Watch Mumbai’s Annul Pale talk about his journey from being a pizza delivery boy to becoming a rising BMX star. Watch him inspire you with the story of his tryst with freestyle BMX.
The Journey of Annul Pale
Annul Pale and his life was overshadowed by poverty and household responsibilities. He lost his father at a young age and had to leave education to work as a delivery boy for Dominoes. He managed to save Rs. 300 from his salary and bought a motocross cycle with it. From there, he never looked back. Pale is supported by Red Bull who recently provided him with professional flatland cycle.
He is still burdened with financial responsivities and does not receive much moral support from home. But he believes that someday he will be able to make a living as a BMX champ in India.
“In spite of numerous broken bones in my nose, arms, and legs, this remains my passion; this is what I want to do. Back in 2005, no one in the city knew about Bicycle Motocross free styling; I think I have managed to change that. Today, we have about 18 riders in Mumbai, of which 10 are exceptionally good,” – Annul Pale, Mid-day, July 2016
Annul Pale and BMX Scene in India
As Pale states, people in India look at BMX as ‘circus tricks’ and not as a professional sport. Fortunately, the popularity of the sport is fast growing in major cities. Shillong and other cities in the North Eastern States have shown appreciation for the sport by organising competitions and inviting world-class champions like Vicky Gomez. A BMX tournament is held at IIT Bombay annually since the last 11 years.
BMX bikes are very expensive in India, there is almost no infrastructure and safety gear is not state-of-the-art. But this does not stop passionate youngsters to practice their skills. There is hope that with their determination, the BMX scene in India will change drastically.