BMX Plus december 2005 Ever noticed how the color of the font corresponds with the color of the cover pic in Plus!? This time it's the red of Ricardo Laguna's shirt that takes care of part of the content of the Dec. issue. From the cover you can tell that there is an X-Games report and who won the gold. 3 bikes get tested: Felt FUSE, Macneil WHITTON and the Diamond Back SHERMAN. There's an article called On the Move: Improve your flatland skills. For those who are stuck deciding what to give their best friends/loved ones for Christmas, the Holiday Gift Guide might actually help. The racing coverage in this issue of Plus! consists of the UCI World Championships in Paris and an NBL Race report. Colin Winkelmann RIP. Find the memorial jam report on page 10 and 12. The Nostalgia pic takes you back to a BMX race at Woodward Camp in 1988. That's Billy Griggs in the picture riding for Redline and sporting that popular numberplate that was screwed to the handlebars. Scott o'Brian talks about Flatland Worldwide. Tom Haugen's Free Agent bike gets inspected as well as Mike Parenti's Custom Giant. A flatland how-to follows. Really. Moving pics: nice still photos and a few sequences. A tech tip and the Parting Shot wrap up the December issue.
- Congrats to HARO UK rider Ben Hennon on his third place finish at the Backyard jam in the UK. Ben almost ran away with the best trick check by pulling a truck driver to tailwhip. That's a 360, a barspin and a tailwhip all in one.
- HARO's Chad DeGroot had a fun event (Baco-a-go-go Jam) going on at his Mesh Skatepark in Florida. If you really want to know what was going on, check the photos on: www.meshskatepark.com
Q: What kind of health care do you get as a pro-rider ? I have seen a video interview with Bucky Lasek and he said he always had a hard time convincing his insurance company that skating is a real sport. A: I personally am not covered by any health insurance. I have always put my faith in God to keep me safe. I actually did have health insurance for about a year. It became a burden because every time I got hurt I went to the ER. But every time I went, I ended up being fine after a few short hours of pain. I still fit in the low income bracket, so if anything bad ever did happen, Medical is available. Medical is an insurance for income qualified homes.
Yo went 2 Vegas again 4 another trade show, this time it was 4 Monster Energy, myself & Wee-Man represented @ tha booth, check out tha banner Monster had @ tha booth & got 2 meet tha Harlem Globetrotters, good times, thanx 4 tha support! Much luv, Thorne Biker-N-Black --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yo dudes tha other day Eddie George from tha Tenn. Titans came 2 my ramp house 2 film his show, "Training Camp" I am N tha process of rebuildin' half of tha yard but tha other half is ridable right now. So he brought a lucky winner 2 actually ride tha ramps as if he was N tha video game, "American Wasteland". Cool stuff, B on tha lookout 4 tha show on G4 Network sumtime N December/January 2006, I will let U know 4shore tha air date when I know it. Much luv, Thorne Biker-N-Black ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
In an effort to help build the local programs at BMX tracks nationwide, SE Bikes has done the unthinkable: We have donated an SE bike to a track in EVERY state in the USA. And we even sent some up to Canada too! That’s right; over 50 complete bikes are being sent out this week from our worldwide headquarters in Philadelphia, PA. Keep an eye on your UPS driver as he may be overstocked with SE bikes!
We have donated these bikes with the intention that they will be used as “loaner” bikes for new riders coming to the track for the first time. If these new riders put in their first few laps on a race-ready SE bike, then we’re sure that they’ll get hooked on BMX. We know that the beginners of today are the experts and pros of tomorrow.
The following tracks were chosen to receive an SE bike:
"I only have one pair of girl's pants." As soon as I heard that, I knew my trip had begun. The Weight Nazi said it, and he was probably telling the truth. To me, it was like saying "I only have one dress, and I hardly ever wear it." I laughed hard and continued to pack. Mr. Lube, The Weight Nazi, and me -your reporter- Dave G had decided to attend the Baco-A-Go-Go contest this year. It was at Chad Degroot's new park, Mesh, in Orlando, Florida. We jumped on the expressway and hit the warp drive. In what seemed like 45 minutes (it was really about 7 hours) we arrived at the hotel room that Mr. Lube had been generous enough to provide. After a few hours of nappy time, we drove to the park and proceeded to shred to the best of our abilities. Chad's new park seems a little smaller than his old one (At least the bike side does. The park is has a skate side and a bike side.), but there are some much bigger lines thanks to the high ceiling.
The 2006 UCI BMX International Calendar is posted on the UCI website. The international BMX calendar covers over 60 events on 4 continents, with most events counting for valuable UCI ranking points. To view the complete calendar, please visit;www.uci.ch
2006 UCI BMX WORLD CONTINENTAL RANKING
The UCI World Continental Ranking has already kicked off on the southern hemisphere with a few races already into the series. The UCI will introduce a new results and rankings website in December 2005, meanwhile to view last year’s ranking, please visit; http://www.uci.ch/uci/bmx/online/
For 2006, Intense BMX launches its first complete line of bikes. The first to be offered is the Team Issue kit. A Pro level bike can be yours strait from the factory, as the team bike is loaded with the best parts in BMX.
With the Team Issue kit, you can choose any of the Pro sized frames in any of the 5 colors that you want, to truly build up a custom bike. Frame sizes offered are Pro, Pro XL, Pro XXL, and Pro Cruiser. The Frame colors offered are red, blue, black, while and silver.
Team Avent / Bombshell made a large presence last week in Phoenix. We had perfect weather for racing. The track was super fast with the first turn was always packed.
Saturday we woke up to another beautiful Phoenix day. The AA Pros followed suit with three in the mains. Donny Robinson was focused all weekend pulling out a third for the day. Jason Richardson rode his F1 forks to a 5th place. Tyler Brown staying consistent with the odd numbers took a 7th home for the day. Cassie Bushnell battled against a stacked Pro girls class, but had to settle for eighth place. In Pro Cruiser Donny Robinson extended his lead for the ABA title with a commanding first place. Randy Stumpfhauser took 3rd on his F1s. Jason Rogers was not far behind with 5th place in Pro Cruiser. Kyomi Waller was on top of things with a 5th place in Vet Pro on his F1's