Mike Martin designed the ’08 GT Power Series Ultra Box 2 (AKA The UB2). The bike in the photos weighs in at 21.9 lbs. and the frame weight is 3.2 lbs. The geometry is the same as the Ultra Box XL which has a 21” top tube, 74 degree head angle and 14 ¼” min. chainstay length.
Randy Stumpfhauser, Joey Bradford and Eric Rupe have been doing most of the testing for GT and according to Robert Kahler it is going quite well.
"Can somebody get me beer, it's hot in here," was the comment of the lead singer of the band 5 Dollar Shake after they opened up the Tour Dur Laarbeek in Mariahout last Sunday. It was noon and the band was already asking for cold beer. Sweet! The Tour Dur Laarbeek is a fun event. We'll explain it in short: 4 miniramps were on the program for one afternoon. A competition was held at each stop. That meant that after stop one, everyone moved to the next one. Banners were put up during warm up and the sound check was being done during part of the contest. It was chaos and unprofessional but we wouldn't like it any other way. It ruled.
After each stop, the stage was moved to the next ramp by a little tractor. Competitors threw their bikes in the big bus and felt like they were on RoadFools for a day. Others just rode to the next town, it was that close.
T-Mobile now supports halls, spots and events in Austria with the T-Mobile Local Support program. Last year T-Mobile started to successfully enlarge their involvement in cycling through the BMX scene. With the Local Support program T-Mobile is trying to reach the goal of developing the regional BMX scenes as honestly and genuinely as possible. One of the first actions is the support of the Austrian spots – ahead of all the BMX halls in Vienna Due to T-Mobile’s involvement, one of the best indoor bike halls in Europe will be opened in Brunn am Gebirge / near Vienna. Location support and events are the focus for the summer 2007
In addition to the support for the spots, Local Support Events are an important component of the project. Its first activity will take place
Newton Abbot, Devon - With just two weeks to go, there are no more tickets available for Red Bull Empire of Dirt! All car tickets were snapped up within a week, when the applications opened on the MySpace profile on May 14th. There is strictly no access to Red Bull Empire of Dirt without a ticket. But hope is not lost... Those who missed out on a ticket to see the event in person, can watch the Freesports on 4 program on Sunday 22nd July at 8.30am, on Channel 4, and again on Tuesday 24th July, late night (time TBC).
At the moment I'm in a weird situation. I have a copy of the etnies Grounded DVD in my possession and I visited the pre-etnies Grounded premiere jam at the Marnix bowl in Amsterdam but did not stay for the first showing at the Kriterion. I could have beat everyone there by popping the DVD in the player at home and watch it but I did not. Tomorrow we will have the premiere for the Grounded movie in OJA and I am holding off until that moment when everyone is there and the big screen is ready. It's tough though as my fingers are itching....
Due to the late arrival I missed most of the session at the Marnix bowl in Amsterdam. Riders were still around but were either limping, done riding, or already started drinking to get ready for the Grounded premiere at 10pm. Still, good old Bjorn Eulink busted a killer fastplant on request and the local shredders weren't done doing all kind of foot jam variations. I've been promised pics of Mark Vos' fufanu on top of the Red Bull wall and Barry Kohne's flair, two highlights that I missed.
Today we visited the grand opening of the new vert ramp at the Fazantenkamp in Maarssenbroek, Holland. After years of driving the local council crazy, the riders and skaters in town received a new vert ramp. It's four sheets wide, made out of metal and on the day of the grand opening, the builders had to set up the amount of vert on each side to make it rideable. After a 5 minute speech, 5 minutes of trying to break the bottle (vessel style), a 5 minute demo
With only TWO ELITE Series NATIONALS left before the NBL GRANDS, the NBL Star's & Stripes National in SOUTH PARK is shaping up to the a full-blown SHOWDOWN. For Free Agent's Kyle Bennett, a top four result either day will put him up with Formula's Donny Robinson and current points leader and teammate Cristian Becerine. Supercross's Krystal Hime and Samantha Cools will take fate into their own hands and with podium results, they could edge closer to Redline 's Kim Hayashi and set up a three-way bid for the NBL Elite Women’s Championship title at the Grands.
The inaugural USAC National BMX Championships, to be held on June 9, is part of the NBL Great Lakes National weekend held at Waterford Oaks BMX in Michigan and marks the first event of its kind in the USA. Register and you’ll have the chance to race against the fastest riders in the country in the same UCI classes that are run at the World Championships.
"Grounded" has become a popular word among BMX-ers in the last few weeks. Have you seen it? Not a lot of people can answer that with a Yes but there's help on the way for the Dutch riders. This Saturday the etnies BMX movie will be shown in Amsterdam (10pm Kriterion ) and on Sunday at OJA in Aarle-Rixtel (8pm).