STF has a new interim website, designed with the help of Adi and Kung at 99seconds(.com). This version is up as a temporary replacement for the old site while an all new STF project is worked on. Enjoy some of the bits an bobs on this site. If you want to buy a copy of 'Sequel' this is the place to be.
The 2005 edition of the Nokia FISE sees a few changes. Next to flatland on the available asphalt piece, the vert ramp will be covered in skatelite. There will also be a dirt contest, best trick contest and the whole street course will be brand new. See the diagram to get an idea of what it will look like. Scheduled to appear from the USA/Canada are: Metro winner Josh Harrington and his Premium Products team mates Joe Riley and Ryan Mills. Also Max Vincent is making a return. Allan Cooke is checking in with his Euro relatives for the second time this year and Rob Darden is on the list too. From Australia SE's Ryan Guettler is coming over so together with the European riders it should be a good one. More info on: www.nokiafise.com
The people over in Prague have been working their asses off the last couple of months to get things ready for the Nokia BMX Freestyle Worlds 2005. The event will start off this Thursday June 2nd. We heard the complete Snafu team will be there and that includes Morgan Wade and Tom Haugen. Here's a list of some of the registered riders who will be present in the Czech Republic:
After almost 1000 votes, the results of events that the FATBMX visitors are going to visit this summer looks like this:
Freestyle World's, Prague, Czech Republic: 13 % (137)
BMX Masters, Cologne, Germany: 30 % (300)
Rebel Jam, Berlin, Germany: 12 % (119)
FISE, Montpellier, France: 4 % (43)
UCI BMX World's, Bercy, France: 5 % (54)
Dew Action Sports Tour, USA: 4 % (48)
X-Games, LA, USA: 7 % (76)
FAT-JAM, Aarle-Rixtel, Netherlands: 7 % (74)
Backyard Jam, England: 13 % (132)
New Poll: The IBMXFF World's are going to kick off the long summer season this upcoming weekend in Prague. The new poll will show you who some of the favorites are to win the pro classes. Vote now and check the results after the weekend to see how you did.
Flo Sailer sent in some information on a new Flatland series called Battle in da Club:
Idea: The idea is as simple as good and short
All in one-flatland and clubbing. The best German riders and some european and international guest stars will be invited to have a hot battle in the hippest or even biggest club of the current city. Furthermore there will be interesting side-events like breakedance-shows and much more. After the contest riders and the audience can celebrate together. Therefore dependent upon the location, famous electro, hip hop and dancehall artists will be performing.
UCI BMX NEWS MAILING
2005 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup â€“ Aigle Switzerland
The 1st round of the highly anticipated 2005 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Aigle, Switzerland is only a few weeks away. The 1st round will be held at the UCI/World Cycling Centre BMX track, and although it has a traditional layout the highly technical track will be further modified. The UCI track builders Tom Ritzenthaler and Mark Hildebrand will fine-tune the track in the week leading up the event, promising an exciting track purpose build for the best BMX riders in the world.
Not only will there be some exiting races on the BMX track, some of the best BMX freestyle vert riders such as Jamie Bestwick (2003 X-Games gold) and Jay Miron (9-time X-Games medalist) will make a special appearance on one of Europe’s biggest vert ramps (situated inside the velodrome complex). The event will be widely broadcasted on TV, including Eurosport, Europe’s leading sports channel (reaching 54 countries and 250 million viewers). Make sure to visit the UCI website to view the TV-listings. For complete event schedule and more information, please [url=http://www.uci.ch/modello.asp?1stLevelID=EE&level1=0&level2=0&idnews=3473]click here[/url]
- Peter Geys (HARO Benelux) went back to the Ukraine and lived the life of a rock star being transported from show to show in a private jet. Peter will travel to the USA (not by private jet) to try to qualify for the Dew Action Sports Tour. With the way he has been riding lately we say he has a fair chance.
- Congratulations to Dave Mirra and his lady. They're getting married in November of this year.
The Toer Dur Laarbeek is being held this Sunday 29 May and starts at 11:30am at the Miniramp in Mariahout, followed by the hipped mini in Lieshout (Home of Bavaria Beer) for a session at 13:30pm. Then everyone moves on to the spine mini in Beek en Donk (home of the 1982 Open European BMX Championships) and the Tour will end in Aarle-Rixtel (world famous for the annual FAT-JAM). The tour is being organized by Mike Smits with the help of some enthusiasts and should count for the opening of 3 of the 4 mini ramps that were placed in these villages last year.
To make a perfect BMX weekend happen you basically only need a few things: Spirit, passion, dedication and heart. Exactly this is what the Bmx weekend should reflect in the first place. But sometimes you need to be a bit of a rebelâ€¦ What is an international Bmx competition all about nowadays? Is the main focus actually on the sport itself or is it all more about making everything even more bigger, wider, louder and faster? Is actually â€œBmxâ€? still presented by those events or do other things have more priority? Is Bmx actually still a sport or more formed by lifestyle? Is it still allowed to call it Bmx Freestyle or will the single disciplines go more and more their own direction in the future?
Fact is, that Bmx has various facings.
Currently there are a lot of Bmx events world-wide which do not really include all these different facings. More and more it occurs that the sport itself and the riders are not the main focus of the whole procedure. And this is our motivation to draw something in the right direction again. That the wheel cannot be reinvented we all know, but that is not necessary anyway.