The Red Bull Empire of Dirt got called off. The rain that fell was too much to fix the amazing course. It would have taken a week to build it back up so the organization made the decision to cancel the event for 2007 and invite everyone back in 2008. So what do you do when loads of riders are in town and no riding can be done? After quick thinking and some improvising the complete crew was shuttled to a big bowling alley nearby.
We arrived at the Empire of Dirt late last night. After a 2 hour delay (Easyjet hooray) and a 2 hour drive down to the middle of nowhere, Sascha Richter (Zwanzig Zoll) and I made it to a "hotel" that was built in the year 1300. You can imagine that the internet connection is not the best so we will try to get you updates from the road when we can. If we don't manage to get things online fast, expect a big update on Monday.
I started keeping a daily journal in 1987 when I was only 15 years old. Since then, every single day of my life has been documented in these journals. Looking back over the years, here is a notable journal entry and also my comments looking back now. 1st Flips EVER in a BMX Race October 24th, 1993
Actual Journal Entry “ABA Fall Nationals –Burbank CA AA Pro motos 4-4-3 I didn’t make the main. I flipped the pro jump in my 1st & 3rd motos. EVERYONE went crazy. I got balled up in the semi & didn’t qualify to the main.
Waterford Oaks, Michigan -If there's a title to be sorted out, you can bet that Factory Formula / Monster Energy / Fly Racing's Donny Robinson will probably take it. He grabbed just about all of them in '06 and now he has made history by taking the first ever Elite Men's National Championship title. With the Olympics approaching, this title is ever important and is the first step towards every BMX athlete's Olympic dreams. Donny made the trip to Michigan and was feeling good about his chances. In the main, dR was stuck in lane 8 and Matt Pohlkamp pretty much shut down every pass attempt Donny threw at him. With a move reminiscent of last year's NBL Grands, he passed Matt through the Pro section to take the lead and the win.
The video is posted HERE. Also make sure to check out the Formula Rider Journal to hear what dR has to say about his big win in his own words. Click HERE to check out dR's journal entry.
The project “Local Support” helps to improve the bike conditions in Austria. That includes the suitable setting of the spots, certain challenges, workshops and the support of events. The next event is really outstanding: the Teamchallenge on the 23.6.2007. On the occasion of the opening of the bike hall “Secret Project” in Brunn am Gebirge the Austrian Freestyle Team, which includes the hero of the BMX scene Senad Grosic, invites to the “Local Support Teamchallenge” on Saturday the 23rd June 2007. BMX spots from all over Austria are called upon to send teams, each with 3 riders, to the BMX street parcours in the new hall near Vienna. Eleven obstacles on 850 m² provide enough possibilities for the BMX riders to show their full potential and to convince with various tricks. The performances are judged by the hosts themselves. Senad Grosic and his Austrian Freestyle Team are looking forward to see crazy Austrian action. The reason why: the winners receive a brand new obstacle for their spot. Information and registration on: localsupport.at
To save the scene in Utrecht from "the Dare Devul" it was Dave to the Resque to keep the Jam at the Griftpark going for the upcoming years. The weather was bad the day before so the Edit festival in Eindhoven was rained out but in Utrecht it was nice and sunny. It was good to see some "old" riders like Remco, FC Dennis, Gert, Casper, Bjorn, Erik riding with "new" riders like Virgil, Mayton, Robert Seuren and more new school kids.
The jam was a real "Rescue" jam so Dave arranged some speakers with a mic and that was about it but he had to buy a permit from the city of Euro 420,00 which was cancelled later by some nice people from the city of Utrecht so it didn't cost him money and looking forward to next year.
The Griftpark is a nice surrounding and the bowl is good for a nice day of riding, we might take the two grindledges down next time to give it more flow but that's another project.
The Red Bull Empire of Dirt final rider list is announced, and it truly is the very best who will be making their way to Newton Abbot, Devon, to compete in the World’s First BMX Dirt Slopestyle contest. The riders list is a ‘Who’s Who’ of international BMX, with 31 top all-rounders confirmed. Riders hail from the UK, USA, Australia, France and Spain; the list includes the Forte Brothers Kye and Leo, Corey Bohen, Gary Young, Chris Doyle, Taj Mihelich, Sergio Layos and more.
It has been announced that Scotty Cranmer, 2006 X-Games Gold Medalist in BMX Park, will be attending the BMXMASTERS in Germany. Scotty, 20 yrs old from Jackson, NJ is very excited about his first trip to Germany."I feel very lucky to have the chance to travel to different parts of the world to ride my bike" "I have read about the Masters event in magazines and websites and even though it is in the middle of the busy season in the states, I could not pass up the opportunity"
Scotty's bike sponsor is Felt Bicycles which has two main offices, one in Germany and one in the USA. The Felt guys in Germany have been talking about getting Scotty to Germany and are glad that he is coming.
Our latest poll: "Which trick do you think is the hardest trick?" received 400 votes in a pretty short time. The 1080 is considered the hardest trick of the three (238 votes) with a triple tailwhip in second (94 votes) and a double flip in third (68 votes).
1. 1080 2. Triple tailwhip 3. Double backfp If you do all three in a contest run we think you'll make the finals.
The new poll is about YouTube. Do you like more BMX movies on FATBMX? Do you mind the poor quality? Do the FATBMX Freecaster movies cover your movie apetite? Do you mind the download time? Let us know by giving us your vote in the new FATBMX poll in the right column on the main page. Thanks.