The miniramp contest at the World's have always been a highlight. This year it wasn't any different. The pro finals took place at night and with enough lights, music and a big crowd, the 12 finalists stepped onto the Braun miniramp. The ramp set-up was a spine mini with a sub box on one side. In warm-up Dave Osato jumped a spine and ran into a spectator who happened to walk on the ramp. It forced Dave to sit out the finals which was a real shame because we all know what Dave is capable of. Ben Hennon sat out the finals too and saved himself for the street finals on Sunday.
Getting your ride stolen sucks big time. It happened to a couple of people at this year's World's in Czech Republic. Here's a story from Attila, one of the victims.
I am Attila Sarlosi from Hungary. I have been on the BMX Worlds in Praha and happened with me some direful things. At Saturday night somebody broke into our car in the city and stole my bike and my backpack. At Sunday I went to the square where the flatlanders practise and I was searching a rider from Praha, that maybe he can help me. I found a rider and I told all things about my bike and asked that if he hears something about my bike or sees somebody trying to sell my bike on the square, to call me. I left my phone number with him.
We could run some old school pictures of Dylan Clayton in Mongoose racing gear from back in the day but we won't. Just trust us when we say that this guy has serious BMX roots. Dylan recently started his own BMX mailorder company and opened up a store a few weeks ago. FATBMX caught up with Dr. Smooth to find out more about the rider run set-up. FATBMX: Tell us a little about your new operation at Firm Bikes.
Dylan Clayton [firm bikes]: The new operation was at first to open a mailorder company www.firmbikes.com to supply bikes, parts and clothing. This was launched November 2004.
By press release:
BMX Freestyle World championships Prague, Czech Republic (June 2nd â€“ 5th, 2005). Long time Felt World Team member, twenty-eight year old Michael Sommer from Vienna, Austria placed 1st at this year’s Flatland contest at the IBMXFF Nokia BMX Freestyle World championships in Prague.
Sommer, who is also known for his record-spinning skills as DJ AmTrak had won the â€œBest Trick Comboâ€? challenge at the World’s in 2004 just to take the next step in his career and win the main contest this year.
The weekend before, he had finished third in a high-class contest in Greece, with only Michael SteingrÃ¤ber and Martti Kuoppa ahead of him. With this success in mind, he had traveled to Prague looking forward to the contest.
American Mentality, Inc., is announcing that UGP Underground Products is under new ownership and is now operating as UGP, LLC. in Orlando, Florida.
American Mentality's Rachel Bonner:"We want all of you to know that this has been a very personal and hard decision but have finally realized that the memories and family met along the way is what makes UGP so special. We appreciate and value each of you and your efforts are what makes UGP so unique and special."
The Best Urban Action on the Common at the seventh annual
Sprite Urban Games.
Yep, you’ve guessed it, Sprite Urban Games is back for 2005 with another awesome line-up, showcasing the best in Skate, BMX, FMX and B-Boy flavas!
Taking place on Clapham Common, London from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th July, this three day festival brings together the cream of UK and International talent in action sports, break-dancing and turntablism.
Â£36,000!!! the largest ever UK prize purse is what competitors will be battling it out for!
FUEL TV to Produce Dew Action Sports Tour Special Editions of â€œFUEL TV’s 54321 Weekly Updateâ€? Telecasts
FUEL TV, the first and only network dedicated to the world of action sports, and the Dew Action Sports Tour, the first professional, multi-sport tour of action sports, have announced a three-year strategic partnership that includes multiple programming and cross-promotional aspects involving FUEL. For the 2005 season, as part of this agreement, FUEL TV will produce a â€œpost-gameâ€? show from each of the five Dew Action Sports Tour events that will be telecast within special editions of â€œFUEL TV’s 54321 Weekly Update.â€?
David Sternberg, Executive Vice President, Emerging Networks, Fox Cable Networks; CJ Olivares, FUEL TV Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager; and Wade Martin, General Manager, Dew Action Sports Tour, made the joint announcement.
Flatland at the Worlds 2005 in Prague, Czech Republic.
This year the Worlds were being held in the beautifull city of Prague
in the Czech Republic on the 1st-5th of June. Flatlanders around Europe were very enthousiastic about going to this year's Worlds because Prague is a cool city combining many cultural highlights with a solid club scene and a relaxed atmosphere. Plus you get to see the best riders in the world go crazy on their bikes! Perfect!The floor
The flatland area was outside, no cover, so the sun hit the riders (and other people like the public and filmers like me) hard causing serious sunburn, profound sweating and severe thirst. The floor was made of wooden boards, some shifted a bit and it wasn't exactly level everywhere. A lot of riders complained about it, luckily the organisation recognized this problem so they ordered new wooden boards and the floor was to be taken out and a new one was to be put in. But then rain started on Saturday morning, so the whole flatland competition was moved to the street area which was covered and thus stayed dry.
ESPN's X Games announces the first wave of athletes who have been invited to compete at X Games 11, to be held in Los Angeles August 4-7, 2005. The event will air live on ESPN, ABC and ESPN Deportes.
X Games 11 will primarily have a finals-only format consisting of the 10 best action sports athletes per sport discipline.
All athletes receiving invitations to compete at X Games are chosen by a sport-specific selection committee. Criteria and timing of invitations varies by sport and discipline, as it is based on the state and event schedules of that particular sport. The only exception is each gold medalist from X Games 10 (2004) receives an automatic invitation to compete.