This Snickers Bowl report is fashionably late. But what is late? It's Monday after the contest as I'm typing this up. Spending 5 hours at the London Heathrow airport has its advantages. Good thing I brought the laptop. The photos are already prepared in the right size and all I need is a little text now of what happened and some internet connection. The latter will only be available when I'm back home so please bear with me for a few hours. How cool would it be if there was free wireless worldwide. Updates could come from anywhere that way as long as there's a power socket nearby and I've got the right plug. The hotel actually had internet but after the competition it was time for some Guns 'n Roses and then the hotel bar/lobby for hours of DMC tales straight from the horses mouth. Classic stories, I tell you.
But the reason we were in Donington was the Snickers Bowl contest. It was an invite only competition for BMX and skateboarding and the Bowl was set up in the middle of the Download festival that had bands playing all day long. Thousands of people showed up and I mean THOUSANDS.
Today the annual manual and prelims took place at the Download Festival in Donnington. We'll give you the results here before we hop back in the bus to go see Metallica live. Jealous yet? The Annual Manual once again went to Ruben Alcantara. Last year he won $ 1200,= USD for it and I've heard this year it's more. You guys now start practicing your wheelies. It's a rewarding trick. A split 8th place in prelims has Tom Stober and Dennis McCoy both making the finals making it a group of 9 tomorrow. First place in qualifying went to Simon Tabron who had the tricks and the height. Jimmy Walker is ruling the bowl and got 2nd with Joe Rich getting third. I'm doing this out of the top of my head and it's either Bas Keep or Koji Kraft in 4th or 5th. Anyway, they both made it. Zach Shaw and Matt Fairbairn fill the next two places and together with Tom and DMC that will be the final of tomorrow.
FATBMX is at the Download festival in Donington, England. Today was the "local" version of the BMX and skate competition. Basically, the UK version had riders that rode to make it to the event on Sunday with all the big wigs. Only the winner went through and that was Chris Mahoney. He'll have to stay for the weekend but knowing Chris he doesn't have a problem hanging out with 100.000 hardrockers and the better skateboarders and BMX-ers. Bikes, Beers and Bitches is another way to describe the situation here. Black shirts galore and all out for a good time. Mike Mullen won the high air contest that was held after the comp was over. The dude still has it and he went pretty high. It was wild guessing how high exactly he went but the judges declared him the winner. Tool played on stage while Vans man Steve van Doren was flipping burgers for the BMX-ers and skateboarders. At the same time the pro practice session was going on. Jimmy Walker was looking really good. It's hard to tell what his regular way is and what his opposite side is.
If ya haven't heard, some of the SE riders have gotten broke off recently.
First, Fernando Sabat went down at the Real Ride contest the other week and broke & dislocated his elbow. Check the pic. Nasty! Then Travis Postany just broke his leg at the CFB contest in Oklahoma. Let's wish these guys a speedy recovery so they can be loftin' it again soon.
Joe Kid on a Stingray will be a featured film at the upcoming Los Angeles round of the Bicycle Film festival. For those of you who missed the Joe Kid on a Stingray Hollywood premier last summer, this will be yet another chance for some of us BMXers to get together, hang out and watch a cool BMX flick Who: anyone who wants to see a cool BMX movie. What: Joe Kid on a Stingray - History of BMX showing at The Bicycle Film Festival in Los Angeles. www.bicyclefilmfestival.com Where: The Vine Theater - 6321 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, Ca. When: June 24th @ 5:00 p.m.
DC is stoked to announce the appointment of Dylan Clayton as the new UK Bike Team Manager for BMX, MTB and MotoX. Dylan, three times BMX world champion has been riding on the DC BMX TEAM for six years, gaining hands on experience from some of the best teams in world. As Dylan says " From being a rider I have a solid understanding of all the individual needs required to form a great team spirit. My first plan is to re-ignite public interest in BMX and the team through tours and team event attendances across the UK and Europe. Commencing with the Urban Games and NASS this summer"
Old-School Corner: 22 years BMX in the Cologne Youthpark give enough reason to arrange an „Oldschool Corner“ with bikes and oldschool stuff at the BMXMasters 2006. There will be Oldschool-Sepcialists to provide information about the bike’s condition, technical riding tips and some old stories from the good old times... Some changes for the diciplines: The two disciplines Miniramp and Vert will be collapse to one class the Amateur class. Furthermore there will be the Pro-Class.
We've been slacking on BMX and DVD reviews but sometimes there is simply not enough time available. This BBN review comes from England. The photo was taken in London and the white background is from the Ibis bath tub. The business mag was read on the plane ride and while taking a bath this morning. It's not too much of a read but interesting indeed.Dennis McCoy showed up this morning and had not seen the issue yet, in fact, he does not receive the magazine himself after trying multiple times to get on the list. Can anyone at Transworld take care of that please? Anyway, back to the mag. The cover news is about Shimano getting back into BMX with a BMX specific DXR component line. Blame the Olympics for that one. The other cover story covers the Olympics with Doug Martin being interviewed on the latest race situation. Next page has a story on Intense entering the complete bike market for 2007. Tim Gallant (QBP) writes this issue's editorial.
– El Cajon, California – Formula riders were once again proving to the BMX world that Formula is the premier frame brand. Factory team superstars AA Pro dR Donny Robinson, 17 Expert Warren McDow, and 12 Expert Chad Kerley made it out to Lake Perris BMX for the ABA Spring Nationals while Elite Woman Amanda Geving hopped over to North Carolina for the NBL’s Tarheel National at Tanglewood. Donny has been the top dog in the Elite Men/AA Pro ranks lately. But, with the return of Bubba Harris to the lineup, dR was excited for an already competitve class to get even harder. Here’s Donny on how the weekend went: