Round two of the Soul Cycle XL series went down last weekend and good times were in effect. Barry Kohne and Dwayne BMXigan Verkade were at it again. Here’s a little round up of everything you missed out on.
Since Zaandam is not located anywhere near the German and Belgian border, less foreign riders showed up. Considering this, it was great to see riders such as Markus Wilke, Paddy Gross, Sergei Geyer, little ripper Bruno Hoffman and of course Hannu Cools make the trip to the old Bruynzeel factory. Also good to see Vladdie de Koning representing NBR/ Zeeland. Dutch riders were in effect as well, even though a lot were hurt. Barry is still healing up after his handplant gone bad in Heerlen, along with a few others.
As soon as Soul Cycle owner and part time dj King Koen and Dj Delay aka Leon had their turntables up and running the party was on. Their healthy mix of hiphop, funk, soul and rock got everybody shaking their ass in no time. In Heerlen they managed to blow up the entire soundsystem, this time they only blew up one box.
A lot of stuff went down after the music was up n running. Let me just mention a few highlights.
The judges! Somehow, Jurrien, Caine and Frankie got hooked up with beer all the time. They got in a great mood, but had to go to the toilet every other heat. Never seen people run that fast with a beer in their hand!
Pencil airs! â€˜What’s a pencil air?’, a young kid wanted to know. Judge Jurrien decided to throw in two FSO VanAlles shirts for the best pencil airs of the day. In expert Michael van der Lee pulled off a cool pencil air transfer and in pro class Daniel Wiz threw some pencil style into lots of tricks. If you thought pencil airs were old school, think again!
Bruno Hoffman is dialed as hell. He left a lot of the older guys in awe with 180s over the spine, a blunt on the jersey barrier and good style. With only 12 years, watch out for this little kid!
Daniel Wedemeijer. Riding in his local skatepark, he knew every transition and had the lines wired. With the highest wallride and some serious boosts and 360s on the spine, he took home first place and a bag o nice stuff.
In pro, a little kid called Felix Kirch was speeding over the course and flying all over the place. He attempted a bikeflip over the spine and got damn close.
Markus Wilke (Vans, Dragonfly) looked like he was having a good time all day. He had a solid run in the finals, ending it with a grind up the rail to 180 out.
Sergei Geyer was on fire in the finals. He had some tech tricks on the spine, a big fufanu and at some shit before pulling a big turndown transfer to wallride.
Daniel Wiz was throwing down whips all over the place in Zaandam. He says he doesn’t really like to ride contests, but showed no sign of nerves whatsoever. Third place for him.
Paddy Gross took first place at round 1, but was feeling a bit weak and sick in Zaandam. This didn’t stop him from pulling some of the hardest tricks of the contest, such as 360 whips over the spine and a 180 tailwhip over the spine. Awesome smooth riding as usual from Paddy.
Hannu Cools. When he puts his mind on something, you know he’s gonna make it happen. After some original lines in the finals, he went for a ridiculous fufanu on a crazy high back rail. It was just a matter of two tries before he nails it. Well deserved first place for him.
Things are looking good for the last round of the Soul Cycle XL series. After two rounds, Hannu and Paddy are tied for first place. The grand finale will take place on May 7 in Skateland, Rotterdam. You don’t want to miss out on this one!
Big thanks goes out to Soul Cycle, Braun, Orchid, Prospect clothing Simple bikes and Soul Video magazine for making this event possible. Special thanks to the new Soul Cycle shop manager Jeroen for keeping the party alive and kicking!
Pics by: Barry Tielkes.