Mark Vos is one of the New Breed Riders of Zeeland, The Netherlands. He asked me to not blow up this interview so I'll stop here.Hometown, age, years you've been riding, sponsors, give it to us baby!
At the moment I live in 's-Gravenpolder, a small village, the most exiting street obstacle is a 2-stair, and a flat-rail. that’s where I grew up. I'm 20 years old, almost 21. I’ve been doing wheelies since I was 10 years, but the real bmx thing came trough at age 14. So that’s over six years already. And when ED my all-time riding buddy, had his first car we were going to other places and all of a sudden we saw skateparks, other street, and it evolved from there.
Regarding sponsors, Oxbow gives me free clothes, and Soulcycle gives me free Orchid shoes. Though I consider you guys Bart and Paul to be homies too, cause Paul hooked me up on Vans and Eastpak before I was getting flow from Orchid. My friends sponsor me I guess. Half of my bike I got it from friends.
Zach Shaw (UK) left the wethepeople company three weeks ago and is now enjoying the freedom to ride any frame and any part he wants. How long it will be before an other company picks up the vert riders is the question.
In Zach Shaw related news: "I got Married on October the 2nd last year and have been decorating NON stop since we moved into our new house (which is only 5 miles from Stansted airport) ready for the arrival of our baby which should be in the next 8 weeks!"
Another BMX dad coming up. Congratulations and good luck.
RIGHTEOUS JAMS ***
Lenneke at KUNG FU Europe is back from ???? and send us some CD's again, I had to say hi to Twisted Guido but didn't see or hear from him for a long time so he might read this so my job is done.
The Righteous James out Boston finished their full length debut: Rage of Discipline. Touring with the VANS Warped Tour in 2004 they showed that they mean business with old school hardcore and if Dynamo festival was still around they would be playing there for sure. These guys are the new breed of Hardcore so check them out at a concert. They are playing in Europe tonight till Wednesday the 23rd. www.kungfurecords.com
HARO's Warwick Stevenson spent 6 weeks teaching a girl how to ride a BMX bike for an MTV show called MADE. The result was that the spoiled unathlethic girl could barely make it around the track without crashing. It was actually good to show that BMX racing isn't that easy, even if you have personal training from the current UCI World Champion. Warwick received over 1000 E-mails via his website after the MTV Made show was broadcasted and enjoyed the time working with MTV.
MTV also liked working with The Warlock and they're going to film an episode of MTV Cribs at Warwick's place soon. Time to clean up the house and stock that fridge!
Colin Winkleman has started a bmx parts/components company called Circus. His plan is to make parts that are of the highest quality that is in his power to design and produce. With past experience designing parts for DK, Colin thinks he has a good grasp on what it takes to make some advancements in BMX tech.
Colin: "I also realize that being injured for 6 months now, with the rapid pace of innovation in the industry, it's not entirely possible for me to keep a fresh perspective without being on my bike traveling and seeing all the aspects of bmx I'm usually exposed to on a daily basis.
If you happen to be in Tokyo in the next two weeks you might want to look for the Ruby Room. Yasuyuki Takeo sent in the following exhibition info:GreenG's photo exhibition "Hon-po" (means flee-wheeling) is held at Ruby Room, Dougenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan from Feb 7th to Feb 28th. The photos are exhibited every Monday during February, (Feb 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th ) from 7pm to 1am.
New Bristol Skatepark: A Benchmark in Teamwork
GBH Ramps have built a brand spanking new skate park on the mean streets of Withywood, Bristol. The park was officially completed on the 21st January, so if you fancy some free fun, mosey on down to this tasty slice of skatepark.
This outdoor park has a 5ft Spine mini, driveway flatbank to quaterpipe
Next month the Local Exposure Tour 2 is going to take place.
The pros on the tour will be Allan Cooke, Brian Kachinsky, Josh Harrington,Ryan â€œBizâ€? Jordan, Morgan Wade, Dan Sieg, and Dennis McCoy, and last year’s tour winner ,Quinn Semling. The announcers will be Micah Kranz and Zackâ€œCatfishâ€? Yankush.
Expect to see a two-hour demo (in which locals are encouraged to ride), and then the eight best locals as chosen by the pros will have their own jam. Two winners will be picked from those jams, and then an overall winner from the tour will be picked to go on the Local Exposure 3 tour next year. Every jam will be filmed for an upcoming video as well.
March 25 at Scrap in Hoffman Estates, IL
March 26 at Rampage in Davenport, IA
March 27 at 4 Seasons in Milwaukee, WI
March 31 at Midway in Waucousta, WI
April 1 Undercover Skatepark in Kimberly, WI
April 2 Area 51 in Appleton, WI