Suffering from communal cabin fever caused by the Covid lock downs, we got the crew together and hit the road as soon as we heard word that cases were declining and restrictions easing. Weary not to venture too far during these uncertain times, we kept close to home and cruised through the desert to the great state or Arizona, aka HaroZona!
You would have no doubt seen a bunch of Jon Tinsley's fabulous video work up to this point, but now we get a dose of him in front of the camera. Jon has an awesome mix of pegless creativity and really sick backwards manual / fastplant variations on display. Really enjoyed this!
With the exception of a few vert riders, most of the mid-school BMX professionals from the 1990s and early 2000s have moved on from X Games competition. Not Ryan Nyquist though. Ryan started competing at X Games in 1997 and still gets invited. He's not getting invites based on legacy either; he's still progressing his skills on BMX Dirt and Park at a remarkable pace.
The borders were open again, so I filled the van with some bikes for a roadtrip to Romain Mahieu his compound (with a little pitstop in Monaco). This is video #1 where I ride at Romain's place, 'Le Chofo'. Make sure to check back later for the next videos!
Riders from six countries finally felt the excitement that you only experience standing still behind the start gate, listening to the familiar “Riders ready, watch the gate… PI-PI-PI, BAM”. BMX Race Ljubljana was a great success, with great racing in all age groups and great battles between Hungarian Bence Bujáki and German Axel Webster. “We’re so happy to be back racing,” was one of the most commonly expressed sentences during the race weekend in BMX Park Ljubljana. Riders from Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy and of course Slovenia should have been on the Olympic break right now, but instead they only had the first race of the season. Eager for racing they showed great performance and very close battles on two completely different races.