For the past three years, each August, a group of USA BMX pros have been invited down to Bogota, Columbia to compete in a special BMX race event. The first year, it was formed to mark a celebration of the life of Mario Soto, one of the most promising BMX stars to come out of Columbia, who was tragically killed in 2001. The event has grown greatly since then and this year's BMX pros were brought over to compete and be honored at the BMX Festival.
The local Government of Bogota funds the local BMX program and holds this event during a huge celebration in the city, on the city's anniversary of foundation.
Michal Prokop wins all the heats and the finals. A great race of the American Jill Kintner
The weather was awful at Pila (Italy), for the 4Cross World Cup race, that took place in violent rainfalls, cold temperature and even the fog. In spite of the weather, many people were there to watch an amazing show.
The absolute protagonist was Czech Michal Prokop, who dominated all the heats, semi-final and the final. Last year's World Cup winner was so excited he even left behind American Brian Lopes, the World Cup leader. The Czech started very fast and never left the lead. Lopes tried until the very end to get his bike ahead, but the rhythm was very fast and the risk of falling because of the mud was too high. Obviously, Lopes looked ahead to the World Cup that still belongs to him. The winning trio was completed by Cedric Garcia.
I remember going to a Mickey Thompson 4X4 stadium race years ago. We got tickets from the people at BMX Plus! and decided to check it out. The first few rounds were amazing. It was awesome to see the trucks fly over the course with speed. After 20 minutes however it was getting a bit monotonous, same shit all the time. We did not have any favorites and after a while we started picking our own cars on the gate that we thought would win. When that got boring the only thing that got us excited were the crashes and there were lots of them.
Sitting in the stands watching BMX for 10 hours a day might get a little stale. In between some motos and during the opening ceremony, the organization of the UCI world's in Bercy had brought in some entertainment. The variety was big. Instead of an expected big laser and fireworks show in Bercy, the announcer got a Mexican wave going with the people in the stands and an ALOHA group showed up that had girls and guys dancing in a traditional way while the guru interacted with the crowd and the band that sat in the middle of the track. On Saturday the Theo Tahiti show turned it up a notch and brought in some fire. A circle of fire was made with the help of some flamable fluid and the Hawaiian dudes were juggling with some sort of stick with fire at both ends. Even this can get a bit boring but as soon as one of the guys' leg was on fire this lead to some panic in the group. You see, the dude was wearing leg covers and one of them caught fire when he stepped in the burning circle. At first you think it's part of the show but it wasn't. The Flyin' Hawaiin' made the hell out of the circle and looked for sand to put the fire down. People around the infield jumped in to help out. Being the true showman he continued the show and finished it without more drama.
2000 riders from 40 nations made it to Paris for the 2005 UCI BMX world's. Among them were 138 Elite men athletes, 37 Junior women, 99 Junior men and 51 Elite women. The Saturday night program had all these classes on the track deciding who would put on the rainbow jersey at the end of the day.
I entered a bet and it went like this: Name 8 riders that would make the Elite Men main. 1 point per rider for every rider that actually made the main. You scored 2 points if you had the right rider on the right spot he finished in. My list looked like this:
UCI BMX WORLD'S BERCY, Paris, France.
From 1984-1990 the Palais Omnisport stadium with the grass walls hosted the King of Bercy BMX races. 2005 sees the return of BMX in the Bercy stadium with the UCI World Championships. Official titles are going to the Elite men and Elite women classes, the Juniors (men and women) and the Elite and Junior cruiser classes. Friday night had the cruiser categories and FATBMX was there to do a report.
UCI World Continental Ranking
The UCI World Continental Ranking has come to an end on all four continents. Each continent has hosted 10 rounds counting for UCI ranking points in both elite and junior classes. Each rider will bring their top 7 results/points to the UCI BMX World Championships in Paris, France where the UCI World Ranking will be decided. Leading up to the 2008 Olympic Games, the Nations Ranking will from now on become very important for countries. To view the current ranking, visit;
The Uci BMX Super Cross event was last weekend and what an event it was! We are talking an amazing track, perfect weather, and most of the best riders in the world! This race was the first race to show the riders the new Olympic format. There will be some differences when the Olympics come but for the most part it was the same. We had over 50 Elite riders here this weekend and that made for some intense racing action! Our first moto was our 1/8th final, and then we went into 3 rounds of quarters, one semi, and one main. Here is how my day played out!
Right before my 1/8th I broke the cleat on my shoe. I tried to fix it but couldn't and had to race the moto with it broke. It made for an interesting lap as I had to come from behind to make it. I finished 2nd.
Quarters: First quarter, I was still working on my bike and showed up
Round 7 and 8 of the European UCI championships took place in Cheddar, UK last weekend. Thomas Allier is back from his nasty crash earlier this year and should be ready for the UCI BMX worlds in Bercy in 4 weeks time.
Elite men round 7 (Saturday)
1. Thomas ALLIER
2. Dale HOLMES
3. Arno KANIS
Elite Men round 8 (Sunday)
1. Ivo LAKUCS
2. Kelvin BATEY
3. Thomas ALLIER
Photo courtesy of BMXPix.org