Dave Dillewaard did some very sweet inverts over the hip in Whistler last year. So good in fact that I had a photo enlarged and put it up on the wall in front of me. I look at it all the time, so fucking awesome I could cry. Dillsy will be back this weekend. Let's see what the Aussie has to say about the comp and about the X-Games dropping dirt this summer.
1) What does the Elevation comp mean to you? It's the best dirt contest I have ever been to. That's it, that's all.
2) Do you fancy riding real trails going down a hill?
It's not far away, the Elevation comp in Whistler. You can count on Chris Doyle to be there and blast a couple of turndown 360-s over the biggest sets in a way that only Doyle can. Here's what Chris had to say about the comp.
1) What does the Elevation comp mean to you? Good times, great location, and good friends.
2) Do you fancy riding real trails going down a hill? Heck yes! Who wants to pedal?
3) Have you seen photos of the 2007 dirt jumps yet? I saw a couple photos but not the whole course and it looks incredible.
4) How bad do you think it is that Dirt is no longer a discipline in the X-Games?
The Red Bull Elevation contest is coming up this weekend. We asked some of the competitors what they think about the contest. Here are the answers from Alejandro Caro, a rider who surprised a lot of people in Whistler last year.
1) What does the Elevation comp mean to you? It is just the best dirt contest of the year, this is so much fun. It's the best riders of the sports riding amazing huge trails
Q : What made you decide to want to move to America with your bike? A : Well, I grew up riding my bike and knew that the US is one of the best places to ride your bike, there is a lot of riders around and bikeparks, and bikeshops. I always thought that the US would be the best bet, and in 2003 a friend offered me a job in Dallas, TX, so after that I just decided to come.
Q : What is the best place you have ridden so far in the States?
Name: Kye Forte Age: 25 Hometown: Newton Abbot, Devon, England
Sponsors: Red Bull, United Bikes, Oakley, DC, The Movment, Green Machine bike shop.
Let’s talk about the Empire of Dirt event. You’ve organized jams before but this one is of a whole other level with people coming over from all over the world. Are you ready for it? Kye Forte: I think the event is going to be pretty nuts, at least I hope so, we put a lot of work into it. It has been a year in the planning. It’s going to be different. Everyone’s there, everyone’s having fun, you can’t compare it with anything else, it’s going to be a week where everyone is really going to enjoy themselves. Normally people say they’re having a great time at a contest but half the time they’re not. They’re lying but the Empire of Dirt is going to be really fun.
Name: Bruno Hoffmann Age: 14 Hometown: Siegen, close to Cologne, Germany.
You’re one of the young ones on the contest scene but how long have you been riding BMX? Bruno Hoffmann: I don’t know a real point of time, but I think about 5-6 years Is BMX your life? Bruno Hoffmann: Nah, not really. I have my life with school, family, friends and stuff. BMX is just a really big part of it.
How do you follow BMX? Bruno Hoffmann: I just check a few sites on a daily basis. I also like to watch current videos and magazines.
Name: Daniel Dhers Age: 22 Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
How's staying with Dave Mirra? Daniel Dhers: It's definitely amazing, Dave was one of my idols for so many year, so living with him and get to see what motivates him it's definitely a good experience and motivation for me.
Where do you usually ride? Daniel Dhers: Mirra's Warehouse, JC Park, The Unit and Mancuso's Vert Ramp As the current Dew tour Park champion, do you feel more pressure going into the year 2007? Daniel Dhers: Not really, I never really feel much pressure when it comes to riding, I had my doubts if I was going to choke, but when I'm on my bike I just focus and don't let any distractions come to my mind, you know either you focus on what you are doing or you crash.
Name: Sebastian Keep Age: 24 Hometown: Hastings, U.K
What happened in Singapore? Bas Keep: I ruptured my spleen and had to spend a few days in hospital, luckily it stopped bleeding so they didn't take it out! After I was discharged I spent a week in bed in my hotel room sleeping!
You almost starved to death too? Bas Keep: Ha ha I was nil by mouth for two days because there was always a chance my spleen would start bleeding again and I would be taken in for surgery. On the third day Ali and Miron brought in some Chicken burgers for me!