Benjamin Bello reported that the new SOUL # 43 is out. The content includes:
-The first part of a big California report -The incredible -Trail people jam -The incredible (bis) -Braun Ninja spin -Mike Day interview -European race in La Chapelle Saint Mesmin -El bodega tour from twenty and many French fantasies
June 25, 2006 - Louisville, Ky. - Simon Tabron won the BMX Vert competition Sunday in the final day of competition at the Dew Action Sports Tour's season-opening Panasonic Open at the Kentucky Expo Center. Tabron, 32, of Great Britain, successfully completed an alley oop no-handed 540, helping him earn a score of 94.75 during his first run to edge 2005 BMX Vert season champion Jamie Bestwick. [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1211]Bestwick[/url], 34, of Great Britain, came back after recent neck surgery to place second with a score of 93.50. In third was 2005 runner up Kevin Robinson, 34, East Providence, R.I., who scored a 93.00 on his second run.
“I’m very grateful for this win to start off the season,”Tabron said. “I’ve been working hard and trying new things.”
Name: Steve Crandall Age: 31 Hometown: Ithaca, New York
When did you start FBM? Crandall: Officially, it was 1993, but probably even a little before then.
What made you decide to go against the Asians and start making bikes in-house? Steve: We are not against anybody getting frames made overseas. The decision to make bikes on our own, was due to our difficulties with other manufacturers, and desire to try and be more self sufficient. Bikes made in a factory are only as good as the person in charge, and how much they give a shit. Big Dave runs the machine shop at FBM, and is very skilled, experienced, and he is a super fun dude to hangout with.
UCI INTRODUCING PERMANENT CAREER NUMBERS Starting with the season 2006-2007 (from 1 August 2006), the UCI is introducing a permanent number system for Elite Men & Elite Women. With this system, riders can choose a “career number”, which they have the exclusive right to use for their entire Elite class career. This will give riders a possibility to market themselves and to give media and spectators an easy way to identify riders. The UCI permanent number system is solely for the Elite Men & Elite Women class, where any rider with an international license rider can choose a permanent career number from 10 to 999.
Napolitan, 20, of Youngstown, Ohio, and Luke Parslow, 21, of Australia tied for first in the BMX Dirt final with best scores of 94.5 on their second runs. [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1489]Napolitan[/url] won the tie-breaker with a 88.75 first run to Parslow’s 80.75. [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1277]Corey Bohan[/url], 24, of Australia finished third at 93.75. Defending Dew Tour BMX Dirt champion [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1093]Ryan Guettler[/url] failed to qualify for the finals.
“I’m so excited I can’t even explain it,” said Napolitan, who finished last in the 2005 Dew Action Sports Tour season standings. “This win means everything to me. Training at (Camp) Woodward (Pennsylvania) has improved my riding – trying things during the day and dreaming about them during the night.”
The July issue of BMX Plus! showed up. I haven't read it cover to cover yet but I'll flip through the mag with you to tell you what's inside. On the outside (cover) is Mike Saavedra doing a nothing with one foot on the pedal. Sure, that's not a nothing so if you prefer a no-handed one-footer you can have that too. The contents photo (a spread in BMX Plus!) is usually a great photo that didn't fit in the article but needed to be shown. [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1182]Rob Darden[/url] turns down at the Metro jam for maximum coverage. The Inside Scoop is the news section that's got some funny photos. [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1473]Vult[/url], [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1359]Props 59[/url] and RoadFools 6&7 make it to the DVD review section and mail at Plus! keeps coming in (and answered by the bmXperts). There's a brief history on Number Plates which actually gives some good background info for the Number Plate Art show that we're working on. Seriously. The Toronto Metro jam happened a while back and gets a 6 page (photo) report in the July issue.
The [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=925]RedBull Backyard Build-Off[/url] in [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=798]Matt Bischoff's[/url] yard was a unique event and the video that Anamorphosis produced about the ramp building contest is different too. The builders are in the spotlight, more so than the riders. The riding actually is only one chapter on the entire video which isn't enough if you ask me. With all those riders there shredding the place apart it could have had at least 3 chapters. But it's cool to get the ramp builders in the spotlight as Brian Kachinski states in one of the interviews. The video could run on TV the way it's made. Nate Wessel is the main presenter interviewing the three ramp building teams and checking in with them every day on the progress. They only had 3 days to build a section and with rain, defect generators, builders not showing up and jokes being played on the teams it is amazing they did pull it off. One day Wessel himself worked on the ramps for 22 hours straight or something ridiculous like that.
To all who are still in it, good luck. 24 June 2006 GERMANY:SWEDEN 17:00 24 June 2006 ARGENTINA:MEXICO 21:00 25 June 2006 ENGLAND:ECUADOR 17:00 25 June 2006 PORTUGAL:HOLLAND 21:00 26 June 2006 ITALY:AUSTRALIA 17:00 26 June 2006 SWITZERLAND:UKRAINE 21:00 27 June 2006 BRASIL:GHANA 17:00 27 June 2006 ESPAGNA:FRANCE 21:00
Jackson, NJ Native Scotty Cranmer Takes Early Lead in Points Standings. June 23, 2006 – Louisville, Ky. – Scotty Cranmer of Jackson, NJ won the BMX Park competition on Friday at the Panasonic Open at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky., the first stop of the 2006 Dew Action Sports Tour. It was the second consecutive tour win for Cranmer, who won the PlayStation® Pro in Orlando last October. He takes an early lead in the season points standings, earning 100 points for the win. Cranmer, 19, scored a 94.50 on his second run and sealed the victory with a double tailwhip 360 to edge Ryan Guettler, the 2005 Dew Action Sports Tour BMX Park champion. Guettler of Beenleigh, AUS., who led after the first run, finished second with a score of 93.75, earning 75 points. BMX up-and-comer Daniel Dhers, Caracas, VEN placed third with a score of 92.00.
The SE UK distributor (shiner.co.uk) have put together a team for 2006 racing at the UK national series. Riders for this year are Jai Kemp riding in 30-39 cruiser, Jai has been riding for over 18 years. Ryan Hodge riding in the 15 to 16 yrs boys and has been riding for 4 years and looking good for 2006. Bethan Hallett races in the 10 to 12 yrs girls riding the new SE Xpert bike, last year Bethan made the final at the Worlds in Paris and will be proudly racing on her World No 8 plate this year. Andy Shaw will be racing in 19+ men and also in Elite cruiser, Andy also has been riding forover 20 years and has been riding in Europe for the past few years and is looking fast this year at the Euro rounds.