Hope you are staying healthy and safe during this time of uncertainty.
As we’ve all come to witness, we are currently facing an unprecedented global crisis that has impacted the way we live, work and interact as a global community. It has caused global disruptions and changes to the way businesses operate beyond what could have been imagined. In light of the COVID-19 situation, our brand has been taking a series of precautionary steps to ensure that the health and wellbeing of our Vans Family and the global community remains our top priority. This has involved postponing or canceling upcoming owned events globally through to closing our corporate offices and Vans retail locations across North America, Europe and select locations in Asia Pacific.
As a global brand focused on connecting with our consumers around the world through experiences and spaces that bring their creativity to life, Vans will always prioritize the health and wellbeing of our consumers and staff.
With that said, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Vans BMX Pro Cup Series season.
This was not an easy decision, but one we feel is necessary in the current state of uncertainty.
Join Flatland BMX riders Terry Adams and Matthias Dandois LIVE on @RedBullBike this Friday, April 24 at 1pm ET / 12pm CT where both riders will be streaming from their homes. Terry will be streaming from his garage in his hometown of Hammond, Louisiana and will be joined by Matthias who will be going live from his apartment in Manhattan.
They will be sharing the screen while social distancing. One does tricks while the other narrates the tricks and interacts with fans. They switch it up, go back and forth, have some fun banter - trying to one-up each other.
Terry Adams: "Flatland is my heart and soul," he says. "I will do everything I can to help it grow." Growing up in Hammond, Louisiana, a small town about an hour outside of New Orleans, Terry discovered Flatland BMX when he was 12. Terry began competing in flatland contests at 16, and since then has amassed an impressive number of awards and accolades, including an X Games gold medal and two NORA Cup wins. These days, in between competing and continuing to pioneer his discipline, Terry is now widely regarded as the ambassador for flatland, taking part in demos all over the world.
Matthias Dandois: Matthias was crowned the world's best BMX flatlander at the age of just 19, but the
etnies, the global action sports footwear and apparel company, has been donating shoes to the homeless of Los Angeles for 23 years and will keep on helping those in the streets despite the COVID-19 pandemic. For etnies, it is a tradition to celebrate Good Friday on Skid Row giving shoes to the homeless during the Los Angeles Mission Easter Event, which is cancelled this year. However, that is not stopping the company from continuing with their giving tradition to the city’s most vulnerable.
For the past two decades, etnies has collectively donated tens of thousands of shoes. This year, the brand is extending the opportunity to its loyal fans to help the brand reach an all-time total goal of 50,000 shoes to those in need through the giveback program. For every pair of shoes sold on the etnies site from Thursday, April 9 through Sunday, April 12, 2020, the brand will donate an additional pair of shoes to the homeless.
“Doing something meaningful and purposeful for the homeless community has always been very
Vans elevates pinnacle BMX shoe technology in one of our most classic silhouettes, the Sk8-Hi Pro. Pulling together increased pedalfeel and support while reducing overall bulk and weight, the Sk8-Hi Pro BMX with Wafflecup tech is the latest iteration from Vans as we push BMX progression, supporting all those who love to ride. The Sk8-Hi Pro BMX features BMX Wafflecup outsole, a first-of-its-kind tech designed specifically to deliver the best combination of pedalfeel, support and durability, in addition to Vans’ proprietary PopCush – a new foam recipe that’s been meticulously tuned for impact protection, superior cushioning and energy return.
Built to last, the Sk8-Hi Pro BMX offers Duracap technology, reinforcing the shoe’s underlays in high-wear
Eighth installment of Strays is now available. Just like past "issues", these are a grouping of photos that were shot over the past few months that didn't find a home but we still wanted to share with the BMX community. This time around I'm excited to announce that we have photo contributions from both Taylor Stos and Chris Shellkopf.
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FISE World Series Montpellier Rescheduled. Due to the ongoing situation linked to COVID-19, Hurricane Group is postponing all events that were due to take place before June 1st. In this exceptional situation, we have decided to limit our activities as much as possible and postpone all events on the FISE calendar that were due to take place before June 1st. FISE Montpellier, initially scheduled from May 20th to 24th, will be moved to a later date in August. We will confirm the exact date in the coming weeks.
"This is an unprecedented decision, and probably one of the most difficult that we have had to make
In the current context of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, which also affects Japan, cycling’s governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), must announce that the Tokyo 2020 test events for BMX Freestyle and track cycling scheduled for 11 and 12 April, respectively in Tokyo and Izu, will not be held as originally planned. In view of the current health situation, holding the events would potentially put at risk the health of the riders, all those involved in the event and the fans, and compromise an equal treatment for all nations.
The UCI and Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will work together on new dates depending of course on the decisions taken by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding the Tokyo 2020 Olympic
UCI decisions concerning cycling disciplines, other than road, faced with the coronavirus. Fourty-eight hours after announcing the main principles that will shape the revision of the UCI International Road Calendar in view of the resumption of the 2020 season in the context of the coronavirus, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) today announces the framework for the other disciplines. Faced with the continued spread of the virus, notably in Europe, and in the context of restrictive measures adopted by a number of countries banning gatherings and movement of people, the UCI underlines that as world cycling’s governing body, it puts absolute priority on the security of athletes and all people present at events on the UCI International Calendar.
The European BMX Cup, the UCI BMX SX World Cup competitions and the Framed Festival at Papendal are canceled. Papendal has decided this after intensive consultation with the UEC, the UCI and other parties involved. This decision is inevitable due to the current corona crisis. The UEC European Cup would take place on April 25 and 26, followed by the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup and the Framed Festival from May 1 to 3. The corona crisis is gripping the entire world, developments are rapidly following each other, which entails an uncertain time for everyone. It is currently unclear how this crisis will develop in the near future.
The measures taken in the Netherlands, but also by other countries to prevent the spread of the virus, mean that we are forced to discontinue our preparations for the BMX competitions and the Framed Festival. Think of public life that is quiet in different countries, riders who cannot train because training locations are closed and borders that are closed so that one cannot travel.
Jochem Schellens, director Papendal: “This is a decision we take with pain in our hearts, but at the same time we have no other choice. We must put the safety and health of athletes, staff, crew, volunteers, spectators and other stakeholders first. It is not responsible at this time to bring together thousands of (international) racers and visitors. In addition, we have a social responsibility to take.