On Friday before the contest fellow jump builder Benny Paulsen estimated a 10 rider field for dirt. The set up was gnarly and people who had entered (48 pro riders) did not have much time to get used to the course. Making it to the end of the course wasn't easy but when it mattered, 33 riders rode, which was a decent number. Respect to all who had the balls to drop in from that 5 meter high platform and made it to the last set.
Mother Nature is a BMX fan! Despite weather forecasts predicting cold and rainy days for the weekend, a packed Whistler Village witnessed the skies clear and Red Bull Elevation go off to once again live up to the hype as the best event in BMX dirt jumping. From the first run, the 32 invited riders were throwing it all on the line and in the qualifying rounds, it was Corey Bohan who led the pack dropping a double tailwhip, superman seat grab and backflip in his first drop-in!
From there it was a battle between Bohan and 2005 winner Ryan Nyquist as they dropped every killer combo on the course and inched point by point up the board to land first and second place settings leading into the finals.
For Free Agent's Kyle Bennett, a 1st and 2nd at South Park put him only two points behind his teammate, Cristian Becerine, near the top of the Elite Men standings. Becerine, who has the most wins under his plate this year, traded wins with Bennett at the Stars and Stripes National to set-up the finale’. This will make for a thrilling finish to the NBL season and don't count out NBL's reigning Champion, Formula's Donny Robinson - he showed his true colors at last year’s Grands and would like nothing more than to be the first Pro to repeat since the ’97 & 98 seasons when France’s Christophe Leveque earned back-to-back NBL Championships.
Redline's Kim Hayashi holds a comfortable lead over Supercross's Sam Cools and Krystal Hime and is focused on earning her 5th consecutive NBL Elite Women’s title. Felt's Jason Morris and MCS's Jonathon Villa gained ground on Profile/J&R's Mike Kapes which should set up an epic finish to the Super-Ex season.
Ryan Guettler is not afraid to party. If you're not afraid to party with him, make sure you know where the festivities are on Tuesday. Get him a drink, he probably had you covered plenty of times. 17 July - Ryan Guettler 1983 18 July - Josh Stricker 1979
There have been talks about this year's dirt course. After weeks of building and dealing with a lot of rain, only Marcus Hampl had made it through the complete set on Friday 13 July. The field of 48 riders will be cut quickly as most riders simply can't handle the terrain. The straight final (with whoever wants to ride) will be on Sunday afternoon. The course starts with a 5 meter high platform where the riders get speed to jump into a 2,30 meter landing followed by a 5 meter hipper to the right and some mighty sets.
After qualifying in first, Hungarian Adam Kun couldn't put it together in the finals. Justin Miller however did. The KHE/adidas rider from the USA took on the rest of the world in the well attended flatland tent at the BMX Masters in Cologne, Germany. Michael Sommer from Austria (still the current pro flatland world champ) finished second with UK's Sam Foakes in third. It can go either direction in pro flatland and this is the way the final results came out at the 2007 BMX Masters:
PRO FLATLAND FINAL RESULTS: 1. JUSTIN MILLER (USA) 2. MICHAEL SOMMER (AUS) 3. SAM FOAKES (ENG) 4. SHINTARO MISAWA (JAP) 5. WALDEMAR FATKIN (GER) 6. MATTHIAS DANDOIS (FRA) 7. RAPHAEL CHIQUET (FRA)
14 riders climbed on top of the vert ramp in Cologne for the Pro halfpipe contest. Among those riders legend Mat Hoffman. He had not ridden proper vert in over 6 months due to a knee injury and was a bit out of shape but as soon as the HDT shirt was on his shoulders he got his wings back and fired out trick after trick. In practice he dislocated his toe (I'd never heard of that one) and simply taped two toes together with some duct-tape so he could ride. His pads and shoes had not made it (lost by the airlines) so he was
It was packed at in Cologne as soon as the Street/Park qualifiers started. The sun had come out in Koellefornia and it's always a good scene with the crowd surrounding the course. Mark Webb qualified in first but won't be able to ride the finals because of a broken arm. This moved Joris Coulomb from France into the 12 rider final cut and makes Jason Phelan from Ireland the first reserve in case someone else gets injured. Other finalitsts are: Ryan Elcock, Louis Smith, Maxime Cherveron, Leon Perkins, Kevin Kalkhoff, Allan Cooke, Ben Wallace and Alessandro Barbero.
It was a no-holes-barred final stage for the Braun cruZer Tour at the Suzuki BMX Masters in Cologne, Germany, but defending champion and series leader Mark Webb crashed out on his final run. Webb, who has won the two previous legs of the Tour and was champion in 2005 and 2006, was on his best form. He had already pulled out a Tailwhip to the sub-box and was flying across the ramp but fell heavily after misjudging a relatively simple trick. He knew immediately what had happened. “My arm is broken,” he announced from the ramp. “Tell someone it’s snapped!” Before being lead away by medics he proudly displayed the bone that was bulging out of his forearm to the crowd to massive applause.
It was left to Daniel Dhers (VEN) and Ben Wallace (GBR) to finish their runs and they didn’t disappoint the enormous and enthusiastic crowd. Dhers knocked out huge Alleyoop Flairs before nailing a No-Handed Flair and a Double Tailwhip over the spine.
Frank Lukas wants everyone to know that he is organizing a JAm/ best Trick Contest together with Red Bull one week after the Masters. It is the 21 of July. It will take place in Cologne as well on the roof of the olimpic sports museum near the river.
It is downtown and there will be a big Party in the same location together with the famous Disco Dogs from Cologne. So if you come to cologne you have to stay a week there;) There will be price money as well for the first second and third place of the best trick Contest. Every rider has two runs to pull his best combo or trick and in each run he has three tries...
After that we have a bbq and a Videopremier of the new Flatlandmovie; Here comes the sun. The Location is perfect for that cause they have a big videobeamer and a huge white wall and it will be like in a cinema....