Round #6 of the 2006 NBL Pro Series was held this past weekend in Prunedale, CA and with just 2 more NBL Pro Series event left, the title chase is getting hot. Donny Robinson had a nice lead in the Elite men's point for most of the season, but after a great weekend of results for both Double A Marketing riders in attendance, Randy Stumpfhauser and Kyle Bennett have both chipped away at the points lead and put themselves in great positions to take home another NBL #1 Pro title. Here is how the weekend went for both riders:
Randy Stumpfhauser had a weekend to remember in Prunedale.
Breakfast at the hotel was until 10:30am so at 10:25 we all met downstairs for some food. The plan was to ride the new concrete park at Het Malieveld and the Scheveningen pool after that. While we were in the The Hague area we also checked out the A4 trials and found out that they were wet. When we arrived at the new spot at Het Malieveld, it started pouring. Damn. With no other dry spots around, the trip continued to the North. The skatemaps that the TM's had printed out showed this concrete spot under a bridge that looked pretty amazing. When we arrived in Zaandam it wasn't a disappointment.
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For no particular reason I ended up in the Cools brother's white van. You can consider this their house when they're on the road. It's super roomy, has some sort of stereo and plenty of room for bikes. I've met Sig and Hannu before but never got to know them very well. This changed on the Eastpak/Carhartt trip. Their hospitality is endless and they even picked up a couple of hitchhikers from France on our way North to Holland for the next stop.
FATBMX met up with the Eastpak/Carhartt tour in St. Niklaas, Belgium. The crew had done two stops that day, one in Kortrijk (outdoor concrete park) and the park in Sint-Niklaas. The barbeque that was planned for the night turned into an indoor grill party at the Cools brother's place in Reet (I'm not kidding, that's the name of the town they live in. It means ass in Dutch). The crew consisted of Markus Braumann, Ben Manuel, Benny Paulsen, Bruno Hoffman, Hannu and Sig Cools, Stefan Lantschner and TM's Andy Zeiss (Eastpak), Mike Emde (Carhartt), Kay Clauberg (FreedomBMX) and myself. The plan was to ride spots in both Belgium and The Netherlands for the weekend and make the best out of it. With rain showers forecasted, there was a plan A (outdoor spots) and a plan B (indoor spots). With all the good riders present and all the spots that were shredded, we're going to give you a couple of little reports this week on the riding spots we stopped at. Instead of one article with 10 photos, we'll give you a bunch more.
We are a bunch of Bmx Riders from Oeiras/Lisboa-Portugal. We are trying to save one of our favourite, and oldest (+/- 15 years) places to ride in Portugal. The Pool is nearby some buildings and at night a bunch of drunk folks make a lot of noise and smash some bottles on the ground. The people who live by complained to the City Hall and they tell some lies...saying that no one rides the place anymore... and now they pretend to demolish the Pool and replace it with a garden... So we started a movement to show to them that the pool isn't the problem and the garden is not the sollution... but some better night lights, a timetable and a fence, maybe help to stop the "late night noises".
Normally it's fans asking an autograph of vert rider Tom Stober but while at a party in Brasil, the Woodward regular got to meet his lifetime idol Bono from the band U2. The drinks he had already in him, gave Tom the courage to walk up to Bono to have his arm signed and his picture taken with the Irish pop star. In the next bar Tom wanted everyone to know that he had met Bono and showed his autograph to everyone. But was it really Bono?
Eastreet are organizing their first event which will take place in June, the 24th to be exact. The location will be at Basse Ham (57), near Thionville, near Luxembourg. The spirit is basic: Riding, riding and festivities or as their flyer says:
Beer, Barbeque and Riding.
Contact Eastreet's manager
THIERRY TILLOT 304 rue de l'hôtel de ville 54200 Ecrouves France
Or go to the [url=http://www.eastreet.fr.st]Eastreet website[/url] for more information on the skatepark and flatland jam.
Austin Coleman from Los Angeles graduated a little over a week ago and can finally spend some time on his bike without worrying about school. Needless to say, he's pretty stoked on that. It will be the first time Austin hasn't been in school in almost 18 years! Coleman went to the University of Southern California (USC) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning, Management, and Developement (emphasis Urban Planning) and a Minor in Business Administration. What does that mean? Austin: "I could technically become a scientist, and/or real estate developer but I'm pretty psyched right now on having the time I've always wanted to ride bikes."
More news about the BMX Masters (Cologne, Germany. 21-23 July 2006)
Tourstop Braun cruZer Tour at the Cologne Youthpark. Again, in 2006 the Braun Spine Ramp will be at Pro-Amateur Contests as well as at Music Festivals around Europe and will be ready to be rocked by top bmx riders... The total ranking over the three events will offer a total prize-money of 15.000 EUR, which will be split between the finalists. We are looking forward to seeing last year’s winner Mark Webb with new and amazing trick variations. You will find all dates of the Braun cruZer Tour 2006 [url=http://www.brauncruzertour.com/]here: Braun CruZer tour 2006[/url]