What a way to end the season! Monster Energy congratulates team rider Daniel Sandoval on claiming the overall series win in the 2022 Monster Energy BMX Triple Challenge on Saturday. At the final stop of the competition series in Denver, Colorado, the 27-year-old from Corona, California, took second place in BMX Dirt to finish the season at the top of the leaderboard. Sandoval also soared above the competition in the Best Trick event and claimed the win.
“Winning the overall title feels pretty good and I’m just happy with the drive I’ve had lately to want to push hard. And to show up and have a trick list so big it’s hard to pick which ones will work for the weekend,” said Sandoval upon winning the 2022 Monster Energy BMX Triple Challenge series title.
A lot of BMX action could be witnessed this past weekend in Vilnius, Lithuania. Simple Session qualifications were held at Kablys Skatepark in order to decide who will be going to Tallinn. Two top riders were chosen. Erikas Majauskas - young gun from small town named Alytus got the first spot. Consistent, technical run and huge barspin drop at the end guaranteed him the win. The second spot went to Lukas Žukauskas - the guy that can be seen riding daily, working on the craziest tech lines you could imagine. The third went to Grigas Dobrovolskas, a lot of smooth lines came from this guy too. It is the first time going to Simple Session for both of the guys and the excitement is high.
Future BMX event was held at the same time in order to give an opportunity for the young talent to show their skills. A mixed group of boys and girls was ripping the park. The first spot went to Neilonas Kaveika, Marceau Guenec got the second and Ugnė Barbaravičiūtė got the third.
Special prize went to Milana Medvedskytė.
This was the first event involving Lithuanian BMX Association (Lietuvos BMX Dviračių asociacija). Compiled of true BMX riders with the lead of David Budko they will try to push the Lithuanian BMX
A huge day at X Games in Japan is in the books! Monster Energy congratulates its team of BMX athletes on a strong performance on day two of X Games Chiba 2022. In the heated BMX Street final, 23-year-old Australian team rider Lewis Mills clinched the gold medal, bringing the Monster Energy team’s total X Games medal haul on Saturday to five medals (1 gold, 1 silver, and 3 bronze). At the end of day two of X Games Chiba 2022, the team had claimed 7 overall medals across three disciplines in the first edition of the action sports showcase contested in Japan.
Supported by Monster Energy as the official energy drink partner, X Games Chiba 2022 is the 64th edition of X Games. For three action-packed days, ZOZO Marine Stadium on Tokyo Bay is at the
BMX Freestyle Results X Games Chiba, Japan. 22-23 April 2022.
1) Logan Martin (AUS)
2) Justin Dowell (USA)
3) Kevin Peraza (MEX)
4) Declan Brooks (GBR)
5) Daniel Sandoval (USA)
6) Rim Nakamura (JPN)
7) Jeremy Malott (USA)
8) Marin Rantes (CRO)
1) Lewis Mills (AUS)
The first-ever edition of X Games in Japan is officially live! Monster Energy congratulates its BMX and skateboard athletes on a strong performance on day one of X Games Chiba 2022. The BMX Flatland competition, contested for the first time in 19 years at X Games, saw 36-year-old Moto Sasaki from Chiba, Japan, claim bronze In the inaugural event at ZOZO Marine Stadium.
Supported by Monster Energy as the official energy drink partner, X Games Chiba 2022 is the 64th edition of X Games since the event’s inception in 1995. For three action-packed days, ZOZO Marine Stadium on Tokyo Bay is at the center of the action sports world with a capacity for 30,000 spectators. For a distinctly Japanese flavor, the live event features Park and Street course designs inspired by origami artwork.
More than 90 athletes from 18 countries are competing for a total of 30 medals awarded in ten competitions across three sports. Top-notch athletic performances are supplemented by a cultural festival experience, art installations, and musical performances by the likes of Japanese rock band Man with a Mission, who also supplied the official theme song for X Games Chiba 2022.
BMX Flatland: Monster Energy’s Moto Sasaki Claims Bronze in Front of Hometown Crowd
For the second medal event of the day, X Games Chiba 2022 brought back a blast from the past:
BMX Park Qualification results X Games Chiba 2022
1) Rim Nakamura
2) Logan Martin
3) Daniel Sandoval
4) Declan Brooks
5) Justin Dowell
6) Kevin Peraza
7) Marin Rantes
8) Jeremy Malott
9) Daniel Dhers
10) Pat Casey
After months of hard work repairing winter damage and the ever growing grass and weeds at the trails it was time for the first session of the year at the Helm Trails in Helmond, Netherlands. And not just a session. Team France, lead by Patrick Guimez, were in town for the C1 comp in Eindhoven and had a session in the morning at the park but they were not done yet for the day. A 20 minute drive East and they had arrived at the Helm trails. With some help from the entire French squad the tarps were removed and the jumps were watered and swept to get them in perfect shape for the maiden session of 2022. Some sections were rebuilt and were tested at the same time but it appeared to be no problem for the French to get through. Istvan Caillet actually completed the 'middle line' first try but he was the only one to do that. It took others a bit longer but personal goals were reached like at all new spots that you visit. The youngsters did well and did not stop.
Quintin Morien started pulling tricks left and right as did Istvan and Thibaut Panaville. Also legendary team coach Patrick Guimez himself showed that at age 44 you can still ride trails and throw some tricks in there also. It is great to see that the freestyle squad is in the hands of someone who has been there and done that. Patrick passes on his experience and has educated the French riders on trails etiquette as well. You case, you repair the damage. You help watering the jumps. You help cover the jumps after the session. You get beer as a thank you to the locals for the session. ;-) even though some of it was radler and 0.0% stuff. It didn't really matter, it's the guesture that counts.
Has BMX Freestyle changed? No it has not. It has added a chapter because of the Olympic Games but everyone can still 'freestyle' on his BMX bike just the way they want to. For Park riders there is now an Olympic pathway. It has lead to a structure with 200 National Cycling federations involved, a ranking and events all over the world where UCI ranking points can be scored. The structure that is set up has different level of events with National Championships and "C1" contests attributing to the rider's individual UCI ranking. The C1 contest in Eindhoven, Netherlands during the Easter weekend was used by several riders in order to score enough points to be able to enter the upcoming UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup in Montpellier, France. Thing is, with the big interest in participating at these events the 50 ranking points minimum is a first selection process to keep the Men Park event manageable. It is awesome to see the popularity of the Olympic structure which had riders from Czech, GBR, Costa Rica, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, Belgium, Switzerland and of course The Netherlands show up for the C1 comp in Eindhoven for the points chase.
The level was high, especially in the Men Park class. Making a top 7 result in Eindhoven would mean a score of 50 points or more and a 'way-in' for the World Cup in Montpellier. For most it was the first contest since all hell broke loose with the Covid-19 pandemic. It felt so good to be back to normal without having to wear a mask, show a QR code or negative PCR test, respect a 'bubble' or keep a distance of 1,5 metres from th person you talk to. All restrictions were out of the window and the bar
UK Vert series stop 1 Pro & Am results Skaterham, England. Sunday 17 April 2022.
1) Paul Meacher
2) Kaine Mitchell
3) Tom Leaver
4) Josh Bates
5) Denis Wingham
Flatland results Urban Rural Ride Saint-Yan, France.
1. Bruno Morotti Bacchiegga
2. Joris Bretagnolles
3. Alberto Moya
4. Julien Baran
5. Gilles van de Sompel
6. Keiryo Kuda
7. Anatole Rahain
8. Jorrit Van Drumpt
9. Kevin Jacob
10. Martin Drazil
11. Jean Bulhon