCI. Beginning with the 1997 World Championships held in Brighton, England the UCI would officially hold and sanction BMX World Championships and with it inherited all precedents, records, streaks, etc. from both the IBMXF and FIAC.

Pro Series Championships

Notable accolades[edit]

BMX product lines[edit]

  • 1996 Airwalk Foster Bros. Signature shoes.[17]

Significant injuries[edit]

  • Broken collarbone at the NBL South Park National in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1986. He fractured it again six weeks later after crashing again practicing at the Howard County, Maryland ABA track.[citation needed]
  • Ruptured spleen in January 1989 at the Magnolia jumps in Huntington Beach, California. Headtube broke off of a prototype ELF frame.[citation needed]
  • He was injured in a crash with Steve Veltman an 1996 ABA Gold Cup race in York, Pennsylvania. He spent several days in the hospital.[18]
  • Broke two ribs in a fall at the NBL Indianapolis Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana on the weekend of June 27–28, 1997. At this time he was recovering from dental surgery. He was expected at the time to rocover before the NBL Grandnational.[19]
  • Bruised his coccyx at a national in May 1999[20]
  • Crushed a vertebra and broke two more as well as broke two ribs and various minor injuries when he landed face first while jumping at Sheep Hills dirt-jumping riding area in Costa Mesa, California on April 11, 2009. He underwent trauma care and later surgery on the following Monday, April 13.[21]

Racing habits and traits[edit]

Misscelleneous and Trivia[edit]

  • Along with John Purse and Brian Lopes, Alan Foster is credited with bringing back the full face helmet back into BMX in the Summer of 1996. The full face helmet, that has a rigid structure to protect the jaw and the lower front half of the head, had fallen out of fashion since the mid-1980s.[22] While not mandatory in either the ABA or the NBL, it is the worn today by the large majority of BMX racers; pro and amateur alike.

Other significant sibling combinations in BMX[edit]

Post BMX career[edit]

BMX press magazine interviews and articles[edit]

  • "Speed Secrets: Double Jumps" BMX Plus! June 1991 Vol.14 No.6 pg.20 Joint article about how to speed jump efficiently with fellow racer Brian Lopes.
  • "Foster Bros." Go August 1991 Vol.2 Iss.10 pg.52 Two separate interviews of Alan and his brother Brian Foster.
  • "The Foster Files" BMX Plus! March 1993 Vol.16 No.3 pg.63 Joint interview with his brother Brian Foster.
  • "alan foster" Snap BMX Magazine March/April 1996 Vol.3 Iss.2 No.9 pg.32
  • "Alan Foster" Snap BMX Magazine June 2000 Vol.7 Iss.6 No.44 (Centerfold poster back)
  • "Get a Job: Alan Foster and the Team Manager Gig" RideBMX September 2001 Vol.10 Iss.9 No.64 pg.56

BMX magazine covers[edit]

Note: (defunct) denotes that the magazine was out of business before the career of the racer started.

Bicycle Motocross News:

  • None (defunct)

Minicycle/BMX Action & Super BMX:

  • None

Bicycle Motocross Action & Go:

BMX Plus!:

  • August 1991 Vol.14 No.8 with (uncredited) Tim "Fuzzy" Hall (6) and unidentified rider (8).
  • March 1993 Vol.16 No.3 (4) with brother Brian Foster (6). In bottom insert Mike King.
  • November 1993 Vol.16 No.11 (16) on the inside with Tim Strelecki (4)
  • May 1994 Vol.17 No.5 (4) in third behind Gary Ellis (1) in the lead and brother Brian Foster in second.
  • November 1994 Vol.17 No.11 (4) with Kendall Burlson (4, extreme left), Greg Romero (3) to Alan's right and In Hee Lee (GT, No number plate) to his left. In top inset freestyler Matt Hoffman. In bottome inset Racing tire shoot out.

Total BMX:

  • None

Bicycles and Dirt:

  • None

Ride BMX Magazine:

Snap BMX Magazine & Transworld BMX:

  • Snap November/December 1996 Vol.3 Iss.6 No.13 (9) behind Wade Bootes (66).
  • Snap May 1999 Vol.6 Iss.3 No.31

BMX World:

ABA Action, American BMXer, BMXer (the official BMX publication of the ABA under three different names):

End notes[edit]

  1. ^ BMX Plus! March 1993 Vol.16 No.3 pg.63
  2. ^ a b Bmxmania.com interview.
  3. ^ a b Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ BMX Plus! February 1989 Vol.12 No.2 pg.77
  5. ^ BMX Plus! July 1989 Vol.12 No.7 pg.78 (results)
  6. ^ BMX Plus! December 1989 Vol.12 No.12 pg.20 (race results)
  7. ^ Snap BMX Magazine March/April 1996 Vol.3 Iss.2 No.9 pg.32
  8. ^ Go November 1990 Vol.2 Iss.1 pg.25 (photo caption)
  9. ^ Go November 1991 Vol.3 Iss.1 pg.10
  10. ^ BMX Plus! December 1991 Vol.14 No.12 pg.43
  11. ^ BMX Plus March 1993 Vol. No.3 pg.63
  12. ^ RideBMX December 11, 2003 Alan Foster Retirement Interview
  13. ^ RideBMX December 11, 2003 Alan Foster Retirement Interview
  14. ^ a b Go August 1991 Vol.2 Iss.10 pg.52
  15. ^ Snap BMX Magazine May 1999 Vol.6 Iss.3 No.31 pg.78
  16. ^ fatbmx.com News August 31. 2006.
  17. ^ Snap BMX Magazine March/April 1997 Vol.4 Iss.2 No.15 pg.11 (advertisement)
  18. ^ BMX Plus! January 1997 Vol.20 No.1 pg.
  19. ^ Snap BMX Magazine September/October 1997 Vol. 4 Iss. 5 No. 18 pg. 22
  20. ^ Snap BMX Magazine September 1999 Vol. 7 Iss. 6 No. 35 pg. 28
  21. ^ bmx.transworld.net "Alan Foster in Hospital" April 12, 2009/
  22. ^ BMX Plus! January 1997 Vol.20 No.1 pg.10

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