Paris, Texas! That was HOT, both in temperature and racing! A fierce battle between Shealen Reno and former UCI World Champ Payton Ridenour ensued all day long with Reno one upping every time that Ridenour laid down with Shealen would take the top qualifying place.
The Big Final had both those riders in one final showdown. By the halfway mark it was too close to tell who was in the lead but the second half of the lap showed Payton super focussed and mistake free and the win and that ticket went to Ridenour by just .205 of a second.
The men's class had an immediate favorite in Alec Bobster who placed second to Tommy Zula at the first USA Qualifier in Gaston County, NC. The field of challengers were deep though and this wouldn't come without some hard work from Alec. The 2021 finals came down to Alec Bob and Andersen Amakye and once again they would qualify one and two in the timed runs.
In the Big Finals Amakye faced Alec in a repeat battle from 2021 for the top spot and the amazing
Frenchman Matthias Dandois has made a career out of breaking new ground on his beloved BMX bikes with the 32-year-old heading to the iconic Streif mountain to help celebrate the 2022 running of the famous Hahnenkamm downhill races. Here is all you need to know: When a Frenchman stands at the starting gate of the legendary Streif mountain, anything can happen with Adrien Duvillard, Guy Périllat, Jean-Claude Killy and Luc Alphand all winning the Hahnenkamm downhill. This year, the 82nd edition of the Hahnenkamm will again feature two downhill races but this time the competitors will launch their thrilling run from a newly renovated hut that has been extended by one floor.
Ahead of the races, Dandois proved that he is equally adept at delivering a world-class performance in
Name: Kieran Reilly Hometown: From Newcastle upon Tyne, living in Corby. Sponsors: Red Bull, Tallorder BMX, CoreUK, Seventies Distro, Redstar Clothing
Progression is key in BMX, how do you consider trying something new every time? Do you complete the trick in your head and then send it? Kieran Reilly: I find I feel like I’ve had a better session if I’ve learned something or at least pushed outside my comfort zone and so that motivates me to be constantly trying new things, I usually just have
Today the last spots for tomorrow's Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships will be given out. The Velosolutions pump track next to the iconic bridge in Lisbon (yes, next to the skatepark) is the terrain for the 2021 battle for the UCI rainbow jerseys in Men and Women. The set-up is pretty unreal. Leave it up to Red Bull to go all in and show the participants a good time.
In case you're wondering where the live feed will be, find the info on Red Bull TV but we'll keep you posted right here on FATBMX with pics, results, etc. Don't forget to follow us on social media for the inside scoop. After multiple laps on the course at the end of the day it was Switzerland's
A bunch of Freestyle riders made it to Eindhoven last weekend as a loose competition was happening on the BigAirBag. It more or less was a free session for entertainment and practically anyone could join the session to see what it's like to jump an airbag set-up. Pim v.d. Bos had built the take-off and Nicky v.d. Veen makes sure the BigAirBag is working. It's good news BMX-ers stay involved in a different shape or form to further develop BMX. The riders were stoked with the soft(er) landing and the Pump Track event had a way of entertainment and participation. When the session was done and dusted it was up to Daniel Wedemeijer, Nick van der Veen and Levi Weidmann to throw down some real tricks on the set-up. The crowd got to see 360-backflips, fronties, turndown flips etc. from Daniel, flipwhips, flips, 3-inverts from Nicky, and 720-s, 360 bar-to bar and flips from Levi.
The session afterwards continued with Sem Kok sending 360 turndowns to the moon, Denz van Laare flipping gaps for the first time and others simply sending it until the airbag was unplugged. Only Dennis Keunen would have sent it at that point but he was not there.
We posted some pics on our Instagram account (@fatbmx) but had some more photos left that we did not want to go to waste. Enjoy.
Today the Urban Sportpark in Eindhoven was all about Red Bull UCI Pump Track. The race has recently come under the UCI flag. This allows the winner of the World Final to wear the rainbow jersey for a year. This year, the women's Olympic medal winner Merel Smulders won gold. Frenchman Eddy Clerté won gold in the men's race. Red Bull UCI Pump Track is a unique competition because different cycling disciplines come together. For example, MTB riders cycled against BMX riders and freestylers took part in the Pump Track and vice versa.
The winners: The top four of both the men's and women's have qualified for Red Bull UCI Pumptrack World Championships Final. The following riders have qualified:
Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships Qualifier - Berlin, Mellowpark, Germany. It is Vineta Petersone’s (Latvia) second win this season after she secured her World Final spot in Portugal at the end of 2020, leaving the World Final ticket for freestyle rider Lara Lessman from Germany to travel to the World Final but riders are Olympians. Lara secured a 6th at the Olympics after breaking her collarbone 6 weeks before she travelled to Tokyo. Vineta had the fastest time of the day in the Women’s category with 15.352
The men’s category came down to the wire between Philip Schaub (Germany) and Max von Eijndhoven (Netherlands) during the Big Final with both riders breaking the 14 second track mark, Max with a 13,935
With 8 woman on the start list and one of them being Australia's top Woman BMX athlete Saya Sakakibara in the mix it was going to be some hot racing. Down to our final 4 riders the race between MTB’r Cassie Voysey and BMX’r Johanna Jephcott would come down to 3/100ths of a second to decide 3rd and 4th place with spoils going to Cassie Voysey.
The finals saw a bigger gap between a solid and smooth looking Annaliese Rokov and Top BMXer Saya Sakakibara, both having clean runs it was the experience and power of Sakaibara that would take top honours by just over 1.5 seconds.
Several riders had issues navigating the tough and technical Paris Texas Velosolutions Pump Track. It was not a wide open track as you could hear brakes squeaking in the tight switchbacks. In contrast to last weekend in Springdale, AR where the steep and tall banked turns could hold the riders on track a little more. Top 16 men were lead by fastest riders KJ Romero (4th), Grant Lampson (3), Alec Bob (2) and Amakye Andersen with the top spot.
In the quarter finals two riders stood out with sub 23 second mark for the first time of the day. Alec Bob and Amake Andersen were opposite on the bracket board which looked to put them both in the Big Finals but there was more racing to go.