The news that Ron Bonner sold UGP was hard to believe. Ron Bonner IS UGP and has been since he was 16 years old. Why sell now? Is he still going to be involved? Who are the new owners? What about the Roots jam? What's happening with the team? All questions that needed answers. Ron Bonner explains. Was it a difficult decission to sell UGP and why?
The crazy thing is that I have been doing UGP since I was 16 years old everything that I have done for the past 18 years has been with UGP. I learned a ton about life with UGP. So yea it was the biggest decision I have ever made and not an easy one! But at some point in life change is good and I was ready for a change.
This decision opens up more time for me to explore other creative outlets that I might not of had time to try.
Are the new guys into BMX?
They love BMX. The new CEO (Ric Coven) used to ride and was a really good street rider back in the day.
Chris McArdle over at HotWheels International in the UK sent us a photo of the Mongoose replica that is coming out at the end of this year. Only 500 asre made and the UK has ordered 150 of them.
Andy Ruffell fans will be stoked to be able to ride the same bike as he did in the very early '80-s when he killed it on the BMX track. Contact [url=http://www.hot-wheels.co.uk] HotWheels Int.[/url] if you want to reserve one of the bikes.
The Rebel Jam in Berlin started off with a tourist tour through the city. Two double decker buses were hired to show the riders, sponsors and media what the city was all about. This is a great idea as we only get to see the venue, the hotel, the airport and a bar or two at 90% of the contests.
It was raining cats and dogs when the buses showed up. When everyone rushed in the bus to grab a seat, the windows fogged up. With a closed roof (that was leaking left and right), heavy rain outside and steamed up windows the conditions weren't great for the tourist trip. And then 4 cases of beer turned up in every bus. This made it
'Tinker came over to the UK for a 24hr mountain bike race and the UK magazine, What Mountain Bike, caught up with him for an upcoming profile for their August 2005 issue. They talked 20in as well as 26in and here's what they didn't have space for...' Tinker Juarez is a name that echoes all the way from ‘Back in the Day’; he was a ripper both on the race track, where he became the youngest pro of the time aged just 15 in 1975, and away from the dirt and on the concrete of the skatepark. He was crowned the first ever King of the Skatepark by Bicycle Motocross Action magazine back in 1980 and helped inspire a generation of freestyle riders along the way. He was eventually inducted into the ABA BMX Hall of Fame in 1993, seven years after he quit BMX for cross-country (XC) mountain bike racing. He took his trademark hard as nails dedication to training from BMX and applied the same ethic to mountain biking, becoming one of the world’s best and a mountain bike legend, winning silver at the World Champs in 1994, and a two-time Olympian at both the Atlanta and Sydney Games. In 2001 he was inducted into the mountain bike hall of fame and quit XC and got all masochistic by taking in 24 hour solo mountain bike racing.
Eastpak is hosting the FBR LEGEND launch party and premiere on Friday night!
Date: Friday 8th July
Location: The Eastpak Bar, NASS festival, UK.
The film is officially released this August so make sure you get to the launch party to check out riding from:
RYAN NYQUIST, JONAH LIMBURG, EBEN FISCHER, MIKE O'CONNELL, JAMES HITCHCOX, ANTHONY PILL, ANTHONY PEARSON, NEIL KEDDIE, CHAD DEGROOT, JAMIE SPRITZER, KOJI KRAFT, DAVE OSATO, DAVE FREIMUTH, RICK MOLITERNO AND A GUEST APPEARANCE FROM ROB RIDGE.It's also Ben's birthday so buy him a beer ha ha.
Everyone over at FATBMX would like to congratulate Nico and Lisenka Does on the birth of their son Lucas Does. Lucas saw daylight for the first time on 29 June and weighed in at 3180 grams. Not only mom and dad are proud but also grandparents Gerrit and Mieke Does-Karsmakers.
Let the sleepless nights begin!
We had over 250 votes in our recent FATBMX poll. We asked our visitors how often they visit the FATBMX website. 26% of you is checking out the FATBMX website every day and considers FATBMX their main source for BMX news. We were stoked on the 25% that clicked the box that said: "It's my first time on the site, but I'll be back." This shows that we are not stuck with the same visitors day in and day out. Basically every fourth visitor is a new BMX enthusiast that discovers FATBMX through the advertising we do in magazines, in BMX videos and through the links we exchange with killer websites on the net.
Here are the exact scores of the poll:
-Every day, it's my main BMX news page 26 % (67)
-Two to three times a week, staying in touch with the scene 36 % (94)
-About once a month, usually after I receive the monthly FATBMX news flash 10 % (28)
-It's my first time on the site, but I'll be back 25 % (66) Don't forget to vote on the new poll. It's located in the left column.
Al Dimino wanted to inform everyone that Hackettstown park has been saved by skate 57. The folks at skate 57 out of Philly have taken over the park. The new management is awesome and they have already added some new ramps and will continue to revamp sections of the park, props to them for keeping the park a float as we all need a great place to ride and have fun. The new owners have asked me to have a bmxinvasion event to kick things off. I will be hosting the "bike to school" contest on August 27th, 2005 a Saturday all day event. I recently tweaked my ankle so I'm down for a few weeks recovering and figured this would be a good time to shout out to all of you for a request to supply some products for this event rather than make it a last minute request. The new owner Brandon is a cool dude and is down with bmx. I really appreciate it that he has taken over the park along with a few friends in order to keep it available for riders to enjoy.The a/c is working again! I am looking forward to see you there.
We would like to invite yo to the 3rd annual OG Summer Gypsy Games Flatland Contest and Camp. The event is perfect for everyone who prefers events with really relaxed atmosphere and friendly vibe. The location is situated in the Transdanubia, just above the lake Balaton. From the Austrian border you only have to drive around 100km to reach the city. We chose this city just because all the circumstances are perfect for a relaxed comp and camp: everything is really close, cheap, and quiet, it has great pubs and nice environment. The courts are located in a school, it looks like a small kind of park.
Location: the city of Ajka, Hungary /cca. 150km from Budapest to the west/, Vorosmarty iskola /secondary school
Date: Camp 1-5 August, Contest 6-7 August
Classes: Expert, Master and Pro