Gilbert, Arizona—August 23, 2006— The ABA (American Bicycle Association) announced today that it has retained the brand, event and marketing specialist group; bonspeedMedia of Anaheim, California. ABA, founded in 1977 is approaching thirty years of organizing BMX (Bicycle Motocross) racing on local, regional and national levels. As youth sports have grown the ABA has become the largest promoter of action sports in the world. bonspeedMedia is primarily known for their specialized branding, event and product marketing in the automotive, luxury and motorsport markets. bonspeedMedia clients have included Ford, Jaguar, Saleen, BMW, Barrett-Jackson, Bombardier Aircraft, Michelin and many others. It is bonspeed’s President, Brad Fanshaw who brings a vast knowledge base to the ABA, Fanshaw was a former Vice President of the ABA in the early 1980’s, when he retired as an active racer. After ABA, Fanshaw became Director of World Wide Marketing for Vision Sports an early action sport industry leader. Vision was a company he assisted in growing from $10 million to $120 million in just five years and is heralded as the one of the founders of X-Sports!
While the X-Games were going on in Los Angeles, FATBMX visited the Motocross GP in Namur, Belgium. The place of the track is the exact same place where Paul and I did our first international BMX race back in 1980. The motocross track normally isn't there, they just fence off a track through the parc and have the race. I love Belgium. The race this weekend was special because Stefan Everts was able to win his first (out of 10) world titles in front of his own Belgian fans. He didn't disappoint and won his 99th Grand Prix of his career. The dude simply rules the MX1 class and calls it a day at the end of the year which I believe is a good move.
It is with great pleasure to announce that SE’s Javier Colombo is the 2007 U.C.I. Elite Men’s Pro BMX World Champion. The race took place this past weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil on one of the best World Championship tracks to date. Javier rode strong throughout the day and qualified to the 8-man main event, beating out over 90 of the world’s best riders from over 20 different countries.
In the final, Javier had a great start on his PK Ripper Team bike and went into the first turn in 2nd place, just behind former National Champion, Randy Stumpfhauser (GT Bikes). Javier rode a strong lap and stayed within striking distance of Randy throughout the two pro sections and five turns. Coming out of the final turn, Javier charged hard and pulled up along side of Randy. With approximately 25 ft to the finish, Javier rode the final jumps with more aggression and passed Randy by a half of a bike length for the U.C.I. World Championships win!
If you would like to see the 45 second clip of Javier wining the main event, [url=http://www.martijnscherpen.net/2006%20UCI%20worlds/2006%20UCI%20worlds%20elite%20men%20final.wmv]click this link.[/url]
RL-FRANCE: The French legion of REDLINE has been rackin’ up some impressive results – starting off with the recent National Championships. ENZO SCHILLING was the first to take the N°1 FRENCH TITLE in his age/class. Enzo’s Championship start wasn’t the greatest, but he pulled off a tremendous move in the first turn to take over the lead and went on to stretch his led by skyin’ the triple jump – the only one in his class to do so. We reckon that when you’ve had a Ferrari named after you, there’s a lot of pressure to go FAST. Then there was more good news for France and Redline from the biggest race in Europe – the Euro Championships. When all was said and done, French REDLINE Elite rider DAMIEN GODET became VICE CHAMPION 2006 In Elite Men Cruiser (2nd in Elite Cruiser).
ELITE MEN 1 Arturs Matisons (LAT) 2 Ivo Lakucs (LAT) 3 Artis Zentins (LAT) 4 Pablo Guitierrez 5 Henrik Baltzersen 6 Rob Van Den Wildenberg 7 Florent Boutte 8 Kelvin Beatty 9 Arnaud Dubois 10 Manuel De Vecchi 11 Maris Strombergs 12 Lukas Tamme 13 Jerome Leocadie 14 Sebastien Paradis 15 Arno Kanis 16 Jeremy Chaffot 17 Damien Godet 18 Raymon Van Der Biezen 19 Frank Heijne 20 Ivo Van Der Putten
Arcadia, California – As with most countries today in lieu of the World Championships in Brazil and the 2008 Olympics, the country of Chile in South America has made the move to step up their BMX program. Although Chile has a long history of BMX racing in numerous World Championships and has its share of World Champion riders, Chile is serious about showing the world that they can compete with the best! The Chilean BMX Federation (or FCBX – Federacion Chilean Bicicross) has recently restructured itself and put new people in charge of moving Chilean BMX in the right direction.
The finial stop of the 2006 NBL Pro Series events, Round 8, was held this past weekend at the South Park track. South Park has always been know to be the fastest and most technical track on the NBL tour and this year it had some modifications before the event. The changes made the track faster and more tech, but unfortunately weren't made for the younger and inexperienced riders. The track really showcased how much skill the Pro riders have and actually elevated the respect factor for the Elite Pro riders. With this the final stop of the NBL Pro tour before the Grands, Randy Stumpfhauser needed to gain a few more points to be in the title hunt, while Kyle Bennett held a slight lead before South Park and wanted to extend it.
Right after the message we received from Robert de Wilde that he has left Staats on good terms, we noticed these UCI results up in Canada. Looks like Afro Bob is raking in the UCI points wherever he goes.
UCI race Airdrie, Alberta - Canada
Elite Men 1 Robert de Wilde(NED) 2 Patrick Lebel (CAN) 3 John Purse (USA) Junior Men 1 Jim Brown (CAN) 2 Nick Goertzen (CAN) 3 Ward Pateman (CAN) Elite Women 1 Samantha Cools (CAN) 2 Adrienne Bennie (CAN) 3 Lori Smith (CAN) Junior Women 1-Danielle Brisson (CAN) 2 Kayla Sweeney (CAN) 3 Layne Nyhaug (CAN)