At the beginning of the year I made myself a goal to update the FATBMX site every (work)day. More people make those promises but I believe we´ve been doing pretty good with over 1000 articles posted on the FAT site this year. But then, out of the blue, the server crashed. The USA based server messed up and it was impossible to get on the site to upload stuff. Even worse, the server only had a back up of the site that was 12 days old meaning a bunch of articles got lost. The last few days we´ve been pushing hard to get articles back on the site. Some old, some new, but it looks like we´re back on track. Enjoy the site and feel free to contribute your BMX articles. Otherwise we´ll have to start making up stories to keep our promises. It´s winter you know, and not too much is happening over here in Holland.
Name: Bodo Hellwig Age: 35 years Hometown: Oldenburg, Germany
How long have you worked at Sport Import? I started in the beginning of 1998
What companies does Sport Import distribute? At this moment we have a very good program and carry the following companies: Odyssey, FlyBikes, SundayBMX, G-Sport, KingKong, ACS, ODI, Tioga, Voxom and FeltBikes.
Can you explain the FELT BMX situation? Is it a German or an American company? Our roots are in California, our product development is located in Lahe Forst, California. The German Headquarter and California product development team work very close in product development.
Last week the Premium Team (Joe Riley, Matt Colisch, Ben Hucke, Ryan Mills, Jake Farley, Vince Kroff) began filming for the new Premium DVD. Unfortunately do to a broken collarbone Josh Harrington wasn't able to join the posse. The DVD will include video parts from the whole team, including an Oregon road trip. Look for this DVD to be out some time in the Spring. Keep posted for road trip updates.
Loading is the DVD from the Red Bull road trip held sometime this summer. Damn is the first word that comes to mind after watching the DVD at the release party. Dutch BMX movies have come a long way since BLIXEM (first dutch BMX video??)
This movie rocks!
The idea was to pick a load of the best dutch BMX riders and stack them in a bus and ride the best spots. The riders are: Michael van der Lee, Barry Köhne, Randy Nieuwkerk, Casper Hoedemakers, Mark Vos, Vladdie de Koning, Rutger Pauw, Daniel Wijsmuller, Jeroen Burgstadt, Mario de Waard, Arnout de Boom and Dwayne Verkade
The first thing that you notice when you watch Loading is that the quality is bang on! The filming is done from several angles and edited in a way that gives you a good idea about what is going on. The music is original and really fits the parts.
Tulsa, OK: The Sunday night showdown at the OK corral saw Redline's mightiest gunslingers walk away with three silver Cup's; marking them as the Best of the Best when it comes to BMX racing.
NO.1 PRO BATTLE: As everyone expected, the chase for the Pro Cup came down to the three mains, between Kyle Bennett and defending Champ Bubba Harris. In the motos, they were pitted against the other on Saturday twice, and Bubba took both wins. A good confidence builder, and a sign of things to come. In the semi's, Kyle won his in dominant fashion, as did Bubba. Which meant the race for the 2005 title would come down to main time, and in ABA tradition -- in dramatic style.
Saturday: Doors Open 9:00 Open Practice 9:00 10:00 Beginner only practice 10:00 10:30 Beginner park Contest 10:30 1:00 Expert Park Practice 1:30 2:00 Expert Park 2:00 4:30 Pro Park practice 4:30 5:30 Pro Park 5:30 8:30 Beginner Park prizes handed out 8:30 Expert, Pro qualifiers announced
The 2005 ABA Grands were one of the most anticipated Grand Nationals in years. With 2 riders standing out in AA Pro all season, it would come down to the main event to decide the title. Kyle Bennett came back from Knee surgery a few months back and has been on a hot streak, winning AA Pro at each of the last 6 ABA National events. Randy Stumpfhauser sat just outside of the top spot in the Pro Cruiser ranks and wanted to retain his #1 Pro plate. Both main events were full of excitement and surprises. Read on to see how the Double A Marketing riders finished up:
Kyle Bennett went into the ABA Grands with one thing on his mind, to win the AA Pro Main on Sunday. As things kicked off on Friday, at the Pro Spectacular, Kyle looked to be on track, as he was out front all night on his way to the main event. When the main event gate dropped, Kyle was off the pace just a bit and finished up 3rd overall. Impressive, but he would have to do just a bit better to capture the ABA #1 Pro title. On Saturday and Sunday, Kyle went unbeaten on his quest to the title.
If you've always dreamed of being sponsored by Oakley, this is your chance. Oakley Europe are doing a video contest. If you live in one of the following countries, you are allowed to enter: Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Spain or France.
You need to get a friend film you and send your footage to Oakley where the best BMX tape will win a year's worth of Oakley stuff. You can give some of that to your buddy with the camera for helping out. In fact, what they are looking for is an edited flick of roughly 30 seconds with all your best tricks in it. You don't have to send the actual tape to Oakley, you can upload your footage through their website.
First prize wins 4000€ worth of Oakley gear, second place gets 3000€ and third ends up with 2000€ euro worth of Oakley gear. They've got 4 BMX videos up at the moment so there is still a chance to win something.
Ron Bonner at The Shadow Conspicary was pretty amazed when he got the word that MTV nominated the The Shadow Conspiracy x Invisible man 24" limited edition cruiser for best X-mas present of 2005.
"That is already after Vapors magazine nominated the bike for the top ten best Collaborations of 2005. Shadow not only leading the way in function and fashion in BMX but Shadow is taking BMX in to the proper direction BMX needs to head. Meaning not mass market crap but along the street fashion boutique angle which is a way better fit for BMX." says Bonner.
Fids, Nick Vale and gang of 20 of us volunteers worked through the night and right up to the last minute to get the course finished - it looked pretty damn good and rode a treat. Bands played, music blasted out and the crowds turned up to watch the local talent that most local people are more used to moaning about. We ran a pretty laid back schedule all day so there were no winners but props to Bexhill local Tom Gerrard for getting close to pulling his first flair and Hastings local (and Seventies warehouse packer) Dan Lacey for killing it with dialled nosedive three's over the spine all day long. Thanks to Seventies, Federal, Skin Tight Clothing, Roundabout, Howies and The Source for prizes.
As soon as it got dark, the back of the art gallery was turned into a giant cinema screen for the premier of Federal's new '9-1/2 days in Germany' DVD followed by