12 invited riders made it to Munich, Germany for the annual Munich Mash event. Instead of a street comp, this year's edition hosts a Spine Miniramp contest and with riders like Kostya Andreev (RUS), Kevin Peraza (USA), Alex Hiam (AUS), Jack Clark (GBR), Pat Casey (USA), Daniel Wedemeijer (NED), Tom Justice (GBR), Timo Schulze (GER), Gilles Torres (ARG), Tobias Freigang (GER), Daniel Dhers (VEN), and Paul Thoelen (GER) you can understand the level was off the hook. Friday was used to do a Best Trick contest and the bangers came out on day one already. It was a rough decision to make the call who would go home with the €1000,= check and 1 year Gravity membership but in the end it went to Pat Casey. Alex Hiam was in the lead for a while with a whip to footjam whip to fakie over the double coping spine. Kevin Peraza's 540 bluetooth g-turn nosepick was off the hook as was Daniel Wedemeijer's icepick on the wall and Tom Justice's 270 over ice to toothpick on the spine to 270 back over. Michael Beran was on fire pulling the handplant backflip over the spine to one-handed lander to one handed barspin on the next wall. His big trick was the bikeflip tailwhip which he perfectly executed. Pat Casey's fakie skills got him the win. The 180 barspin to no-hander over the spine to fakie 360 tailwhip did it. The check and the 1-year Gravity membership went to Riverside.
Contest will happen on Saturday afternoon. Stay tuned for that. Possible live feed too.
The E-Moves festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands once again brought BMX fans together for the second edition of the 040 Invitational Spine Ramp contest. The 040 BMX crew set up a new version of the massive miniramp in the middle of the city for the invited riders to shine. 12 riders made it to the final where Kostya Andreev meant business with back to back tricks including 3-whips to tuck over the spine and flairs to tuck no-hander. James Jones from the UK was ripping and did many variations over the spine to get second place. Belgian Kenneth Tancré rode well to get the last spot on the podium in Eindhoven with third place.
The second annual 040 Invitational BMX Spine Ramp Contest took place in Eindhoven, Netherlands last weekend and here are the results. FINAL Results 040 Invitational Spine Ramp Contest 2017: 1 Kostya Andreev (RUS) 2 James Jones (GBR) 3 Kenneth Tancré (BEL) 4 Tom van den Bogaard (NED) 5 Zdenda Pesek (Cze) 6 Paul Thoelen (GER) 7 Cam Peake (GBR) 8 Daniel Wedemeijer (NED) 9 Sem Kok (NED) 10 Shaun Gornall (GBR) 11 Jari Roggeveen (NED) 12 Niels van Maren (NED)
It was around 1999, we were diggin’ hard at our trails in Capelle aan den IJssel (RIP) and I was having another knee operation. Thinking a lot about my comeback and the winter that was coming I was searching, within the Rotterdam area, for a new location for trials that would be dry and rideable all winter. We did build some jumps under the “Brienenoord”bridge, but this place was terrible for side wind blowing under the bridge. The big pro was that it was dry all the time. Looking around on crutches I stumbled into the bushes under the flyover for the tram near the Sint Franciscus hospital. There was a perfect place hidden between bushes, covered by a flyover but…. There were bums living there, hence the name, JunkTrails.
Gerrit Koornwinder, Rene Hofman, Jeroen Hoogaerts (RIP) and more people started building. The dirt was actually so dry the water would just run off and would not penetrate the dirt. We got pumps in and at the end and made a starting hill, three doubles and a bank to wallride. All dirt. Fast-forward to December 2014, by now the reader understands that this is an oldschool rider talking, so old that I rode bmx before “bmx freestyle” was invented.
Our old crew with new additions, Paul Lemson and Sven den Toom, likes jumping but we are very
With the Olympic news being announced the day before the contest, the riders were stoked to ride Pannonian Challenge in Osijek, Croatia. With 2016 UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup champion Logan Martin on the starters list, the grandstands packed up quickly. In sunny weather the finals kicked off at 18:00hr sharp on a course that was used for a UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup last year. For those who could not make it we had the live feed up on FATBMX so by now you've probably seen the tricks and know that Logan Martin won the €2600 check for first place while most of his fellow top Park riders were fighting over 6 X-Games spots in Boise, USA at the same time. Logan is pre-qualified for that one so he could fly to Croatia to ride the comp. Local Marin Rantes was fit enough to ride after his hand injury from two weeks ago in Montpellier. He had to skip riding the Pro Freestyle comp but made the trip to the Pannonian Challenge (18th edition!) to give it a shot. Once his bike showed up (2 days late) he gave it a shot and crashed in practice injuring his knee. But when the stands pack up and the biggest contest of the year in your own country is about to start, you can bite through the pain. Marin did great and had the crowd behind him. He even made Logan Martin step it up for his second and last run to secure the win. Marin got second and was well stoked on that. Erik Figar (CZE) has a killer second run and stepped on the podium in Osijek together with two of his heroes. Unfortunately Michael Beran (CZE) was too hurt to ride but some talent is coming out of Slovenia in the name of Matej Zan who has incredible bike control, style and does his tricks with good amplitude. David Janac from the Czech Republic completed the top 5 at the 2017 edition of the Pannonian Challenge.
On June 9-10, the world’s top athletes took over Rhodes Skate Park in Boise, Idaho to secure their invitations to X Games Minneapolis. Over 7,000 fans witnessed six Men’s Skateboard and BMX athletes and four Women’s skateboarders punch their tickets to Minneapolis. In the final competition of the day, the BMX athletes upped the amplitude in the park with a mix of flips and whips. X Games rookie Nick Bruce surprised the crowd by taking the top spot in front of perennial X Games BMX Park medalists Daniel Sandoval and Kevin Peraza. Bruce qualified first in the elimination and rode that momentum all the way through the final. Sitting in second place behind Sandoval, Bruce threw a run highlighted by a huge downside flairwhip in the final run of the competition to seal his spot