Front Brake Revolution, Rampage Jam 2005
-By Ben Foakes-
The second FBR Jam just took place at Rampage Skate park, Davenport, Iowa, USA.
The event brought together the greatest front brake tech riders from around the globe to bid farewell to the legendary skate park that has served the mid-west BMX and skate scene loyally for the past 16 years.
In the week leading up to the Jam, a crew of UK riders, filming crew and photographers hit the road from Chicago on a mini roadtrip. The FBR crew included: Anthony Pearson Anthony Pill, James Hitchcox, Mike O’Connell, Neil Keddie, Harrow Barry, Ben Foakes (organiser), Jasmine O’Brien (organiser), Keith Bridle (photographer), Tom Simpson (photographer), Dean Bishop (cameraman). The tour hit 4-Seasons park in Milwaukee, Area 51 park in Appleton, Undercover park in Appleton, The Barn in Iowa and finally Rampage in Davenport for the FBR Jam weekend.
The FBR Jam was amazing, with definitive front brake riders such as: Dave Osato, Rick Moliterno, Chad Degroot, Brian Vowell, Jim Reinstra, Dave Freimuth, Ryan Nyquist, Jonah Limburg, Eben Fischer, koji Kraft and Jamie Spritzer (to name but a few) all wrecking the course with unbelievable tech moves and individual riding styles. The atmosphere was electric with a true feeling of mutual respect between the riders taking part. Dave Osato took home the win with best trick and earned himself $200 from Kronik Energy drinks. It is hard to pin point exactly what his best trick was when you consider he pulled whip to nosepick, 540 boomerang nosepick, 540 nose on a jersey barrier, over toothpick tailwhip to hop over on the jersey barrier + a host of other crazy stuff all during the cash jam. It wasn’t just Dave Osato unleashing the tech either. Other bangers of the comp included: Jonah Limburg’s whiplash over the volcano deck â€“ hang five down tranny â€“ 180 out. Chad Degroot with a no footed toothpick on the 7ft quarter â€“ hangfive down tranny â€“ whiplash â€“ 180 on the flat bottom. Dave Freimuth with numerous downside whip nosepick variations and amazing front and back wheel moves on the jersey barrier. Ryan Nyquist with a 360 nosepick over the volcano to BARSPIN out. The list goes on and on. The most outstanding riding of the tour came from new kid on the block: Anthony Pearson (Essex boy, UK). Now riding for Standard Bykes, Anthony is one of a small species of riders who has a seemingly limitless amount of bike control and skill, coupled with no fear and absolutely zero attitude. He is refreshingly polite and humble and has the level of bike skills that would make most payroll pros want to give up and take up knitting as a hobby. Anthony’s trick list from the week is too long to recall but just as a teaser, try 360 tailwhip-nosepick over a subrail for starters!!!
The FBR jam was followed by the Orchid video premiere on Saturday night and the biggest cake I’ve ever seen (courtesy of Jess at Standard). Colorado’s crazy Tony put on quite a show with 2 beaten up cars and a Hummer. You’ll have to see the DVD this summer to fully appreciate what went down but surfice to say, I’m glad there were no police in the facinity. Thanks to Harry Delprete for organising the stunt show.
It was cool to see Kevin Porter putting a front brake on his bike and taking part, we also here rumours that Jerimiah Jones (SBC) and even Taj Mihelich are now back with the program. Whatever next?
Rick Moliterno has confirmed his alliance to the FBR crew and the organisers are already making plans for FBR 3 and 4. With a likely UK tour this summer and a possible Jam in Germany next yearâ€¦â€¦watch this space.
The organisers would like to thank our kind 2005 sponsors: Standard Industries, Goodtimes, Eastpak, Kronik Energy, UGP, Little Devil, Orchid, Shadow Conspiracy, Ride BMX Magazine, Cream, Odyssey, Redbull.
DVD available June 2005.
Pics by Keith Bridle