Friday started off with getting to the venue to only end up chatting with one of the Media girls who worked there who was totally awesome and really helpful. We sat in the Media Center talking about everything across the spectrum for about an hour before I headed on over to the Memorial Colleseum to watch BMX Park practice, it was an open Pro Practice so there were about 20-25 guys all out riding the course at the same time. That was something to see because every time you'd try to focus on one thing something else would happen right in front of you and distract you from what you were looking at before. But it also allowed the riders to throw some of the biggest tricks down before the public was allowed in. After about an hour or so of Open Pro practice they opened the practice up to the Free Flow Atheletes as well, which provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these amateurs to practice with the Pros that they have always looked up to, and I thought it was really cool of most of the Pros to stay out there and ride with them.
Dew Day 2: BMX Vert Prelims/Finals and BMX Dirt Prelims
Thursday started with us heading on over to the Media Center to get the newly updated schedules and start orders for Dirt and Vert Prelims as well as the schedule of signings and events occurring in the Festival Village. We then proceeded to head on over to the BMX Dirt Venue to watch them practice as their pre-lims started at exactly 2:30 when the doors to the venue opened to the public. All the riders were looking good and were excited to get the 3rd stop of the Dew Action Sports Tour underway with their prelims. Now something happened here that has never happened at any other event I have attended, either a fan or media, the actual event started on time!!
A while ago we checked in with you to see who was going to the big TV events in the USA. Cathy responded and said she was going to Portland for the Dew Tour stop there. We arranged a press pass for her to get a bit closer to the action. Here's part one of her report:
Dew Day 1: Media Day
We arrived at the Rose Garden at about 12pm and found our way to the Media Room and got our credentials and the press packet. Inside the Press Packet as all the media releases from the past tour stop as
Ryan Nyquist, 26, from Los Gatos, Calif., clinched his win in BMX Park Finals with a run that included a suicide no-hander to barspin backflip. Nyquist edged Scotty Cranmer of Jackson, N.J., with a score of 92.75. Cranmer scored a 92.50, while Ryan Guettler, the VansÂ® Invitational BMX Dirt winner, finished third with a 92.00.â€œWith athletes like these in the competition I couldn’t just sit back, I had to go for it,â€? Nyquist said. â€œIt was a rough start to the season, I’m happy to finally have my first win on the Tour.â€?
BMX PARK Final Results
ORDER LAST FIRST HOMETOWN RUN 1 RUN 2 RESULT
1 Nyquist Ryan Los Gatos, CA 92.75 84.75 92.75
2 Cranmer Scotty Jackson, NJ 92.50 86.75 92.50
3 Guettler Ryan Brisbane, AUS 92.00 81.75 92.00
August 18, 2005 - Portland, OR -Ryan Guettler, 22, from Brisbane, AUS, took the overall lead in points at the Rose Garden Friday evening with his second consecutive first place finish in BMX Dirt Finals. He currently has 237 points in the overall Dew Action Sports Tour standings. Guettler also finished first at the second stop of the Dew Action Sports Tour, the Right Guard Open.
Guettler’s best run of the evening included a 360 off the start ramp, followed by a front flip and a tailwhip 360. His final score, an average of his best two of three runs, was a 94.13.
The two-time BMX Dirt winner was pleased with his victory at the VansÂ® Invitational. â€œI’m just all nerves right now; I’m so excited to pull out this win,â€? said Guettler.
We're receiving these official press releases at FATBMX about the Dew tour. We're posting those while we're waiting for the report from our FATBMX contributor Cathy that you can expect after the weekend.August 18, 2005 - Portland, OR -Jamie Bestwick, 34, from Nottingham, GBR, wowed the crowd at the Rose Quarter’s Memorial Coliseum Thursday evening with a run featuring an arsenal of tricks during BMX Vert Finals. Bestwick executed some of the most technical tricks BMX has ever seen to take first place at his second appearance on the Dew Action Sports Tour. He also finished in first place at the Tour’s Right Guard Open last month. Bestwick currently sits in second place in the Dew Action Sports Tour points standings with 200 total points.
It was Bestwick’s first of two runs that stole the show and scored a 92.50. That run was highlighted by impressive downside tailwhip flair into a 540.
Al Dimino sent in a report about the Animal jam that happened last weekend and promotes his own jam at the same time. We're fine with that.
I was at the animal jam yesterday in NYC and it was packed with riders. A great turn out and show of support for bmx and animalbikes. I rode the banks for a while and then headed out to Brooklyns owls head park to try to beat the heat. A 95 degree day was causing us to break a sweat just standing. I was with my good friend Ricky Ratt Vigil from so-cal who is visiting for the summer and being his first time in the big apple we toured the big apple and showed him some sites. Rick enjoyed being at the jam and riding owls head park for sure.
With Achim Kujawski organizing the Verthaus jam in Germany and Simon Tabron doing the Spin Like Hell vert weekend in England, it was time for Peter Geys to invite the vert riders for a weekend of halfpipe riding. The weekend was named Garden Of Vert as Peter's ramp is sitting in his backyard. The garden was prepped to the max and Peter had made sure that there was something for everyone. He rented an air castle for the kids and made sure the beer was flowing all weekend. Respect to Peter and his crew for the set-up, it was amazing.
Friday evening saw the HARO High Air contest. 6 riders entered from 5 different countries. German Tim Eichert was riding with a collarbone that was not healed completely (5 weeks) and was just cruising the ramp getting a solid 4 feet with the lowest part of the bike. Sander Nieuwenhuis from Holland went higher with every run he did. He started off in the 4 foot range but ended up going 6 feet plus when the session ended for 5th. 4th place was for a very stylish brakeless rider from Switzerland who listens to the name of Jean-Marie Baertsch.
The garden is groomed to perfection, the beer is flowing and the ramp is ready to be ridden. Everthing seems to be working out for the backyard halfpipe contest at Peter Geys' in Overpelt, Belgium. The FATBMX crew will be present all weekend so expect some updates if we can handle the Jupiler beer.
Tonight will see the HARO high air contest with riders from Finland, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland and Germany. Tomorrow will be the actual European Vert Cup contest and Sunday will be the DC best trick contest. There are parties planned in the garden every night so there is no reason not to come over.
Check out the pics of the set-up and we hope to drink a Jupiler or two with you this weekend.
For more information and directions, visit www.gardenofvert.com.
The Dirt contest at the FISE was one of the better ones so far. It was pitch dark at night but there was little wind. The extra lamps that were connected at the last minute made for a good view for the riders and the spectators. When the crowd has been drinking for a few hours, they really like to make some noise. The vibe was good when the pros lined up for a straight final with 3 jumps counting out of 4.Alejandro Caro from Columbia was a late entry to the event but he made his presence count. Telling from the [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=745]Columbian KOD report he made for FATBMX[/url], the level over there is sky high. Alejandro took care of business straight away with a great first run on the two biggest sets. His jumps included tailwhips, flips, barspins, 360-s and combinations of all of them. He was a clear winner of the Dirt contest and a happy man with the cash.