A BAND OF BROTHERS
They’re a band of bikers. They call themselves BMXers 80s. Although they have seen their physical heydays pass three decades ago, their dedication for biking remains strong as ever. They are united by their eagerness to share their passion for the sport to the young. As a group, they help mentor and develop the country’s future athletes and talents.
BMXers 80s started innocently as a way for its founder, Efren “Sonny” Bolus, to reconnect with former BMX teammates and riding buddies. Now based in New Jersey, US, Bolus took to Facebook and created a group page to find even more friends and acquaintances who share the love for all things BMX.
Today, the group has close to a hundred active members from the Philippines, US, Europe, and the Middle East, and more than 2,000 Facebook group members in total.
One unique thing about BMXers 80s members is that they come from a slew of other action sports. From superbikes, motocross, and car racing to rowing and fencing, BMXers 80s brothers have found a way to put their backgrounds in the background as they continue to cultivate their love for BMX—something they’ve held on to for three decades.
- BMXers 80’s is presently chaired by Alvin Villegas, who works in the government sector and plays as a downhill bike racer. He is also the vice president of Extreme Sports Association of the Philippines, the group that sent the Philippine skateboarding team to the KIA World Extreme Games in Shanghai, China.
- BMXers 80s members have appeared in a number of local films back in the 80s and 90s; a list of movies that include Ninja Kids, 14 Going Steady, and Anak ng Demonyo, among others. They have also appeared on various TV programs, commercials, and other productions.