It's summer time and loads of events are happening all over the globe which means the HARO riders are staying busy representing the HARO brand. The 2006 models and catalogs are already being finalized and before we know it, the trade shows are around the corner. Read on for some news that happened this month.
+ Congratulations to Peter Geys for pulling his first 900 air. The HARO Benelux rider has haunted the trick for many years and puling one is very rewarding. Let's see if he can pull one at the Garden of Vert, a halfpipe contest that will happen from 12-14 August in his backyard. For more info on this HARO sponsored event, visit: www.gardenofvert.com
+ Over in Paris, France the 2005 UCI World Championships took place from 29-31 July. Warwick Stevenson was defending his 2004 Elite men world title but a missed gate in one of the qualifying rounds (1/8th final) had the Australian catch up with the other riders to finish out of the top 4 when the finish line neared.
Surprise in the Elite men class was Jamie Gray. The Australian HARO rider came over to Europe earlier this year to give the 4-cross circuit a go and got support from Moore Large and raced some of the 4X events in the UK before going to the USA to live with Warwick Stevenson and follow his real dream (riding PRO BMX). After some good results in the States, Jamie made it over to the UCI BMX World's in Paris and looked very good in all qualifying rounds. Gray blazed through the 1/16th final, the 1/8th, quarter and semi and found himself on the gate with the 7 fastest BMX-ers in the world. Dale Holmes had picked Jamie as his favorite to win the title and it looked really good when the gate dropped. Jamie got in the lead of the main but clipped the landing of the last double going in the first turn and crashed out. Still a big congratulations to the Australian for his great result.
+ Velo2000 (Haro-France) sponsored the FISE contest this month. The event drew an estimated 200.000 visitors over a course of 4 days. HARO had banners around the BMX courses (street-flat-dirt-vert) and also had a HARO bike give-away and made one visitor real happy. Peter Geys scored 4th place in vert in Montpellier, France.
+ European HARO Freestyle rider Benjamin Shenker over in Hungary had an interesting experience where he was chosen as one of the judges for the Miss RedBull election. One lady was chosen to be the Miss for the upcoming Formula One race in Hungary. The silicon factor was high, the IQ was on the low side but no one seemed to have a problem with that.
+ Ash Rawson (Haro NZ) and HARO team mate Kurt Pickard have been on a mega trip. The New Zealanders stopped in the USA for a BMX race and the HARO meeting, then flew over to Europe for the World's where Ash finished 3rd in cruiser. On the way back to New Zealand they'll stop at the X-Games in Los Angeles to check that out and then it's back home.
+ Dave Mirra and Ryan Nyquist have not been dominating like in the past, but don't count them out. The X-Games are around the corner and both Ryan and Dave will be representing HARO in the mega event. Good luck to both of them.
+ Loads of distributor sponsored HARO riders showed up at the Palais
Omnisport in Bercy for the UCI World championships. Find the article with photos of some of the HARO riders on the www.harobikes.com site rather sooner than later.