Front Brake Revolution, Rampage Jam 2005
-By Ben Foakes-
The second FBR Jam just took place at Rampage Skate park, Davenport, Iowa, USA.
The event brought together the greatest front brake tech riders from around the globe to bid farewell to the legendary skate park that has served the mid-west BMX and skate scene loyally for the past 16 years.
Caroline "Caro" Moussy wrote the following report about a girls only jam in England. She also wanted you to know that there is a BMX girls jam coming up this summer in Montpellier, France.
UK girlz jam, Thornaby, March 2005
The jam had been announced some time ago on BMinX.com and on WOFBMX.com, so I decided to meet some of the English female riders. In my quest, I took along the very motivated Julie who had travelled all the way from Paris and crashed at mine in Nottingham for the week end.
Round one of the Soulcycle XL series had some damn good riding going on. If you want to see more than just the Expert and Pro class photos that we posted earlier this week, click the following link. Bart Cautaerts from Belgium made a video clip of the (pro) action. Enjoy.
[url=http://www.crimescene.be/index.php?section=4&interviewID=41&alpha=4]Click here to watch the movie of round one of the XL series at The Promise in Heerlen, The Netherlands. Movie by Bart Cautaerts of Crime Scene over in Belgium.[/url]
It's not so much of a problem here in Europe but Northern America faces serious shit where BMX bikes are not allowed in the public skateparks. To help change that, several volunteers are doing their best to make people aware that BMX IS NOT A CRIME. Anyway, Dan Haugh over at Transfer BMX is one of the BMX-ers that needs your support. He is collecting petitions so get the bikes in the Sequim park. Visit his site, fill in the form and send it to him. It's a few minutes of your time which isn't too much to ask for if you love riding your bike and want to support BMX. You might end up in Sequim some day.
Red Bull Drenaje, Mexico, 2005
On Saturday 26th February, Mexico played host to â€˜Red Bull Drenaje’, a truly unique BMX competition that saw 44 International riders, battling it out to win a slice of the $30,000 pesos prize fund.
Last 'ditch' attempt!
Barry Kohne and Dwayne Verkade are organizing a 3 series BMX street competition over in Holland. Round one took place on Saturday 12 March at the Promise park over in the South of Holland. With the park located 10 minutes from the German and 10 minutes from the Belgian border, it saw some strong interest of these two countries. In fact, after the 8 groups of 3 pro riders finished the jam session format qualifying, 7 Germans and 1 Belgian had to ride once more in the XL Series finals.
If you're not aware of the Promise park, it has something for everyone. It has spines, ledges, sub boxes, jump box, wallride, rails and a pyramid with plenty of transfer possibilities. Barry had another crazy fufanu beam installed for this contest but in the end it wasn't even touched.
The Expert class at the Soulcycle XL-series started off an hour late at 13:00 hours. Still some riders did not arrive in time which shows once again that it's hard to start off a BMX freestyle contest in the morning. The max capacity of 50 entries was reached and every rider got one run to try to qualify for the finals. 15 riders out of the 50 were taken and we saw some very good talent in the expert class finals. It was sad to hear that for some people it takes complaining and video footage to convince an organization that the rider belongs in the final, but it happened. They're in there for the wrong reasons. Winning isn't everything, having fun is.
A lot of German riders had plenty of fun. X Martin X (Sponsored by Durex) and Captain Dotterbart (with the most Neon front wheel ever) understood what the comp was about. Dotterbart even made the final and scored third place with a huge wallride and plenty of grinds on the rail. 5th place went to Leroy Kleppe, the Belgian kid with the white helmet who did
BMX in Croatia? Yup it does exist. Ben Shenker went over there and reports on the street course and some party at a boat house.
A bunch of flatlanders and I headed to Zagreb for the Bike Fight 2 comp. I was excited to go, Croatia is always a good place, thanks to the super-friendly people. The comp/course/event turned out to be worse than I expected. It was at a sports-boat exhibition, so space was limited. The course was really small, with a jumpbox I hopped up straight every time. There was a good wallride, until the wall gave in
Bike Show 05 is looking good, a new venue and also the addition of the new Braun Spine Mini ramp, and way cheap on site accommodation available (from Â£20 p/n twin room). This is your info to ride at BIKE 05
1-3 April .... Stoneleigh Park NAC
You Must Confirm your entry with 414, contact details are below and that’s it.
*Contest Entry is Free
*Pro Prize Money ~ $ 21,500 ~
More Info: www.thebikeshow.com
Registration 09.00 to 12.00
It seems like everyone and their uncle is jumping on the Old School BMX freestyle bandwagon. 3 sources in France are getting material together, the Joe Kid on a Stingray movie is coming out soon (premiere 2 April) and now also Bob Osborn is working on getting the history of BMX freestyle out with the help of several Old School freestyle enthusiasts like Maurice Meyer, Oscar Gonzalez, Tim Hughes, Brett Downs, Eric Rothenbusch, Thom Lund, Paul Willis, Perry Kramer and some more.
Wait a minute, Bob Osborn!!???? Correct, that's the man in the picture that was posted yesterday. Oz is back at it and posting a lot on the www.vintagebmx.com site trying to track down the first aerial, the first carve in a pool, define the first flatland trick (is it a rockwalk, or a no-handed wheely, or something else?), the first freestyle specific part, the first contest, the first trick team, the first demo, etc.