This morning from 9am-1pm was practice. Some got up early and rode when it was not that hot but the sun came out quick and up went the temperature. Hot and humid but the show must go on. After a quick riders meeting the contest started with a group of 5 Asian riders. They were given a bit longer than the 10 minutes that the other 10 groups (of 4 riders) are getting because this extra person got squeezed in. Out with injuries are WadeLajlar, Bas Keep, Corey Martinez and Dhers and Mirra took some pretty hard slams this morning. Whether they'll ride remains to be seen.
At the moment we're in a competition break. After almost finishing 3 groups it started to rain. Hard! It's the way it goes over here sometimes and you have to deal with it. The course is being dried off at the moment and the hot temperatures will help with this. We saw flips, whips and 360-s from a lot of the Asian competitors but highlights so far were Matt Beyers, BiBi and Low Chi Siang (also known as LCS). Yes, Grotbags is having problems with some of the names of the Asian riders but he makes it all funny.
Scottsdale, AZ - Bicycle World, the new television show dedicated to promoting all disciplines of bicycle riding and racing, will feature the ABA BMX Winter Nationals held recently in Phoenix. Bicycle World covered ABA’s 30th anniversary celebration as the premier sanctioning body of BMX in America. The show debuts April 7th at 11:30am and every Saturday at the same time, with the Winter Nationals BMX Show airing on April 14th. FSN Arizona will be presenting an encore of the show midweek.
The Moora Cups were handed out at the Winston Kingdom (Amsterdam, NL) last Saturday. The results that appeared on FATBMX on 1 April 2007 (that's right, April Fools) were just made up. However we were right in one discipline: The Dutch website of the year award went to: FATBMX (but it was damn close.....). There are some surprising results in the Dutch awards but that's probably what you get when you do online voting.
More rides showed up today and more are about to arrive to get some practice in on the Metro BMX course. The field looks deep and with only the top 16 riders making it to the finals, the riders will have to throw down if they want to make it. The Asian riders are actually doing real good too out there so it will be an interesting contest which will kick off tomorrow. The imported ramp set up looks good. There are a couple of rails, a fence, a giant tranny to tranny box in the middle, a spine, a slanted curved wall, some ledges, a hip ramp and more.
With John Paul Rogers on board Last Call distro are picking up steam. Here's info on their new FBM seat and seat post. -Ready to Rumble Seat: Embossed Textured Vinyl - 8mm Cromoly Rails -10.8 oz -Web Seatpost: 6061 T-6 Aluminum - Forged Aluminum Seat Guts -8 oz (200mm length)
Catch the best BMX action on TV with the new season of “Props” airing for 13 weeks beginning April 1, 2007 only on FUEL TV. Based on the highly successful video magazine series of the same name, this season of “Props” shows were produced exclusively for FUEL TV and include weekly updates on the Road Fools crew and Props Mega Tour teams; an interview with the legendary Mat Hoffman; coverage of the contests and events such as the Kink Demolition Derby, Bone Deth Jam, Ratty Bike Fest, Rebel BMX Jam, and Backyard Jams; and highlights from the FBM Road Trip, and Texas-to-Toronto road trip. “The great thing about ‘Props’ is that it has stayed true to the core of BMX and has never sold out,” says Shon Tomlin, FUEL TV VP of Programming and Development. “We've always been honored to have the video magazine series on our channel since the start and now are excited to have it evolve into its own TV show. New hosts Catfish and Steve Crandall add a new dynamic to the series without tarnishing the laid-back, action-focused tone of the show. I think ‘Props’ fans and BMX fans in general will appreciate the new format.”
We got sent these images to our myspace site. Before we get thrown off myspace (wouldn't be that big of a drama) we decided to bring the photos on to the main site for Friday's FATBMX pin-up section. It looks like the BMX-ers talked this girl into something that she probably regrets doing now. Oh well, fame has its price.
After 5 days of riding at camp everyone was ready for a change. So we called Ryan to make his invite valid. Nate Wessel had to drive to Greenville anyway so he escorted us for the 8 hour trip. Being on the road is pretty boring... arriving in Greenville at midnight we were stoked to have at least 20 degrees warmer weather, well, at least for a day. we checked into the hotel and Ryan picked us up the next morning to bring us to the unit.
With 10 guys in the lobby of the Phoenix hotel working (or playing poker) on their laptops, Josh Harrington discovered the mail I sent him three weeks ago and decided to fill it in on the spot. I'll take a photo of his Premium bike tomorrow and add it to this post.
How many Metro Jams have you visited prior to the Singapore one? Josh: 5
Yes it was a bit of a flight but we made it. Checked in the hotel across the street from the Singapore Metro jam and took a photo from the room. They're still finishing up and when it's done we'll take a few pics and show it to you. Riders are dropping in. Just shook hands with Osato, Freimuth, Whitton, Grotbags, Bibi, Wicke, Martinez, Dhers, Napolitan, Dillewaard, Wise, Wade L., Nyquist, MacKay, Keep and that's just a small part of the riders that are going to be here. It's 32 degrees Celsius and humid but they've got airco everywhere and wireless in the lobby. Stay tight, more to come.