This summer a group of riders from Holland were invited by Red Bull to go on a road, organized by a guy called Jeroen Burgstad. I met him maybe twice before, and I knew he didn’t ride a bmx, so I decided to wait and see. As it turned out, Jeroen took ten guys he barely knew on a trip in his big Mercedes rig, to go to all the cool spots we have in Holland, just because he thought that would be a nice experience. To top it off, he did all the cooking, cleaning, and driving. Now that is my definition of a nice guy. The rig was sick, a little like a punk version of the roadfools bus: spraypainted flat black, with a 80 kmh speed limit. That didn’t bother us at all since weather that particular week was going to be tropical, so everyone shifted downgear anyway.
What a storming event. Congrats go out to all the riders that participated in this year’s event and to Nate Wessell for a sick course. The Etnies Backyard Jam 2005 began for most involved, on the Thursday 20th â€“ with the course builders working throughout the night and the riders arriving from all over the place.
Taking place at the Brighton Centre, it turned out to be a fantastic venue from a spectator’s point of view and organisation of the team at Seventies. Having finished the floor of the course on Friday morning, the day began with open practice for everyone to get used to and deviously work out their lines and catch up.
The Expert qualifiers started from midday with a massive registration list of well over 100 competitors. With just 15 going through to the following day’s final it was Peter Meakin from Doncaster that took first place with a tuck no hander, 360 over the box and fufanu on the shed roof. Jason Phelan from Waterford, Ireland placed second with a grind up the rail to gap onto the box to gap to rail, which no pro even tried. Third place was awarded to John Blundell, the only rider with a front brake, after a 540 nosepick and a Ruben wallride.
The DICKIES BOWL PRO CONTEST 2005 was held in Marseille last weekend. Looks like Ben Manuel (UK) had some French company in the finals. Find results right here:
1-JEAN BAPTISTE PEYTAVIT
The Boneyard skatepark a.k.a 'the hall' has been on the scene for a long while now and has nurtured some of the best riders the uk has ever been home too; Jon Taylor, Owain Clegg and Alistair Whitton are all riders who have reaped the fruits of the boneyard. Althougth the park may be considered small by some, it features a flowing layout which once mastered is an effortless blast to pump around.
The Boneyard regularly hold good jams which go down a treat; Last Saturdays was no exception! Here's what went down...
BMX BOK Series 2005 Burnside Deventer
Another tradition went on: BMX BOK Series at pegless park BURNSIDE Deventer. Over thirty riders entered the contest and it shows that the scene in the Netherlands is finally growing bigger and bigger and the level is improving a lot lately.
Herm and Crew are always improving the park and even raised the roof so the BMX'ers could go higher on the Wall of Death and other places in the park.
The riders are improving as said before and we saw new talents showing up in the finals and leaving some top riders to the side. More riders were present but didn't enter so next year it is:
Enter the contest or you can't ride the park!
BESTWICK crowned FIRST-ever dew action sports tour champions in BMX VERT Discipline. October 16, 2005 â€“ Orlando, Fla. â€“Jamie Bestwick, 34, of Nottingham, GBR took top honors today in BMX Vert at the PlayStationÂ® Pro at Orlando’s TD Waterhouse Centre. With his win, Bestwick clinched the Dew Cup in the inaugural Dew Action Sports Tour and receives a $75,000 year-end bonus and 2006 Toyota Tacoma.
Bestwick led Kevin Robinson of East Providence, R.I. by just five points entering Sunday’s event, but Bestwick clinched the title with a brilliant tour-best first run of 97.75. Fellow Briton Simon Tabron finished second at 93.25. Robinson was third at 92.25. Bestwick’s fourth consecutive Dew Tour event title gave him 400 points to win the BMX Vert season crown. Robinson finished second with 358 and Chad Kagy of Gilroy, Calif., was third with 303. Bestwick was the only four-time winner on the Tour.
October 15, 2005 - Orlando, Fla. - Ryan Guettler, 22, of Brisbane, AUS won his second Dew Cup of the inaugural Dew Action Sports Tour at the PlayStationÂ® Pro in Orlando's TD Waterhouse Centre on Saturday night. With his third place finish in BMX Park, he secured the overall points lead and earned a $75,000 year-end bonus and a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. "This is a dream come true," said Guettler, "and I couldn't be happier. I came into this series hoping to win one, and to win two [Dew Cups] is really unbelievable." Guettler also took top honors in the Panasonic Open in Louisville, Ky. and Denver's Right Guard Open.
Jackson, NJ native Scotty Cranmer, 18, finished with a score of 93.50, which earned him first place in the PlayStationÂ® Pro's BMX Park competition. His winning run was highlighted by a front flip over the box to earn him his first win on the Dew Action Sports Tour.
GUETTLER crowned FIRST-ever dew action sports tour champion in BMX DIRT discipline.
Ryan Nyquist Wins PlayStationÂ® Pro BMX Dirt Competition and Finishes Fifth in Final Dew Tour StandingsOctober 13, 2005 - Orlando, Fla. - Australian rider Ryan Guettler concluded a historic season in BMX Dirt competition winning the first Dew Cup of the inaugural Dew Action Sports Tour at the PlayStationÂ® Pro in Orlando’s TD Waterhouse Centre on Thursday night. With a second place finish, Guettler secured the overall points lead and earned a $75,000 year-end bonus and a 2006 Toyota Tacoma.
Guettler, 22, also winner of the Right Guard Open in Denver and VansÂ® Invitational in Portland, Ore., had a score of 90.25, an average of his best two of three runs, to place second in tonight’s competition, and clinch the overall points lead and year-end title.
We said it before and we'll say it again, Matt Bischoff is one stoked dude. RedBull came in with a couple of work crews and a bunch of top riders and changed his backyard into a dream. Although a bit chilly, the RedBull Build-Off went very well. With respected BMX ramp building teams consisting of: Team 1: Aaron Bostrom, Burly Matt Gibeaut, and Ty Stuyvesant, Team 2: Ryan Corrigan, Ron Kimler and Chris Hallman and Team 3 consisting of Craig Billingsley, Mike Ryan, and Glen Johns getting to work with a bunch of plywood, saws and nail guns, Matt's backyard changed real quick in three days time.