The street course this year was different and had good stuff but it did not always line up right. With over 60 riders in street, it was hard also to practice the lines during warm up. Nevertheless, with top riders around from Australia, the USA and Europe (and that includes the UK you Brits) it was a good scene. Making the final was good and bad. The good part was that you got to ride the course again with only a few riders and that you had a shot at the top 8 prize money. The bad part was that you had to hold back, at least a little, during Saturday night's partying. With the BMX street finals on the program for 17:30pm on Sunday most finalists did get enough sleep in the end.
The first contest of the year is a fact. The Pop! Session in Tallinn kicked off the ‘06 season with a vert and street contest. Where the hell is Tallinn? It’s in Estonia. Where the hell is that? Just about 85 kilometers south of Finland, maybe you know where that is. Around this time of the year it’s pretty damn cold in Tallinn and it only gets a couple of hours of day light. Not that we spent a lot of time outdoors. It was either the Saku Suurhall or the bar where time was spent, more so than the comfortable hotel bed.
The Kalmre brothers and their crew had transformed the Saku hall into a skatepark for the weekend. The Red Bull vert ramp was transported in for the 10 vert guys that made it over for the halfpipe contest. The qualification round had 10 riders on the ramp. With all finalists getting a part of the 3500 Euros purse, the goal was to make next days’ final.
There is so much going on here in Tallinn that it's hard to find time to give you the info. After qualifying it was straight to dinner and then it was party time. It's not uncommon to get back to the hotel at 8 or 9 am. Everything stays open until late (or doesn't stop) and it looks like everyone is suffering from lack of sleep. With the finals just finished and the final party being tonight, don't be surprised if the boys come home like zombies on Monday. It's pretty wild out here but that makes this contest so good.
I’ve met Julie through internet on some BMX message board, she was living in Paris at the time. I invited her to come over to Nottingham where I used to live to attend the winter UK girlz jam in Thornaby. Julie has this motivation and enthusiasm about BMX that makes her eyes sparkle when she talks about her projects. She was working on the organization of the Rid2z event 2005, 3rd edition, and especially the BMX part of the comp. The 2 first editions were disappointing BMX-wise with only 3 girls the 1st year and 2 the 2nd year. So Julie took things in hand and decided to motivate more girls to come and more sponsors to support. With so much energy passed on me with this encounter, I couldn’t do anything but to help her a little bit, especially the flatland part and the English-speaking bits. Rid2z event is the competition organised by the French association Rid2z and aims to promote and develop extreme sports for the ladies.
On the weekend of 3/4 December 2005 the last full on BMX contest took place at the original Chenga park in Ohio, USA. The park will close down because the area is being destroyed and new buildings are going to replace the old ones. With the rent going up 4 times, the people at Chenga had to throw the towel in the ring. Keeping an indoor park open is hard enough, when the rent goes up to a ridiculous amount, it's better to go out with a bang.
Converging from around the country and the world, the assembled 20inch crew got their first taste of Dirt Jam and its epic scale on Friday morning. Set in the middle of the Gold Coasts most famous strip of golden sand at Surfers, the Dirt Jam was nothing short of incredible.
Over 60 tonnes of dirt sculpted over the top of 300 wooden palettes made up the two huge 3 metre high supercross-esque kickers, while a 7 metre high roll in towered ominously above it all. The massive height of the tower set to generate more than enough speed for epic airtime, bringing with it the ability to push BMX dirt jumping into the next millennium.
The 45 invited riders quickly dropped to around the 35 mark. Between the sheer scale of the roll in and two intimidating dirt kickers that followed, the field was culled even before the first heats began. Dirt Jam was no place for the meek or mild....
I guess most of you have heard about Poland. This is the country where the WTP trip took place. Althought it looks shady and most people think nothing interesting can happen there, it can prove them wrong. BMX in Poland is becoming more and more popular. We don't have such strong traditions in bmx like Germany or GB but we're chasing them. Few weeks ago the second Polish Championships took place. BMXers from all over the country came to Bialystok to meet their friends, have fun and to compete. The Polish bmx scene is very united. People from different cities know each other, visit each other and stay in touch via internet or simply telephones (advantages of bmx not being so popular). Ok I promise that was the last digression.
A BMX freestyle comp was held at Ramp Rats skatepark in Petaluma , CA.,USA. Lloyd Ramsay reports: Ramp Rats is run and owned by local rider Mike Krainch and is one of the very few indoor parks in Northern California. 4 different classes were held ranging from 15 and under all the way to the Pro class.
Kevin Kiraly from Livermore , CA had an extremely smooth and dialed run in the pro finals which assured him the number 1 payout. Kevin threw in moves like double tailwhips over the jump box and some flairs.
Loading is the DVD from the Red Bull road trip held sometime this summer. Damn is the first word that comes to mind after watching the DVD at the release party. Dutch BMX movies have come a long way since BLIXEM (first dutch BMX video??)
This movie rocks!
The idea was to pick a load of the best dutch BMX riders and stack them in a bus and ride the best spots. The riders are: Michael van der Lee, Barry Köhne, Randy Nieuwkerk, Casper Hoedemakers, Mark Vos, Vladdie de Koning, Rutger Pauw, Daniel Wijsmuller, Jeroen Burgstadt, Mario de Waard, Arnout de Boom and Dwayne Verkade
The first thing that you notice when you watch Loading is that the quality is bang on! The filming is done from several angles and edited in a way that gives you a good idea about what is going on. The music is original and really fits the parts.
"I only have one pair of girl's pants." As soon as I heard that, I knew my trip had begun. The Weight Nazi said it, and he was probably telling the truth. To me, it was like saying "I only have one dress, and I hardly ever wear it." I laughed hard and continued to pack. Mr. Lube, The Weight Nazi, and me -your reporter- Dave G had decided to attend the Baco-A-Go-Go contest this year. It was at Chad Degroot's new park, Mesh, in Orlando, Florida. We jumped on the expressway and hit the warp drive. In what seemed like 45 minutes (it was really about 7 hours) we arrived at the hotel room that Mr. Lube had been generous enough to provide. After a few hours of nappy time, we drove to the park and proceeded to shred to the best of our abilities. Chad's new park seems a little smaller than his old one (At least the bike side does. The park is has a skate side and a bike side.), but there are some much bigger lines thanks to the high ceiling.