It started with a chance encounter, stumbling across some second-hand BMX bikes from the United States in a Nigeria shop. And following a trawl of some internet videos, it has spawned into a burgeoning BMX scene in the city’s capital, Lagos, transcending socio-economic backgrounds. Here is all you need to know:
- The BMX scene only really started six years ago as rider Star Boy, aka Matthew Temitope, a mechanic in Lagos, was among those to stumble across some vintage 1980s freestyle BMXs. After watching videos with friends on his phone and in internet cafes, they began to try out their own style of tricks.
The seemingly unthinkable happened to Austrian BMX pro Senad Grosic. After a bit of last-minute shopping, he was abandoned together with his fellow BMXer Corey Bohan of Australia in the Hagebaumarkt store in Mondsee, Austria. Staff closed the hardware store and Grosic and Bohan were left in there to tough it out for the whole weekend. The two exceptional talents made the most of the situation though, promptly turning the shop into a BMX paradise. Creative tricks and endless enjoyment resulted, rather than sitting around feeling sorry for themselves. It can all be seen on www.redbull.com/nailedit
What do two crafty BMX maestros get up to when locked into a hardware store? The only thing that
Saya Sakakibara believes that she can achieve the type of BMX dominance that Colombian Mariana Pajón has shown after she starred at the Red Bull Pump Track World Final in Arkansas. Here is all you need to know:
- Sakakibara was born in Japan, but moved to Australia at the age of seven with brother Kai who has also gone on to become a professional BMX rider.- After winning national titles, 19-year-old Sakakibara cleaned up on the world junior circuit and moved up to elite level on the UCI BMX World Cup circuit this season.
Over 1000 spectators braved the stormy conditions that met the Italian qualifier for the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship. Fans were not disappointed as riders from all over Europe put on an incredible show of speed and style. In the Women’s field, Vanessa Kager made the trip from Austria to Trentino in search of her ticket to the World Final. Having come so close in Balzers earlier this month where she secured 2nd place, all was to play for in Italy. Seeing off fierce competition from Camilla Tagliapietra in the final, it was Kager’s turn for glory and she took the top step of the podium.
In the Men’s field Giacomo Fantoni was pitted against Eric Seifried in the final race of the day. Have battled throughout the day in knock out heats with the 32 fastest riders from seeding, the World Final ticket would come down to one race. In a hotly contested battle, Fantoni would steal the win from Seifried and claim his ticket to the World Final in Springdale, Arkansas.