With rain showing up at the end of group 3 on Saturday, the plan was to move it up into the night. Just when everything had dried up it started to rain again and plan B was to start first thing in the morning. For most of the riders 8am is pretty damn early but when Jay Miron and Paul Roberts ask you to cooperate after you've been flown to the other side of the world for a contest, you just say; "No Problem." The bar looked pretty empty on Saturday night and at 00:30am it was just BiBi and myself finishing up our last drink. Bibi had already ridden his qualifying session and didn't have to get on the bike at 8am.
I was surprised to see everyone at breakfast in the morning and at 8am riders were rolling around on the street course "warming up" for their runs. After filming a little TV introduction Matt Beyers had the opportunity to start off the day with his last tricks. Rain showed up on Saturday right before last tricks in his group.
During the Bike Week Tilburg 2007 the Liberation Jam will be organized in co-operation with the Tilburg Liberation Festival. The festival will take place on May the 5th 2007, in the center of Tilburg. The festival attracts 15.000 to 20.000 spectators/visitors and offers a combination of music, lifestyle, culture and sports. The Libertion Jam is a best trick contest, with a set-up like the Red Bull Bridge Masters. That means there's a roll-in, followed by a jumpbox with a landing, followed by a quarter. At 16 o'clock the best trick contest will start. Each riders has several runs and at the end a jury (and the crowd) decides the winner...
Gilbert, Arizona—April, 2007— The American Bicycle Association (ABA) and American Suzuki Motor Corporation, the official Motorcycle and ATV of the 2007 ABA Bicycle Motocross (BMX) Racing Series, will be conducting an exciting promotional contest among all ABA tracks based on the East, West and Central regions. All 274 ABA tracks across North America will be challenged to create and execute a promotional program, which enhances participation at their local track. Tracks will then document their promotional campaign and report on the success of their efforts to the ABA by September 28, 2007.
Things are heating up here at the Phoenix hotel. Arm wrestling is going on. It will be moments before the cops come. Everyone's getting there so it's good it's the last night at this hotel. Dhers got beat by Dillewaard (Australia) and when it was Aussie - Aussie it was three times dirt X-Games champ Bohan beating 2005 Dew Tour champ Guettler. Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi. We are told to calm down otherwise the lobby/bar will be shut down. Wish we had live noise. Bring it! Dhers against Napolitan right now. Mirra is the judge. He's suggesting left handed. Who do you have your money on???
Over the course of 15 years, Hoffman Bikes has seen the likes of many team riders come and go. Mat Hoffman and Hoffman Bikes have always been a big supporter of what is best for them. So, after six terrific years, Ryan Barrett is moving on. We cannot express enough how much we have enjoyed having Ryan being a part of the Hoffman Bikes family and how he will be missed. We wish him the best in his new endeavors. *Hoffman Bikes!*
From Ryan: I've decided to take a chance.. Just like you took a chance on me almost six years ago. I'm leaving Hoffman Bikes with the best memories of my life. You've helped me live out my dreams and I can't say thank you enough.
I remember the first Roots Jam I went to representing HB. I was supposed to ask Seth and Butcher if I could stay in their room because Page said it was OK. I was too star-struck to say a word!
UCI is pleased to announce the BMX track layout of the 1st round of the 2007 UCI BMX Supercross, to be held in Madrid, Spain on 13-14 April 2007. Yet another unique Supercross track design has been created by the UCI track building team under the leadership of Tom Ritzenthaler. The temporary track is currently being built inside the Juan Carlos I Auditorium under the week leading up the event.
To follow the progress and for further information, please visit the official website; bmxmadrid.com
This morning from 9am-1pm was practice. Some got up early and rode when it was not that hot but the sun came out quick and up went the temperature. Hot and humid but the show must go on. After a quick riders meeting the contest started with a group of 5 Asian riders. They were given a bit longer than the 10 minutes that the other 10 groups (of 4 riders) are getting because this extra person got squeezed in. Out with injuries are WadeLajlar, Bas Keep, Corey Martinez and Dhers and Mirra took some pretty hard slams this morning. Whether they'll ride remains to be seen.
At the moment we're in a competition break. After almost finishing 3 groups it started to rain. Hard! It's the way it goes over here sometimes and you have to deal with it. The course is being dried off at the moment and the hot temperatures will help with this. We saw flips, whips and 360-s from a lot of the Asian competitors but highlights so far were Matt Beyers, BiBi and Low Chi Siang (also known as LCS). Yes, Grotbags is having problems with some of the names of the Asian riders but he makes it all funny.
More rides showed up today and more are about to arrive to get some practice in on the Metro BMX course. The field looks deep and with only the top 16 riders making it to the finals, the riders will have to throw down if they want to make it. The Asian riders are actually doing real good too out there so it will be an interesting contest which will kick off tomorrow. The imported ramp set up looks good. There are a couple of rails, a fence, a giant tranny to tranny box in the middle, a spine, a slanted curved wall, some ledges, a hip ramp and more.
There's a good reason why you haven't seen REDLINE's SHANAZE READE at a BMX track for the past month. Her and fellow British Cycling teammates had been putting in some "track" time of another kind. At the Track Cycling World Championships being held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Shanaze was paired up with Victoria Pendleton to compete in the Womens Team Sprint. TRACK, you say? It's not what you think--this one has no dirt or jumps, but does feature high banked berms.
With 10 guys in the lobby of the Phoenix hotel working (or playing poker) on their laptops, Josh Harrington discovered the mail I sent him three weeks ago and decided to fill it in on the spot. I'll take a photo of his Premium bike tomorrow and add it to this post.
How many Metro Jams have you visited prior to the Singapore one? Josh: 5