Flatland in France is big. The media pushes it and it shows. With a couple of Germans and a few Japanese riders at the FISE the level was high. High enough for York Uno not to make the final. He played it safe by doing "easy" tricks in qualifying but the judges noticed and didn't give him a spot in the final top 8. The final was ruled by Japan though with Hiroya Morizaki spinning to first and Taka getting second. Alex Jumelin's protégée Matthias Dandois was killing it on his Bram Verhallen-KHE and finished up the top three, one of his best pro results ever. Frank "Lowcash" Lukas brought a posse of friends over from Germany for mental support (and fun). He couldn't pull every spin he tried but pulled enough to get fourth place. Adam Kun had a flat in the first group of the jam session final and rode in the last group of three. He did manage to pull some impressive combo's for 5th. In 6th we have Alexis Desolneux. With Alexis it's on or it isn't. He didn't ride terrible and with a full more tricks pulled he would have been in the top three easily but the sloping asphalt wasn't on his side in the finals.
The Dirt set-up for the tenth FISE was nice. A big 40ft container was used to get speed for the drop-in. Three big sets followed and then a 80 degree left turn brought you to the final jump that you could jump either straight, at 120 degrees or the full hip to the left at a 90 degree angle. The pro class went straight to the finals on Saturday night. The vibe was great with a loud (drunk) crowd, some fireworks, loud music and Lionel Cardoso on the MIC. As always the riders made the show. Each one of them had 4 runs of which the best three counted. This left room for trying out new tricks but you still had to be consistent to end up high on the score sheets.
Alejandro Caro was riding a borrowed bike but it didn't seem to hurt his riding. He had four super consitent runs with big bangers like 720-s, x-up flips and 3-whips. The Colombian scored first but left straight after the comp with Markus Hampl to finish up the Dirt jumps for the BMX Masters.
After multiple years on the shady FISE vert ramp, the organization wanted to make sure that the 10th edition had the perfect set up. The 18 meter wide Red Bull ramp showed up and it took a bit to get things perfect on the sloping asphalt. The heat and dust didn't make the set up perfect but it was a big improvement anyway.Tim Eichert and Eduardo Terreros were flown in from the LG contest in Amsterdam to participate at the FISE. Too bad Tim's bike never showed up (they flew into Barcelona too) and Eduardo's bag with his pads and helmet never showed up. Tim's solution came in the form of Achim Kujawski's bike that he had brought along but wasn't going to compete. All of a sudden Tim had a perfectly dialed bike and he seemed to enjoy it. Eduardo had to collect some stinky pads from other people and to top it off he rode with Tim's sweaty helmet.
There was little to no room for practice for both of them as they arrived on the spot at 1pm and the contest was scheduled for 1:30pm. The comp was moved back to 3pm so both of them had a bit of time to get used to their new equipment. With 30+ temperatures it didn't take long for the riders to warm up.
On the hot 16th of July Daniel Wedemeijer won pro in the categories highest air and mini and made himself overall winner of the first BMX only contest in skate park Westblaak (The Netherlands). Initiator Jonathan Jansen did the same by winning in Expert the category highest air en became second in street. Winners by category are:
Pro street: 1. Barry Kohne 2. Mark Vos 3. Pim van den Bos Pro mini: 1. Daniel Wedemeijer 2. Michael van der Lee 3. Pim van den Bos Pro High air: 1. Wedemeijer 2. Van der Lee 3. Pim van den Bos
Expert street: 1. Tim Jansen 2. Jonathan Jansen 3. Wijnand Expert Mini: Aymi 2. Stuard Gibson 3. Georgio Expert high air: Jonathan Jansen 2. Shannon B. 3. Stuard Gibson
Usually people walk the world wearing a blindfold! This is caused through missing knowledge and abilities to use the infrastructure in a creative way. I have unconsciously passed this curved wall for at least six years. Then, BMX opened my eyes! YEAH…. Holy shoot, this wall is one of the greatest things the Almighty has given us! The terrain around this ‘porn roundabout’, the ramps from the Pumpwerk Basel, BMX action, a wrecked car, a beer-bar - yeah you freaking Americans we are allowed to do that - rocking sounds and sweating people turned this event into hell on earth.
I wanted to go to Roskilde for years but never made it due to whatever reasons, this year I made it to one of the biggest Music festivals in Europe with 90.000 crazy Skandinavians.Pim van den Bos is sponsored by Simple Bikes and Eastpak and Niels Thanlid invited Pim to enter the show on Tuesday and Wednesday and made me the announcer, not knowing this the week before it was hard to book flights but Pim’s father joined in and brought us to Denmark by car! 1000 Kilometres and 13 hours later we arrived on time for the show on Tuesday.
Eighteen riders from all over Europe and even Argentina and Australia were found to entertain the huge crowd that arrives at Monday/Tuesday several days before the concerts starts.
Last weekend the LG Action Sports World Tour landed in Amsterdam, at one of the largest open air dance festivals in the world: Dance Valley. With BMX street on Friday and BMX vert on Saturday together with some freestyle motocross demos, the weekend was a blast. Tobias Wicke sure seems to like Amsterdam. After his win at the Redbull Bridge Master in April this year, he returned to Amsterdam for his second Amsterdam victory.
Imagine this: Dance Valley - an open air dance festival featuring 120 DJs and a live performance by the Prodigy. In the middle of the festival area a huge set-up with a half-pipe and a very good park set-up.
Behind the half-pipe and park a relative small part was reserved for the FMX demo. The FMX guys did not have any space left to make an error.
Tabron Takes His Third Gold of the Season Complete contest report by Mike Vincent as provided by www.LGactionsports.com:
Today at the LG Action Sports World Tour, we wrapped up the bike events with BMX Vert Finals. It was a windy day at Dance Valley. Maybe it was due to the loud techno-dance beats and the thousands of dancers in attendance. BMX Vert is a very dangerous sport, and these athletes put it all on the line today.
Since this LG stop was in Amsterdam, I expected most of these guys to be out late last night, but I’m happy to say these professional riders stayed in. These guys had to fight the wind, deal with the headaches from the loud music, and put together at least one good run to place well. Here’s what happened…
In BMX Dirt, Nyquist, 27, secured his first Tour win this season with his first 720 barspin in competition. He scored a 96.25 on his second run to beat the Panasonic Open winner, Anthony Napoliton, 20, of Youngstown, OH. Napoliton scored a 94.00 and in third 21-year-old Luke Parslow scored 93.25. "It's crazy, I feel like I won my first contest. I'm so happy," said Nyquist. "I just found out that I'm the oldest guy on the course. The young guys are pulling the hardest tricks and it seems like war out there."
Dew Tour Denver Dirt results:
1st Nyquist, Ryan 96.25 pts. 2nd Napolitan, Anthony 94 pts. 3rd Parslow, Luke 93.25 pts.