Concrete parks in the Benelux are popping up anywhere. There is no need to go to Marseille or Oregon any longer to ride some concrete. The park in Kortrijk is also a park that kicks ass. It's got a cradle and more lines than you need. The people at Hangloose and RIDE On BMX Shop are putting on a contest at the park that was built by Team Pain.
The date they picked is 8-9 July 2006 so if it's a trek for you to go there (Belgium), make a summer trip out of it and don't forget to bring the BBQ. Find all the details on the flyer of the Kortrijk Concrete Fury.
Hangloose BMX shop: +32.2.231.06.93 Ride On BMX Shop: +126.96.36.199.99
Lots of events are cancelled for this weekend because of the bad weather forecasts. As a BMX-er you know that the sun is always shining in Aarle-Rixtel so get yourself over here on Sunday 28 May for the Laarbeek Ramp Tour. Basically it's an event for all local riders but everyone is welcome. It's free to enter and we'll ride 4 mini ramps in one afternoon. Transport between the ramps isn't further than 4 kilometers. Call [url=http://www.paulsboutique.nl/modules/news/]Paul's Boutique[/url] for more info or hassle Mike Smits on his mobile: 06-25335547. Starts at 11:30am in Mariahout.
Here's a photo and spec of a new flatland frame from France. The team riders currently are Mus and Sam Foakes. NEW FLATLAND MODEL: MUKIFLAT Cr-Mo WHEELBASE: 855 mm Rear chainstays: 350mm Weight: 2.4 Kg.
KANG, a French photographer for CREAM magazine, is now the new French Vans TEAM manager. He would like to introduce the new French VANS Team!
PRO TEAM: -Alex DROPSY (also rides for Twentyvelocross, Oakley, Shadow conspiracy) -Nico CAMBON (also rides for Twentyvelocross, Fox) -Antony LILLE ( rides also for superstar ) -Kevin KALKOFF ( rides also for flybikes, squareo one) -Alexis DESOLNEUX ( ride also for Twentyvelocross)
FLOW TEAM: -Maxime Bimar from Peynier (near Aix en provence) (also rides for DK) -Alex BOURGUIGNON from Lyon (rides also for Stolen)
The folks at Mutiny collected some prizes from Snafu, Etnies and had a Morgan Wade frame to give away. Instead of answering a simple question, the folks at Mutiny took it a step further. Write a rap, perform the rap, film the rap and send it in. Here's a list of 4 entries that are all pretty funny and worth checking out. In the end, the Morgan Wade Mutiny frame went to "The Banz".
If you've had a hard time getting in touch with Mr. Nastazio these days, your not alone! You might try calling the house around 7:00am, it may be the only chance you have of reaching him before he's out the door headed for his trails. He has also been making weekly trips to Woodward West, which seems to be his home away from home nowadays. Then on weekends its a good bet you can track him down at TJ's in Vegas. Somewhere between riding and traveling from one spot to another, Cory has managed to squeeze in time to finish the design on his signature sunglass with Spy Optic. Excited about the finished product, Cory and the designers at Spy have put over a year into the design and concept.
Being on the road on a BMX tour, you get to check out new stuff. It's foreign terrain and adjusting to it takes time depending on your skills. When we arrived at the snakerun in Almere we weren't allowed much time to get used to the old school concrete park. Dark clouds had been following us since the start and after 45 minutes it was the end of the session. The park was actually quite fun and had multiple lines that never got to see any action. Bummer but hey, we got to ride a new spot and know how to find it next time.
More rain welcomed us on Sunday morning meaning the A4 trails, the Malieveld and Scheveningen bowl were out of the question. We decided to head back north in the direction of Amsterdam. The XL series hosted one of their rounds at the Insaen park so maybe that was an option. On our way there, we got the news that the park had closed so plans were changed to Amsterdam's latest park: Everland. It's actually a skatepark but with Carhartt and Eastpak being sponsors of the park we thought we might get to ride it anyway. On the way to the park we encountered something hi-tech and new. Instead of a road map, the information center had a touch screen to find the street or address you were looking for. We only had Everland's street address so we typed in the first three letters. Wow, the computer screen showed where to go, step by step.
Round #6 of the 2006 NBL Pro Series was held this past weekend in Prunedale, CA and with just 2 more NBL Pro Series event left, the title chase is getting hot. Donny Robinson had a nice lead in the Elite men's point for most of the season, but after a great weekend of results for both Double A Marketing riders in attendance, Randy Stumpfhauser and Kyle Bennett have both chipped away at the points lead and put themselves in great positions to take home another NBL #1 Pro title. Here is how the weekend went for both riders:
Randy Stumpfhauser had a weekend to remember in Prunedale.
Breakfast at the hotel was until 10:30am so at 10:25 we all met downstairs for some food. The plan was to ride the new concrete park at Het Malieveld and the Scheveningen pool after that. While we were in the The Hague area we also checked out the A4 trials and found out that they were wet. When we arrived at the new spot at Het Malieveld, it started pouring. Damn. With no other dry spots around, the trip continued to the North. The skatemaps that the TM's had printed out showed this concrete spot under a bridge that looked pretty amazing. When we arrived in Zaandam it wasn't a disappointment.