So after checking the BMX track it was back in the shuttle to go back to the hotel. But instead of going to the room it was time for lunch first. Being on the road you never know what happens with food. I did take a banana to the track that I confiscated from Schiphol Airport Lounge 25 and imported into Colombia without thinking twice. Now that I bring this up it reminds me of a story when Michael Steingraeber went to the USA and had two oranges in his hand luggage. After ticking the question with a NO on important meat or vegetables, he had to pay $25 per orange before making it into the USA. Luckily Colombia isn't like the USA and that banana came into handy after lunch never showed up at the track and it wasn't before 15:30hr before we got some food after the 8am breakfast. I'm not complaining here, just indicating how things work in the field. It's never a walk in the park and
When it comes to naming core BMX brands Bicycle Union should undoubtedly be amongst the top of anyone's list. With a rich history in BMX and some of the greats like Scott Malyon, Chris Doyle and Jerry Galley repping over the years you know that with Bicycle Union you get what you get, proper BMX parts from a proper BMX company.
Main man John Dye has been a well known name in UK BMX since he first got on one back in the early 80's, and he is still a highly respected member of the scene, not only being the head honcho of Bicycle Union, but running his own BMX shop 'VOLT BMX' since 2009 in London, a true rider owned rider run BMX shop.
"By just doing BMX, we can put all our heart into it." - John Dye
In recent times Bicycle Union have come out with some great media in the form of 'Zines and Podcasts, more commonly know as the Union Tapes. These both cover in depth history of all things BMX and get close and personal with the guys that were actually there in the Golden Era. The most recent one featuring none other than earlier mentioned legend Scott Malyon.
Skateland BMX Open 2022 Aftermovie! Een weekend vol actie met het open Nederlands kampioenschap Street BMX en de C1 pro park wedstrijd waarmee er punten te verdienen waren voor de Internationale World-ranking!
-Spot to ride: Probably my local skatepark in Alytus -BMX video: Simone Barraco-welcome to Shadow pro, Deadline, and all Felix Prangenberg edits -Website: stillbmx.lt/fatbmx.com -Web video: W.T.P “out of line”
-Person on Instagram: Me, haha -Travel destination: Like the most riders, I would say Barcelona! -Riders to ride with: With all my friends of course, especially with @grigas_do and @ignas_gav. -Car: Don’t have one, but not an Audi (shoutout to my friend Lukas haha) -Movie: Distancija, It’s a Lithuanian BMX documentary, check it out! -Colour: Black
Through the UCI I've been lucky enough to be present at the UCI BMX Racing World Cups. With previous rounds over the years happening closer to home in Belgium, England, Italy, France, Netherlands, and Sweden, we now made it over to Bogota, Colombia. The 05:10am alarm clock gave me 20 minutes to get ready to leave the house for the 10 minute walk to the nearest train station at Helmond-Brandevoort. In Eindhoven I switched trains to Utrecht where the announcement came that a defect train was on the rails in between Utrecht and Amsterdam-Centraal. Luckily enough the train to Schiphol wasn't affected by it so I made it to the airport at 07:27hr, in time for the 10:10hr departure on the straight flight to the city of Bogota.