Last weekend saw the first ever swiss stop of the Ride Further Tour at Europe’s biggest trend sport indoor park SKILLS PARK, and we couldn’t have asked for a better start into the season: amazing riding, a great crowd and awesome vibes! 20 pro riders were invited to the first event of the year in Switzerland to compete at two very different setups: a park and bowl contest.
The weekend started of with the park competition on Saturday with amazing runs by Zozo Kempf (HUN) with a 720 bar over the box, the Tall Order team with Tom Graves and Matt Harris (UK) who rode with tons of english steeze and Lotta Grüber (GER), the only female rider in the competition who showed off NacNacs, Tobogans and Tabletops.
First place went to Sergio Layos (ESP), who secured his win with a Pocket Wallride 180 out to halfcab followed by Alessio Tonoli (CH) with an almost impossible transfer over one of the biggest gaps in the park and Jonas Lindemair (DE) with a 360 Whip to Invert.
Celebrations continued well into the night at Kraftfeld Club before going into the bowl contest the next morning.The Bowl Battle was conducted in a knock-out format and it was Sergio Layos who came out on top one round after the other with unbelievably clean and stylish runs, lookdowns and a wallride transfer, happily taking home the win on two consecutive days: “It was such a fun weekend! Thank you so much for everything!”
Following the success of UNFILTERED, VANS launches the third episode of this unique video series, each one featuring two VANS BMX riders traveling the globe visiting different destinations. Simplicity at its best – riders in unique environments, embracing new cultures and landing tricks whilst being captured in a non traditional and unpolished way. This series aims to focus on the true essence of BMX filming, blend that with today’s standard of riding in BMX and it allows for the ‘riding to do the talking’!
UNFILTERED UAE features Matthias Dandois and Alex Valentino exploring a region full of contrasts and breathtaking in all facets. From remote desert villages and landscapes, to the modern civilizations
The Flame Trails took some beating this winter so it was time for the spot to get some love. The annual Jam was set early this year (24 March) but that would mean the trails would be back up and running early also. Help finally came in on Saturday morning when Frits, Tobias and Philip also grabbed a shovel and lent a helping hand putting up the tents, flags and Frits' Sound system. The sun came out, we had tunes going and started off the day removing "de zut". Trail diggers know exactly what that is. For those who are not in the know, it's the shit that moves down to the bottom of the jumps and needs to be removed. When removed, you're back to the dry good soil. This is a necessity. If you skip on this process, you will have to deal with De Zut for a long time as it never packs. But removing de zut is a big process. Down the bottom of the starting hill close to 10 cm of zut needed to be removed. Once removed it creates a lower track so in case it rains, the water will stay there. Not ideal either but at least it was possible to ride wherever de zut was removed.
When building trails in The Netherlands you also need to have a plan for the water to go to. Trenches, holes, ditches, draining systems, you can't have enough of it. But for the jam the priority was to get around. The dirt was soggy so it was nice to work with. But when the soil drags the energy and speed out of you, riding isn't the best. Turns were re-shaped, jumps were put back in shape and the riders present gave their everything to clear the gaps and do a few laps. With Jari Roggeveen, Sem Kok and Niels van Maren we had a few riders who could actually do some tricks.
Over 137,000 attendees have joined us in Jeddah over the 3 days. An absolute record for a first stop of a FISE event! Before the events even began riders were already up and at it exploring Jeddah Old City. I think you will agree the traditional Saudi Arabian outfits rather suit them!
BMX FREESTYLE FLATLAND
It was a scorching hot day but that didn't stop athletes giving it their absolute all! The first final of the day was in BMX Flatland. The event was full of surprises as the battle between Jean William Prevost and Matthias Dandois continued, the question on everyone’s lips was could anyone stand in the way
Fight The Winter Pro flatland results. 1) Dominik Nekolny (Cze) 2) Alberto Moya (Esp) 3) Dez Maarsen (Ned) 4) Sietse van Berkel (Ned) 5) Wolfgang Sauter (Ger) 6) Dustyn Alt (Ger) 7) Markus Schwital (Ger) 8) Michal Kupec (Cze) 9) Rayk Hahne (Ger) 10) David Hoffman (Ger) 11) Markus Reich (Ger) 12) Sebastian Grubinger (Aut) 13) John Kraemer (Ger)
Simple Session has always been a bit special for me personally. After doing a GT Air Show in Tartu, Estonia in 1999 where we inspired Risto and his buddies to start Simple Session, my first time back to the Baltic country was in 2004 for Simple Session number four. 15 years in a row I made it to Tallinn and the event keeps amazing me. It's the first big event of the 2018 calendar and brings people from all over to a country that we normally wouldn't visit, especially not in the wintertime. But that's also part of the beauty of the event. While in the Saku Suurhall, Vapiano or Hollywood, you don't sense it's freezing cold outside. The presence of BMX-ers and skateboarders in town makes Simple Session some sort of annual gathering where everyone catches up and prepares for the new season.
With 60 riders in Street and 44 in Park, this year's qualifying day was long. But when the good riding keeps coming there's no time to fall asleep. Bruno Hoffmann (Street) and Ryan Nyquist (Park) qualified in first. The top 12 in each discipline made it to the finals on Sunday. The actual course had one bigger street section with penty of rails that was used by most of the street riders. The surrounding transitions were used by park riders to go high, blast new tricks and to keep the speed up. In qualifying both park and street had a jam session in a group of 4 with each rider getting two 60 second runs on the course. Never a dull moment in each class with everyone pushing things to the limit for personal satisfaction or to impress the massive crowd in the Saku Suurhall.