Unfortunately we didn't see much of this year's flatland contest at the FISE. The flatland crew had their own platform built up which wasn't massive and a bit wobbly but you couldn't tell so when it mattered. One of the highlights that I did get to witness was a performance of Mike Spinner in Pro Flat qualifying. No front brake, no pegs, no freecoaster, just his regular street bike.
The contest season has started and so we can witness our riders at different pro comps all over the planet. -Tobias Wicke has been to Asia twice this month, competed there at Metro Jam, PIG and Asian X-Games. Straight after he won his local Highway to Hill contest in Berlin.
-As you know Alessandro Barbero injured his foot while the Eastpak USA trip in March. After some short recovering he went back to Camp Woodward to get some serious practice sessions to get ready for 07. Well, on the way back to Italy he got really sick incl. 40 fever and stayd in bed for two weeks.
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The Federal team went to Paris to shoot a video. It will be out next month but you can check the trailer right here, right now on FATBMX. Edd Allen has not been sleeping enough lately. Ahhh the stress of finishing a BMX video......
Mankind is very happy to announce that long time friend and all around great guy Senad Grosic from Vienna, Austria is from now on riding for Mankind Bike Co.. Senad is that guy you heard about doing bike flips and double whip tailtaps as one of the first riders and who likes to tell real funny stories, which usually end with an austrian slang saying nobody understands, like: Joa, bisst Du deppert!!!! You will see Senad at all the summer contest around Europe and some in the states this year.
Sometimes you realize why people go to sports events when they can see it live on tv or see the recap of the game only a few moments later including replays. You can grab a beer from the fridge that only costs 20% of what you would have paid at the game, the temperature is good, there's a roof over your head and you don't have anything to worry about. And still people go to the stadium. And for a reason. Live events are the best. You experience the moment firsthand, hear the noise and live the moment. The miniramp contest at the FISE was one to remember. It will go in the history books of some tricks pulled for the first time, some riders riding the ramp for the first time in their life and a crowd so big it made you feel you were watching a football game.
Chris Mahoney went off in the finals. He was doing tricks back to back and didn't hold back. Ben Hennon's first boost over the spine (no-handed) scared people as they hoped he would land back on planet earth in one piece. So high.
Dude, I don't know exactly how many people were watching the Pro Dirt contest at the Fise but there were many. It's so much better when the crowd gets into it. It pushes the riders to go for those tricks that they either have been working on or trick they haven't tried on big sets yet. And big sets they had. From the top the jumps didn't look all too crazy but when you were standing next to the you realized how massive they were.
The Metropolitan frame prototype has been in the works for some time now. It has been tested and put to the test daily by Ed Nussbaum and he has given his stamp of approval. The frame is now in production and will be available at the end of May.