Philadelphia, PA – April 3, 2006 – Todd Lyons made an extra special trip to Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans last month. Lyons’s mission was to donate over 20 bikes to a newly rebuilt Parks & Rec. center in the hardest of hit areas: The Ninth Ward. The Ninth Ward in New Orleans was one of the neighborhoods that was flooded for weeks with over 10 feet of water. All of the kids in the area lost everything. They lost their homes, their toys, their schools, their parks and even their bikes. A week earlier, the park was still completely destroyed.
Ha, the FAT-JAM on 1 April. We promised sunshine and that's what we got. But we also had hard rain, and lots of it. So much in fact that at some point we thought we'd leave the place to go watch some videos on a big screen at OJA. Fortunately, the sun did come back again and we could continue riding the Sugar Hills. Even the barbeque came out at the end of the session. After all, it's the start of the outdoor BMX season.
The Mini-FAT-JAM is a good excuse to get the trails back in shape. The place got a little bit bigger compared to last year because some of the "Jeu de Boules" fields are now part of the trails. A fence surrounds the trails now which is great to put the banners up from the sponsors of the event (HARO/Vans/Eastpak/Paul's Boutique). The FATBMX flags were posted right next to the high-jump set-up but the carbon fishing rods were taken down as soon as lightning came out to keep things safe.
Round 5 of the 2006 ABA Pro Series was held this past weekend at the world famous Black Mountain track in Phoenix, Arizona. The Black Mountain track has to be the smoothest track on the ABA tour, and one of the fastest tracks as well. With a weekend of great weather, over 300 action packed moto's, and the worlds fastest Pro riders in attendance, it would make for an epic BMX race weekend. Here is how the Double A Marketing riders in attendance finished up for the weekend.
Randy Stumpfhauser had another great weekend of racing, with 2 podium finishes. On Saturday, Randy was looking super smooth and fast all day, and when it was time for the AA Pro main, he was one of the standout riders on the track. Randy finished up just out of the 1st place spot, with a 2nd overall . This was his 5th podium in AA Pro in as 5 races in the ABA. In Pro Cruiser, Randy finished up 5th. On Sunday, Randy looked to podium again in AA Pro, but a 8th place finish in the first main would not allow it and give him 5th for the day.
The day after the Mini-FAT-JAM it was another early day when Sander, Bern and Rob picked me up to go to Belgium for the first MX GP of the 2006 season. One hour later we parked the car on the Zolder circuit and stepped in the mud to watch early morning practice. It started to rain a bit but fortunately it dried up in the afternoon so we could watch some exciting racing going on and most and for all, we same a new battle in the MX1 class between Stefan Everts, and Sebastien Tortelli! The MX2 class saw some great racing too with 6 different leaders over the 2 heats. Read what went on exactly in the official press report from the people at Youthstream.
Tortelli challenged Everts in Zolder
Weather: rain in the morning, sun and wind in the afternoon Temperature: 13°C Attendance: 16000 over the weekend
The weather has been terrible lately but the Sugar Hills trails are looking sharp. There's no puddle to be seen and all jumps are shaped. Those who expect to see mud will be disappointed, the trails proved once again that they can take a rain shower or two. Thanks to all the locals for digging. See you at the [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1339]mini-FAT-JAM[/url] during the afternoon or at the OJA party at night for cheap beer and live music.
Just added: It's Saturday and it's SUNNY out! Bring the BBQ.
-Suzuki BMXMasters 2006 will take place in July One month later than usual – from July 21 to 23, with a duration of three days, the BMXMasters will again take place in the Cologne Youthpark. We are looking forward to spectecular runs in the disciplines Flatland, Street, Miniramp, Vert and Dirt. Furthermore, we are glad to have the Braun Spine ramp back in Cologne - the Braun cruZer Tour will held a stop at the BMXMasters. Several top-class riders have already yet confirmed their attendance. Further news will follow soon...
Relaunch Suzuki BMXMasters features a new logo and a relaunched homepage: You will find an easy to navigate site giving all the information you will need, whether it be directions to the contest site or accommodation details, through to up-to-date information about competing riders and the disciplines being offered. On top, you can register NOW for the BMXMasters.
-The [url=http://www.feltbmx.com]FELTBMX.com[/url] team page is updated with new bios and photos, International team, Flow team and Race teams. Check it out by hitting the Felt banner on the right.
-Check out the new "Sentenced to Life" DVD that is out now. Scotty Cranmer has a section that is unreal and a must see for all. If you have the time, here is a [url=http://www.bmxonline.com/bmx/video/image/0,15741,1176595_78_1,00.html]link to a teaser clip.[/url]
-Quotes from a popular message board. "How the hell is Scotty Cranmer so good? That 360 was so nuts. " "new respect for cranmer on street after than HUGE 360 step up..." "You don't even know how big Scotty's transfer is over the wall into the parking lot unless you've been to the spot." "I dont even care.. Scotty Cranmer is amazing, I think I'd buy it just to see more of him."
Rick Thorne has given up BMX. Sick of all the comments he received he made a switch to playing golf.
It might not be fully "Hollywood" or "Rockstar" but at least Thorne can chill out a bit. His black clothes are out the window but he couldn't quite give up the black hat yet. Titleist is already in the bag as a paying product sponsor. Golf Punk tattoo in the works?
The Gymnasium Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo will be the venue of the next ABBMX contest. You've been able to follow the Brasilian scene here on FATBMX thanks to Charaba and his crew. Up next is a vert comp. The date is 12-13 May 2006 and there's a R$ 10.000 Reais Prize Purse. It might not be 10 grand in US dollars or Euros but it still sounds like a lot.