We're in Prague for the Freestyle Worlds and things are looking well. Loads of people made it and are enjoying the 25 Krone half liter beers. That's 80 Euro cents. The Swedish crowd is already drunk and supporting their homies from the stands in Master miniramp. The sun is out and the venue looks good with a wooden flatland floor, a street course with interesting obstacles, a dirt course with a 6 meter high deck to start off which is not for pussies. The mini ramp is the Braun one wth spine and sub box. The vert riders are riding the 16 meter wide vert ramp and is set up in the middle of a tennis stadium that hosts 7000 people.
We've seen the following riders around and we can't wait for the first pro contest later on today [miniramp].
In the motherland of Redbull, the company that gives people wings faired well at the Austrian King of Dirt. Two of their riders placed on the top spot. Kye Forte came out the winner, followed by Benny Korthaus.
The top 6 looked like this:
1. Kye Forte, GBR - Federal
2. Benny Korthaus, GER - Macneil
Tour Dur Laarbeek 2005
Organising the Famous FAT JAM for over 15 years we never thought it would be possible to have another event in our little town Aarle-Rixtel. We were wrong since Laarbeek bought 4 Miniramps so it was time to organise a "TOUR DUR LAARBEEK" and Mike Smits the Social worker did a great job to organise everything in every town.
First stop was Mariahout with a 1.7m high and 6m wide mini, second stop was Lieshout with a 1.50m high wedge mini, third was the spine mini of 1.5m high in Beek en Donk and last but not least on the best ramp of the 4: Aarle-Rixtel with its 6m wide 1.8m and 1.5m high Mini.
11 Riders from all over the Netherlands entered the BMX class: Joeri Faassen, Rens and Pim van den Bos from Veldhoven, Rick from
At the old Bicycle Stunt Contests there was an unwrtten vert rule that if you could walk away from the contest, you didn't try hard enough! All riders were hucking themselves in positions that were hopeless but it all contributed to the level of vert riding. With foam pits and resi sections around, the hucking is saved for the foam, not the wood. Foam free rider Simon Tabron organized a vert jam at his local ramp which resembles of the old B.S. contests. No foam, different vert classes, loads of fun and most riders getting injured. We checked in with Simon to see how the Spin Like Hell jam went.
FATBMX: With Vert being Dead, it seems like there are a lot of halfpipe jams/shows/contests going on in 2005. What made you decide to have your own event?
After visiting the IBMXFF World's in Prague, some of the Etnies/T1 pros will make it to the Download festival in Donnington, England for the Snickers Soul Bowl event/Slayer concert. While on the road the T1/etnies riders will stop at Viki Park in Warrington to ride and judge the amateur comps. The contest at the Viki park will include Best trick, Best transfer and Best line. Prizes will come from Etnies and T1 and there's some cash for Best trick. Not bad for a Tuesday in the middle of June. If you can, go.
Scheduled to show up in Warrington are:
and UK team riders.
No it wasn't a bazooka, no it wasn't GT bringing back the Show flatland frame in thermal plastic, the picture posted last week of the different looking flatland frame is a one-off made by Dutchman Joep van Helden. We fired some questions in his direction to find out more.FATBMX: How come you made your own frame?
I made this frame for a school project. I always wanted to fabricate a BMX-frame for myself. I wanted to make it special, it had to be an eye-catcher.
FATBMX: What materials did you use?
I did use carbonfibre with epoxy. It is a synthetic material to be more accurate, it is a reinforced plastic. The fabrication is like glassfiber, but it is stronger and stiffer.
The Crazy Freakin' Bikers (CFB) contest took place in Oklahoma last weekend. Here's the results from Pro Park, Pro Dirt and Pro Vert.
Pro BMX Park Finals
Athlete - Hometown - Score
1. Morgan Wade Tyler, TX 94.33
2. Ryan Nyquist Greenville, NC 94.00
3. Ryan Guettler Buccan, Australia 92.67
4. Allan Cooke Greenville, NC 91.33
5. Corey Martinez 90.67
6. Mike Cleveland Temecula, CA 90.33
7. Brian Foster S. Plainfield, NJ 88.67
8. Chris Doyle Pittsburg, PA 87.00 88.75 *TIE BREAKER
9. Colin Mackay Brisbane, Australia 87.00 88.00 *TIE BREAKER
10. Will Love 85.33
Nine vert riders climbed on top a a huge vert ramp in Moscow last weekend. It was the first international stop of the LG series. Tom Stober nailed his double whip in the finals and came out on top. Congratulations.
BMX Vert Finals, Moscow, Russia - May 15, 2005
Rider-Hometown-Age-Run 1-Run 2-Score
1 Tom Stober
Woodward, PA 30 93.00 90.75 93.00
Round three of the Soulcycle XL series took place at Skateland in Rotterdam last weekend. This was also the last round of the series that Barry Kohne and Dwayne Verkade put on. Please find herewith the Pro and Amateur results of round 3 followed by the overall standings.Pro results round three:
1) Hannu Cools, Belgium
2) Paddy Gross, Germany
3) Sergei Geier, Germany
4) Barry Kohne, Holland
5) Markus Wilke, Germany
6) Mark Vos, Holland
Overall Pro top three:
1) Hannu Cools
2) Paddy Gross
3) Sergei Geier