When the ASA/LG decided to go on a World Tour, they forgot to inform the riders and the media. Round 2 took place last weekend in Munich. Round one was held in Moscow. Some of the stops have a vert demo only and no street contest. In Munich both disciplines were on the schedule.
What's that LG circus about anyway? Well, LG is a mobile phone and electronics firm from the East. They're pumping a lot of money in
With over $38G prize money for BMX alone, some of the top vert riders still opted to go to the first round of the Dew tour. Most of them were pulled in by their sponsors but some of them tried to qualify for the rest of the tour. I doubt they had as much fun as everyone had at the Snickers Bowl comp in Donington. The contest is held at the Download festival that attracts 120.000 hardrockers over the weekend. That, in itself, is a show. Had everyone with a black T-shirt left, they would probably have a crowd of 200 left over.
The wooden Soul Bowl with the kink was set up and basically put in the
It's hard to cover every event this summer simply because there is so much going on and we cannot be everywhere at the same time. Matt Jones took on the job to make a report for FATBMX of the first stop of the Dew Tour. Things didn't go exactly as planned for Matt but he did send in some exclusive pics of the event and wrote down some words.
Hey Bart, sorry about the hold up. The week of the Dew Action Sports Tour was out of control. The van that we took out there broke down as soon as we got to Louisville. Then I had to pay $250 to fix the van (water pump) and had 3 hours of sleep. Rode the street course at 6am and stayed there the whole day delirious as hell.
While we're waiting for the full story from our local FATBMX reporter, we decided to go through the official press releases that we received from the professional people over at the Dew Tour. Basically there are three sets of results for each discipline (Park/Dirt/Vert). One is from the pre qualifying contest. One is the actual prelims and One set of results are the final results of the event. Make sure you check the right ones to find out who won.
Okay we're a bit late with the worlds reports but at least we've got something up on the site. The one hand photo technique did not really work out that well. Try taking pictures with your right arm in a sling and operating your camera with your left hand. Good luck. We gave our FATBMX photo pass to Dig's Ricky Adam as the organization had run out of photo passes. Ricky had just bought a digital camera two days before the event so in return of the pass, we now can show you some of Ricky's first digital street pics.
The street course looked good. Some walls and ramps had been added to the covered skate park and had something to offer for most riders. Making the cut to the Pro finals was tough. Dirt World champ Kye Forte was running out of steam trying to do this big transfer but managed to pull it in the end. He still ended up in 12th. Ruben cruised around a fair bit in his own style and hit obstacles like no one else did. A pleasure to watch. 10th place was for Canadian John Heaton who pulled his big 180 transfer after multiple attempts. Tobias Wicke is so tech.
Dirt has one class at the worlds. The jumps are usually big so there's no room for experts, a special girls class or masters. When you first took a look at the jumps you noticed the 6 meter high starting stage. It was pretty nuts because the drop to the first landing was about three meters. Just compare it to the high diving board. It looks alright from the bottom but once you're up there it's a different story. The first go for everyone was quite scary but if you wanted to compete, you had to go for it. There were some scratches from the original starting list, including Jesse Puente's name, but we think that was a mistake rather than Jesse pussing out on the big drop.
After the drop, three big sets followed. Some riders (BB, Bohan, Barrett, Sasaki, Baker) we pushing the limits to the sky on the first set. After set three a 180 degree left hand turn followed. Then it was two
The vert contest at the worlds could have/should have been a banger. The halfpipe was set up in a big tennis stadium with seats for over 5000 people. The contest was planned for Saturday night and with a bunch of Pivo's down the throat, the crowd could have made this event one not to forget. It turned out different though. First of all the number of Pro riders present wasn't great. The USA (-based) riders stayed home for several reasons (excuses) which is a real shame because these were the IBMXFF world championships and that title is one that would look good on any vert rider's CV. Second and main problem was the lighting. The 4 lights that were put up did not produce more than a good Maclite. This meant that the contest needed to be rushed before darkness set in. The contest was finished before the announced time it would start.
The miniramp contest at the World's have always been a highlight. This year it wasn't any different. The pro finals took place at night and with enough lights, music and a big crowd, the 12 finalists stepped onto the Braun miniramp. The ramp set-up was a spine mini with a sub box on one side. In warm-up Dave Osato jumped a spine and ran into a spectator who happened to walk on the ramp. It forced Dave to sit out the finals which was a real shame because we all know what Dave is capable of. Ben Hennon sat out the finals too and saved himself for the street finals on Sunday.
By press release:
BMX Freestyle World championships Prague, Czech Republic (June 2nd â€“ 5th, 2005). Long time Felt World Team member, twenty-eight year old Michael Sommer from Vienna, Austria placed 1st at this year’s Flatland contest at the IBMXFF Nokia BMX Freestyle World championships in Prague.
Sommer, who is also known for his record-spinning skills as DJ AmTrak had won the â€œBest Trick Comboâ€? challenge at the World’s in 2004 just to take the next step in his career and win the main contest this year.
The weekend before, he had finished third in a high-class contest in Greece, with only Michael SteingrÃ¤ber and Martti Kuoppa ahead of him. With this success in mind, he had traveled to Prague looking forward to the contest.
10 - 11 - 12 June will be a loud weekend at the Donnington Park in England. The Download festival is setting up camp at the race circuit. Ozzy will be there, Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax, System of a down, Helmet, Therapy?, Velvet Revolver and a bunch of other rocking bands.
Next to that, the Snickers Bowl will be set up for a BMX and skate contest. Matt Hoffman is flying in (literally! with his new transportable backpack propellor parachute) to do some demos (on the bike, not with the propellor thing). The riders battling for the high air, annual manual and contest purse are: