Carry dropped Paul and I off at Eindhoven airport at 6am to go to the Snickers Soul Bowl contest. We were both hired to judge the comp. Once in the plane we had to sit there for 90 minutes because the air traffic control computer had crashed and needed to be rebooted. On arrival we saw a Snickers sign with our names on it. Thanks for waiting for us Wendy.
From Heathrow airport all athletes, organizers, judges and riders were directed to the Ibis hotel to chill for a bit. The big Coach (Paul's Coach travels) was leaving for the Donnington Park at 15:30pm. It was a 3 hour drive from London but with everyone (a.o. Koji Kraft, Kevin Robinson, Jimmy Walker, Jamie Bestwick, Steve Swope, Page Hussey, Big Island, Jay Eggleston, Achim Kujawski, Stefan Geisler, Tom Stober and a bunch of skateboarders) in one vehicle it was bearable.
The philosophy behind the euroBMXstreet championship series:
There have never been a BMX -Freestyle- European Championship and we would like to establish one.
The increase in performance between the National Championships and the Oversee-dominated BMX-worlds is amazing. Also the financial and organizing expenditure of a World Championship is very huge and it is very demanding for the riders and promoters. BMX Freestyle deserves its own European Champions. The thing should be for fun and it should work, because of that we would like to start with the street-discipline in 2004. So we can keep the expenditure easy to grasp and we can gather some experiences, too. In 2005 there will be some more disciplines, if the idea is successful in this year.
The euroBMXstreet (european mastership BMX freestyle street) is taking place in 2004 for the first time. The first round was held in Heerlen, The Netherlands at the Promise park on the first weekend of May. The EuroBMXstreet championhips are hold as a series in three rounds at three different places. Every round consists of qualifications (takes place on Saturdays) and the final-round (takes place on Sundays). For the total result only the two best rounds will count. For every round there is a result base 1000 points (and then counting down), that means #1 = 1000 points, #2 = 999 points, #3 = 998 ...
CANADIAN CONQUEORS CARDIFF AT THE RED BULL THREE DEGREES
Around 6,000 people flocked to Cardiff Oval Basin today, one of the hottest days this year, to witness legendary rider Jay â€˜The Beast’ Miron from Canada take first place at the Red Bull Three Degrees BMX event.
Becky, Marketing co-ordinator over at Hotwheels sent me an E-mail to inform me about their latest team rider trip to Scandinavia. Together with the pics it makes for a good tour report for FATBMX. Read on what Becky and the boys experienced on their trip up North.
I just wanted to let you know that the Hot Wheels roooooadtrip went real well and we returned from Scandinavia last week! We visited Gothenburg and Stockholm in Sweden, Oslo in Norway and Copenhagen in Denmark - it was amazing! I really didn't know what to expect, all I wanted was for the guys to have fun, get to ride some different places, sample the local night life, meet new people and friends! and on top of all that I wished for good weather!! I guess that is actually quite a lot to ask for when visiting new countries, you can never be sure the way things will work.
ROOTS JAM ORLANDO FLORIDA 2004
â€œGoing back to the ROOTSâ€? was decided a minute after last years Roots jam, this is gonna be in my schedule every April from now on. Florida is not the worst place to travel to in April, nice weather, good nightlife, friendly people and what more. Over 160 amateurs thought that too and with lots of flatlanders and Pro’s it made this one of the biggest comps in the USA.
- The European BMX Street championship series have come to an end. Paddy Gross and Markus Wilke both won the overall title. Barry Kohne finished 2nd for Holland and Mark Koenig and Sascha Claussen tied for third. Find pics of round one (Heerlen) and two (Oldenburg) on FATBMX's freestyle section this month. Final pics (Darmstadt) will be added in July.
At the 1994 World's in Cologne the Bro Hymn song by Epitaph got played over and over again. It became the song of the contest and until this day I think about Pro-mini with Miron and Bender on the spine whenever I hear that song.
Fast forward a few years and Pennywise are touring Europe with the Warped tour. John Peacy and Rick Thorne were doing shows as well and Rick totally hooked us up with free lunch, a round in the tour bus, some ice cold Nescafe coffee drinks and last but not least we all made it on the stage when Pennywise was playing.
TS5 is the latest issue of the Trick Stars series, edited and produced by Marton Szilagyi. Aka OG, Marton was the pioneer of flatland (come to that fs bmx) in Hungary, he has plenty of experience in all parts of the flat-world, and of course is the boss of the OG-crew, quote: â€œOur intention is to show the stress-free side of flatland with riders filmed without the pressure of contests. Huge props to the riders.â€?
Self Realization came out last year, but the riding is still well up to date. This flatland-only video has crisp editing, good music and of course outstanding riding. Sections are smooth, thanks to the good choice of music to go with the riders. 40 minutes of footage comes from a variety of locations: Heros Square (Budapest), Red Bull Circle of Balance 02, Braun Flatground, Worlds.