by Anita Hodgin
I haven't written in a while...I thought other girls were keeping you boys involved in our little run at the bmx freestyle world. but just to let you all know...we are still around and having fun riding our bikes.
Some things you cannot explain, you should have been there to understand what was going on. If you're boring and go to sleep early with a cracker and a bottle of water, don't expect to understand all the stories from the wild ones in the morning.
Sure, stupid things are done but it's the moment that leads to it. Everyone having a good time, that's what it's all about. No one needs to be beat up to have a good time, no bar stool needs to be thrown through the window to have a story in the morning, no hook ups are required for a good night out.
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.
If you're living in the United States you might think that Flatland is dead. Yes, it got dropped from the X-games and it seems like there are not too many riders around in SoCal to shoot photo's of for the magazines. This doesn't help the popularity of flatland riding. But do the riders care? I don't really think so. The tight flat community is making things work for themselves. With Braun, Eastpak and RedBull as supporters of the flatland art, things are even looking quite good. A rumored 5000 flatlanders live in Japan with 800 based in Tokyo alone. Must be big-time there. It might not be as big in Europe but it's not slowing down either.
The street course had to be put together in 2 days. 3 days were planned for the set-up but when the crew arrived it was cut down to 2. This meant long hours for the ones involved. The course had some new obstacles with a huge angled curved wall in one corner and different types of quarters in the other 3 corners. In the middle they'd put up a spine with hips on the west side and a jump box on the east side of it. On the far far west a double jump-ledge-hipped-quarter obstacle was constructed which all in all made for a decent street course.
The street area was open all weekend for practice. The HARO duo of Ryan Nyquist and Dave Mirra showed up and were accompanied with Euro boys Anthony Pill, Ben Shenker and HARO distributor riders Senad Grosic, Ben Hennon and Ben Manuel. Yes, the 2 British Ben's are now forming the HARO squad in the UK. Further riders from SE, FELT, Standard, WeThePeople, Country Bikes, MacNeil, Hoffman and a bunch of UK individuals were enjoying riding the course without much pressure.