The Vans BMX Pro Cup World Championships descended upon Málaga, Spain earlier today, bringing together 45 of the globe’s best men’s and women’s BMX riders for the series’ grand-finale prelim rounds. 2017 Málaga event winner and Texan native Chase Hawk surpassed five adrenaline-filled heats with high speed tricks and unwavering style to take the semi-finals lead, while yesterday’s regional qualifying winner Alejandro “Pitu” Ibarra followed close behind, conquering his local park once again with strong, consistent riding to grant him a top semi-finals finish. In the women’s division,German rider Lara Lessman impressed the judges with her debut Pro Cup performance, executing massive airs and unique lines across Rubén Alcántara’s beloved course to lead the women’s semi-finals.
The HARO Blackout XL is Haro's top of the line complete bike made for serious BMX Racing. The only upgrade after this would be a Haro Citizen Carbon frame but there's no complete bike available from Haro that features the carbon frame. That Blackout though. It's not the cheapest complete bike out there but the parts it comes with explains why. The CLiQ Citizen carbon fork up front is light and strong and shows minimal flex. Combined with the a tapered head tube, 3D dropouts and the Blackout PTC (Power Transfer Center), the Blackout frame is serious about transforming your power into straight speed. Out of the gate the CLiQ Weaponz 2 piece cranks mounted to the sealed bearing CLiQ BB86 press fit bottom bracket doesn't let you skip a beat. We see top racers ride this machine and for good reason. The bike does not come with pedals which is a miss, but knowing most racers use their own type of Clipless pedals why would you pay for something you are not going to use anyway?
This weekend a solid crew of BMX Park riders will make it to Heerlen, Netherlands to participate at the Pro Freestyle event. Riders from Croatia, England, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Austria have made it over to ride the second edition of the UCI Category 1 event. With a full day of practice on Friday, qualification on Saturday and Finals on Sunday, the Pro Freestyle event will see good riding from some of the top pros on the 040BMXPARK ramp set-up. Free spectating area all around the course which is set up in the city-centre of Heerlen in the South of The Netherlands. For a riders list and a schedule, read on. Men: Marin Rantes Jack Clark James Jones Declan Brooks Senad Grosic Cam Peake Tobias Freigang
It's been a long time since I filmed with Steven Hamilton, in tradition of my 2004 "The Day Is Over" BMX DVD, this film, "A.NEW DAY" has Steven put on a flat ground demo in the parking lot outside of my apartment complex in Rochester Hills, Michigan where it was shot on Location August 25th, 2018 with my brother Ted Van Orman.