– El Cajon, California – Formula Bicycles has put together one of the best true Factory teams in years. The concept was simple. Get the best riders around who shared Formula’s team vision: a real BMX brand supporting an elite Factory team. Formula Bicycles is proud to announce its 2006 roster:
2006 FACTORY TEAM
Donny Robinson – Elite / AA Pro - dR is coming off his best year to date, adding his first Pro title - NBL National #1 Elite Cruiser - to his long list of accomplishments. Plus, with finishing National #3 Elite/AA Pro in both sanctions and UCI World #7, Donny has set himself up for another great year. Look for Donny’s Formula Pro and Formula Pro Cruiser at the top of many podiums in ’06.
January 16, 2005 – Vancouver, BC Canada. Ten Pack Distribution is pleased to announce the dates for the 2006 Toronto Metro BMX Jam, March 3-5, 2006, running in conjunction with the Toronto International Bike Show. North America’s largest Pro/Am freestyle contest series returns to the Ricoh Coliseum for our third year. A new website is in the works, so as always, check the [url=http://www.metrobmxjam.com]Metro Jam website[/url] for all the latest info, including rider lists, and announcements leading up to the Toronto Metro.
Leave it up to the Fly Bikes crew to come up with a new Recyclable cardboard DVD case. The Spanish company just finished their first team video called UNO which starts off with some amateur acting from the team riders calling each other for a session. With the help of some pallets and some Spanish music the first part is already a way for them to show that anyone can build something to ride if you use your imagination. The mobile Skatepark (the pallets) is then burnt on the beach.
Jeffrey Bignell is a former BMX rider who won a title or two. After his BMX "career"' he got into freestyle skiing. He made it to the Dutch team, won a few titles left and right but felt like he needed some more facilities to practice. One way to do this is to go lake jumping. But you need a ramp for that. Telling from the photo, the ramp is in the works. The location is De IJzeren Man in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. With Jeffrey's BMX background it is good to hear that BMX bikes can use the ramp as well. Two other lines are reserved for snowboarders and freestyle skiers.
A heated indoor dirt spot at this time of the year is a dream for most dirt jumpers out there. Last weekend a pre-opening took place at the AbFlug Halle in Grevenbroich, Germany. Yup there are dirt jumps inside and pretty damn good ones. Benny Paulsen (one of the Red Bull Backyard diggers and co-builder of the Masters jumps) and friends got to work at the 1800 square meter Dirt-Halle. The 70 meter by 25 meter hall has 2 Big lines, 2 medium lines, 1 small line and 1 XS line. The roof is 14 meters high so Vic Murphy and Timo Pritzel are welcome too.
The street course this year was different and had good stuff but it did not always line up right. With over 60 riders in street, it was hard also to practice the lines during warm up. Nevertheless, with top riders around from Australia, the USA and Europe (and that includes the UK you Brits) it was a good scene. Making the final was good and bad. The good part was that you got to ride the course again with only a few riders and that you had a shot at the top 8 prize money. The bad part was that you had to hold back, at least a little, during Saturday night's partying. With the BMX street finals on the program for 17:30pm on Sunday most finalists did get enough sleep in the end.
Featuring: Bike Show Coventry (UK), Nicolas Cambon Bio, Neness Roadtrip, Mike Hernandez bio (USA), NorCal Scene, Madrid scene report, Verthaus jam, Worlds Prague.CZ, Ravage Jam Weil.DE, Scene Ulm.DE
DVD-Bonus: Ravage jam, Slideshow, Flatland Quickspin (France - Germany - Czech Republic - Great Britain), Lost Bio Christian Zimmermann and much more!
This review is long overdue. I believe Thomas Stellwag has been checking the FATBMX page for the damn report every day but hey, we've got stuff to do here. What we can say at this point is that you can watch the trailer of issue # 28 on Freecaster to get a feeling of it. It's got 16mm film as well as high quality DV. Soul pretty much covers BMX around the whole world. They follow the better riders and have been putting together videos for years. They gather so much stuff that the main part covers 57 minutes with an extra 19 minutes of bonus.
There are magazines around that you don't know of until you see one. Offline magazine from Hungary is one of those magazines.
Now don't think it's bad because it comes from a country that you don't visit every year. The pictures in fact are super good and the photo issue has over 100 full colour paper of high quality. The downfall could for you could be that the magazine is shared with skateboarding, inline and snowboarding. BMX still covers more than one third of the content so that's over 30 pages of BMX in the photo issue (issue # 69).
If you're interested in learn more about the magazine and BMX in Hungary, surf to [url=http://www.offline.hu]OFFLINE[/url].
At FATBMX we support those riders who are down for the cause. People who are getting off their asses and make stuff happen. It's a long process sometimes but if you don't act yourself, nobody is going to do it for you. If you believe in it, put some energy in the project and don't give up. John Murray is one of those people. He's a BMaXtivist from Philadelphia and is holding an animal vid premiere and first meeting of BMXactivists where he will introduce the initiative and invite people to help out and join.