Over a 16-year professional riding career, Ruben Alcantara has been twice named world champion (in 2000 and 2002) and was elected 2002 rider of the year by Ride BMX Magazine in the UK. He was also the winner of the 2007 NORA award for the best rider in the street category. He first travelled to the USA from his native Spain in 1997, and after spending time at the skatepark in Wilmington, North Carolina, he secured himself an invitation to the X Games. It was the start of a journey that would lead to him becoming one of the most respected names in the sport. Born in Malaga, Spain in 1974, Ruben was given his first 16” bike when he was six years old, and since then his feet have rarely left the pedals. At the age of nine, he got hold of a 20" bike, and despite never having heard of BMX, he was soon discovering the joys of wheelies, jumps and riding down stairs. At 13, he began to learn some basic tricks, and three years later, he got his first ‘nice’ BMX and started to enter and win contests around Spain and then around Europe. Despite all the competition victories, Ruben is equally well-known for having revolutionized the style of BMX street riding. He remains committed to looking for new and imaginative ways to use everyday elements of architecture and urban planning in his riding, using them as part of a huge park that flows in a respectful yet simple way.
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