The King Kong BMX team has grown with 4 riders after picking up 2 new distributors. In England Scoop distribution is now the company you need to contact for King Kong gloves and protection gear. Team riders in the UK are HARO Europe's Anthony Pill and Country Bikes' Craig Stevens.
In The Netherlands Mark Vos (pictured) and Barry Kohne are the two new team guys through Soulcycle.
To get in touch with the Head King Kong you have to call Poland. That's where Marcin Stypulkowski has set up his camp.
Tel: +48-22-617 63 93
Vert riders have taken things in their own hands. When the Spin Like Hell company came out with the "Vert is dead" T-shirts, it got people thinking. Achim Kujawski started off the vert support with his indoor Verthaus session earlier this year. This upcoming weekend (12-14 August), you can go to Belgium for more.
Peter Geys built a monster of a vert ramp in his backyard 2 years ago. The ramp will be the center of attention from Friday till Sunday for some great riding sessions. If you know Peter, you should know that the evening program is taken care of as well.
There are not too many (vert) events taking place in Belgium these days. The Garden Of Vert is a chance to see some great riding from some of the top European halfpipe riders. The Bike Devil himself recently pulled his first 900 air in England and might pull his first one on his own ramp in Overpelt. For directions, sponsors, the program and more info of the event, surf to: www.gardenofvert.com
The Sprite Urban Games took place on Clapham Common, London.
Overcoming the chaos caused by recent events in London which resulted in some riders not attending the event and a spot of rain on the Sunday morning, we have results and here they are!
1. Colin MacKay
2. Mark Webb (Eastpak)
3. Ben Hennon (Eastpak/HARO)
4. Craig Stevens (Country Bikes)
5. Ben Wallace (Fox/HARO)
6. Markus Wilke (Eastpak/SNAFU)
7. Chris Mahoney (Eastpak/FELT)
8. Ben Manuel (Eastpak/HARO)
9. Martin Tambling (Eastpak)
10. Stefan Lantschner
Christoph Huber picked up some new blood for the Mankind Team.
- New on the team is Juan Ruiz from Spain who wears a black helmet
like Darth Vader , and who placed 4th in Pro Mini at the BMX Masters in Cologne. Juan was seen shredding at the FISE Contest in Montpellier and at the LG Contest in Barcelona this summer.
The photo of Juan is from a contest in Spain which happened a few weeks ago.
- Also new on the Mankind team is Andrew "Gee" Gregory from Australia. Gee just got the cover of Australia's BMX Press Magazine.
Gold did not pay off..
Another year for the X Games here in Los Angeles...as I head out on the busy freeways of Southern California to see the Finals of BMX Vert....which was promising, considering Mirra needed to make up for last year. This is something he had in mind when you could spot Mirra from a mile away with his 24K Gold Plated bike!!! For the old skool buffs out there, they might recall Woody's 24k gold Trickstar from back in the day, but this was Mirra's way of saying that he wanted it bad...
LOS ANGELES - Just call it the Camp Woodward sweep...
Because in Thursday night's X Games 11 BMX Freestyle Vert final the trio of Jamie Bestwick, Chad Kagy and Kevin Robinson showed that there is more to a sleepy town in State College, Pa. than its college football team.
Bestwick earned his third gold in Vert - he and Dave Mirra have swept the past nine Vert finals - and Kagy and Robinson, his training partners from the Woodward Camp, finished second and third, respectively.
The long-awaited showdown between Mirra, BMX's Miracle Man, and Bestwick never materialized, however, as a Mirra crash during run No. 1 forced him and his gold-plated bike to withdraw from the competition and put off the quest for his 19th X Games medal to another day.
It's summer time and loads of events are happening all over the globe which means the HARO riders are staying busy representing the HARO brand. The 2006 models and catalogs are already being finalized and before we know it, the trade shows are around the corner. Read on for some news that happened this month.
+ Congratulations to Peter Geys for pulling his first 900 air. The HARO Benelux rider has haunted the trick for many years and puling one is very rewarding. Let's see if he can pull one at the Garden of Vert, a halfpipe contest that will happen from 12-14 August in his backyard. For more info on this HARO sponsored event, visit: www.gardenofvert.com
+ Over in Paris, France the 2005 UCI World Championships took place from 29-31 July. Warwick Stevenson was defending his 2004 Elite men world title but a missed gate in one of the qualifying rounds (1/8th final) had the Australian catch up with the other riders to finish out of the top 4 when the finish line neared.
Our buddy Michael de Wit is one of the artists to display work at the Dogtown invitational art show at the ASR trade show in San Diego. The exhibition will take place from 9-11 September next. Michael is in good company with art displayed from people like Andy Jenkins, Lance Mountain, Eric Dressen, Jim Muir, Natas Kaupas and C.R. Stecyk.
Click on the picture for the booth number.
Lake Forest, CA - In front of a crowd of hundreds, Joe Rich earned a victory this weekend at the BMX Soul Bowl hosted at the US Open in Huntington Beach, CA.
The skies were their usual Southern California blue, the beach was littered with thousands of onlookers for the US Open surf contest and the masonite was just right in the Soul Bowl. Etnies own Joe Rich qualified third for the event and went on to take 1st in Finals based largely on the fact that he used every inch of the bowl for his run. While most tend to treat a bowl as a half pipe, going from side to side, Joe didn't spare an inch of plywood from his wrath and destroyed every pocket and section of transition.
At FATBMX we ran a poll regarding the Kink Bike Co. organized Demolition Derby. The race happened last week. Check if your vote made it to the top three. Here are some words and photos from the Kink posse: Wednesday night was amazing. The Demoltion Derby was so much fun, it was total chaos on a mud track. I think the derby lasted about 20-25 min with everything from car on fire like Cory's to Ryan, Brian Tunney and George Desantos driving around with no tires. It was a total mess, just the way we like it. If you look at Odyssey's car with Atkin's face plaster on it, by the end another car had Atkin's face plastered on it!