With three major BMX events going on this weekend, FATBMX has landed in the South of France for the tenth edition of the FISE. Also here are Josh Nendza, Dave Freimuth, Max Vincent and 2005 winner John Heaton next to a fair bunch of European pros and some Japanese import on the flatland side. The street course is brand new and actually very interesting for the tech riders. We can't wait to see the pros shred the place to pieces. The dirt jumps look good too and it's hard to argue with the 18 meter wide Red Bull (Vertical) ramp. Riders are being flown in from the LG comp in Amsterdam to ride the beast on Sunday. The flatland takes place at the same asphalt surface but the mini spine contest is more of a joke with a three sheet wide mini at the entrance of the event site. This leaves space for improvement in years to come.
Expect FATBMX to post updates over the weekend and with a bit of luck we'll get you the 411 on the LG comp in Amsterdam and the Dew Tour in Denver as well.
I was suprised that no one had tried it before, but after visiting two places no one had really been to before it also made sense to go back to an old friend but do something we also hadn't. Fact is I hate rental vehicles; unless you get yourself a closed back 7.5 tonne shutter van they're not really the reminder of getting your friends together and going off somewhere I like. So buying something always appealed. There you get two options, buy something decent and hang on to it afterwards, or buy something of a heap and just do whatever with it.
I didn't really know what would be the end option as we started looking, fact is we'd been looking last year as well but decided against it. It's the kind of thing that you get sucked into, with an open scope for any vehicle and Chris from Hotwheels also got sucked into digging up some weird stuff. Somehow part of the tour ended up just being looking for the right cars. We looked at everything from Mercs to Capri's - which would have made at least one team member real happy. I looked at old library buses, Ice cream vans and battered old camper vans from the 60's.
DIRT FINAL RESULTS: 1 Markus Hampl (De) 2 Matt McLeod (S Africa) 3 Colin Mackay (Aus) 4 Daniel McGeary (Eng) 5 Nicolas Bertier (Fra) 6 Liam Eltham (eng) 7 Max Wood (eng) 8 Lilian Conry (Fra) 9 Shelter Doe (Fra) 10 Patrick Guimez (Fra) Pro Street Finals Results: 1 Mark Webb (eng) 2 Ben Wallace (eng) 3 Bjorn (Bommel) Magel 4 Allesandro Barbero (IT) 5 Tobias Wicke (Ger) 6 Ben Hennon (Eng) 7 Colin Mackay (Aus) 8 Mike Miller (Eng) 9 Anthony Watkinson (Eng) 10 Luke Towey (eng) 11 Mark Konig (ger) 12 Leon Perkins (eng) 13 Martin Cooper (eng) 14 Senad Grosec (aus) 15 Luke Marchant (eng) 16 Sam Ward (Eng) 17 Kyle Blake (eng) 18 Josh Elkington (eng)
Damn, here's the last part of the Elevation comp. It was insane. We've saved the best for last. Here are your top 10 finishers:
10. Romuald "BB" Noirot. Top 10 got money. A big scoreboard first showed the schedule, then it showed the top twenty qualifiers and then it showed two groups of riders; The "In the money" group and the "Not in the money" group. BB was the first rider to enter the Money group on the left side of the score board. He did so by throwing true superman airs over the big sets, no-handed 360-s, whips, a couple of lookbacks, 3-whips, and three-in-one combo's that made you want to rewind the film to figure out what he just did. BB is riding his signature MacNeil these days and wanted to show contest organizer and MacNeil boss Jay Miron his current level. The judges (Osato, Biz, Korthaus, Barrett, Beringer) were impressed too.
The Red Bull Elevation comp was a huge success. The jumps were awesome, the riders were top level, the organization was perfect, the sound was great and partying was on. We're splitting up the report by listing the 11-20 placed riders first and then the 1-10 placed riders later. Enjoy.
