To finish up another flatland year, Michiel and his friends from Soulcycle organized another edition of the famous Flatground International Flatland Contests in Amsterdam, Holland. They chose a new location in the docks of Amsterdam, away from the city centre. Same wooden Flatground floor though, the one all the riders love.
Rider turnout was a bit disappointing though, about 20 expert riders and only 12 master class riders is not much. Good turnout in pro, with mostly Euro riders and some Japanese and Americans but not even in the same ballpark as last year's edition. The venue was smaller than last year too, but good enough for the amount of riders and spectators.
Once again, 2 time Flatground winner Martti Kuoppa (28) was on top of his game during the sixth edition of the international flatland BMX event Flatground in the NDSM shipyard in Amsterdam. In a nerve wrecking final, the Finnish rider managed to outclass Frenchman Alex Jumelin. This weekend, more than 1000 spectators visitors witnessed Kuoppa take home the victory. The qualifying rounds on Saturday decided which twelve flatland BMX riders placed for the finals on Sunday.
The following riders qualified in these specific spots at the qualifying round of Flatground06 in Amsterdam on Saturday 16 December 2006. Find qualifying results for Pro, Master and Expert right here on FATBMX.
PRO 1. Justin Miller 2. Alex Jumelin 3. Matthias Dandois 4. Michael Sommer 5. Hiroya Morizaki 6. Matti Röse 7. York Uno 8. Sven Steinbach 9. Frank Lukas 10. Sebastian Pospischil 11. Wolfgang Sauter 12. Benjamin Großjohann 13. Markus Reich
Roadtrippin´ through the Republic: The T-Mobile Local Sessions Tour turned the top German bmxers loose to shred the indoor parks and hang with the locals. Tobi Wicke, Senad Grosic and Alessandro Barbero were recently roaming the five BMX parks in Germany which are supported by T-Mobile, in order to check out the parks with the locals. The three riders travelled over 2000 km to visit the diverse locations in Emmering near Munich, Darmstadt, Grevenbroich, Aurich and Berlin to test the new park features intensively. The locals appreciated it and welcomed the riders with some positive vibes. The pros thanked them their way: Frontflip no-handers, Flip whips and Double tailwhips were only some of the tricks that the guys threw down. Additional support was given by: Benny Korthaus, Mark König, Benny Paulsen, Timm Wiegmann, and Björn “Bommel” Mager. Afterwards, the mauled bodies of the riders were refreshed with a free BBQ provided by the grill team who were along for the whole trip.
Pessac Power Nine here. How do you summarize the Bmx weekend of this 9th edition of the Urban Vibrations in three words? I believe that the "butchery" of Pessac has never well carried its nickname as this year, as the general level of the riders was high this weekend! In an arena of Bellegrave the first thing which strikes is a majestic mini with spine, Braun Cruzer3, which throne under the capital. The configuration of the park is rather sympathetic and the revival of the modules is perfectly assured this year by a tasty mixture of street and park elements without forgetting the Braun mini well positioned.
The trip consited of the new Odessa team that was formed by 4down and featured street tearaways Tom Blyth, Mark Tanner, James Cox, Jim Newrick, Cleggy, Josh Bedford, Dean Hearne, Ride photographer Steve Bancroft, American import Kelly Bolton and myself Bomber.
The plan was to meet at Hastings and to drive to the holy grail of Barcalona and to get footage for an upcoming dvd. So off we set, Dean Hearne took the reigns of the van which was shitting the bed enroute to the ferry. It was figured that the van had some kind of polterguist which lead to some kind of nest being formed in the back of the 17 seater by some of the more religious members of the trip in an emergency exociom kind of way........which is half true (the van just needed the cob webs blowing out and some of the guys took to dosing on top of the bikes and bags for sleep, they did become attatched though to what was fondly called the nest).
Battle in da club. The name suggests an ordinary bar fight in a some low price alley club, with more flying bottles of beer than women. But this Battle in da club was nothing like that. This was the third leg of the flatland only BMX contest tour that is held in a new club every time! This time around, the circus hit the town of Nurnberg: the Mach One club, to be precise. Michiel Verberg, judge, and Hoite Polkamp, MC together with Francis, made the trip from Amsterdam to attend this flatland extravaganza.
Well last minute I found out about the flow contest in Ohio. I drove up there with my friend from Woodward Andy Alverez. Got up there a day before so we can just ride the skatepark. I have to say I did like it a lot. Everything was pretty cool; box jumps, quarters everywhere a big wall ride, wedges the whole 9 yards. The contest started on Saturday with the Am contest. When I got there I realized they had a Mirraco booth there with a bunch of bikes set up. Everybody that checked out any of the bikes knew they wanted one too. Getting back to the riding. More than half of those guys should have been in the pro class. They were all doing the big gaps, spins and whips. I think it was mad dog who did a 360 backflip over the box that was nuttttts! Sunday came. Everybody was so excited. Crazy stuff was going to go down.
Here’s the list of things Iremember. Zack Warden double whipping both ways, Ron Thomas doing flair tucks, flair turndown to x-up and 3 tuck to bar, Matt Sparks with trick of the night doing the biggest flair ever across the skatepark and many attempts at his famous whip to whip back.
Last weekend in Petaluma , CA another comp went down at Ramp Rats park. Owner Mike Krnaich gathered together a whole bunch of sponsors , had a product toss and even managed to fall off his bike. The morning section of the comp was for the young and reckless: 15 and under , 15 and over and beginner. These guys were just as much fun to watch as the later arriving pro class. When one of these guys grabs the tire/video/grips/cable they have won its like holding the gold at the olypmics for them.
Afterwards the Almost Pro class is held and these guys went for broke as well. Joe Chernoff was trying some sort of 1 handed 360 bar spin and reaped the soul of a Canon camera flash as well. Tailwhips , footjam whips , turndowns a-go-go.
When the Pro class hit the park everyone went nuts. These guys put on a show and everyone rode to their limits. Someone got local rider Thomas Raes full of cheap beer and on the mic which added some colour to the proceedings.