Byron Friday is one of the riders from the old school. He rode for Kawasaki's BMX team so if that isn't an indication of his roots in BMX we don't know what is. Byron's 30 years of BMX participation got him thinking.
He thought the Joe Kid on a Stingray movie left out a few people who needed mentioning so he made an old school BMX collage with a few thank-you's at the bottom. Check out those pics, they tell a story or two.
If you haven't seen his BMX Show yet, hit the following link:
-Just a quick mail to tell you what's happening for me over here, well I am riding for Wethepeople, I spoke to Harry and Klaus and will be back on-board a new bike soon. Stoked that we sorted everything out and everyone is happy. I'm also riding Odyssey parts for the Padded Cell here in the UK. Don't forget they have a Jam on at Rampworx in Liverpool this Friday; 10p.m-8a.m! Hit this link to the jam info.
-The Alley in Corby has had planning approved for the new roof and Vert/Resi ramp so the building should start very soon which means that the UK/Europe should have its first true Vert Resi up and running. Hopefully before the end of May.
Have you entered a Red Bull Circle of Balance competition before? Raphael Chiquet: No, first time.
Do you think it's right that the event is taking place in Japan this time? Raphael Chiquet: Yes, I think this event has to take place there.
Do you believe that Japan is the country where flatland is most popular? Raphael Chiquet: For sure, I think you can find riders everywhere in the country. That's amazing. Do you have an idea why? Raphael Chiquet: I think the Japanese way of thinking is appropriate for flatland: originality, technicality, underground.
After a qualification round, 14 riders made it to the man-to-man battle final at the Red Bull 14 flatland contest in Real de Catorce, Mexico. The three Red Bull pros that were flown in from Spain, Finland and the USA had no problems with the Mexican competition and ended up on the podium.
The Boneyard Jam is happening on 23 February 2007. It's an evening jam that starts at 7pm and goes on until midnight. It's BMX only for this night and you can ride your brains out for 10 quid all night. Spectating costs 3 quid if you dare to come.
There are all kind of prizes collected for this night. There's a highest bunny hop contest too so work on that for the next few days. Expect locals Jon Taylor, Robin Fenlon and Owain Clegg to be there. If Alistair Whitton is going to make it to his hometown park we don't know but if he's not, he'll be gutted.
The Shadow Conspiracy have released their spring collection of T-shirts. It's one of three drops with the next one being the Back To School line. We're pretty sure Megadeth would be proud of some of the designs and we saw Alistair Whitton rock the pre-production Dead shirt in Estonia at the bar and it worked well for him. Hit the next page for 8 more designs.
The mesh skatepark 2 year anniversary weekend is going down on Saturday and Sunday February 24th and 25th. The weekend is going to be packed with events to celebrate 2 years of operation.
On Sunday the 25th there will be a BMX jam with the UGP team. UGP team members Adam Baker, Karl Poynter, Tony Malouf, Dan Sieg, Chad DeGroot, Quinn Semling, Tom Haugen, Dave Brumlow, Kip Williamson, Dave Freimuth, and Brian Kachinsky will be at the park at 6pm.
Two people will also recieve 1 week at Woodward camp for summer 2007. They're not sure yet how they're going to pick the winners but they'll figure it out in the next few days.
More info is coming in a few days so mark your calendars and check the Mesh website for updates.
Scoop distribution over in the UK, distributor of Volume Bikes, Demolition parts, Staats, DK, King Kong, Ciari, Standard Bykes, Failure bikes, Fly racing, Two and 8 and other brands have just hooked up 3 riders and they're not done yet. New on the team are: -Iain Ward - Demolition. Iain mainly rides trails and Parks see Ride issue 100 page 174. Iain also works at Custom Riders 9-5 as the mechanic and sales. -Anthony Pill - Volume Bikes / Demolition Parts On the new Biz Jordan 81 Frame Feather weight forks and F1 Demolition parts. His bike comes in at 25 lbs -Matt Allen - Dk UK Racing Team Bike DK Alloy Octane Xl frame
Scoop is actually looking into expanding their sponsor activities so if you think you've got what it takes, send your video links to:
Have you entered a Red Bull Circle of Balance competition before? Lowcash: Yes I have. I have been to both COB's in Oberhausen, Germany before.
Do you think it's right that the event is taking place in Japan this time? Lowcash: I think so. The COB is a big thing and I think every Flatlander has heard something about it. Also in Japan. It must be a great feeling for all Japanese riders that such a big event is coming to their country.