Robert de Wilde has come up with another update straight out of the USA. Robert is Holland's only pro BMX racer ever who made it to the big time in the USA. He's living the pro life with his wife Mariella in Santa Ana, California. Here's Robert's latest update.
It’s been a while, sorry about that. I think the last little story was in March or April. The season has come to an end now and we have 3 new champions. Kyle Bennett won the NBL title, Bubba Harris won the ABA title and Warwick Stevenson won the UCI title.
We announced earlier that Ronnie Chalk is no longer the BMX TM over at DC. Then we got the following press release: Vista, CAâ€¦DC Shoes, Inc. announced today it has hired Dwayne Taylor as DC’s new BMX Team Manager. In his new role, Dwayne is responsible for maintaining strong relationships with the 11 riders on DC’s BMX roster, including Dave Mirra, Robbie Miranda and newcomer Corey Bohan. He will also be providing current information on DC riders in all DC communications and will be help in directing the BMX team’s marketing efforts. In DC related news, Kim Boyle has left the company.
The back cover of the latest Bicycle Retailer magazine had a Torker ad that made me sad. Torker was once one of the coolest brands on the BMX circuit with riders such as the King brothers and Jason Jensen and later powerhouse Tommy Brackens and Hollywood Mike Miranda.
The twin top tube actually made it a favorite among freestyle riders and Bob Haro based his first freestyle bike on Torker's design. What made me cringe is the fact that the Torker name is now being used to sell Unistar Unicycles, Scooters, Beach Cruisers and Trikes with not one BMX bike in their program. What happened here?
Paul, Franske and myself visited the US Open of Supercross in Las Vegas two nights in a row. We had been spending time at the Interbike show and at the Hardrock during the beginning of the week. On Friday it was time to move on from the BMX world into the MX world and we hung out at the Dirt Expo together with the Universal MX crew who served chilled Corona's and Coors light. The night action consisted of some serious SX racing in the MGM with riders on new equipment and wearing new 05 gear. In between chilling in the seats watching the races I managed to take some pics. For the report I'm taking the easy route by using the official press release with results. Enjoy.
You haven't visited a FAT-JAM if you haven't visited the party at OJA. This year's entertainment was a good one again. We got the Dutch premier of the wethepeople ETC. DVD and also two bands + DJ Nikolai.
The scheduled time of the wethepeople DVD premier was 20:00hr. Of course there was some delay so it started a bit late(r). The TV and sound were very amateurish (OJA style) but the action was good. Because of the late start, the first band started plugging in and playing away. With 90% of the people watching the DVD it made for some good loud background music.
The 7 rider crew from Aarle-Rixtel had shrunk to 3 for the Boekel race. Paul, Edward and myself made the trip on the early Sunday morning. Sign up was a lot better handled than the weekend before and once back at the vehicles we set up camp and got ready for practice. Another fast track but the soil was kind of muddy so not too many uncontrolled wheelies out of the turns this time.
The StoppelCross season has started. The first race was going to be in Handel. The Aarle-Rixtel locals met up at Paul's place at 08:15am. We waited for Lippe to come over from Germany but he either got lost (again) or never got out of bed as he didn't pick up the phone when I tried to call.
7 riders left in 5 vehicles. Harm "CR 23" Vogels and Edward "Texas Ranger" Schippers in the front, followed by Bart "Shift" de Hoon in the company Caddy and the three vans of myself, Paul's Ford van and Bern Buster's Benz. Rob Nouwens scored a ride with Bern. 20 minutes later and we had arrived. It was going to be the first race ever for Harm, Edward and Bart de Hoon, all of them riding 250cc Honda's.
Through my job with HARO bikes I made another trip to the MTB World Championships. If you have to pick one race a year, it might as well be the biggest event. After a long drive I arrived in the French Alps, Les Gets to be exact. I ran into Dale Holmes who was already looking for hot bitches on his Free Agent MTB. I soon made my way over to the Boomerang bar which was supposed to be the hot spot in town.
the man with whom International world wide BMX started
by Gerrit Does
Renny Roker, a unique promoter of among others, BMX.
Recently I received an e-mail from the USA by someone called BMX MOM. This mail made me aware of the fact, that Mr. RENNY ROKER, the promoter of the JAG BMX World Championships in the early days of BMX (1978 and on), has been instrumental in finally getting BMX recognized worldwide.