Starting a BMX company to get rich simply won't happen. Bas Keep knows that, but when he decided to start Tall Order, he had different things in mind. The fact that touring is fun, you can get your mates to ride for you, you get to design your own products, there are plenty more reasons to run your own show. The Tall Order team made it to The Netherlands a little while ago and packed a lot into a short trip. Time for a Tall Order interview with Bas Keep.
Where did the name of the brand originate from? Sebastian Keep: I needed a name and it's not easy to find one. I like the phrase tall order and I'd also heard the phrase in a streets song and decided to pull the trigger on it.
Doing things different makes you stand out. What are some of the things that make Tall Order a different brand than other companies out there? Sebastian Keep: I dont think we try to be different. If we are different it might be that we aren’t trying to be cool. We just are what we are and we aren’t scared.
First High-Low Podcast of 2018 and a catch up with Tony Degollado at Starbucks. We talk about his role working on the UCI BMX Freestyle App, his recent trip to the UCI Freestyle World Championships and his thoughts on BMX Park in the Olympics.
We talk about his own career from racing for Haro to becoming Brand Manager alongside working with Dave Mira and Ryan Nyquist during the big money years in the industry. We also touch on Tony’s time at No Fear, Fox, back to Haro, his views on bringing freestyle and racing closer together, sponsorship and more.
The World Cycling Centre (CMC) in Aigle is an outstanding multi-sport facility. It is used by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) as a training centre and features a 200m Velodrome and BMX Super X track. The World Cycling Centre is looking for a WCC BMX Coach 100%. In your capacity as WCC BMX Coach, you will be in charge of training, educating, developing and coaching athletes following training at the WCC.
Description of the position •Detect future WCC trainees •Set clear and achievable objectives for athletes •Be responsible for production and sharing of training plans, competition program and daily coaching of athletes at the WCC, its satellite centres and at competitions •Plan the annual competition schedule and budget accordingly •Be involved in the training of any development coaches or interns at the WCC •Cooperate fully with any other coaches or medical representatives in charge of the athletes •Maintain direct contacts with the organisers and other bodies concerned with securing the participation of WCC riders in national and international competitions.
Profile •You have at least 3 years' experience as a BMX coach or as high-level BMX athlete •You have a sports science degree, coaching qualification or equivalent •Excellent knowledge of current training methods •Excellent knowledge of BMX techniques and tactics •Excellent planning and organizational skills •You are at ease with MS-Office and have good written skills •You have a first aid certificate •You are fluent in English or French; an additional language would be an asset. •Flexibility to travel abroad at weekends.
Start date in position: February 2018 or date to be agreed upon
BMX and mountain bike racing legend and Hall of Fame Inductee, Eric Carter, has joined 100% and will be managing the Southern California territory as their Factory Sales Representative.Eric has had an incredibly successful career as a professional athlete, spanning over 25 years. He is not only a championship-winning racer, but also has immeasurable experience in sales and dealer relations with companies such as GT Bicycles, Specialized, Marin Bicycles and Hyper MTB.
With Eric’s distinguished competitive history and extensive product knowledge, 100% will be additionally utilizing him as both a brand ambassador, as well as assisting in product development.