It has been a tough year for the dirt jumpers after seeing buddy Stephen Murray get paralyzed at one of the events earlier in the season. Riding in a pro dirt contest is hard enough for the head but adding Murray's unfortunate crash to this, it only makes it harder. Am I really going to try this new trick on these big sets today? Is it worth it? Can I just cruise through qualifying and go big in the finals? All questions that those riders up on the starting hill had to think about. The thing is, cruising through qualifying is not an option any more. You have to stick your tricks, make it through the sets and also you have to show some new moves. The competition is so close that if you fail to do either one, you're out.
It was cool to see close friend and fellow Rockstar team rider Luke Parslow win the last stop. He must have put strength out of the situation and thought to himself: "This one's for you Stephen" before dropping in. Congrats to Luke and Stephen, Stay Strong!
The Park finals results are in and it's Daniel Dhers who held things in his own hands. The leader of the Park standings coming into Orlando proved why he was in that position. After winning qualifying, he also won the finals followed by Spinner and Nyquist with Mirra in 4th.
Dhers, 22, executed a flawless first run that included a corked 720 turndown, one of his signature moves. He later completed a front flip over the spine, another Dhers original. The Venezuelan won with a final score of 94.67, securing the Dew Cup title for the second consecutive year.
Mike Spinner, 19, of Miami, Fla., completed two 1080s to finish a close second with 94.17 points. Spinner also placed second overall in Dew Cup standings. Ryan Nyquist, 28, of Greenville, N.C., was third with 92.67 points.
When nothing is happening in your town you can do two things: 1) Complain about it 2) Make shit happen Timo van Lierop took things into his own hands and organised another "TIMO jam" at the local ramp in Aarle-Rixtel. Not all that much is necessary to set up a jam but one has to do it and Timo got a permit, collected some prices from Paul's Boutique and Eastpak, made sure he got some power for the stereo and got it done.
The only BMX event that's left in Orlando is the Park Finals. The following twelve riders made it to the finals and it looks like it will be a tough battle between championship leaders Daniel Dhers (qualified in first) and Mike Spinner (qualified in second). With the wedding stress behind him Ryan Nyquist is picking up steam. He had just won the Dirt title of the year and then qualified third in park. Check out the AB pics. Dew Tour Orlando Park PRELIM results. 1st Dhers, Daniel 93.67 2nd Spinner, Mike 92.67 3rd Nyquist, Ryan 92 4th Cranmer, Scotty 90.83 5th Harrington, Josh 89.33 6th McCann, Steven 89.17 7th Canina, Diogo 88.67
Veteran BMX athlete Ryan Nyquist claimed his first Dew Cup title with a fifth-place finish in the BMX dirt finals Saturday at the PlayStation Pro at Amway Arena. Veteran rider Nyquist, 28, of Greenville, N.C., entered the contest with a 50 point lead over Australia’s Cameron White in the Dew Cup standings. Nyquist fell during his first run and then executed two solid, cautious runs to finish with an 87.09 score. White fell midway through his first and third runs, scoring 86.59 overall. He placed sixth in the event and second in Dew Cup standings.
“I was definitely conservative,” a teary-eyed Nyquist said. “I wanted to get a first good run and I crashed. And at that point there were no throw-away runs... (Winning the Dew Cup is) one of the biggest accomplishments I’ve had so far, as far as winning a whole complete series, and winning the title.”
Australia’s Luke Parslow won the event with three solid runs
WillemII Den Bosch in the Netherlands is a small club where I used to go to see concerts of 7 Seconds, Gang Green, Suicidal Tendencies, Negazione etc and this was the first time in a long time I was in that place and it didn't change, they only added a bar on the side but that's about it. I invited the Paul's Boutique team again and of course we had trouble to get in cause the guestlist was gone or didn't arrive but after some smooth talking and help of Berry (Eastpak Jos' Assistant) we managed to get in. (Pim/Riccardo/Dennis/Michael & Elise and me).
About 3 weeks ago there was a small jam/contest in our local skatepark in Siegen, a not so big city close to Cologne. It was the beginning of October so the weather wasn't very good but anyway, besides a small shower which took only bout 15 minutes the weather stayed good. The riders came from all over North Rhein Westphalia, the Cologne guys, some riders from the Bielefeld area, Timm Wiegmann from Oldenburg, Fischi from Leipzig and of course the Siegen locals were there!