The new year is here! 2017 was a good one with plenty of BMX involved. Once again we went to Tallinn for the Simple Session which we haven't missed since 2004. It's great to hear Josh Harrington is going to be riding in the next one, coming up the first weekend of February 2018. The Mini FATJAM took place in Aarle-Rixtel and the Beckers Cup at OJA was a good time. The UEC racing started in April in Zolder which was only an hour away and we managed to get some first pics of the riders in their 2017 gear. The UEC continued in Erp, Netherlands not much later which we attended as well (only 30 minutes away). With the 2017 World Cups happening in Papendal (1 hour) and Zolder (1 hour) we managed to cover a lot of racing without much travel. The trip to Argentina for the last UCI BMX SX World Cup however took around 36 hours but once there you forget the long journey quickly. Sylvain André (FRA) and Laura Smulders (NED) wrapped up the World Cup titles in Santiago del Estero.
On the freestyle side it's easy to lose track on where we all went. With multiple jams/sessions/contests happening every single weekend it was sometimes hard to pick where to go. The UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cups in France, Hungary and China were the bigger ones. The UCI World's in Chengdu were held for the first time the weekend after the last World Cup of the season and it turned out great. It was a big year anyway for BMX Freestyle as the IOC observers came to visit in Montpellier and turned BMX Freestyle into an Olympic event. That news came in while in Croatia at the Pannonian Challenge.
The 2018 HARO Bikes Pro XL complete bike comes with a 21" toptube frame and is ready for the track. The gloss black frame with orange/blue sticker kit makes the bike look fast even when it doesn't move. For $ 609.99 (USA) you'll sprint out of the bike shop on the way to the nearest track where you will get to impress the competition. At the next training night you'll show them how fast the bike is and the next race can't come soon enough.
2018 HARO Pro XL complete bike FEATURES:
-6061 series alloy frame with integrated head tube, butted down tube, tapered chain stays, 3D dropouts with integrated chain tensioners
Street and Park used to be mixed up at the Simple Session but after last year's success of splitting it up, the Street riders also have their podium at the event. The 18th edition will see the legends come to Tallinn, including non other than Josh Harrington (USA) who got an invite through the UCI BMX Freestyle App along with Ricky Veronick (Park) and Roman Gilimzyanov (Park). It's actually unknown if Josh will ride street or park in Estonia. Maybe he should ride both. Anyway, look at the Street rider list. With cracks like Garrett Reynolds, Bruno Hoffmann, Simone Barraco, and Dan Lacey signed up, you know it's going to be one not to miss the first weekend of February.
If there's one rider who can do it all, it's Dennis Enarson. If you want your bike not to be the reason that you cannot do a certain trick, get yhourself the Dennis Enarson SD AM model from Haro Bikes. The geometry is spot on, the 21" top tube is the same size Dennis riders and it comes in your favourite colour: Matte Black. The weight of 25.4 lbs for the complete package is a nice balance for the strength you'll get with this bike. The Demolition "Markit" padded Tri-pod seat with alloy Tri-pod post and RSD free-coaster rear hub with 14mm male axle and 9t driver are all there. Time to get yourself to the nearest Haro Bikes dealer to take a closer look.
Next year, in 2018, the Nitro Circus will be back on tour in Europe. With shows planned in England, Scotland, Sweden, France, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium it's a big one again. From 20 November till 09 December the Circus will be on the road with of course a bunch of crazy BMX riders. It's a show you actually don't want to miss.
It's a good mix of entertainment, stunts, show and craziness packed in one evening. With the last show being in Antwerp, Belgium, closest to the FATBMX office, we're hoping there will be some riders left to put on a show.
Stay tuned because we'll have some Nitro Circus tickets to give away closer to the events through an online competition on FATBMX. Check the dates in the photo and put your favourite stop on your calendar. The circus is coming to town.