Dirt Finals: The level compared to last year is much higher to say the least. If you looked quickly you would swear that Parslow was Nastazio. Huge airs and fluid style from the Aussie. Fellow countryman Cameron White landed a triple tailwhip on the second to last set. Rounding out the Mountain Aussie tour was Dave Dillewaard, Ryan Guettler and Corey Bohan. Bohan was flawless and was the only rider to not have to pedal his ass off for the last jump but instead used pure flow. Doyle rode like Doyle always does: super smooth.
The riders hit up the street course today in practice. I saw Scotty Cranmer manual over the jump box take off , over the deck and then front flip onto the landing. Pretty crazy. Later on I caught him eyeing up this huge drop off gap. We will have to wait until Sunday to see his run. Morgan Wade was blasting the corner wallrides and doing huge pocket air transfers while wearing a moustache the entire time. DMC was blasting the course like a fresh 32 year old. Daniel Dhers looked great with fluid style and he just seemed to do everything effortlessly. Kevin Kiraly looked to have double whips dialled and was pulling them over the huge step up jump which looked hard enough to clear never mind do a whip over it. DK bikes rider Brett Walker was also wearing a moustache and doing 360 barspins. Must be Pornstar month.
Vert Finals : Who else would win but the king : Jamie Bestwick. Smooth as always and landing a bar spin to X-up after the clock ran out to make himself happy. Kevin Robinson also pulled a double flair after the clock. I did not witness it or get the picture because the venue staff were distracting me. He looked very disappointed when his first run ended with a small crash but came back charging in his second run. Koji Kraft put together a great run on his T1 bike and landed a double tailwhip. Simon Tabron wins the best goon run for throwing in some bizarre amateur moves in the closing seconds of his run.
The dirt course consists of a series of hipped jumps unlike last years straight in a row set. Mike "Hucker" Clark's nose dive 360's are like nobody else's and he also went for a double flip attempt. Corey Bohan looked really, really dialled throwing in a series of combo tricks. Tim "Fuzzy" Hall built the course and pulled a 1 footed can backflip lander. 720-s were pulled by Guettler (1st), Nyquist (4th) and MacKay (10th) and it's good to have Stephen Murray back in the finals. His clean 360 flip helped him get there (6th). Dew tour leader Anthony Napolitan squeezed in in the last second and will have to do well to keep his lead because Luke Parslow is on fire these days.
San Jose is the 10th largest city in America with people driving cars fueled by vegetable oil. This can only be the Bay Area where the Toyota Challenge leg of the Mountain Dew Tour is being held. Watching vert practice and prelims it's clear that the final tomorrow will be between the king of smoothness Bestwick and Chad Kagy. Both looked really good and in control. Simon Tabron, Jimmy Walker and Tom Haugen also looked good and will be fighting for the last spot on the podium.
Ok so I shouldn't be putting this as the beginning; let's face it, it could have been left out but I have to be honest with you I was livid that I had to work the same weekend as the Nottinghill Carnival, Reading festival and a mates party in Leicester but hey that comes with the territory of organising jams. I have to say though that I'm now sitting here eating my own words with a huge slice of humble pie for desert because Bristol was INCREDIBLE!!!! I have never been to Motion before so I was glad we popped in on the Saturday to check out the park and instantly loved the atmosphere. It was clean, fresh and friendly and although it is compact, the space is really well used to ensure smooth lines.
After watching a cross footed flip over the box and some of the riders launch themselves into the foam pit, which sparked a major shoe search, we left the park for the hotel ready to sample the Bristol night life.
The flatland in Brazil demonstrates great evolution. Currently some athletes compete in international tests with excellent results. In 2006 happens de first national championship with 40 participants, organized for Confederação Brasileira de Ciclismo (CBC) with promotion of the specialized site BMX Press . The number of practitioners of the modality grew significantly and they call the attention the media. “Finally we popularize the sport”, says Gustavo Dias, director of CBC. Dias also commemorates the increase in the number of sponsors. “To invest in flat, currently, offers financial return”, he affirms. With the consolidation of the modality, the CBC decided to demonstrate its social responsibility.
This year's LG Tour stop in Paris was way better than last year, the street course was a bit better and the Vert ramp was the same but the riders made it a better contest than last year. Street/Park: Although a very small street course it was still fun to ride, it was so tight that Dave Dillewaard looked bigger than the park but managed to win the first price again. More riders showed up this time and we even had 5 Dutch guys in prelims, Barry Kohne didn't impress the judges this time, Mark Vos showed he is a good rider but not in contests, Daniel Wedemeijer rode well and Pim v/d Bos was the best from the Dutch with a 12th place, just missing the finals with his dialed Front & Back & Tail whips.
Vert final results LG Action Sports World Tour, Paris, France.
1. Simon Tabron, UK 2. Zach Shaw, UK 3. Jay Eggleston, USA 4. Tom Haugen, USA. 5. Mike Mancuso, USA 6. Jason Branham, USA 7. Matt Fairbairn, Australia 8. Benni Kopp, Germany 9. Koji Kraft, USA 10. Tom Stober, USA 11. Tim Eichert, Germany 12. Chris Mahoney, England 13. Eduardo Terreros, Spain 14. Jean Marie Baertsch, Switzerland
Results Park finals LG Action Sports World Tour Paris, France:
1. Dave Dillewaard, Australia 2. Alessandro Barbero, Italy 3. Chris Mahoney, England 4. Ben Hennon, England 5. Corey Martinez, USA 6. Tom Haugen, USA 7. Koji Kraft, USA 8.Benny Korthaus, Germany 9. Axel Juergens, Argentina 10. Markus Wilke, Germany 11. Brendan Jones, Australia