Name: Ryan Barrett Age: 25 (turning 26 May 10th!) Hometown: Raleigh, NC
You've always traveled a bunch, but now you've taken it to the next level. How many dyas have you spent on the road in let's say, the last 12 months? Ryan: I would say at least six of the last 12 months I have been traveling. I recently moved from Pittsburgh, PA to Portland, OR and took a month to drive across the country. Also, in the fall I was gone for 3 straight months camping and riding. So that's 4 months in those two trips alone.
Okay, you do ride a bike, and are pretty good at it but we're gonna go into the travel hobby a bit here. What sort of tent do you have?
RIDEBMX is a monthly magazine. That means that pretty much every 4 weeks you can pick up this mag and get informed about the latest in BMX land. Their myspace site is already lacking. For the last couple of issues I was able to pull down their contents list but the latest issue they've got listed is the May issue. This means I've got to come up with shit myself for another review of another issue. The July issue can be displayed by retailers until June 13th. That's another 6 weeks that you have to find this issue on the shelves at the newsstands. Hmm, what's in it? The Up Front section has all the news from a couple of weeks ago. You probably already read it on FATBMX. Chase Hawk is on Lotek while JPR is still working on getting the Caste prototypes into production. A couple of riders pick their favorite photo from previous RIDE BMX issues. Jamie Bestwick answers all your questions. Rooftop talks about his i-pod just before he enters the Gumball ralley as Tony Hawk's co-driver. We've heard Elvis (SkinDaddy) was given a Porsche too to race the yuppie race. If that's the case, we'll probably be able to give you a few backstage stories when the world race is over.
Bicycle Business News (BBN) showed up with its May 2006 issue. The mag is interesting in the fact that they go beyond the official press release. When the news is big, they grab the phone and dial up the president of the company to get the score. Cover stories are the sale of Seattle Bike Supply (SBS) to the Holland based Accell group and also the QBP "Frostbike" dealer show. There's news on Brad McDonald and Todd Toth leaving Transworld Media to start their own online gig. Also tips are given how a BMX bike is set up these days. Are you keeping up with the trends? Chris Moeller's guest editorial is always an interesting read whether you agree with him, or not. Specialized is a company that is often misinterpreted. 3 of their employees are trying to brush things up in an article on page 9. Greg Walsh tells about packaging, Greg Hill explains RockStar Bikes, Erik's Bike shop tells their situation, there's a complete bike buyer's guide in the May issue as well as 2 pages of products. Should you sell on E-Bay? BBN gives 7 tips. 5 top selling products and the BMXposuremeter wrap up this issue.
The second annual DC Sprint trails race took place over the weekend at Randy Stumpfhauser's backyard in California. A bunch of pros showed up to race one-on-one in sunny conditions. The 10 second girl was a nice addition to the race that was held on a well groomed trail track. Last year's winner Randy Stumpfhauser was once again the man to beat and everyone, including Robert de Wilde, failed to eliminate the new daddy. Robert ended up racing for 3rd against Aaron Johnson. Aaron beat Robert once and Robert beat Aaron once. The time difference was in Aaron's advantage so he grabbed third place. Mike Day had transfered to the final by beating Johnson and had to take on the GT rider. In heat one, Mikey Day crashed which gave Randy a 1.5 second advantage going in the final race. Staying on the bike and close to Mike in the second heat was all Stumpy had to do to win but instead he grabbed the second heat as well. True champ.
Name: Tom Haugen Age: 29 Hometown: Minneapolis, USA.
You've been on Free Agent for a couple of years now, how was that change from the GT days? Tom: There is no emphasis on me having to do shows with Free Agent. They just want me at as many events as possible. I have a much better exchange of communication with Free Agent as well and they really value my opinions.
Do you still do a lot of shows? Tom: When I can. With the hectic contest schedule it can be hard to find the time, but if I'm not busy I'm always willing to do them.
What sort of things does your bike sponsor ask you to do?
The 2nd Annual CFB - BMX Riders' Art Show Back by popular demand. The CFB - BMX Riders' Art Show will take place from 7 pm to Midnight, Saturday, June 3, in Oklahoma City. The location is 1100 N. Broadway in the historical district of Automobile Alley in downtown Oklahoma City. The call for entries is now open and the deadline to receive artwork is Friday, May 26. Guidelines for the show are:
Concrete parks seem to pop up everywhere these days and not only in America. Amsterdam had a fairly new one and a good one at that. It's dubbed the Marnix bowl simply because it's located on Marnix street. It's an awesome set up with just enough hips to keep you busy for ages.
It's 1,90 meters deep on one end and just a touch deeper at the very end.
BMX superstars launch grand re-opening of Jaycee's BMX Park. GREENVILLE, NC, April 2006 - The Park that has become home to local BMX professionals for over a decade has just received a face-lift. On Saturday, May 6, Greenville Recreation & Parks will officially unveil the renovated Extreme Park. The event kicks off at 2 p.m in Jaycee Park and will be open to the general public at no cost. Local BMX professionals will be putting on a thirty minute demo followed by a raffle and autograph session. The event is to showcase the new park by the BMX riders; some of whom had a hand in the new design.
"The riders got together, formed a design group and came up with their suggested layout for the new and improved ramps," said Boyd Lee, Director of Greenville Recreation & Parks.