The travel getting there is always a drag. Caught a cab at 06:30am to the train station of Helmond, spent 2 hours in the train and checked in the bags at the United counter around 09:00am. I changed my pre-assigned seat to a window seat so I could put my hoodie on, lean to the wall and try to get some well needed sleep. This didn't really work out. Seat 33J was occupied by a Big Mamma. Here love handles already covered the arm rest and I was in trouble. I saw some empty seats in the back and was hoping they would be free after boarding was completed and luckily they were. Not that I slept well, but at least I had some leg room for the first nine and a half hour flight to Chicago.
On arrival I had 25 minutes before boarding started for flight UA121 to
The SuperCross season in the USA is in full swing. On the start in San Francisco will be: Yours truly. The Suzuki Crossover Challenge race brings athletes from different sports and celebrities together for a 5 lap race on the actual SX track in front of a packed stadium. 24 participants will be on the same type of bike (DRZ110's) and for most of us it's task to survive the 2 whoop sections. The race will take place on Saturday 29 January.
I've only ridden a mini bike on dirt once and that was last Sunday on Paul's CRF50. Never touched a 110 in my life but I'm looking forward to the challenge. Wish me luck. The program looks like this:
The life of a ramp builder isn't always glory. Burned out tools, splinters in the eye, deadlines to meet, crappy weather and fighting the army. What? Nate Wessel flew to China to fix a vert ramp for an important contest. It must have been an important contest if they fly someone in from the USA to fix a ramp. When Nate worked on the ramp, the China army walked in and made him stop for whatever reason. Clever Nate decided to sneak in at 2am to finish the ramp but the China Army doesn't sleep and they surrounded the vert ramp. Imagine being in this position and all you want to do is fix a bloody ramp! Nate survived and was hired to do some building at the new Little Devil facility. Let me correct that, it's not "some building", the indoor wooden bowl stuff looks killer! For pics
Ben Foakes has teamed up with Standard's Rick Moliterno and Jasmine O'Brien of FBR Ltd to organise the 2nd Front Brake Revolution video Jam!
The Jam will take place at the end of March, in the soon to be deceased RAMPAGE Skatepark, Davenport, USA. Date: 18th 19th 20th March 2005
The DVD will be out Summer 2005 and will be called: "LEGEND"
Ben Foakes, Front Brake Revolution Ltd
Tel: +44 (0) 7861 250 562
The first editorial of the year will guide you through the new FATBMX set up. Most buttons have remained the same but some of the features have changed. Your start up page should be the Latest Article page. This shows the 5 latest articles posted on FATBMX and let me tell you, you better come back quick to read them all. The goal for 2005 is to bring you superfresh content.
-All articles that are posted in the Latest Article page will also be stored under the buttons on the left. News will be stored in the Believe it, or not!? section, race articles under the (B)MX racing button, etc. One click will bring you to all the latest uploads per category.
Hunter at Infantry5 finished editing the footage from the BMX KOD finals in Hunington Beach, California and decided to share it with the visitors of FATBMX.com. The following link will take you there:
click here for the KOD movie
Our friends at Wethepeople have started a sub brand with the name FUSE Protection Systems.
Yes, you guessed it, it's a safety gear company that makes kneeguards, elbow pads, wrist guards, shinguards and knee pads. All specifically designed with BMX in mind. The list of team riders will be announced shortly.
Their website is up at www.fuseprotection.de
Both American adidas and SPLIT USA have pulled their sponsorship effort in BMX. This leaves riders such as Josh Harrington (adidas-Split) and Ryan Nyquist (adidas-Split) without the extra pay-check. Split rider Josh Heino also lost his ride at Wethepeople and Aussie Colin McKay had to deal with sponsor problems with Huffy and Osiris.
On brighter sponsorship news, Adam Banton is riding for Eastern Bikes, Bob Scerbo is riding Lotek shoes and Nina Buitrago and Stacey Mulligan are getting kicks from Etnies.
BMXMasters 2005 in Cologne
The worldwide biggest BMX freestyle event at the
Cologne Youth Park (KÃ¶lner Jugendpark).
Duesseldorf/Cologne, January 12, 2005 From June 23rd to June 26th nearly 2,000 international BMX riders will meet again in Cologne. After successful and exciting world championchips in the years 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2004 Cologne will be the place for the start of the "BMXMasters", the new international major event in BMX sports.
We've always ran a pretty complete list of BMX events on FATBMX. With the new format you have the possibility to enter your own contest information.
It might take a little effort to add the jam to the FATBMX calendar but this way loads of BMX-ers can check it out. It will also prevent local events to clash. Make good use of this feature and let us know if you spot any mistakes.
The three upcoming BMX events will be shown at the bottom of the right column. You can click any of them for detailed information on directions, sponsors, entry fees, classes, disciplines and contact info.
The event schedule-link in the left column will provide a monthly calendar that gives you a good overview. If someone is asking you where to go to for BMX competition info, send them to www.FATBMX.com