A new year has started and soon enough an invitation arrived from the guys from Asphalt Distribution in France for another edition of the now famous Circle Cow. Carhartt got hooked as the main sponsor so the Carhartt Circle Cow 2005 tournament was born. Held on the weekend of 12 & 13 Februari in Servon, a town close to Paris in the same hall as all the previous years.
We went down there on Saturday morning with two cars packing the best of the best of the Dutch flatland scene: James Alberto, Sytse Winkel and Dutch Destroyer Bram Verhallen (FLATtv rider). Plus me, mr. FLATtv and my wife Francis. After a 5-hour ride through some pretty nasty weather we arrived at the scene of the crime and met up with some of our friends from all over Europe: Czech riders with Mirek Hanzl, London Ripper (and FLATtv rough rider) Jason Forde, James Smith & Gareth Hawkins, Stuttgart Boyz Flo & Ass and Sven Steinbach from Karlsruhe. Of course also all our French friends like Alex, Jimmy, Yannick, Stephanie, Arnaud, Cedric Decosse and all the others. Viki Gomez was there, he and Alex were riding the new prototype KGB frames. We were welcomed by organisers Pascal and Ismael, they made sure we didn't miss out on anything.
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
While wandering around at the pits of the Supercross in Anaheim I stumbled across a set up that I had not seen in a while. The GT/Schwinn team had set up camp to do bicycle stunt shows with the 9 feet tall transportable quarterpipe and a box jump. I have done plenty of these shows in the past with GT but I have to admit that I don't miss them one bit.
It's a good thing to show BMX to a new audience but to me it feels like the sport has moved on.
Contests and parties go hand in hand. A super contest without a party isn't great. A great party combined with a terrible competition doesn't win any awards either. Finding the perfect mix is the way to go. The Pop!Session in Tallinn was good in both respects. Team Holland (Barry, Martin, Bas, Mark, Souf) had arrived early on Wednesday and did not skip an opportunity to go out. Paul and I joined the crew on Friday. Last year we spent a lot of our evening time (and money) in some stupid discotheque. We did not have a clue where to go and in the end it worked out fine.
BMX takes you to the strangest places. Tallinn, Estonia would not be on my list of places to visit when I have a weekend off but actually, it wouldn't be a bad idea. Where the hell is it you might ask? To give you an idea I would say former Russia but organizer Risto Kalmre corrected me on that:
"We don't think of us as former Russia:). Native Estonians have no relations with Russians and not even with Latvians or Lithuanians. We and our language are related to Finland and Hungary but stands as its own. But of course the fact that many Russians have been living here after the Soviet Union came here in Second World War cannot be denied. In Tallinn there is quite big populations of Russians."
Over the weekend the Pop!Session contest took place in Tallinn, Estonia. With 67 riders in street and 7 in vert it made for an exciting contest. Achim Kujawski scored his first victory in 18 months on the RedBull Vertical ramp and Ryan Nyquist put it together once again in street. Full results right here:
BMX Street Final Standings
1. Ryan Nyquist USA
2. Tobias Wicke GER
3. Allan Cooke USA
4. Josh Harrington USA
Everyone knows how hard it is to ride in the wintertime. When the Impact park called for a BMX jam on a Saturday night it was time to make it over there. It was BMX-only from 6pm till midnight. That's 6 hours of riding for a fee of 5 Euros at an indoor park. Not bad.
When Dennis picked me up in his rad double cabin VW transporter van I only noticed 1 bike in the back. Paul, Bern Buster and Rob were coming along for the fun of it. The case of Bavaria and the 12-pack of Bav-twisters promised nothing but trouble, uh, I should say, it promised good times.
You haven't visited a FAT-JAM if you haven't visited the party at OJA. This year's entertainment was a good one again. We got the Dutch premier of the wethepeople ETC. DVD and also two bands + DJ Nikolai.
The scheduled time of the wethepeople DVD premier was 20:00hr. Of course there was some delay so it started a bit late(r). The TV and sound were very amateurish (OJA style) but the action was good. Because of the late start, the first band started plugging in and playing away. With 90% of the people watching the DVD it made for some good loud background music.
The Braun Front Brake Revolution recently took place on the South Coast of England. The event was the first of its kind to focus on technical front brake riding and attracted riders from around the globe to sunny Dorset, for 3 days of mind-blowing tech BMX.