In June of 2010, legendary BMX Vert, Park, Street and Flatland rider Jay Miron seemingly walked away from all things related to BMX in his life.
Hailing from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Miron emerged in the late '80s and turned heads doing boomerang airs on vert. In his early days, he rode for Wilkerson Airlines, Bully and GT before finding a home on Hoffman Bikes in 1992. During that time, he toured with each company, appeared in multiple videos (including the Baco and Dorkin' series) and made a name for himself for his innovative and burly takes on vert and skateparks (not to mention being able to ride dirt and flatland equally as well.) In 1995, Miron left Hoffman Bikes to ride for and help create a freestyle program at Schwinn Bicycles. He also continued competing, earning nine X Games medals (including the first ever gold medal for BMX dirt) over the years, and although some may say it's up for discussion, it's been said that Jay Miron was the first person to do a double backflip on a BMX bike way, way back in the mid '90s.
On top of Miron's impressive run as a top BMX professional, he was an industry visionary that helped transform the face of BMX contests (he helped create the Metro Jam series) and BMX technology (his brand MacNeil created Pivotal seat technology). He was never the easiest person to get along with (he once threatened me for a nac-nac caption on the pages of an old issue of Dig), but he was persistent, progressive (he landed the first 540 tailwhip on vert among many other things) and changed the face of BMX for the better.
Then he walked away without any warning. "After spending my entire life either on a bike, or working in the bike business, I'm walking away from it. While it's pretty scary leaving it all behind, I'm super excited for the new life that lies ahead. I haven't yet decided what that life will be. I'm going to take a while to relax and see what comes up," he said in a short press release about his departure.
And then he was gone. No late night phone calls to correct magazine captions, no all caps emails saying that "BMX shouldn't imitate the skate industry," no nothing. BMX continued, Miron-less.
There was the occasional rumor about Jay Miron's life after BMX. I recall hearing about a time when Miron called a Canadian BMX mail-order and wanted to purchase all of the gyro knarps they had in stock because he was engaged in a furniture-making project and needed small bolts to hold a certain piece of furniture together. And other times, when former pro BMX riders in the Vancouver, B.C. area witnessed Miron riding down the street with a yoga mat slung over his shoulders. But it's been at least a year since anyone had heard anything about Jay Miron.
Girl Skateboard pro and fellow Vancouver, B.C. resident Rick McCrank posted a photo to Instagram of Miron, being stopped by a police officer and given a ticket for not wearing a helmet as he rode down the street. "That's pro bmx'er Jay Miron getting a no helmet ticket right now. Dear cops, Google him, he can handle a little ride through the neighborhood without getting hurt," read McCrank's caption.
His hair is long and he's still riding a bike, even if it's not of the BMX variety. And the legend that was Jay Miron continues to grow with this latest and mysterious sighting.