Paul Roberts is the voice of BMX. His passion has brought him where he is today. And he's everywhere. Paul knows BMX, Paul is BMX and having an MC at the contests that is that into it is a good thing to have. MC-ing is a tough job. It usually means you have no voice left at the end of the weekend. You need to make the crowd get into it. You can try that by acting like a "koekwaus" but Paul doesn't need to put bunny ears on his head and change closes three times a day to entertain the crowd. It's the voice that matters and when Grotbags is on the mic when you arrive at a contest, consider yourself lucky because he's the man for the job.How many everts do you do a year and which ones?
Paul Roberts: I try to do all the ones that I didn't get fired from last year. I really do whatever I'm asked. I always do Ian Morris' contests, Jay Miron's Metro jams and last year somebody was foolish enough to let me do the big American comps suchs as the X-Games, the Gravity Games, Triple Crowns, it was nice. It means that I don't really need to get a real job.
'Tinker came over to the UK for a 24hr mountain bike race and the UK magazine, What Mountain Bike, caught up with him for an upcoming profile for their August 2005 issue. They talked 20in as well as 26in and here's what they didn't have space for...' Tinker Juarez is a name that echoes all the way from ‘Back in the Day’; he was a ripper both on the race track, where he became the youngest pro of the time aged just 15 in 1975, and away from the dirt and on the concrete of the skatepark. He was crowned the first ever King of the Skatepark by Bicycle Motocross Action magazine back in 1980 and helped inspire a generation of freestyle riders along the way. He was eventually inducted into the ABA BMX Hall of Fame in 1993, seven years after he quit BMX for cross-country (XC) mountain bike racing. He took his trademark hard as nails dedication to training from BMX and applied the same ethic to mountain biking, becoming one of the world’s best and a mountain bike legend, winning silver at the World Champs in 1994, and a two-time Olympian at both the Atlanta and Sydney Games. In 2001 he was inducted into the mountain bike hall of fame and quit XC and got all masochistic by taking in 24 hour solo mountain bike racing.
If you haven't heard of Morgan Wade, you will soon. FATBMX put the microphone in front of his face in Prague and the Texan started talking. Morgan is one of the new "hot guys" that will be in the picture for years to come. Might as well check in with him now.Is this this your first time in Europe?
Morgan Wade: It's my second time in Europe but my first time riding bikes over here.
Where did you go on your first trip?
Morgan Wade: I went to Italy for two weeks on a vacation with my mom and brother.
What's your first impression of this European BMX freestyle contest?
Morgan Wade: I love it, it's awesome over here. I enjoy it.
Ryan Mills is a name that keeps on popping up lately. The Premium rider recenly had a multiple page interview in BMX PLUS! but in case you missed that, we asked the Las Vegas local some questions. You see, Ryan is scheduled to appear at this summer's FISE contest in Montpellier, a trip he's looking forward to. Learn more about Ryan Mills before he hops on that plane.Who is Ryan Mills?
You tell me. if I knew Ryan Mills it would help out a ton.
Where do you live?
Middle of the hot dry secluded desert
When you're quitting school and pack your bags to move to a scene that is happening, you must be pretty dedicated. Australian Matt Fairbairn made the move to Europe because he wanted to ride vert with more people and wanted to visit more events with his bike. We sat down with Matt and found out what makes him tick.
FATBMX: All the regular stuff please Matt?
Matt Fairbairn: I'm 29 years old and I'm from Newcastle, Australia. I've been riding for 18 years, a long time, a lot of that was racing. My sponsors are Volume, Demolition, Armour-dillo, Etnies and SpinLikeHell.
You're over here in Europe for a while now, how does that work out with your sponsors?
Barry Kohne is one of those riders who lives BMX. Besides being one of the talents that Holland has to offer, Barry works in a bike shop, started organizing contests and is working on a clothing company. Being a BMX-er also means taking risks. Barry is currently out with a messed up ankle. We asked him some questions for an article on FATBMX. How's your ankle and what happened exactly?
My ankle is getting better. Despite the fact I have to chill and can’t ride for the coming 4 to 6 weeks. I have got a cast now so I'm kind of immobile and that sucks! It happened at the first round of the XLseries in Heerlen....the first contest I organized. I did this handplant transfer from quarter to quarter, but it didn't work out that good. I slid out and twisted my ankle resulting in a broken calve and some torn ligaments.
George Dossantos is a killer street rider from Northern New Jersey. As a BMX-er yourself you might be aware of that. What you might not know is that George is a killer bass player too. He's in the "Words Away" band. We fired over some band/BMX related questions. When you're done reading that, you can listen to a few songs of the band and watch their video of the song Move On.
What is your occupation at the moment?
Stefan Geisler is doing flatland shows on his HARO flatland bike as you read this. That might come as a surprise to you but Stefan started off riding flatland, then learnt flips, truckdrivers and tailwhips on street before he moved on to the big vert ramp.
That's where his love is at the moment. Stefan travels around to ride as much vert as possible. Sometimes that means he's taking a plane to England to go ride with Simon Tabron. Other times it's driving up north to Achim Kujawski's indoor RedBull ramp but in the wintertime OBG can be found at Woodward camp so he can continue to ride.
Don't let the tattoos scare you, he's a nice guy.
What is your most embarrassing CD on the shelf?
Premo sent in his answers regarding the Pro BMX website check up. This leaves Derek Betcher with the Slacker title but we still want to hear from him too. After TL, RM59 and Holmes explained some more about their site, it's now time for Greg Romero:Who is the first one you think to respond to this, and who is last?
TL...Or Dale if he's not out on a hot date rolling the benzo! I think I wil be the last since I've started this new bike company and starting an "All Womens" gym here in Edmond, OK..
Is that the same way it would be on the track? On a fair race with the 5 of you on the gate, what would be the results?
Well it depends if it's rodeo racing or downhill...If it was downhill it will
The UK breeds a lot of good riders. One of them is Anthony Pill, member of the European HARO team since the beginning. Although he's not afraid for adventure and travels a lot, his airmiles account has zero miles on it. Pill simply can't be bothered. What does he care about? What is your most embarrassing CD on the shelf?
I'm not embarrassed about any of them.
Are you a daredevil?
It depends what sort of mood I'm in; sometimes I can be a bit scared to do things, but other times I can be a total psycho.