If everyone would be as into BMX as Al Dimino is, the sport would be kicking even more ass. Al flew out West and organized a contest with the help of some friends. Here's the report on his trip:
What a trip it was! First time ever on a plane, was excited..thing took off and I was like "wow this is sick" then after feeling a little out of it I busted out the cd player and Atreyu was rockin it and kept me chill. I then landed in Orange County and outside waiting for me was Ricky "Ratt" Vigil. Guided by a cell phone I found Rick and we were psyched to take on the mission that was in store for the weekend. BMX Invasion Battle #3 at Real Ride Park in Lake Perris, CA. The scenery and weather was so awesome, I was taking photo's left and right. I had about 287 photo's at the end of my 4 and a half day stay!!
After several years at the NEC in Birmingham, the Bike Show moved down South a few miles to Coventry. Not knowing what to expect a strong group of riders made the trip and that includes American based riders such as Corey Bohan, Ryan Nyquist, Gary Young, Nasty, Ryan Guetler, Steve McCann, Jamie Bestwick, Scotty Cranmer, Alistair Whitton, Dave Dillewaard, Axel Jeurgens, Travis Collier and Tom Haugen.
The street course was a weird set-up. First of all the Braun Mini-Ramp was incorporated in the course and you could ride the spineramp during the street comp but it had its own contest too. With this ramp in the middle it did not leave much space for flow or lines. The ramps that were built were very slippery. Although a mix of RedBull and Coke was sprayed on the ramps, the dusty surface made sure people slid out every now and then and that includes photographers (Lard!?). The next
In a breath taking final, Australian Ryan Guettler wins the Braun Spine contest at the UK Bike Show to become the first leader of the Braun cruZer Tour ranking.Stoneleigh, UK â€“ 03 April 2005. 39 riders representing 11 nations gathered at the 2005 UK Bike Show for the first contest on the world’s largest mobile mini-ramp. The 250m2 ramp, designed by Peter Jandt and Stephan Prantl, features a 2m high (6.6 feet) spine which proved to be a challenge even to the very best, amongst whom Ryan Nyquist multiple X Games winner as well former world champion Dave Osato.
Viki Gomez claims leadership of Braun cruZer Tour (Flatland) at the 2005 UK Bike Show.
With a convincing victory in the Flatland contest at the UK Bike Show, Spaniard Viki Gomez claims early leadership of the Braun cruZer Tour ranking.Stoneleigh, UK â€“ 03 April 2005. The 2005 UK Bike Show gathered an international field of 29 professional flatland riders representing 7 nations. Local Great British riders had been looking forward to this first opportunity in 2005 to challenge their fellow European riders as well as Canadians Travis Collier and Nathan Penonzek, the 2003 world
Weil am Rhein/Germany, 26.-27.02.2005, Carhartt Skatepark
From Italy, Swiss, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria and of course Germany over 100 bmx riders made their way to Weil am Rhein to ride the infamous Carhartt Skatepark for the first time and to witness the premier of the Carhartt Ravage Tour 2004 DVD in the convention center, next to the skatepark.
Without exception and doubts every rider was truly impressed by the facility and the quality of the ramps. Some of them even said: "The miniramp is the pure sex!!"
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!