With the qualifiers from Satuaday turning out to be the final results, it could have looked all different if all the riders had another go on Sunday. Would Clint Millar have repeated his perfect qualifying run with a hangover on Sunday? we will never know. It rained all day Sunday so the finals were skipped. What I do know is that Ben Hennon drank so much coffee in the morning because he went so high over the spine it was ridiculous. Nice one!! Made me think of Dave Voelker at the first BS contest in Dallas where he showed who was boss by blasting a big no hander over the spine.
SergioLayos’ absence was made up for by DanielPenafied’s presence. The Fly rider from Madrid (actually Sergio’s riding buddy) did the raddest flat spin 360 over the spine I’ve ever seen. As he’s a young rider he of course has all the downside and regular tailwhip variations down also. He couldn’t quite pull his cross footed tailwhip flyout to cross footed landing but if he had the chance to ride on Sunday he probably could have shown everyone.
The Berlin City tour on Friday night was something a lot of people looked forward to. How often do you go to a contest and all you see it the airport/rental car, the venue and the hotel bar. Not at the Rebel Jam. For the second time in a row the city tour busses stopped at the Mellowpark to show the riders and media what Berlin has to offer. The city has got so much history that it would be an interesting lesson for everyone who hopped on the bus.
The Rebel Jam started off with the Amateur Mini contest on Friday afternoon. It was the same mini with spine and sub box as last year so no changes there. The riders field was pretty international and there were a lot more riders than last year which was good to see. It seemed like people had heard about the comp and didn’t want to miss it this year. It is always tough to decide who belongs to ride in the “no-pro” class. It there are three classes (expert - master - pro) it is easier to split up the group of amateurs. It has never been any different that the better riders could have ridden a class higher than they entered. With last year’s prize being a trip to Woodward and this year’s am winner getting a customized Rebel Jam/wethepeople frame-fork-bar set, it makes it even harder to decide who belongs where. As long as there is no 150 page IBMXFF freestyle rule book anybody can do whatever they want.
Tailwhips have become a standard trick for everyone to learn and that includes the am-mini class riders.
Well, here for another year again….X-Games XII is in town and the 405 freeway in L.A. is jammed. This year the Games were divided over 3 locations, which two of them were going to have some BMX history. My first stop on this (obviously) sunny Friday afternoon after a nice long week was to pick up the freshly pressed Media Pass at the Home Depot Center…this was the stadium where BMX Street, The Mega Ramp, Rally Racing, Skate Street and Super Moto was held… excited already, as little Subaru’s where drifting by at a ridiculous speed, while I make my way out to the Staples Center, which is where the 100ft + wide vert ramp was located, right next to the Freestyle Moto X area….and this is where it all went down this very night..
August 6, 2006 Los Angeles - Kevin Robinson soared to his second gold medal of X Games 12 with a victory in the first-ever BMX Freestyle Big Air competition at The Home Depot Center. Chad Kagy finished second to pick up his third medal of X Games 12 (gold - BMX Freestyle Vert, silver - BMX Freestyle Vert Best Trick). Allan Cooke finished third to take the bronze medal. Robinson, who won gold in the BMX Freestyle Vert Best Trick on Friday with the first double flair ever landed in X Games competition, took the Big Air gold with a backflip tuck no-hander to no-handed flair. "I'm psyched," said Robinson after his medal-winning adventures on the mega-ramp. "That's the biggest no-handed flair I've ever done in my life. I'm just glad I landed rubber-side down."
