Breakfast at the hotel was until 10:30am so at 10:25 we all met downstairs for some food. The plan was to ride the new concrete park at Het Malieveld and the Scheveningen pool after that. While we were in the The Hague area we also checked out the A4 trials and found out that they were wet. When we arrived at the new spot at Het Malieveld, it started pouring. Damn. With no other dry spots around, the trip continued to the North. The skatemaps that the TM's had printed out showed this concrete spot under a bridge that looked pretty amazing. When we arrived in Zaandam it wasn't a disappointment.
For no particular reason I ended up in the Cools brother's white van. You can consider this their house when they're on the road. It's super roomy, has some sort of stereo and plenty of room for bikes. I've met Sig and Hannu before but never got to know them very well. This changed on the Eastpak/Carhartt trip. Their hospitality is endless and they even picked up a couple of hitchhikers from France on our way North to Holland for the next stop.
FATBMX met up with the Eastpak/Carhartt tour in St. Niklaas, Belgium. The crew had done two stops that day, one in Kortrijk (outdoor concrete park) and the park in Sint-Niklaas. The barbeque that was planned for the night turned into an indoor grill party at the Cools brother's place in Reet (I'm not kidding, that's the name of the town they live in. It means ass in Dutch). The crew consisted of Markus Braumann, Ben Manuel, Benny Paulsen, Bruno Hoffman, Hannu and Sig Cools, Stefan Lantschner and TM's Andy Zeiss (Eastpak), Mike Emde (Carhartt), Kay Clauberg (FreedomBMX) and myself. The plan was to ride spots in both Belgium and The Netherlands for the weekend and make the best out of it. With rain showers forecasted, there was a plan A (outdoor spots) and a plan B (indoor spots). With all the good riders present and all the spots that were shredded, we're going to give you a couple of little reports this week on the riding spots we stopped at. Instead of one article with 10 photos, we'll give you a bunch more.
Tom Stober made the trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil for the PRO RAD BMX vert contest. The ABBMX had turned the floor of the Ibirapuera Gymnasium into a giant vert ramp. With a R$10.000 Reais Prize purse on the line it wasn't only Tom who did giant flairs on the vert ramp.
Thanks to Charaba for putting on the contest and taking the time to send in the results and some cool photos. Vert riding in Brazil, enjoy the photos.
The opening of the Venus trails saw about 30-40 people show up. Mostly MTB-ers, sad but true, but also a couple of photographers and filmers showed up. Tim Bucholz took the photos you see with this little report so thanks to him. As planned we got together at the Aldi parking lot and rode over to the dirt jumps together. We had laid out a red carpet which was pretty effective. Jan Stoertzer held a short speech followed by a raffle where the two winners both got a T-shirt and some scissors. With these scissors they cut the ribbons that were placed across the dirt jumps. After that, the session was on.
Quite a few had problems clearing the big jumps as there was no possibility to warm up on smaller sets. One of the BMX-ers broke his arm and had to be taken to the hospital. After the early difficulties were over, it turned into a nice session.
The Got Dirt BMX trail jam went down on last week in conjunction with the BMX racing nationals at Wayville showground in Adelaide. The course consisted of a massive 5m high roll in and drop off which went straight into 3 big sets of jumps. The riders then had a 6m high wall ride to hit and 3 more sets of jumps on the way back. The course was definitely the best competition dirt course ever built in Australia and saw some awesome riding over the weekend. There were competitions for Pro and Am with $4000 pro purse and well over that in prizes. The Comp format was a head to head battle, the riders were split into pairs and had 3 runs through the jumps to show their skills. The winner for each round progressed to the next and so on right through to the final. This format saw some interesting results with consistency and planning your runs taking a big part in the results.
The Am comp proved that the future of BMX is strong with a stack of good riders battling it out for the golden got dirt #1 shovel.
The sun made it seem like August as I drove through early afternoon traffic. Marley’s ears caught the wind as he poked his fury head out the window of my little red pick up. “April showers? Yeah right, its 70 degrees and there isn’t a cloud in the sky” I thought as I sped towards the skatepark. “Marley, who do you think is going to win the BMX comp at Thrill-Zone?” “Woof” he replied…. “Me too”
The last Friday in April couldn’t arrive quickly enough for me. I knew this weekend was going to be amazing. Funky Monkey Radio in Tacoma had been hyping up the contest at Thrill-Zone for weeks. A 3 day BMX and Skateboard event with thousands of dollars in cash and prizes is a great recipe for fun. Redline Bicycles, Diamondback Bikes, Props Video Magazine, Animal, Pryme safety gear, Grand Prix Raceway, Applebee’s, Scion, The Volcano News, Monster energy drink, Kronik energy drink, Mountain Dew’s MDX energy drink and Full Throttle energy drink all donated prizes so generously that all in attendance were wired and no one left empty handed.
Flatlanders united for the FLAT-JAM in Rhode Island. Here's the results: Pro
1st. Matt Wilhelm ($1,500) 2nd. Jeff DesRoche ($1,200) 3rd. Cory Fester ($1,000) 4th. Dave Petrin ($800) 5th. Stephen Cerra ($500) 6th. Dane Beardsley 7th. Raphael Chiquet 8th. James McGraw 9th. Terry Adams 10th. Scott Ditchfield 11th. Justin Miller 12th. Alex Jumelin
The announcement of the Red Bull Bridge Master arrived pretty late. With only a few weeks before the event date, it was still unclear of what it was about. When the first drawings hit the internet, it started to look pretty interesting and with Red Bull behind it, you know it was going to be a crazy event. The starter list of invited riders looked like this: Ben Hennon UK, John Petit FR, Dimitri Ivanov FR, Tobias Wicke DE, Benny Paulsen DE, Hannu Cools BE, Greg van Tulder BE, Senad Grosic AU, Craig Stevens UK, Kye Forte UK, Sebastian Keep UK, Barry Kohne NL, Mark Vos NL, Michael van der Lee NL, Daniel Wijsmuller NL, Bas Brouwer NL, Pim van den Bos NL and Bjorn Mager DE. Not too shabby, especially for Dutch standards.
The day previous to the comp was a hot one. I wore a T-shirt and shorts for the first time of the year and with the event being on the water, I was expecting a good time. The organization had asked people to come over by boat to watch the contest which was taking place on top of the Magere Brug, a historical bridge in Amsterdam.