Lots of stuff is happening in BMX media land at the moment. Sit tight and keep reading:
A new American BMX magazine will be coming out mid-April. Kevin McAvoy is the editor and a guy named Justin is the photographer of the new mag. The name will be: Twenty.
Keith Mulligan has been shooting lots of quad stuff for a new Transworld publication. He's been shooting with Fuzzy Hall dressed in camo doing donuts in the snow. Kind of.
Oh yeah, the new issue of BMX Plus! came out. It's got the ABA Grands in it, a Mirra Flair bike test, Terry Adams interview, an X-up how-to, Fueler test, a Supercross test, Tech tips and loads of cute girls showing off the latest threads. Block jam report? Check, Fish Hoskins interview, confirmed, and check it out ladies and gentlemen, a Thomas Stellwag interview in BMX Plus! Nice. Enough moving pics to put on your wall and a review on Greg Romero's Revtec bike. Add some product reviews and you've wrapped up the March issue.
While wandering around at the pits of the Supercross in Anaheim I stumbled across a set up that I had not seen in a while. The GT/Schwinn team had set up camp to do bicycle stunt shows with the 9 feet tall transportable quarterpipe and a box jump. I have done plenty of these shows in the past with GT but I have to admit that I don't miss them one bit.
It's a good thing to show BMX to a new audience but to me it feels like the sport has moved on.
We would like to welcome HARO Bikes. They've signed on as a supporter of FATBMX. HARO makes a montly newsletter that we've browsed and decided to run right here:
- Over in the UK the first contest of the year took place in Birmingham at the Epic park. It was some sort of team contest so Team Haro (UK) entered. Anthony Pill (HARO Europe) reports:We got first place in the main event. Ben Hennon got first in 'best trick anywhere in the park'. Ben Manual won 'highest fakie on the vert wall' and I
I'd been to quite a few tracks in the LA area but had never been to the Bellflower facility. It not only had a BMX track but also trails. When I looked around the corner I saw a pile of wood that happened to be all ramps. Turns out that the skatepark had to move for a bigger paintball field right next door.
The Bellflower sports facility looked pretty professional. It was clean, gated off, had bleachers and a nice parking lot. A safe place to drop of the kid for an afternoon of BMX riding.
Everything is bigger in America, and also the wheels of cars. While walking through a parking lot at the Anaheim stadium I decided to take some shots of some dope rides. Dub's, spinners, flames, nothing is too wild for the crazy Americans. Enjoy the photo's or just move on to the next article.
The travel getting there is always a drag. Caught a cab at 06:30am to the train station of Helmond, spent 2 hours in the train and checked in the bags at the United counter around 09:00am. I changed my pre-assigned seat to a window seat so I could put my hoodie on, lean to the wall and try to get some well needed sleep. This didn't really work out. Seat 33J was occupied by a Big Mamma. Here love handles already covered the arm rest and I was in trouble. I saw some empty seats in the back and was hoping they would be free after boarding was completed and luckily they were. Not that I slept well, but at least I had some leg room for the first nine and a half hour flight to Chicago.
On arrival I had 25 minutes before boarding started for flight UA121 to
Spokesmen BMX Magasin, the magazine part of it, is no more. Trond Huso is calling it quits: "I tried to put the magazine in the magazine-shops, but no advertisers wanted to support the idea.
There weren't really that many advertisers supporting the magazine either, and the project was mainly work an no money, and I've come to the conclusion that four years was enough.
The SuperCross season in the USA is in full swing. On the start in San Francisco will be: Yours truly. The Suzuki Crossover Challenge race brings athletes from different sports and celebrities together for a 5 lap race on the actual SX track in front of a packed stadium. 24 participants will be on the same type of bike (DRZ110's) and for most of us it's task to survive the 2 whoop sections. The race will take place on Saturday 29 January.
I've only ridden a mini bike on dirt once and that was last Sunday on Paul's CRF50. Never touched a 110 in my life but I'm looking forward to the challenge. Wish me luck. The program looks like this:
The life of a ramp builder isn't always glory. Burned out tools, splinters in the eye, deadlines to meet, crappy weather and fighting the army. What? Nate Wessel flew to China to fix a vert ramp for an important contest. It must have been an important contest if they fly someone in from the USA to fix a ramp. When Nate worked on the ramp, the China army walked in and made him stop for whatever reason. Clever Nate decided to sneak in at 2am to finish the ramp but the China Army doesn't sleep and they surrounded the vert ramp. Imagine being in this position and all you want to do is fix a bloody ramp! Nate survived and was hired to do some building at the new Little Devil facility. Let me correct that, it's not "some building", the indoor wooden bowl stuff looks killer! For pics