Tulsa, OK: The Sunday night showdown at the OK corral saw Redline's mightiest gunslingers walk away with three silver Cup's; marking them as the Best of the Best when it comes to BMX racing.
NO.1 PRO BATTLE: As everyone expected, the chase for the Pro Cup came down to the three mains, between Kyle Bennett and defending Champ Bubba Harris. In the motos, they were pitted against the other on Saturday twice, and Bubba took both wins. A good confidence builder, and a sign of things to come. In the semi's, Kyle won his in dominant fashion, as did Bubba. Which meant the race for the 2005 title would come down to main time, and in ABA tradition -- in dramatic style.
Saturday: Doors Open 9:00 Open Practice 9:00 10:00 Beginner only practice 10:00 10:30 Beginner park Contest 10:30 1:00 Expert Park Practice 1:30 2:00 Expert Park 2:00 4:30 Pro Park practice 4:30 5:30 Pro Park 5:30 8:30 Beginner Park prizes handed out 8:30 Expert, Pro qualifiers announced
The 2005 ABA Grands were one of the most anticipated Grand Nationals in years. With 2 riders standing out in AA Pro all season, it would come down to the main event to decide the title. Kyle Bennett came back from Knee surgery a few months back and has been on a hot streak, winning AA Pro at each of the last 6 ABA National events. Randy Stumpfhauser sat just outside of the top spot in the Pro Cruiser ranks and wanted to retain his #1 Pro plate. Both main events were full of excitement and surprises. Read on to see how the Double A Marketing riders finished up:
Kyle Bennett went into the ABA Grands with one thing on his mind, to win the AA Pro Main on Sunday. As things kicked off on Friday, at the Pro Spectacular, Kyle looked to be on track, as he was out front all night on his way to the main event. When the main event gate dropped, Kyle was off the pace just a bit and finished up 3rd overall. Impressive, but he would have to do just a bit better to capture the ABA #1 Pro title. On Saturday and Sunday, Kyle went unbeaten on his quest to the title.
If you've always dreamed of being sponsored by Oakley, this is your chance. Oakley Europe are doing a video contest. If you live in one of the following countries, you are allowed to enter: Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Spain or France.
You need to get a friend film you and send your footage to Oakley where the best BMX tape will win a year's worth of Oakley stuff. You can give some of that to your buddy with the camera for helping out. In fact, what they are looking for is an edited flick of roughly 30 seconds with all your best tricks in it. You don't have to send the actual tape to Oakley, you can upload your footage through their website.
First prize wins 4000€ worth of Oakley gear, second place gets 3000€ and third ends up with 2000€ euro worth of Oakley gear. They've got 4 BMX videos up at the moment so there is still a chance to win something.
Ron Bonner at The Shadow Conspicary was pretty amazed when he got the word that MTV nominated the The Shadow Conspiracy x Invisible man 24" limited edition cruiser for best X-mas present of 2005.
"That is already after Vapors magazine nominated the bike for the top ten best Collaborations of 2005. Shadow not only leading the way in function and fashion in BMX but Shadow is taking BMX in to the proper direction BMX needs to head. Meaning not mass market crap but along the street fashion boutique angle which is a way better fit for BMX." says Bonner.
Fids, Nick Vale and gang of 20 of us volunteers worked through the night and right up to the last minute to get the course finished - it looked pretty damn good and rode a treat. Bands played, music blasted out and the crowds turned up to watch the local talent that most local people are more used to moaning about. We ran a pretty laid back schedule all day so there were no winners but props to Bexhill local Tom Gerrard for getting close to pulling his first flair and Hastings local (and Seventies warehouse packer) Dan Lacey for killing it with dialled nosedive three's over the spine all day long. Thanks to Seventies, Federal, Skin Tight Clothing, Roundabout, Howies and The Source for prizes.
As soon as it got dark, the back of the art gallery was turned into a giant cinema screen for the premier of Federal's new '9-1/2 days in Germany' DVD followed by
Stoppelcross November 2006 – ‘Another day in the field’
The debates of whom was going to be the fastest from the Fat bmx team had been going on for weeks. Finally the 6thof November was there to take home the personal trophy for beating your pals on the corntrack in Handel. After a short training session we geared up for the first series of 15 minutes and one round, luckily Paul, Edwardand I got in line early. There was no lottery for the best place at the start, the first one to come had the best pick. All three of us had a good place at the starting gate so everything was fair so far. As soon as the starting gate dropped everybody was gone except............. me. My Honda shut down (no excuse) and I left the start as number last.
Finding free music to use in BMX videos is not an easy task. We've seen companies risk it by simply going for it hoping the band's lawyer won't contact them. For video producers out there that want free music to use, we might have something for you. Becky from a band called The Mutiny sent in the following:
The organisers behind NASS, Urban Freesports are stepping up to create their own event for the Biking industry in 2007. Plans have been in the pipe line for some time and the event is set to be launched this coming spring. With a fresh approach to exhibiting and attending this will be a perfect platform for the huge global market of bikes and biking. To be held in a prestigious centrally located venue in the Midlands in April 07, the organisers will fill the void left behind by the Bike Show and create a progressive event with involvement from the Biking industry and the riders.
Although aware and in admiration of the good stuff from across the pond, we felt there was a big enough void to fill. To get our own honestly priced T-shirts and hoodies, with nothing fancy, nothing sewn on the Tibetan mountains and loving grafted with 101% pure Afghan virgin hair thread™, it's a T-shirt and we kinda like the picture, that's all, but it's ours and we're proud!