We’re delighted to be landing in Japan just in time to catch the cherry blossom season. Hiroshima looks magical and the historic location of the event makes this FISE stop feel extra special. We kicked off with the Women’s UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup Semi Final. Riders have 2 runs of 60 seconds to wow the judges but it's only the best run that counts. With BMX Freestyle Park being added as a competition in 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, riders are trying to push forward and progress their sport more than ever and some of the riding was insane. The line-up for the women’s event was amazing with riders representing from all over the world, but no one could stop last year’s winner 16-year-old Hannah Roberts taking first place. Be sure to tune in tomorrow at 11.10 to see if anyone can stop Hannah adding another gold medal to her growing collection.
UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup Semi Final Women:
Due to yesterdays weather preventing qualification, today was a massive semi-final for the Men’s UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup with almost 90 riders trying to take one of the 12 places in the final tomorrow. The Freestyle Park for this stop is not a conventional FISE park as it has no box jump
The top 8 made it to the finals. The level is going up and up. UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup Semi Final results: 1 Hannah ROBERTS 73.80 pts 2 Lara LESSMANN 70.00 pts 3 Nikita DUCARROZ 68.60 pts 4 Oike MINATO 66.20 pts 5 Charlotte WORTHINGTON 63.80 pts 6 Angie MARINO 59.00 pts 7 Nina BUITRAGO 58.80 pts
After a rainy day on Friday the UCI BMX Park World Cup continued on Saturday. The Elite Men class turned into a semi-final with 78 riders. The cut to 12 riders for Sunday's final was touch but these are the results. Make sure to tune in on Sunday to watch the finals live. Hiroshima is 7 hours ahead of Central European Time so keep that in mind. Find the Live Feed on FATBMX.
UCI BMX Park World Cup Semi Final results, Hiroshima, Japan:
1 Alex COLEBORN 2 Justin DOWELL 3 Kenneth TENCIO 4 Pat CASEY 5 Jack CLARK 6 Daniel WEDEMEIJER 7 Daniel DHERS 8 Jeremy MALOTT
Last weekend saw the first ever swiss stop of the Ride Further Tour at Europe’s biggest trend sport indoor park SKILLS PARK, and we couldn’t have asked for a better start into the season: amazing riding, a great crowd and awesome vibes! 20 pro riders were invited to the first event of the year in Switzerland to compete at two very different setups: a park and bowl contest.
The weekend started of with the park competition on Saturday with amazing runs by Zozo Kempf (HUN) with a 720 bar over the box, the Tall Order team with Tom Graves and Matt Harris (UK) who rode with tons of english steeze and Lotta Grüber (GER), the only female rider in the competition who showed off NacNacs, Tobogans and Tabletops.
First place went to Sergio Layos (ESP), who secured his win with a Pocket Wallride 180 out to halfcab followed by Alessio Tonoli (CH) with an almost impossible transfer over one of the biggest gaps in the park and Jonas Lindemair (DE) with a 360 Whip to Invert.
Celebrations continued well into the night at Kraftfeld Club before going into the bowl contest the next morning.The Bowl Battle was conducted in a knock-out format and it was Sergio Layos who came out on top one round after the other with unbelievably clean and stylish runs, lookdowns and a wallride transfer, happily taking home the win on two consecutive days: “It was such a fun weekend! Thank you so much for everything!”
Following the success of UNFILTERED, VANS launches the third episode of this unique video series, each one featuring two VANS BMX riders traveling the globe visiting different destinations. Simplicity at its best – riders in unique environments, embracing new cultures and landing tricks whilst being captured in a non traditional and unpolished way. This series aims to focus on the true essence of BMX filming, blend that with today’s standard of riding in BMX and it allows for the ‘riding to do the talking’!
UNFILTERED UAE features Matthias Dandois and Alex Valentino exploring a region full of contrasts and breathtaking in all facets. From remote desert villages and landscapes, to the modern civilizations
The Flame Trails took some beating this winter so it was time for the spot to get some love. The annual Jam was set early this year (24 March) but that would mean the trails would be back up and running early also. Help finally came in on Saturday morning when Frits, Tobias and Philip also grabbed a shovel and lent a helping hand putting up the tents, flags and Frits' Sound system. The sun came out, we had tunes going and started off the day removing "de zut". Trail diggers know exactly what that is. For those who are not in the know, it's the shit that moves down to the bottom of the jumps and needs to be removed. When removed, you're back to the dry good soil. This is a necessity. If you skip on this process, you will have to deal with De Zut for a long time as it never packs. But removing de zut is a big process. Down the bottom of the starting hill close to 10 cm of zut needed to be removed. Once removed it creates a lower track so in case it rains, the water will stay there. Not ideal either but at least it was possible to ride wherever de zut was removed.
When building trails in The Netherlands you also need to have a plan for the water to go to. Trenches, holes, ditches, draining systems, you can't have enough of it. But for the jam the priority was to get around. The dirt was soggy so it was nice to work with. But when the soil drags the energy and speed out of you, riding isn't the best. Turns were re-shaped, jumps were put back in shape and the riders present gave their everything to clear the gaps and do a few laps. With Jari Roggeveen, Sem Kok and Niels van Maren we had a few riders who could actually do some tricks.