The 2006 Labor Day weekend was a busy time for BMX. The NBL BMX Race season is now officially over, as this past weekend in Louisville, KY the 29th Annual NBL Grand Nationals capped off one of the best Pro racing seasons most can remember. On the ABA side of things, the Pro season is quickly winding down, but just like the NBL this season has been a great year of Pro racing in the ABA with a lot of different winners, and there is still no runaway points leader in AA Pro. With two of the best races of the season going on simultaneously, it was a big decision for many pros on what race to attend. At both locations, something big was going on and the Double A Marketing pros split the races- On the NBL side, with a title on the line; Kyle Bennett, Randy Stumpfhauser, and Cristian Becerine all headed over to Louisville, while Dale Holmes and Brandon Meadows headed over to Reno.
The Forte Brothers can start to relax. Their Lookback Poll is over. Maybe Leo and Kye want a rerun of the competition where they will crank that lookback even further. Actually, when going through the pictures from the Masters in Cologne I accidently found out that I had a photo of all three brothers doing a lookback over the same hip. I might have been off with my timing on Leo's or Kye's but in Toby's defence he possibly clicked that lookback even further than shown in the photo. Enough bullshit, Toby has the bragging
UCI is pleased to announce the permanent career numbers for Elite Men and Elite Women. These numbers must be used at all international BMX events worldwide. Starting with the season 2006-2007 (from 1 August 2006), the UCI is introducing a permanent number system for Elite Men & Elite Women. With this system, riders can choose a “career number”, which they have the exclusive right to use for their entire Elite class career. This will give riders a possibility to market themselves and to give media and spectators an easy way to identify riders.
If you need an excuse to gather up your friends to go to Amsterdam, this is it. The F.S.O. crew are calling for a BMX session. Read their flyer and get your ass over there on September 16th. Yes, of course there is an afterparty!
September 4, 2006 - New York, N.Y - The Dew Action Sports Tour, the pro tour of action sports, makes the fourth stop of its second season with the Toyota Challenge, September 7-10, at San Jose’s HP Pavilion. The five-city tour opened in Louisville in June and also includes stops in Denver, Portland and Orlando. Local BMX athletes Ryan Nyquist and Chad Kagy are among the athletes who will be in San Jose to compete for the Dew Cup, awarded at season’s end to the athlete with the highest number of points in each of the six disciplines of skateboarding, BMX, and freestyle motocross. The Tour’s inaugural season BMX champions include Jamie Bestwick (BMX Vert) and Ryan Guettler (BMX Park and BMX Dirt). Each Dew Cup winner received a portion of the $1 million year-end bonus and is competing this season. The Toyota Challenge will feature 150 professional action sports athletes; all qualified for the remainder of the season at the first two stops on the Tour, the Panasonic Open and Right Guard Open. Due to the depth of this year’s athlete talent, the Tour increased the finals field in all disciplines, allowing 12 athletes instead of 10 to advance to the finals. The Tour also increased the size of BMX Park and BMX Dirt courses so athletes can perform bigger and better tricks.
It's nice when you don't have to travel for a change. The latest Motocross Grand Prix took place in Lierop which is a 10 minute drive from home. Sweet. I went to Lierop in the morning and took my son Philip as he's getting stoked on anything that relates to Motocross. We go watch practice from time to time at the track but when we rolled up this time he couldn't believe his eyes. Thousands of people and hundreds of cars, a big tent with 2007 models and all the factory trucks sure left an impression on him. After checking out the sights for a bit I drove home to drop him off and returned to shoot some photos.
South-Brazilian Dirt-Jump Championship Days: September 16 and 17 City: Ivaiporã - Pr Brazil It will be a championship with beginners, amateurs and pro riders. It will also have step-up and best-trick. For pro it will have R$2000 to divide. If you want more information www.criminalbmx.com
S&M Bikes owner Chris Moeller is getting all the B-day attention this week. As far as we know (or the 23mag list tells us) he's the only BMX-er celebrating his B-day this Thursday. Chris might be over B-day parties but that's a good reason to surprise him. 7 September 1970 - Chris "maddog" Moeller
Vert final results LG Action Sports World Tour, Paris, France.
1. Simon Tabron, UK 2. Zach Shaw, UK 3. Jay Eggleston, USA 4. Tom Haugen, USA. 5. Mike Mancuso, USA 6. Jason Branham, USA 7. Matt Fairbairn, Australia 8. Benni Kopp, Germany 9. Koji Kraft, USA 10. Tom Stober, USA 11. Tim Eichert, Germany 12. Chris Mahoney, England 13. Eduardo Terreros, Spain 14. Jean Marie Baertsch, Switzerland