Barry Kohne and Dwayne Verkade are organizing a 3 series BMX street competition over in Holland. Round one took place on Saturday 12 March at the Promise park over in the South of Holland. With the park located 10 minutes from the German and 10 minutes from the Belgian border, it saw some strong interest of these two countries. In fact, after the 8 groups of 3 pro riders finished the jam session format qualifying, 7 Germans and 1 Belgian had to ride once more in the XL Series finals.
If you're not aware of the Promise park, it has something for everyone. It has spines, ledges, sub boxes, jump box, wallride, rails and a pyramid with plenty of transfer possibilities. Barry had another crazy fufanu beam installed for this contest but in the end it wasn't even touched.
The Expert class at the Soulcycle XL-series started off an hour late at 13:00 hours. Still some riders did not arrive in time which shows once again that it's hard to start off a BMX freestyle contest in the morning. The max capacity of 50 entries was reached and every rider got one run to try to qualify for the finals. 15 riders out of the 50 were taken and we saw some very good talent in the expert class finals. It was sad to hear that for some people it takes complaining and video footage to convince an organization that the rider belongs in the final, but it happened. They're in there for the wrong reasons. Winning isn't everything, having fun is.
A lot of German riders had plenty of fun. X Martin X (Sponsored by Durex) and Captain Dotterbart (with the most Neon front wheel ever) understood what the comp was about. Dotterbart even made the final and scored third place with a huge wallride and plenty of grinds on the rail. 5th place went to Leroy Kleppe, the Belgian kid with the white helmet who did
FRONT BRAKE REVOLUTION @ RAMPAGE
The FBR Rampage Jam is set to be one of the biggest, most memorable Jams of 2005. The confirmed rider list is absolutely insane and includes the following technicians: Rick Moliterno, Dave Osato, Chad Degroot, Dave Freimuth, Mike O’Connell, James Hitchcox, Brian Vowell, Anthony Pearson, Brian Kachinsky, Anthony Pill, Senad Grosic, Christoph Huber, Ben Foakes, Rob Nolli, Ryan Nyquist, Dennis Mccoy, Dan Seig, Dan Emerich, Eben Fischer, Jim Reinstra, Adam Banton, Neil Keddie, Tom Haughen, Mark Murphy and many more tbc.
The Jam takes place over the weekend of 18/19/20 March, with open jam sessions on Friday and Sunday (anyone welcome) and the huge Front Brake Revolution best trick Jam taking place throughout the day on Saturday. On Saturday night Rampage will host the new Orchid video premiere followed by the all-important after party and some â€œautomobile pyrotechnicsâ€?.
DIG BMX magazine 045 Mar/Apr 2005
UK 2 pound 95 ISSN 1359-012X
Always stoked to get the new Dig in the mail. # 45 is thick. Loads of ads means loads of content. What's in it? Sit tight:
- Letters - news - Tree Bicycle Co.'s Sam Schulte interview - Tuffwheel story - 'zines - Nyquist questionaire - Vinnie Sammon's bike check - video reviews (too many to mention) - Joe Rich on the T1 video - Fraser Byrne on the Sequel - Bob & Wiz on the S&M video - Flat Earth Society - Full on Markus Wilke interview - NorthWest scene report (USA) - 360 bunny-hop how-to - Park info - product stuff - Federal in Japan report - KOG repo - Boneyard jam Repo - LowProfile's on Laurence Taylor, Ben Hittle and Lil' Billy - and a Back Chat with Eduardo Terreros. Buy it, love it.
Girls have been asking for naked dudes on BMX bikes so we feel obliged to deliver. Large Ray helped out this month. Should get the girls satisfied. Boys, no worries there's something for you too. Eduardo Paredes and Miguel Medina of the Street Riders BMX Club must have surfed the whole web to find titties with some sort of bike in the background. Enjoy.
Matt "The Beard" Bischoff isn't a man of many words. In the small pasage he sent he's announcing a new website, a contest, some team filming and prototype frames and forks. Didn't fail to amaze us."Hey FATBMX. It's the Beard. Failure prototype frame and fork are in and in testing phase. Look for them to hit the streets around mid June 2005. We will have a new website design by end of April. You can check out www.failurebikes.com.
Most of the Failure team will be in Southern California riding and filming April 6-12. There will be a Failure/Red Bull contest at the Failure compound this summer. A ramp and trails jam. Attached are some pics.
RIDE bmx Magazine
No. 84 April 2005
UK 3 pound 20
USA $ 6.99 USD
Canada $ 8.99 Canadian bucks
Ride comes out 9 times a year with 6 weeks intervals. They've arrived at issue number 84. Not too long before 4130 publishing hits the mighty 100th issue. But then again, that's over a year away from now. Let's see what's in the April issue:
Sheffield street, in Barcelona.
Stefan Geisler is doing flatland shows on his HARO flatland bike as you read this. That might come as a surprise to you but Stefan started off riding flatland, then learnt flips, truckdrivers and tailwhips on street before he moved on to the big vert ramp.
That's where his love is at the moment. Stefan travels around to ride as much vert as possible. Sometimes that means he's taking a plane to England to go ride with Simon Tabron. Other times it's driving up north to Achim Kujawski's indoor RedBull ramp but in the wintertime OBG can be found at Woodward camp so he can continue to ride.
Don't let the tattoos scare you, he's a nice guy.
What is your most embarrassing CD on the shelf?
Metro BMX Jam, Toronto, Canada 4-5 March 2005.
Premium Product's Josh Harrington is the winner of the Toronto Metro BMX Jam. Out of 73 pros the Useless clothing co-owner scored most points in the street final. Canadian Dave Osato and revelation Morgan Wade joined Josh on the podium.
The Oakley Hard trick contest (on the center-piece obstacle) was won by Corey Martinez and Dave Freimuth won the Oakley Hard trick (during pro finals) with a 270 over icepick on the sub.
Pro Street FINAL results
Brussels, Belgium, 08/03/05.New Braun cruZer Tour launches with unveiling of the Braun Spine, the World's largest mobile mini ramp.
The Braun Spine
The all new Braun Spine was launched on Saturday 19th February 2005 in KÃ¶ln, Germany. Measuring 24m long by 10.5m wide, the Braun Spine is the World's largest mobile miniramp.
The launch follows months of intense development between Kjerag, Braun's strategic youth marketing agency, and Spielbetrieb, the organisers of several BMX World Championships in Germany. The launch event provided a select group of riders, including current World Miniramp Champion Patrick Gross (DEU), with the first opportunity to try out the Braun Spine before it heads out on a the all new Braun cruZer Tour.