Under perfect weather conditions the semi finals have started over in Beijing, China at the summer Olympics. Favorites Mike Day, Maris Strombergs, and Ann Caroline Chausson each won their first semi-final heat. Other women favorite Shanaze Read (UK) crashed out on the first straight while in first position and limped back to the finish line. She has some work to do but by the way she is riding it will be an easy task for her as long as she stays on the bike. She has now crashed twice in two days. One more crash and it is over for her.
The Dutch riders had some bad luck. Lieke Klaus rode over Reade's legs in the first turn while being in third but lost her speed to finish 5th. Raymond van der Biezen crashed in the first turn where Marc Willers went out of control. Best finish was of Rob van den Wildenberg who got third in the other semi. The girls have lined up for their second race already.
Okay, I wasn't expecting a reply from the only two Dutch BMX racers that are in the next round so quick. After Rob van den Wildenberg answered some questions, we also got a mail out of Beijing, China from fellow Dutch semi finalist Raymon van der Biezen. Both are going to get on that track this night again to try to make it to the finals. They have to race three times in the semi final and the four racers with the lowest score will make it to the finals.
Raymon was flying in the time trials and did well in the first two rounds of the quarter finals. In quarter final number three he crashed in the first turn while in the lead but got up quick enough to finish fifth which transfered him into the semis with 10 points. With the NOC providing wireless access in the Olympic village for their athletes, the answers to the questions came in quickly. Just moments away from the next round we caught up with Raymon.
Not sure about you but I've been getting up at 3am the last two days to watch the Olympic BMX race live on TV. Heavy rain tonight was the reason to postpone the final events until tomorrow so tonight it's back up again at 3am to watch the Olympic Games live on TV. We managed to get in touch with Rob van den Wildenberg, one of Holland's semi-finalists who answered a few questions for FATBMX while waiting for his semi-finals tomorrow.
While the BMX speed racer contemporaneously ride for olympian gold in Peking, two-time BMX world champ Dave Osato (CAN) will compete at one of the most important and international BMX miniramp contests in Hamburg. A total of 50.000 Dollars can be won. Anti-Flag, Pennywise and Mando Diao will perform, MTV will broadcast from 8 p.m. on and MTV madame Hadnet Tesfai will host it. On that 24th of August tickets will still be available at the box office!
The world’s best BMX speed racers will be acclaimed in Peking, but the best BMX miniramp riders will have their moment to shine at the T-Mobile Extreme Playgrounds. Here’s the list of the top pros taking part on Sunday:
The AST Dew Tour, the world’s premier season-long action sports tour, begins its fourth event of the season on Thursday, August 21 with the Wendy’s Invitational at Portland’s Rose Quarter. The five-city tour also includes stops in Baltimore, Cleveland, Salt Lake City and Orlando. Currently in its fourth year, the AST Dew Tour is the most watched and attended action sports property in the world. Attendance for the 2007 AST Dew Tour totaled 280,000 and an average of 41 million viewers tuned in via NBC and USA each year. The top athletes in the world will take part in this year’s Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup that will be awarded in Orlando at season’s end to champions in each of the six disciplines.
There are a number of athletes to watch on the fourth season of the AST Dew Tour—both veterans and a few new faces. A list of a few of those athletes to watch in Portland is as follows:
éclat is proud to announce the addition of Sean Burns to the team roster. Sean joins Chester Blacksmith and Ashely Charles on éclat, and has been riding select components from éclat for the past two months."Loving the éclat cranks," said Sean just this week. Yup, éclat's range is holding up to even Sean Burns.
Burns calls Pembroke, Massachusetts home, and also rides for Metal Bikes, Bonedeth Products, DuFFs Shoes, Kill City Jeans, Whipperman Chains and Dick Maul's Bike Shop. Needless to say, we're psyched to have him on board and to finally get the official word out. éclat will be announcing several more additions to the team over the next few months, and will also be working with Sean on a line of signature t-shirts and components.
Next week Vans Team Riders from Germany, Austria, the UK and possible Canada will hit the road for a week of fun. Main focus is to find stuff that is not supposed to be ridden. Any obstacle between Berlin and Friedrichsfhafen is unsafe when this crew comes to town:Senad Grosic, Tobias Wicke, Sebastian Keep, Michael Steingräber, Marcin Stypulskowski, Chris Huber, Paddy Gross, Markus Wilke and Tim Eichert
The tour schedule looks like this: Mi. 27.08.: Meet us @ People’s Store, BBQ ab16 h, Moltkestr.81, Köln Do. 28.08.: Demo @ North Brigade, ab 16 h, Scheibenstr.13A, Köln Fr. 29.08.: Meet us @ FlairBMX Shop, ab 17 h, Herderstr.75, Hamburg So. 31.08.: Demo & BBQ @ Mellowpark, ab 17h,
It's 3am right now. Got out of bed to go watch the Olympic BMX semi finals in Beijing but all I see on TV is marathon swimming and some athletic race. If the athletic run is an indication of the weather over there at the moment it is going to be an interesting BMX race. It is raining HARD which will make the BMX track so slippery that crashes are inevitable. It will be a gamble and staying on the bike will be key. Wait a minute. Just caught the last minute of an interview with BMX
DK Bicycle Company is proud to welcome Canadian Drew Bezanson to our professional team. Drew hails from Truro, Nova Scotia and is 19 years old. He is an amazing all-around rider that excels at both park riding and street.
TM Zack Yankush had this to say “We first learned about Bezanson through John at Ryder Distribution in Canada 5 years ago. John warned us to be on the lookout for Drew and he wasn’t kidding. Complete and utter shredder. My jaw dropped watching him ride at the Toronto BMX jam a few years back when he trucked into an 8 foot quarterpipe! It only took 5 years but now we’ve got a DK under him. Drew is a great kid that never seems to stop smiling. We like that. It also doesn’t hurt that Drew is one of the most naturally talented BMX riders on the planet. On behalf of DK…welcome to the team Drew.”