It had been six years since Red Bull put on a BMX event in The Netherlands. In 2013 Framed Reaction brought many pro park riders to Amsterdam and this time Uncontained invited 16 riders to come to Nijmegen. The course that was built was huge and extra practice was needed to get used to it. 2 teams were formed with Drew Bezanson and Daniel Wedemeijer being the team captains. Corey Walsh (CAN) and Mykel Larrin (USA) were injured and could not make it over to The Netherlands. Anthony Jeanjean (FRA) and Kieran Reilly (GBR) were their replacement riders. But there was still a week to go before the comp happened and on day one Tom Justice (GBR) overshot the big step up and hurt his ribs taking him out for a few days. Then Kieran Reilly knocked himself out during an Electric MX bike session and received 7 stitches in his head because of the crash. Morgan Wade (USA) arrived and crashed on a 720 on the step-up and broke his foot. Add to that Drew's situation of still recovering from a broken femur and then crashing on his head that left him with a swollen eye before the event event started.
The rough week didn't show when it was time to start the team contest on Saturday night. Red Bull turned the cold and desolate building into a booming disco with lights, bar, music, big screens and big ramps. With riders like Tom van den Bogaard, Ben Wallace, Jason Watts, Jake Leiva, Alex Coleborn,
A random Wednesday evening in Eindhoven turned out to be not that random. The visitors to the Area 51 Skatepark that evening were treated by special guests in the form of Jason Watts (AUS), Pat Casey (USA), Irek Rizaev (RUS), Anthony Jeanjean (FRA), Paul Thoelen (GER), jake Leiva (USA), Marin Rantes (CRO), and Morgan Wade (USA). The impromtu session had something to do with the riders being in The Netherlands for the Red Bull Uncontained event and as you know: "Riders gotta ride!"
Many of the Dutch riding scene were already present doing their usual riding but once the visitors showed up they turned it up a notch as well. Levi Weidmann did decade 720's and 1080's like it was nothing (on the resi which turned out to be the favourite obstacle for the night). Pim Scheers was seen doing no-handed flips and locals Daniel Wedemeijer and Tom van den Bogaard showed how it was done at Area 51. Tom surprised everyone by bringing a new helmet with a big green Monster Energy M on each side. Yes, he's on the Monster Energy team from now on. Without trying he showed why he was picked up. A pleasure for the eye. Romain Devassine and Quentin Morien from France happened to be riding at the park that night and joined in on the session with the boys.
Some hit the foam, most hit the resi, some jumped the big step up and wooden box while others cruised the bowl. With so much talent around, it was hard to decide where to look. So much good riding going on on a midweek day. It was key to stay healthy because the big show will happen this Saturday in
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