UCI BMX PARK Qualifying top 24. These riders will get to ride tomorrow's semi final in Montpellier, France. 12 of them will make it to the final. 1 Torres Gil JOSE 2 Nick BRUCE 3 Konstantin ANDREV 4 Logan MARTIN 5 Daniel DHERS 6 Colton WALKER 7 Brian FOX 8 Ryan NYQUIST 9 Anthony JEANJEAN 10 Cam PEAKE 11 Daniel SANDOVAL 12 Jake LEIVA 13 Andre LUIZ DE SOUZA 14 Irek RIZAEV 15 Alex COLEBORN 16 Bondu JOEL
The second annual Vans BMX Pro Cup series kicked off in Five Dock, Australia yesterday as 47 of the world’s leading men and women BMX park terrain riders rallied for the series’ first Pro Tour event of the season. Pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on two wheels, 2017’s Vans BMX Pro Cup World Champion Larry Edgar’s speed defying runs granted him the Australia Pro Cup victory, taking first place for carrying out colossal trick combinations that awed the crowd at the historical Five Dock Skatepark.
“I’m stoked to be back, this event is such a good time,” proclaims first place winner, Larry Edgar. “Riding with all my friends and watching everyone push the limits of their riding is so fun.”
What an intense day! The first stop of the 2018 edition of the Vans BMX Pro Cup brought us a lot of emotions. Sydney was not as sunny as the legend says and after rescheduling the women competition because of the rain we've been scared the weather would not let the event go until the end. Fortunately Mother Nature was on the ride side and we've been able to go through a great women competition, the men semi-finals and finals regrouping some of the best riders of the world.
Ryan Saville who arrived first during the Regional Qualifier yesterday was the favorite of the crowd and offered a great show. He's not the only one, the Australian audience enjoyed a show of great quality, the riders were in an amazing shape and always surprised the crowd. The biggest surprise was probably when Sergio Layos' bike landed in the audience... Oopsie!
Kevin Peraza's superman left everyone speechless, we've been really impressed by the resistance of Brandon Loupos after his massive crash at the end of the Best Trick contest. The australian Alex Hiam was in a great shape, he managed to arrive 2nd for the best trick and 3rd for the Pro Cup. At the end of the day Nina Buitrago won the best trick and Teresa Azcoaga won the first stop of the Pro Cup. For the men the local Jason Watts won the best trick and the winner of the 2017 edition, Larry Edgar won the very first stop of this 2018 edition.
Vans BMX pro cup DAY 1 - 27/04 Regional Qualifier. For this second Australian edition of the Vans BMX pro cup the organization changed the setting of the competition. We left the mythic Manly Beach and moved to the most suburban area of 5 Dock and its iconic bowl. One more time Sydney is the first stop of the tour, Australia being one of the countries providing the most talented riders in the world we can already expect a high level of riding during the week-end.
All day long, riders coming from all around Australia and even from overseas compete during the regional qualifier to win a chance to have a shot at the pro cup tomorrow.
During the qualifications we bumped into Nina Buitrago, guest rider from the US, and took advantage
Vans BMX Pro Cup, the world’s leading platform for elite BMX park terrain competition, kicks off the 2018 World Tour this weekend as the series’ first Pro Tour stop welcomes the globe’s best park terrain BMX men and women riders to Five Dock, Australia on April 27 – 28. 2017 Australia event winner Sergio Layos will defend his title against 2017’s Vans BMX Pro Cup World Champion Larry Edgar and Australian locals Jason Watts and Alex Hiam during the series’ inaugural event for the season.
One of Australia’s oldest standing skateparks, Five Dock Skatepark sits in a quiet suburb just west of the city of Sydney. Home to the “Deathbowl”, the iconic Five Dock Skatepark holds rich BMX and
Imagine a very sick bikepark. A tailor-made park including all the sections you need to rise BMX limits to another level. Now imagine the same park fully covered in mirrors. Finally, imagine two of the best riders of the moment nailing tricks you might have never seen. Hard to believe? Also hard to turn it into reality. But it’s not a mirage, it’s absolutely true. It has happened somewhere near Pamplona in Spain and twelve months have been needed to make this possible.
One year throughout which, amongst other things, the Spanish rider with Nigerian origins, Courage Adams (22), has been one of the main responsibles of the thorough design of its sections. However, riding alone in this unique bikepark made no sense and it was a huge challenge. Besides, the first feeling he had once he saw the finished park was “it looks like a spacecraft. That place looked nothing similar to how it was before,” he pointed out.
The decisive moment had come. Courage invited German rider Paul Thölen (19), who came from his hometown Viersen exclusively for the occasion. “As soon as I saw the Mirror Park I thought it was surreal and that I wouldn’t be able to perform a single trick”, he confesses.
The trouble you have to face when riding on such a slippery Surface and facing your own reflections is extreme. Everything is complex and confusing. Stimulus are multiplied times one thousand and your surrounding becomes imprecise and uncertain, to the extent of getting dizzy and having to stop several times until you get back on track.