The vert contest at the FISE has never really been the best ever. When it was indoors (Zenith) and the ramp was good (Vertical) it made for a better contest but lately it has been the less than perfect FISE ramp in windy conditions. The ramp this year was not layered in skatelite as promised but in 5 mm plywood. With the World Cup Skateboard contest scheduled for after the BMX vert comp, the skaters were fearing every crash the BMX-ers would make. A peg would go straight through the ramp and it happened three times. Rolling over a hole with a 20" wheel is less dangerous than with a skatewheel so the BMX vert contest could go on.
With prize money on the line for 7 people the vert class did see some not so regular faces. Place 5 - 8 was filled with riders who usually take it to the street but with some pocket money available for some 4 foot airs and some grinds, they went ahead and entered the comp.
Hoffman Bikes would like to introduce the new HB sticker dispenser. This model is currently being tested, but should be ready for Christmas..
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WHISTLER, Canada - Red Bull, in partnership with BMX icon Jay Miron is pleased to announce Red Bull Elevation, the most progressive dirt jumping contest in the world. The competition will take place from August 25-27 2005 on a custom built course at the base of Whistler Mountain. "I wanted to create a contest for dirt, equal to what Metro Jam is for street. Red Bull Elevation is an event designed to let the best pro riders in the world ride to the bet of their abilities," says Miron about the concept. "The best dirt jumps in the world are always built with changes in elevation. Nothing has been overlooked. Red Bull Elevation will give the riders exactly what they've always wanted in a contest; perfectly shapeable dirt, smooth and huge jumps, plus it's moderately downhill, there are tons of transfers and there are even a series of 4x4 golf carts driving the riders back to the top after each pass. It's going to be revolutionary."
The sleepy forest town of Fordingbridge, UK had a rude awakening on the last weekend of July as a throng of BMX riders and skaters swamped the GBH Ramps skatepark for its grand opening. All kids competed in Bmx and skating comps for bikes, boards and blades.
The park was officially opened by George Batty, who at five-years old went on to show up his elders by fearlessly tearing up ramps three times his size on a tiny bmx that looked like it was fresh out of a cracker. By midday the comps were well underway, with a BMX
Congratulations from everyone at FATBMX to Francis and Renato van Bloemenhuis on the extension of the family. Pelle was born on 5 August 2005. He weighed in at 3380 grams and was 49 centimeters tall.
Next time you see Renato film for FLATtv at a contest, give him a hand when he needs to change the diaper.
Enjoy the new dude!
What a good event we had in Cali, being the 4th edition of the King of dirt, the show was even better than the years before, the level is sky high, every time it is harder to get on the podium and there is never a sure winner, which gives it more expectation.
The rookie class was really hard, there was a mid size double next to the last set of the pro section and the riders managed to do some crazy transfers and we could see the â€œnoviceâ€? riders do whips, 360s, all kind of flips, I think 60% of the riders of this class had the skills to ride in expert, so maybe next year we will see them stepping things up.
In expert class anyone could win it, you can notice that these guys have been riding hard, and we saw it with all the different type of tricks they did; flip X-ups, truck drivers and whips on every set, that means that for next year the pro class will get bigger.
I thought I would let you know my news - I have just had a pretty crazy week - I tried a turndown 5 into a no handed 5 into a 9 at the Dew tour and overspun a little on the 9. I crashed really hard onto my side and my head breaking a rib in 4 places and breaking my helmet. I spent a few days in the hospital in Denver and right now I'm recovering in Utah with my friend Chuck Fallon. I am not allowed to fly until next week in case the lung collapses again under the pressure.
I have been over-whelmed this week by the kindness of my friends when I needed them and would like to thank them for that. When you get seriously hurt, you really find out who your friends are: I want to give my deepest thanks to Chuck and Lindsay Fallon, Peter Geys, Travis Chipres, Jamie Bestwick, Jay Eggleston, Bruno Maier, Sarah Ostermeier, Mo Moorman, Dennis McCoy, Zach Shaw, Jay Miron, Steve Swope, Jason Burkhart, Achim Kujawski, Stephan Prantl all of my sponsors who have supported and been calling (everyone at Mongoose/ Pacific, Andy and John at Ogio, Kevin at X-Balm) and, of course, Pippa for holding the whole thing together.
When BMX buddy Jos Wissink contacted us in 1998 to start FATBMX online, we had a lot of questions. Basically we didn't know shit about how this internet stuff worked, but Jos offered to help. In fact, Jos has uploaded all the stuff for us until the beginning of this year when he designed a new program for us so we can upload from anywhere as long as we have a computer with an internet connection. This has been a big relief for Jos (not being bugged to upload stuff a.s.a.p) and for us because we do not have to wait until something is online and when we make mistakes, we can correct them ourselves. It is really easy to do.
I remember going to a Mickey Thompson 4X4 stadium race years ago. We got tickets from the people at BMX Plus! and decided to check it out. The first few rounds were amazing. It was awesome to see the trucks fly over the course with speed. After 20 minutes however it was getting a bit monotonous, same shit all the time. We did not have any favorites and after a while we started picking our own cars on the gate that we thought would win. When that got boring the only thing that got us excited were the crashes and there were lots of them.
- Yo what's shakin'? I have been gettin' all kinds of magazines coverage outside of tha sport lately, this month alone I am n 11 magazines: Maxium, Blender, Vapors, No Cover, BPM, Flaunt, ESPN, YRB, Kings Rides, BMX PLUS!, Ride BMX.
- I have been tryin' 2 not only promote that sport of BMX n a contest environment I am also breakin' down walls that support tha lifestyle of BMX n which nobody has done n tha sport of BMX like I'm doin'. I want 2 cover all areas that reachs out 2 everyone & gets them stoked on what we do, BMX. My job is 2 motivate.
- So last eariler this year I traveled 2 Vegas 2 give away bikes 2 this family who's daughter died of cancer. The basis of this show is FOX helps out families n times of hardship, the kids n this family were big action sports fans, they sold everythang they owned 2 try 2 keep their