In honor of George Esser, the original founder of the NBL who recently passed away, a storybook ending put to a close one of the most exciting race seasons in history. The 29th Annual Grand National in Louisville, Kentucky goes down in history as one of the 'Best Ever' and although weather threatened to put a damper on the festivities late in the week, dry skies prevailed and the sun finally made a timely appearance to shine on what would be a stunning day of triumph, glory, and surprise. Perhaps that was George's last gift to the sport he helped found and create. From a rider's perspective, the weekend was what BMX Racing is all about - having a good time. To start things off, each rider received a cool NBL Goody bag with stickers and catalogues and there were plenty of contests and prizes throughout the weekend to keep the crowds busy and excited. Spectators and riders were provided with extra copies of September's BMX Today magazine that included a full-color 'Grands' Program that gave everyone the inside scoop on the major showdown's for the weekend and a chance to win some sponsor prizes in the 'Predict the Winner' contest.
The flatland in Brazil demonstrates great evolution. Currently some athletes compete in international tests with excellent results. In 2006 happens de first national championship with 40 participants, organized for Confederação Brasileira de Ciclismo (CBC) with promotion of the specialized site BMX Press . The number of practitioners of the modality grew significantly and they call the attention the media. “Finally we popularize the sport”, says Gustavo Dias, director of CBC. Dias also commemorates the increase in the number of sponsors. “To invest in flat, currently, offers financial return”, he affirms. With the consolidation of the modality, the CBC decided to demonstrate its social responsibility.
This year's LG Tour stop in Paris was way better than last year, the street course was a bit better and the Vert ramp was the same but the riders made it a better contest than last year. Street/Park: Although a very small street course it was still fun to ride, it was so tight that Dave Dillewaard looked bigger than the park but managed to win the first price again. More riders showed up this time and we even had 5 Dutch guys in prelims, Barry Kohne didn't impress the judges this time, Mark Vos showed he is a good rider but not in contests, Daniel Wedemeijer rode well and Pim v/d Bos was the best from the Dutch with a 12th place, just missing the finals with his dialed Front & Back & Tail whips.
Come this September two-wheeled transportation will take over London as the Sixth Annual Bicycle Film Festival rolls into town. The Bicycle Film Festival kicks off on September 6, 2006 with screenings September 7-9 at The Cochrane Theatre. The Festival Pass is sold out, single tickets available at the Cochrane Theatre (call 020 72691606). Joe Kid on a Stingray will be shown on Saturday, September 9 at 7:00 PM
Joe Kid on a Stingray - The History of BMX USA 2005 | DV 90min Directors: Mark Eaton and John Swarr. Jesse James from "West Coast Choppers" narrates this film.
Ok so I shouldn't be putting this as the beginning; let's face it, it could have been left out but I have to be honest with you I was livid that I had to work the same weekend as the Nottinghill Carnival, Reading festival and a mates party in Leicester but hey that comes with the territory of organising jams. I have to say though that I'm now sitting here eating my own words with a huge slice of humble pie for desert because Bristol was INCREDIBLE!!!! I have never been to Motion before so I was glad we popped in on the Saturday to check out the park and instantly loved the atmosphere. It was clean, fresh and friendly and although it is compact, the space is really well used to ensure smooth lines.
After watching a cross footed flip over the box and some of the riders launch themselves into the foam pit, which sparked a major shoe search, we left the park for the hotel ready to sample the Bristol night life.
The Forte Brothers can start to relax. Their Lookback Poll is over. Maybe Leo and Kye want a rerun of the competition where they will crank that lookback even further. Actually, when going through the pictures from the Masters in Cologne I accidently found out that I had a photo of all three brothers doing a lookback over the same hip. I might have been off with my timing on Leo's or Kye's but in Toby's defence he possibly clicked that lookback even further than shown in the photo. Enough bullshit, Toby has the bragging
UCI is pleased to announce the permanent career numbers for Elite Men and Elite Women. These numbers must be used at all international BMX events worldwide. 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 2006 Labor Day weekend was a busy time for BMX. The NBL BMX Race season is now officially over, as this past weekend in Louisville, KY the 29th Annual NBL Grand Nationals capped off one of the best Pro racing seasons most can remember. On the ABA side of things, the Pro season is quickly winding down, but just like the NBL this season has been a great year of Pro racing in the ABA with a lot of different winners, and there is still no runaway points leader in AA Pro. With two of the best races of the season going on simultaneously, it was a big decision for many pros on what race to attend. At both locations, something big was going on and the Double A Marketing pros split the races- On the NBL side, with a title on the line; Kyle Bennett, Randy Stumpfhauser, and Cristian Becerine all headed over to Louisville, while Dale Holmes and Brandon Meadows headed over to Reno.
Cologne, September, 2006 The international bike trade show IFMA Cologne will open its doors on September 16 and 17 for the public. Outside of the trade fair building the BULLS Spine Jam will take place for the first time held on the worldwide¹s largest mobile miniramp, the Braun spine ramp. Don¹t miss the chance to view rides rocking this massive ramp before the winter break this ist he last possibility! UKs top riders Mark Webb and Ben Wallace have already confirmed their participation this is already the guarantee that this contest will rock! Riders will compete in Pro and AM classes, for Pro riders there will be a prize money of 5,000 EUR.
Name: Josh Harrington Age: 23 Hometown: Greenville NC, USA. You're quite the versatile rider doing street/park, dirt and vert. How often do you grab that full face helmet getting some practice in? Josh: I ride vert a couple times a month, It's super fun to just blast airs and just flow around. Vert is at a crazy level right now and you really have to ride it all the time to stay comfortable. I try to ride all the Dew Tour comps and a few overseas.
With so many street riders and so little vert riders these days, do you think the prize money should be divided differently as it's harder to make the cut in street/park?