It’s always a bummer when a rider has to call it quits due to health reasons. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a video out of Josh Betley, and it’s unfortunately due to him developing APMPPE (Acute posterior multifocal placoid pigment epitheliopathy… thanks Google!) which basically wrecks your vision, which is pretty key to riding BMX. Here’s some footage filmed over the course of 2 years from a few years back that Josh was sitting on until now.
“Hello everybody! My name is Josh Betley and I was a professional bike rider for 10 years. It was the best time of life. Due to the economy, my long time sponsors Felt bikes and Osiris shoes had to end our relationship. I kept riding every day for 2 more years (2013-2015), and this video was filmed in that time frame. Unfortunately I developed an ailment called APMPPE, which has since severally damaged my vision. So, it breaks my heart to say this, but this is unfortunately my last BMX video. I want send a special thanks to Greg Molitorno for filming this. Also, I want to thank all the amazing people I’ve met along the way. BMX truly has the best people on earth involved. I love you all.” – Josh Betley