When winter arrives you gotta figure out your riding possibilities. Get your group of riding friends together, rent a place tall enough to build ramps in and get to work. We've seen sketchy ghetto ramps under bridges but this German version is a bit better. 20 locals pay the rent. Sven Hoffman and Dirk Becker are the main forces behind it and got to work where everyone else kept talking about bowling in the other corners. Get off your ass and make things happen.
The waiting is almost over. It's 3 weeks until the annual Simpel Session contest in Tallinn, Estonia. If some of you still don't know where the heck it is then well, you should maybe just learn your geography. Simpel Session has grown to one of the most important winter meeting points of pro riders, bmx media peepz, team managers, distro owners, brand marketing lads and of course spectators.
When the world as you know it is suddenly reversed, you’ve entered a place called the Flipside. The 12th feature film from RideBMX, this latest installment documents the encounters of four virtually unknown but immensely talented street riders on their quest from NYC to Greenville, North Carolina, to hang with some of the best pros in the sport. The roles are then reversed when the pros visit the city to ride street. Watch as BMX street up-and-comers Nigel Sylvester, E-man, Blackman, and more hit Pro-Town, USA
A few months ago Marcus "Kalle" Arnoldi gave me a copy of his "Aber Nice" cd. He mentioned that people say that it's got potential. I listened to the tunes and it was weird hearing Kalle sing but it indeed sounded pretty cool. A few months after that I received an e-mail from Mr. Fastinetto saying that Kalle had won a pre-round of the German Eurovision song festival and is now in the finals.
Las Vegas, Nevada – Dec. 20, 2006 – Schwinn's Dirt Jump legend, TJ Lavin, has been nice, not naughty this year, giving generously to Las Vegas Toys for Tots. In fact, it’s become tradition with TJ, as every year he fills the bed of his full-size truck with toys for the kids supported by his local Toys for Tots. TJ went even further this for the cause, lending his celebrity to a Vegas radio promotion. A friend of TJ's is a DJ Vegas radio station, so TJ went on the air and, thanks to some very caring people, helped to raise around 2,000 donated BMX bikes for the kids.
To finish up another flatland year, Michiel and his friends from Soulcycle organized another edition of the famous Flatground International Flatland Contests in Amsterdam, Holland. They chose a new location in the docks of Amsterdam, away from the city centre. Same wooden Flatground floor though, the one all the riders love.
Rider turnout was a bit disappointing though, about 20 expert riders and only 12 master class riders is not much. Good turnout in pro, with mostly Euro riders and some Japanese and Americans but not even in the same ballpark as last year's edition. The venue was smaller than last year too, but good enough for the amount of riders and spectators.
Dec. 18, 2006 Vancouver, BC.MacNeil Bikes is proud to announce that we are now sponsoring Travis Collier. Travis has always been a good friend to everyone here and we love having him around. So it’s great that he’s going to actually be representing for us while he rides. Travis will also begin working part time with us here at the office doing graphic design.
Once again, 2 time Flatground winner Martti Kuoppa (28) was on top of his game during the sixth edition of the international flatland BMX event Flatground in the NDSM shipyard in Amsterdam. In a nerve wrecking final, the Finnish rider managed to outclass Frenchman Alex Jumelin. This weekend, more than 1000 spectators visitors witnessed Kuoppa take home the victory. The qualifying rounds on Saturday decided which twelve flatland BMX riders placed for the finals on Sunday.
Word on the streets is fast – and yes the rumors are true... After two great events in 2002 and 2004 in Germany the saga continues and the 3rd edition of Red Bull Circle of Balance will take place in Japan. Showdown in Tokyo! if you want to call it! For some reasons 3rd editions and serials often take place in Japan, we really can't tell why but for Circle of Balance there are good reasons. Where else in the world can you find such concentrated passion for Flatland and loads of spirit for it? It's pretty much the flatland Mekka and we would like to honor this to the sport with bringing the Circle of Balance to the land of the rising Sun!
Facts Red Bull Circle of Balance:
Date: 24.02.2007 Destination: Tokyo / Japan Venue: Stellar Ball – Shinagawa/Tokyo 18 Riders / 6 Judges Format: Battle format – originated in 2002 Prize money: 25.000 US$ (3.000.000 YEN)
Props will be releasing Four DVD titles in a row this winter starting with the Best of 2006 Jan 2nd, Props Issue #63 January 31st, Props #64 February 27th, and the first ever Road Fools Rock-n-Roll Tour Presented By Fender on March 30th. Check out 13 new Props Shows to start airing on FUEL TV later this winter...With Crandall at the helm and Catfish doing the intros..you are sure to be offended....
The Road Fools Rock-n-Roll tour presented by Fender went down in November and was a great success...