The Got Dirt BMX trail jam went down on last week in conjunction with the BMX racing nationals at Wayville showground in Adelaide. The course consisted of a massive 5m high roll in and drop off which went straight into 3 big sets of jumps. The riders then had a 6m high wall ride to hit and 3 more sets of jumps on the way back. The course was definitely the best competition dirt course ever built in Australia and saw some awesome riding over the weekend. There were competitions for Pro and Am with $4000 pro purse and well over that in prizes. The Comp format was a head to head battle, the riders were split into pairs and had 3 runs through the jumps to show their skills. The winner for each round progressed to the next and so on right through to the final. This format saw some interesting results with consistency and planning your runs taking a big part in the results.
The Am comp proved that the future of BMX is strong with a stack of good riders battling it out for the golden got dirt #1 shovel.
- El Cajon, California – The Formula Factory team was all over the map this past weekend with riders in Texas and in Florida representing. Donny Robinson was trying to continue his winning ways at the ABA’s Super Nationals in Desoto, Texas while Amanda Geving kept it close to home racing the last NBL Florida State qualifier at Charlotte BMX in Punta Gorda. Donny rolled into Metroplex BMX in Desoto as the hottest Pro on the tour. Could dR keep the win streak alive? Here’s Donny himself on how the weekend went: “Pretty simple really. I wasn’t the overall fastest rider this weekend. Kyle Bennett was riding really well. I had trouble with the first jump all weekend and little mistakes cost me.”
History: In the beginning England first experienced BMX in 1980 when Geoff Wiles was sent over to the USA by the Halford's head-office based in Redditch, near Birmingham. His mission was to check out and assess a new cycle sport called Bicycle Motocross - "BMX". He was, "Blown away" by what he saw and immediately on his return kick started operations to build a BMX track in Redditch to duplicate what he saw in the States and to set-up the first UK race.
Being the first official track to be built in the UK, Redditch was "The Blue Print" and hundreds of tracks soon appeared across the U.K.
The opening of the Venus trails saw about 30-40 people show up. Mostly MTB-ers, sad but true, but also a couple of photographers and filmers showed up. Tim Bucholz took the photos you see with this little report so thanks to him. As planned we got together at the Aldi parking lot and rode over to the dirt jumps together. We had laid out a red carpet which was pretty effective. Jan Stoertzer held a short speech followed by a raffle where the two winners both got a T-shirt and some scissors. With these scissors they cut the ribbons that were placed across the dirt jumps. After that, the session was on.
Quite a few had problems clearing the big jumps as there was no possibility to warm up on smaller sets. One of the BMX-ers broke his arm and had to be taken to the hospital. After the early difficulties were over, it turned into a nice session.
The national series in Norway opened this past weekend with unusually beautiful weather. With low twenties celsius and clear skies, this was not usual for Norway this time of the year. Needless to say, the racers and spectators were loving it. And just as they did last year, Team Redline~Norway came out on top all weekend.
The May 2006 issue of RIDE has a typical RIDE cover, or better, it reminded me of the Invert mag for some reason. Maybe because it has this typical UK blue sky (if that does exist), or maybe because it's a Brit on the cover (Leo Forte). Maybe it's because in the past no extra flashes were used to brighten up the rider as is the case with the cover of No 94. Hey, we like it for a change. Damn, 180 pages, how am I going to read it all? Definitely worth the 2.95 British Pounds or $even bucks (USA) that you will have to pay at the counter to get a copy. Shiiitt, 180 pages. What's in it?
After all the regulars like the editorial, news from their worldwide contributors, Lavar's Mike Ardelean, event calendar, music and DVD reviews, the Flat Matters section, George French's Tech page and a skatepark directory, the mag has a few articles for you to check out.
Super sized SE head badges are now available. Do you want that perfect, custom, last bit of a cool touch in your work room, office, bedroom, or living room? Well, if you are a true SE fanatic, then you MUST have one of these extra large (2ft x 2ft), aluminum pressed, 3-D, SE metal tacker signs. They are made out of aluminum and are an exact replica of the “SE Bikes” head badges that come on the ’06 line of SE bikes. And check out all those normal sized “SE Racing” head badges below the gigantic one! Yup, that’s right. Those are authentic “SE Racing” head badges that are now available to all of the SE collectors out there.
The new Tantra frames arrived! It’s a special design by KHE flatland rider Wolfgang Sauter. The Tantra will also be available as a complete bike in 2007. Here are some details on the frame: - 1-1/8“ internal headset or F-SET integrated rotor - Euro Bottom Bracket - Head tube angle 75.0° - RC: 12“ - the 1-1/8” internal headset frame can be equipped with detangler rotor - 100% Japanese SANKO 4130 CrMo - TT length: 18.79“ - Weight: 1.98 kg | 4.36 lbs (non F-SET) - Double Butted top-, down- and seattube, U-Pivots - Heat Treated 3/8” Dropouts, Bottom Bracket and Headtube
Wolfgang is testing this frame now – after giving us feedback, the Tantra will be ready for production and sales. Also, this frame has a special geometry...
Derelict areas of the Veracity recreation ground in Southampton have been given a £600,000 facelift courtesy of Barclays Spaces for Sports. The extreme part of this makeover is the installation of the GBH Veracity skatepark, which was officially opened this month.