At the old Bicycle Stunt Contests there was an unwrtten vert rule that if you could walk away from the contest, you didn't try hard enough! All riders were hucking themselves in positions that were hopeless but it all contributed to the level of vert riding. With foam pits and resi sections around, the hucking is saved for the foam, not the wood. Foam free rider Simon Tabron organized a vert jam at his local ramp which resembles of the old B.S. contests. No foam, different vert classes, loads of fun and most riders getting injured. We checked in with Simon to see how the Spin Like Hell jam went.
FATBMX: With Vert being Dead, it seems like there are a lot of halfpipe jams/shows/contests going on in 2005. What made you decide to have your own event?
After visiting the IBMXFF World's in Prague, some of the Etnies/T1 pros will make it to the Download festival in Donnington, England for the Snickers Soul Bowl event/Slayer concert. While on the road the T1/etnies riders will stop at Viki Park in Warrington to ride and judge the amateur comps. The contest at the Viki park will include Best trick, Best transfer and Best line. Prizes will come from Etnies and T1 and there's some cash for Best trick. Not bad for a Tuesday in the middle of June. If you can, go.
Scheduled to show up in Warrington are:
and UK team riders.
No it wasn't a bazooka, no it wasn't GT bringing back the Show flatland frame in thermal plastic, the picture posted last week of the different looking flatland frame is a one-off made by Dutchman Joep van Helden. We fired some questions in his direction to find out more.FATBMX: How come you made your own frame?
I made this frame for a school project. I always wanted to fabricate a BMX-frame for myself. I wanted to make it special, it had to be an eye-catcher.
FATBMX: What materials did you use?
I did use carbonfibre with epoxy. It is a synthetic material to be more accurate, it is a reinforced plastic. The fabrication is like glassfiber, but it is stronger and stiffer.
The Crazy Freakin' Bikers (CFB) contest took place in Oklahoma last weekend. Here's the results from Pro Park, Pro Dirt and Pro Vert.
Pro BMX Park Finals
Athlete - Hometown - Score
1. Morgan Wade Tyler, TX 94.33
2. Ryan Nyquist Greenville, NC 94.00
3. Ryan Guettler Buccan, Australia 92.67
4. Allan Cooke Greenville, NC 91.33
5. Corey Martinez 90.67
6. Mike Cleveland Temecula, CA 90.33
7. Brian Foster S. Plainfield, NJ 88.67
8. Chris Doyle Pittsburg, PA 87.00 88.75 *TIE BREAKER
9. Colin Mackay Brisbane, Australia 87.00 88.00 *TIE BREAKER
10. Will Love 85.33
Nine vert riders climbed on top a a huge vert ramp in Moscow last weekend. It was the first international stop of the LG series. Tom Stober nailed his double whip in the finals and came out on top. Congratulations.
BMX Vert Finals, Moscow, Russia - May 15, 2005
Rider-Hometown-Age-Run 1-Run 2-Score
1 Tom Stober
Woodward, PA 30 93.00 90.75 93.00
Round three of the Soulcycle XL series took place at Skateland in Rotterdam last weekend. This was also the last round of the series that Barry Kohne and Dwayne Verkade put on. Please find herewith the Pro and Amateur results of round 3 followed by the overall standings.Pro results round three:
1) Hannu Cools, Belgium
2) Paddy Gross, Germany
3) Sergei Geier, Germany
4) Barry Kohne, Holland
5) Markus Wilke, Germany
6) Mark Vos, Holland
Overall Pro top three:
1) Hannu Cools
2) Paddy Gross
3) Sergei Geier
Alex Jumelin organizes a contest once a year, formerly known as Ninja Jam, now as Ninja Spin and also this year with Braun as main sponsor. Held in Acheres, close to Paris, in a gym around the corner from the local train station. As soon as you enter the hall, you notice that things here don't look like your average flatland contest: designer seats in the pro lounge and big balloons hanging from the ceiling, in very distinctive Stereo Panda colours, all wear flatlander-turned-fashion-designer Jimmy Petitet's signature.
Flatlanders from everywhere started to drip in on Saturday afternoon, Lionel Cardoso was spinning the wheels of steel and the atmosphere was positive and relaxed. Who were there? German Crews including riders like Michael Steingraber, Sven Steinbach, Seppl and Benjamin Grossjohan, the OG Posse from Hungary, with Marton, Adam Kun and Peter Sarlos, some of the best flatlanders from the USA:
The King of Ground contest series over in Japan has started. The KGB crew flew over from Europe to do some damage. Kuoppa finished in 11th but Gomez got 4th and newest KGB member Alexandre Jumelin grabbed the win. The Japanese filled in the rest of the spots. In what order, you can see right here:
KOG Round1 Pro results
1 Alex Jumelin
2 Takuma Kawamura
3 Kotaro Tanaka
4 Viki Gomez
5 Hiroya Morizaki
6 Youhei Uchino
7 Yoshihiro Shinde
8 Shinichiro Hara
9 Eiichirou Watanabe
10 Hideki Kawai
HARO UK tour Day 3
Liverpool - Burnley - Coventry
It was a rough night and we had a hard time getting up to leave. We ended up having breakfast at a Burger King on the road. Because it was 2pm we had a choice of either a whopper or a spicy chicken burger. Nice. We arrived at Interact skatepark an hour after that. Instead of hopping on the bike and run out of steam before the 6pm session, we decided to chill and play some frisbee, football and baseball in the parking lot.