Okay, okay, I know, I'm way behind on some of the updates but I hope to get them in later this week. The LG Action Sports Tour stop in Spain is one of the reports that has just been sitting there. I wonder who wants to read about it now but for those who do want to know what happened, read on.
The stop in Barcelona had a street contest and a halfpipe demo. After two sketchy street courses in Munich and Paris, the third container showed up in Barca and made the transportable street course a lot better. A street course like this 10 years ago would have been "the shit" and still today, it could have been a lot worse.
Having the tour stop in Spain was interesting. Except for a few French riders and nomad Axel Juergens, all participants came from Spain. There are a few Spanish riders that do travel internationally (like Sergio Layos) but most of the riders here never get the chance to travel to all the big comps. For them a stop like this is a unique opportunity.
Riding vert is rough but once you make it up there, you get to exciting places all over the world to do shows. One of those places is Barcelona, Spain. When they put the ramp up on the pier next to a topless beach with palm trees, you know that practice has paid off. They fly you in and they pick you up, the fancy hotel is covered, same for food. It's show-time only three times a day and for the rest of the day you can do what you want.
John Parker and Eduardo Terreros were the BMX part of a demo that was going on during the LG Action Sports World Tour. If you think they were holding back during shows, think again. Even big crashes on flairs didn't hold Edu back trying it again and again. He pulled it in the end but the Spaniard needed some liquid painkillers at night to get the groove on and forget about the pain. Big 540-s and double tailwhips from Parker is what you get to see when he drops in. Doesn't sound like holding back to me.
WHISTLER, Canada (August, 2005) -Ryan Nyquist, 4 time X-Games gold medalist takes first with a stunning last run performance at Red Bull Elevation while James Foster makes history landing the first ever triple tail-whip!
Red Bull Elevation was developed in partnership with BMX icon Jay Miron as the most innovative and challenging dirt jumping contest of its kind.
The BMXINVASION BIKE BATTLE 4 "BIKE TO SCHOOL" contest went down at SKATE 57 PARK. BMX riders along with an enthusiastic crowd were on hand to take in all the fun and action. A great display of action packed riding was on the menue for the event. The youngster from Toms River NJ. Garrett Reynolds took home the gold as he was busting out some difficult tricks. In second place another youngster who put on great display of bmx riding is Ben Hittle. Falling into the third place position is Phillip Kane. Fourth place went to Andre Postell who was taking it hard on the flip whip but managed to recover with some cool riding.Our fifth place shredder is Mike Fede who destroyed a few bikes today attempting to kill what ever came in the way of his front tire. Mike managed to get through the run with a few loner bikes.
LG World Tour Rimini Italy
Another stop for the LG Action Sports World Tour, this time in Rimini Italy. After a Helltrip of 2 hours car drive to Germany, 2 hours flight to Italy, 1 hour busride to trainstation, 1 1/2 hour train ride in a hot train whithout airco and 1/2 hour taxi ride we made it to the nice hotel and started to recover from the trip.
Rimini is a small beach town with 150 Beachclubs so the streetcourse and halfpipe were about 100 meters from the beach at the Piazzale Fellini. Doing Halfpipe shows with girls in bikini all over the place it was a pleasure for the Spanish Fly and John Parker, they did demos with skaters Ringstrom and Dias and some Inliners to please the Italian boys & girls. No halfpipe contest this time.
The BMX Park Prelims would go down early afternoon on Saturday and the Finals would follow that evening. As we got to the venue we headed straight to the Memorial Coliseum to watch the guys practice and as we took a seat in the completely empty VIP area, we figured we would be able to just chill there at least until they opened the doors to the public if not later. But we were soon told that Media was on the other side of the course, and Alex and I kinda looked at each other like "huh" because directly across is where the riders were so we asked again and they said yes, directly across on the floor from where we had been seated, so we walked over there. We felt so out of place because there was no Media there yet so it literally was us and the riders and their team managers. None of the riders or managers said anything about us being there but still feeling awkward we left to go check out the Festival Village and to find Noah, who was our Media guy, to make sure that's really where we were suppose to be seated haha.
Ruff Ride BMX Park Liverpool BMX enthusiast Marcus Gallagher held his first bmx event, the Ruff Ride Gold Cup at Liverpools Ruff Ride BMX Park . The event was arranged mainly for the youth of liverpool and Ruff Rides accademy students (over 40 commited riders to date) to let them appreciate a bmx contest type atmoshpere, and how it works, plus there were loads of cool prizes up for grabs, from Haro Bikes, Premium Products, Ride BMX Magazine and the cash from the local council. The contest: just over 60 riders for the day; 4 main age groups (under 10's, under 12's, under 14's and adult); warm up sessions; qualifiers
Friday started off with getting to the venue to only end up chatting with one of the Media girls who worked there who was totally awesome and really helpful. We sat in the Media Center talking about everything across the spectrum for about an hour before I headed on over to the Memorial Colleseum to watch BMX Park practice, it was an open Pro Practice so there were about 20-25 guys all out riding the course at the same time. That was something to see because every time you'd try to focus on one thing something else would happen right in front of you and distract you from what you were looking at before. But it also allowed the riders to throw some of the biggest tricks down before the public was allowed in. After about an hour or so of Open Pro practice they opened the practice up to the Free Flow Atheletes as well, which provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these amateurs to practice with the Pros that they have always looked up to, and I thought it was really cool of most of the Pros to stay out there and ride with them.
Dew Day 2: BMX Vert Prelims/Finals and BMX Dirt Prelims
Thursday started with us heading on over to the Media Center to get the newly updated schedules and start orders for Dirt and Vert Prelims as well as the schedule of signings and events occurring in the Festival Village. We then proceeded to head on over to the BMX Dirt Venue to watch them practice as their pre-lims started at exactly 2:30 when the doors to the venue opened to the public. All the riders were looking good and were excited to get the 3rd stop of the Dew Action Sports Tour underway with their prelims. Now something happened here that has never happened at any other event I have attended, either a fan or media, the actual event started on time!!
A while ago we checked in with you to see who was going to the big TV events in the USA. Cathy responded and said she was going to Portland for the Dew Tour stop there. We arranged a press pass for her to get a bit closer to the action. Here's part one of her report:
Dew Day 1: Media Day
We arrived at the Rose Garden at about 12pm and found our way to the Media Room and got our credentials and the press packet. Inside the Press Packet as all the media releases from the past tour stop as