We want to inform everyone that we will organize the 5th edition of our bmx contest here in Italy. The Contest will be on 02-03 September in Riccione (RN) Italy. Last year there were more of 60 riders (you can read a report on cream mag issue #15). Riccione is a very nice city, perfect to do a week-end here in Italy. The Park is very well situated, just 100mt. from the beach (famous Adriatic coast), and 500mt from the town centre. There are also several hotels around the park ( and near the beach too ). On Saturday there will be the qualification for AM and PRO. Sunday will have the last events with 2 FINALS (AM. - PRO)
Contets info: - Discipline STREET - Cat: Amateur - Pro - For the PRO there will be prize money (2.500€) for the 10 finalist riders. - For the AM. Cat. bike parts, clothes, etc; - The street area is around 800 square meters with various ramps; - Inside the park there is a full bar, toilette and service. - On Saturday night there will be a nice party on the beach. All the inscriptions can be made in local place on the first day or through our e-mail. We need your help to push the bmx scene in our country.
LOS ANGELES - August 2006 - Youth was served Saturday when New Jersey's Scotty Cranmer, the youngest BMX rider at X Games 12, grabbed the gold medal in BMX Freestyle Park. In doing so, the 19-year-old Cranmer (aka: The Bulldozer) improved upon his silver medal performance at last year's Summer X event and threw down the gauntlet for next year. Morgan Wade won the silver medal while Daniel Dhers rode off with the bronze. "This event is so awesome," said Cranmer following his victory. "The riding levels are out of this world. This course couldn't have been better. It was a good day." Cranmer's winning run was a fluid masterpiece and included a tailwhip drop in, a double whip over the big hip, a 360 double whip over the step-up ramp and a front flip turn down over the step up.
Wade took silver with two pocket airs, a hip to the wall to a massive hip landing. Like Cranmer, the Tyler, TX native was complimentary of the world-class park course.
Los Angeles - August 2006 -A double flair may sound simple, but X Games 12 Men's BMX Freestyle Vert Best Trick gold medal-winner Kevin Robinson can assure everybody that its not. Robinson's double flair (a back flip into a cork screw) earned him the X Games gold medal that has eluded him until tonight, when he beat out silver medalist Chad Kagy and bronze medalist Simon Tabron. Fittingly the three-time BMX Freestyle Vert bronze medalist earned gold by landing a trick he's been chasing for years. "This was three years in the making - it's the end of a three-year-long day," said Robinson. "I took off and it felt light the whole way through until I hit bottom."Kagy, who earlier in the evening won gold in the BMX Freestyle Vert, tallied a second X Games 12 medal by landing a double tail whip flat spin. Tabron grabbed his second X Games 12 bronze medal with an Alley Oop No-Hand to Turn Down 540. Earlier in the evening Tabron won bronze in the BMX Freestyle Vert. "I'm happy to get third in the middle of all this mayhem," said Tabron. "The best thing is that everyone came up healthy. History was made tonight, and there were no casualties."
LOS ANGELES - August 2006 - For the first time in nine years, the BMX Freestyle Vert medal podium is owned by someone not named Mirra or Bestwick. Chad Kagy edged fellow BMX legends Jamie Bestwick and Simon Tabron to take his first gold in BMX Freestyle Vert. The State College, Pa. BMX superstar electrified the STAPLES Center crowd with a run that topped stiff competition and was punctuated by a flat-spin bar spin flair, the first time the signature trick had been landed in competition. "All the pieces came together," said Kagy."It was the right time and the right place. It definitely puts a huge smile on my face. I rode to the very best of my ability." Kagy's run also included a flat-spin tail whip and a superman seat grab flair. Fans will see more of the 27-year-old at X Games 12, as he will compete later this evening in BMX Freestyle Vert Best Trick and will also compete in BMX Big Air, new to X Games 12.
X GAMES, LOS ANGELES — Cory Bohan rode to an unprecedented third-straight gold in BMX freestyle dirt at X Games 12 on Thursday evening at the STAPLES Center. The Australian native came into this year's competition as the only rider to win back-to-back BMX freestyle dirt gold medals. Following a winning run that included a no-handed, one-footer to tail whip, a one-footed table 360 and a bar-spin tail whip, he let the crowd know that he has no intention of letting up. "The three-peat is fantastic, and what to do now is keep winning," says Bohan. "The no-hand one-foot, to be able to put it into a run and hold it throughout feels unbelievable."