Another year has passed and it was another good one. Week in week out there were BMX events taking place. At some weekends there were five jams, contests or gatherings going on at the same time. You can complain about this but you can also see this as a good thing; choise, I mean, choice. The FATBMX event calendar is trying to keep you informed on the year 2007. We have pencilled in some big events but we are also adding local jams to the list because we know these are important to you. You can schedule your tour around the big dates or book a trip now that flights are cheap. Ryanair, Air Berlin and Easyjet have become a form of transportation because of their ridiculous deals sometimes. Look into it now and pay less. We take no responsibility on changed schedules so if it looks shady to you, you can decide whether you take the risk or not.
For 2007 we have once again scheduled to be present at as many BMX events as possible. We'll try hard to get the reports online soon after the event.
Where is vert headed? Are the ramps too big and intimidating for new riders to take it on? Should there be obstacles on a competition vert ramp? These were a few of the issues at hand when Chad Kagy began organizing a gathering of vert riders at Woodward Camp. There was no contest, and no money up for grabs, just a good ramp (in Woodward’s Cloud 9) and a good place to get everyone together outside of a contest.
But the gathering was as much for up and coming riders with a serious interest in vert, as it was for seasoned veterans like Dennis McCoy, Steve Swope, Jay Eggleston, Dave Brumlow, Kevin Robinson, Mike Mancuso, Morgan Wade (and his girlfriend Natalie Wagner) and of course Chad Kagy. Young faces on the ramp included Zack Warden, Tony Campos, Zack Newman, and Jean Marie Bartsch, who traveled all the way from Switzerland. There were even some old-school legends (in addition to Dennis of course) present, in the way of Gary Pollack, Mark Eaton, and Large Ray.
You know how hard it is to get the right replacement bolt for your bike part when you strip it. The local bicycle shop doesn't carry your BMX parts, the hardware store doesn't know what you're talking about so what do you do? 43 bolts has you covered from head to toe or better, from stem bolt to crank bolt. 43 Bolts are made of grade 9 metal, are heat treated and made to resist harsh weather conditions.
Holiday or not, it's Friday and on Friday you want a Pin-Up girl on FATBMX. Puch used to make BMX bikes but the bike isn't the focus of the following photos. Once again props to JT for finding these. Enjoy the last Pin-Up of the year 2006.
December 9th, on my calender every year, the intrikat jam in Long beach, California. At the infamous Wilson basketball courts that have featured on many a intrikat video section… The third year for the jam, and it keeps growing, awesome turnout of pro/am riders every year, some people get to brush off the winter cobwebs and others get to ride as they normally do (cali guys). The jam is always much more than just a days riding to me, it’s a ten day experience of the Californian lifestyle, for the second year running I rode at the Olympic pool spot almost everyday with Cory Fester, Canadian shredder from Edmonton, and Chad Johnston/Kip Williamson when they weren’t busy editing and all that good stuff. If you haven’t made the trip out to the jam I would recommend it, it’s the highlight of my year, laidback jam, someone brings a ghetto blaster, this year it was Kip who hooked it all up, and people ride and hang out, the choice is yours.
It's not Joe on a Stingray but Barry on a Grifter. Those not old enough to know what a Grifter is, it's one of the first bikes that kind of looked like a motorcycle and arrived at the same time as the first "original" BMX bikes. Raleigh made them so they were big in the UK. Anyway, back to the subject. The DVD is great entertainment. To see people like Ian Morris, Zach Shaw, Jamie Bestwick and Jon Taylor push their 35 pound bikes to the next level for sure was a good laugh. It brings back memories to the "good old times" when bikes were hard to get and the welder came out before going to the local shop to get a new one because they had none.
England has always been a fascinating country that raised great riders. I believe it's the attitude that pushed their level week after week. Crazy Eric Steele, Mad Jon Taylor, those names arrived on the scene for a reason. Barry on a Grifter has a lot of the footage from these days. It also has footage of Dennis McCoy, Rick Allison and Joe Johnson who came over for the Tizer World Cup in 1988 and Mat Hoffman's first flip 180 (flair) on vert.
New York (December, 2006)Wade Martin, who has guided the Dew Action Sports Tour during the Tour's first two successful seasons, has extended his contract and been promoted to President and General Manager. Ken Schanzer, President, NBC Sports and Charlie Mancuso, President, Live Nation Motor Sports made the announcement. Owned by NBC Universal and Live Nation, the Dew Action Sports Tour, the pro tour of action sports, debuted in June 2005, and consists of five major, multi-sport events with a cumulative points system, a $2.5 million competitive purse - the largest in action sports - and an additional $1 million bonus pool based upon year-end standings. NBC and USA Network will combine for exclusive Dew Action Sports Tour coverage with the largest combined network and cable commitment in action sports. The Tour features skateboarding (park and vert), BMX (park, vert, and dirt) and freestyle motocross, and at seasons end, the Tour awards champions in the six combined disciplines with the Dew Cup. Key lifestyle elements at each Tour event's festival village includes live cutting-edge music, video gaming, and interactive events.
The FSO posse is once again putting a jam together. This time the venue is the indoor skatepark at Burnside skateshop in Deventer, Holland. The date is 13 January 2007 so if you have been away from your bike too much this winter, put it in the car and head for the FSO session. Starts at 2pm and it's only 5 Euros to ride. A good opportunity to say happy new year to all your BMX friends.
In what point of your "riding career" did you decide you wanted to stay involved? Chad: Staying involved in the sport was a no-brainer. There hasn't been a time that I was like "I am over this". Maybe one time this past summer when I got hurt, but I healed and got back on the horse. I didn't know having a skatepark could start a scene and make it as strong as it is. It's insane how good it is.