20 Adam Baker. You could take the finals two ways: 1) Take it safe and miss out on the top ten (meaning no money), or 2) Step it up and go for it. Adam was one of those riders who stepped it up, or at least tried to. The three-whip over the first set, that went straight into an oververt 180 degree right berm, caused some problems where Adam lost the speed he needed to clear the following set. Not happy with this he tried it again. With three out of four runs counting, missing more than one good run wasn't ideal. It was Adam's birthday too but that didn't help change things. After another sneak attempt back up on the starting hill he pulled what he wanted (the truckdriver) and continued with a personal victory run down the hill throwing one-handers and stretched one-footers for the hell of it.
The Red Bull Elevation comp just ended. Before getting the full report online with some amazing photos, we thought we'd give you the top 20 results first. We're giving it away like this but you need to come back to see how rad the comp was and who did what. Anyway, last year's winner Ryan Nyquist did a suicide backflip to an accidential half barspin for 3rd. Team mate Luke Parslow flipped the step down jump on his way to second. Putting 10G in his pocket is non other that Australian Corey Bohan who had been ruling the course all weekend long with a big bag of tricks.
It's not even 9:30pm and I'm wasted. I'm in Canada so I guess that's okay. The top 20 top qualifiers got announced tonight over dinner and free pitchers so things were all good. I tape recordered the top 20 but I'm not sure I'll type out the full list as Jamie McIntosh is going to e-mail the exact copy some time tonight and I'm trying to get back into town for some more Elevation partying. I know that Corey Bohan qualified first. Damn, he's been riding awesome and did 360-s both ways, tricked every set and will be a good contender tomorrow in the finals. Chris Doyle qualified in second and he impressed me. You know, the thing with Doyle is that sometimes it looks so smooth that you forget how hard the stuff he does is. At the Elevation trails he raised to the occasion and completely stood out to the other riders. He's got the skills for the transfers and tricks that might bring something tomorrow. Correct me if I'm wrong (the state i'M IN RIGHT NOW _oops cap lock) but I believe Nyquist got third in qualifying.
FATBMX has landed in beautiful Whistler, Canada and things are absolutely nuts here. Sun's out, the best dirt jumpers in the world are here and today they had 8 hours of practice on the crazy jumps. Add some nice girls to that and you've got a recipe for a nice event. Welcome to the Red Bull Elevation contest. When Jay Miron and his crew are doing something, they do it right. Early June they started building the jumps and it took a while before everything was done.
The Red Bull Elevation Dirt contest in Whistler Canada is one of those events that the dirt riders are looking forward to. Last year's event was a huge success and getting on the invited rider list this year was a priority for most of them. We checked in with a couple of riders who are going up to Canada this weekend.
Did you go to the Elevation last year? -Alejandro Caro: I couldn't go because I tore my ACL two weeks before the contest -Adam Baker: No I was recovering from a near fatal crash at the x-games -Corey Bohan: Sure did. Was pretty much the best dirt contest I've been to. -Benny Korthaus: Yes I went there last year as well -Dave Dillewaard: No I didn't. Very mad but nothing was stopping me from going this year. -Lance Mosley: I'd love to answer your questions but I turned down the invite. It's one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. Hopefully they'll invite me next year and I'll for sure be there. -Anthony Napolitan: No, I was supposed to but I could not make it.
June 25, 2006 - Louisville, Ky. - Simon Tabron won the BMX Vert competition Sunday in the final day of competition at the Dew Action Sports Tour's season-opening Panasonic Open at the Kentucky Expo Center. Tabron, 32, of Great Britain, successfully completed an alley oop no-handed 540, helping him earn a score of 94.75 during his first run to edge 2005 BMX Vert season champion Jamie Bestwick. [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1211]Bestwick[/url], 34, of Great Britain, came back after recent neck surgery to place second with a score of 93.50. In third was 2005 runner up Kevin Robinson, 34, East Providence, R.I., who scored a 93.00 on his second run.
“I’m very grateful for this win to start off the season,”Tabron said. “I’ve been working hard and trying new things.”