On Cali trips I usually trip to stop by Hidden Valley in Huntington Beach. I've ran into miniature razor riders there, mountain bikers, BMX-ers and plowed trails. This time I parked the car behind the grocery store on Beach Blvd. and made the walk down only to find one rider who was filming himself with a helmet camera. After checking the current trail situation and snapping a few shots, I drove off to Sheep Hills to see if Thursday afternoon was more popular there. Consider that a negative so I headed back to Beach and Adams to check it out one more time. I had more luck this time.
Around 10 riders were making it through the pack. I stayed low profile and snapped away. POW Jay Lonargan was there too and so was Sean (who did recognize me and said he was a FATBMX regular so this one's for you Sean! good to see you again). Ben Snowden had a posse there including SeanLogan, his girlfriend and some photographer. Some other guy was filming so you get the idea, Hidden Valley is still happening.
It's fair to say that no one travels as much as pro flatlander Nathan Penonzek does. We asked Nathan to do write-ups on the trips he's taking for FATBMX. He's down with that so expect to hear more great stories from the Canadian Nomad. Here's his first travel column that takes you from Canada to Colombia.
On a gloomy cold afternoon in my small town of Gibsons Canada, I looked out over the grey ocean, I had spent Christmas with my family for the first time in years so it was a good one. My mind was starting to wonder, and I needed to go somewhere. I had never been to Colombia and I thought to call Alejandro Caro who is from Cali.
The folks at Hoffman Bikes are going podcast crazy.. That's right, Hoffman Bikes is officially podcasting!
Mark Owen tells us about it: "Click the link and subscribe in itunes or whatever your favorite podcasting network is and be wired into HB for life. We'll be posting sections from our videos, television segments, random happenings around the office and pretty much anything else we can get our greedy little hands on. We have some very special surprises planned for the near podcast future so subscribe today."
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Achim Kujawski brought this 900 to our attention and wanted everyone to see it. Hope that's okay with the editor of the movie and the place they've hosted it. If not, get back to us and we'll kindly remove it. Until then, enjoy this 900 from Federal's Alex Valentino from France. He's a ripper and got the job done.
FLY Racing re-signs Pacific Cycle> In other FLY Racing news, we have re-signed a deal with Pacific Cycle for 2006. Who is Pacific Cycle? That would be GT and Mongoose Bicycles. Look for one of the most consistent and professional racers ever, GT's Randy Stumpfhauser to continue wearing FLY for 06. Randy's teammate Joey Bradford will be wearing FLY at the track and on the mountain as he continues to tear it up in BMX and 4X Mountain Biking. We are excited with the addition of the legend Eric "Big Daddy" Rupe as he will make his FLY debut coming up in couple weeks at the ABA's Great NW National in Pasco WA. The Big Daddy is also leading the race for the ABA 06 Vet Pro title. The GT and Mongoose Mtb team's will also be in FLY for 06. A member of that Mongoose team is Eric Carter. For those of you who remember, EC was a top AA pro back in the day and now can be found on top of the podium at most mountain bike events.
For the second year in a row Josh Harrington won one of the biggest contests on earth; the Metro Jam. With over 90 pros entering the contest it's hard to make the finals. Winning the Toronto Metro stop two years in a row has never been done before so Josh must be stoked. Dave Mirra decided to stop by for the first time and got second, living up to his reputation of finishing high at major contests. San Diego's Gary Young placed third.
2006 Toronto Metro Jam final pro street results:
1 Josh Harrington 94.0 2 Dave Mirra 93.4 3 Gary Young 91.6 *Gary Wins Tie Break 4 Morgan Wade 91.6 5 Garrett Reynolds 90.6 6 Brian Hunt 90.2 7 Chris Doyle 89.8
We Dutchies like speed skating, simply because we're good at it. We conquered several (gold) medals at the recent winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. If you take a good look at the speed skaters, you must have noticed the number of Oakley Pro M-frame glasses on the athletes. Well, it's the work of Steve Blick, who next to anything on 2 wheels that has no motor on it, was stuck dealing with the damn speed skaters. All joking aside, Steve has strong NorCal BMX roots that go back to riding with Maurice Meyer and Dave
The world is full of surprises. Brad McDonald is leaving Transworld Media. After starting Ride magazine from his bedroom in the early 90-s McDonald had worked his way to the top at Transworld media as their Group Publisher. He also had a hand in starting SNAP, BMX Business News, Transworld Motocross and their latest addition, TW Quad. Now what's McDonald going to do?
"It is with both sadness and excitement that I announce my departure from TransWorld. I am returning to my entrepreneurial roots and am launching a new venture, which will be an online media company." stated McDonald, he continues:
Nate Wessel had his knee surgery a couple of weeks ago. He was recovering and staying at Scott Powell's in Cleveland, so Nate invited me to come hang and cuddle. So I spent a few days in Cleveland just chillin, watching movies, old skate videos, some video called Whiskey 2. Eating at fine Mexican restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory, and oh yeah, home cooked food from Powell. Nate is doing well and is excited to have the surgery done with and looking forward to getting better. On his down time from building and riding, Nate will be busy riding beavers instead of his bike and working on his signature Failure frame.