The Red Bull Circle of Balance is going to take place in Tokyo, Japan on 24 February. We asked a few of the invited riders of this unique flatland event to answer a few questions for FATBMX.Matt Wilhelm was on the case and you can find his answers and bike check right here.
Have you entered a Red Bull Circle of Balance competition before? Matt: Yes, I have been a part of the two other Red Bull comps and they were amazing and helped push flatland and my own riding to new levels.
Do you think it's right that the event is taking place in Japan this time? Matt: I have been to Japan several times, and it seems like there is a lot of interest in flatland over there. It makes sense for the best flatland comp to be in the place with the best flatland scene.
Name: Zachary Alexander Yankush aka Catfish Age: 31 Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio currently doing time in Dayton, Ohio
Did you grow up in Ohio? How was that? Zack: Yeah....I grew up here. It's not as bad as it's made out to be although the winters are horrible. I had a pretty good crew of ride to look up to when I first started riding in addition to having a semi-local bike shop that would put on contests. Ohio rules. Lots of fat girls though.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? Zack: For the longest time I wanted to be a lawyer..just because I had a lawyer friend growing up and he was PAID!
Name: Dennis McCoy Age: 40 Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Ten years of BMX freestyle domination. From when to when was that? DMC: From my rookie pro year in '86 through the end of 1995. The last year there was an overall title.
If there would be a BMX Hall of Fame, you would be the first person on the wall. Do you care about something like that? DMC: Thanks for the compliment. History is important and should be remembered, but it can also be easily manipulated, so I try to place more emphasis on the present. Irving Feffer summed it up best when he said:
Name: ALISTAIR JOHN WHITTON Age: 25....26 on 13th Feb Hometown: CHESTER, ENGLAND, NORTH WEST MATE
When did you move from England to the USA? Ali: 8TH 0F FEB 2004 WAS WHEN MY VISA WAS ISSUED, THEN I FLEW OUT A FEW DAYS LATER AND GOT A PHONE AND A TRUCK AND MOVED INTO AN APARTMENT IN STATE COLLEGE WITH MY LADY....
Was it time for a change or what was the exact reason for you to leave the UK? Ali: I WAS SPONSERED BY VANS USA AND WAS GETTING DOLLARS FROM THEM AND LIVING IN ENGLAND, SO WHEN THAT GOT EXCHANGED INTO POUNDS IT DIDN'T GO VERY FAR BECAUSE OF THE WEAK EXCHANGE RATE. I WANTED TO ENTER MORE COMPS AND TRAVEL THE US, SO I PACKED UP AND SET OFF AND TRAVELED ALL OVER AMERICA..I JUST WANTED TO LIVE OUT MY DREAMS, SO I DID
How many times have you been to Estonia? Josh: 3 times
Why do you try to go back every year? Josh: The contest is soo laidback, the contest lets you sleep all day and ride at night and that's what I do at home so I pretty much fit in well. I really enjoy traveling and don't want to regret not using the opportunities I once had.
Birthdate: 10-09-1984 Height: 6'3" Weight: 205 (Skinny, but tall) Born & Raised in: Born in Tarzana, Cali. Raised in Santa Clarita, Cali. Current Residence: Santa Clarita, Cali. Year turned pro: 2002 Current Sponsors: GT bikes, Red Bull, Oakley, UGP, ODI.
Race career highlights? Mike Day: 2004 X Games Bronze 2004 UCI Supercross Silver Woodward West 2005 NBL #1 PRO 2005 UCI Worlds Elite 2nd Place Paris, France 2005 NORA Racer of the Year Award 2005 AA Pro 1st Place Orlando, FL 2005 AA Pro 1st Place Nellis, NY 2005 AA Pro 1st Place Evansville, IN 2005 AA Pro 1st Place Ontario, Cali. 2006 UCI Worlds Elite 3rd Place Sao Paulo, Brazil 2006 UCI Supercross 3rd Overall 2006 AA Pro 1st place Desoto, TX
Name: Harrison Taylor Boyce Age: 23 Hometown: Seattle, WA What's your position at MacNeil? Harrison: I’m the creative director. I am in charge of everything visual for MacNeil from ads to product graphics. I work really closely with the guys, but they pretty much give me free rain over the brand.
For some people it's hard to go work in the USA. You moved from the USA to Canada. What did it take to be legal on all fronts? Harrison: It wasn’t the easiest process. From the initial conversations, to me actual holding my work visa took a little over a year. As a graphic designer or anyone with a creative position, it actually isn’t that tough, it just took a bit to find the right lawyer and get all my references together. Once everything was finally inline, the process went really smooth.
Q : Who are the folks that help you out and keep you on your bike fulltime? A: Redline bicycles, Etnies shoes, Alpinestars, and Knight bike co
Q : With the X Games turning into a popularity contest and no longer giving unknown riders a chance to make a name for themselves, people like yourself are left with a contest series like the Dew Tour. How did this tour start you career off? A: The Dew Action SportsTour is the best contest around.
FATBMX provided Cathy Bluem with a media pass to visit the Arby Action Sports Awards up close. She caught up with BMX Award winner Ryan Guettler and talked about the victory, tricks he's got in the works and his plans for next year. -How does it feel to win? It feels fantastic, I know you guys all voted as much as you can. To be honest when they told me I got nominated for two events, I didn't want this, I wanted to go home (to Australia) it's winter here and I'm getting a cold, this was like two weeks ago, and they told me that I better stay. They couldn't tell me if I won or not but they told me I was nominated and I should stay. Which hinted to me that I might win one of them. The first award came, Comeback of the Year, I really didn't care about that one because it basically meant you crashed and got back on your bike. I wouldn't know what to say for that one so when I lost it to Brian Deegan, it was okay. But for this one (BMX) I didn't know who I was nominated against, so when they were announcing the nominees, Jamie Bestwick, Ryan Nyquist and Anthony Napolitan I figured there was no way I was gonna win this, I'm having such a good night anyways so there's no way I'm gonna win this. Then the chick turned around, and I was like woah, then walking up to the stage, it was the coolest feeling ever.