Dirt Finals: The level compared to last year is much higher to say the least. If you looked quickly you would swear that Parslow was Nastazio. Huge airs and fluid style from the Aussie. Fellow countryman Cameron White landed a triple tailwhip on the second to last set. Rounding out the Mountain Aussie tour was Dave Dillewaard, Ryan Guettler and Corey Bohan. Bohan was flawless and was the only rider to not have to pedal his ass off for the last jump but instead used pure flow. Doyle rode like Doyle always does: super smooth.
The riders hit up the street course today in practice. I saw Scotty Cranmer manual over the jump box take off , over the deck and then front flip onto the landing. Pretty crazy. Later on I caught him eyeing up this huge drop off gap. We will have to wait until Sunday to see his run. Morgan Wade was blasting the corner wallrides and doing huge pocket air transfers while wearing a moustache the entire time. DMC was blasting the course like a fresh 32 year old. Daniel Dhers looked great with fluid style and he just seemed to do everything effortlessly. Kevin Kiraly looked to have double whips dialled and was pulling them over the huge step up jump which looked hard enough to clear never mind do a whip over it. DK bikes rider Brett Walker was also wearing a moustache and doing 360 barspins. Must be Pornstar month.
Vert Finals : Who else would win but the king : Jamie Bestwick. Smooth as always and landing a bar spin to X-up after the clock ran out to make himself happy. Kevin Robinson also pulled a double flair after the clock. I did not witness it or get the picture because the venue staff were distracting me. He looked very disappointed when his first run ended with a small crash but came back charging in his second run. Koji Kraft put together a great run on his T1 bike and landed a double tailwhip. Simon Tabron wins the best goon run for throwing in some bizarre amateur moves in the closing seconds of his run.
The 5th edition of WUPcontest is over, with 73 riders competing (45 amateurs and 28 pro), and also some “big” name, like Daniel Penafiel, Francisco “Perico” Jimenez, Stefan Lantschner etc. The skatepark was not so big, therefor I decided to organize the training in groups of 10 / 12 riders, and this was a good solution to have more space to ride the park. The qualifying run on Saturday, and the riding level is the best ever seen in Italy, also on amateur class. On Saturday night the beach party made some alcoholic victim, and the girls were not just watching the boys having fun.
The dirt course consists of a series of hipped jumps unlike last years straight in a row set. Mike "Hucker" Clark's nose dive 360's are like nobody else's and he also went for a double flip attempt. Corey Bohan looked really, really dialled throwing in a series of combo tricks. Tim "Fuzzy" Hall built the course and pulled a 1 footed can backflip lander. 720-s were pulled by Guettler (1st), Nyquist (4th) and MacKay (10th) and it's good to have Stephen Murray back in the finals. His clean 360 flip helped him get there (6th). Dew tour leader Anthony Napolitan squeezed in in the last second and will have to do well to keep his lead because Luke Parslow is on fire these days.
San Jose is the 10th largest city in America with people driving cars fueled by vegetable oil. This can only be the Bay Area where the Toyota Challenge leg of the Mountain Dew Tour is being held. Watching vert practice and prelims it's clear that the final tomorrow will be between the king of smoothness Bestwick and Chad Kagy. Both looked really good and in control. Simon Tabron, Jimmy Walker and Tom Haugen also looked good and will be fighting for the last spot on the podium.
I haven't watched a BMX race since I was about 7 years old. The course was technical to say the least with a huge gap jump after the start and another huge double later on the track. These guys are amazing how fast they go and the distance they jump. Derek Betcher landed sideways during a semi and got some medical attention. Luckily he walked off the track a few minutes later under his own power. Robbie Miranda crashed in his semi also and missed the cut as did 56 of the other racers who had qualified for the Supercross earlier on.
Two BMX events in The Netherlands this weekend. First off it's the BMX BOK series on Saturday 9 September over at Burnside skatepark in Deventer. You know it's a good time when Herm invites everyone to come ride his park. He has supported BMX since the beginning and we should applaud that. The park has a few new obstacles so it should be fun. Take a look at Herm's shop while you are there because the winter is coming up and it's a well stocked snowboard place.
On Sunday 10 September it's back to the South as the Helm locals are having a jam at the best and biggest dirtjump spot in The Netherlands. We know that most of you haven't been there yet but when you arrive and see the place you will be amazed. The kids will have a race going on on the kids track (situated next to the trails) and there will be a High jump and Best trick contest for the advanced riders. Starts at 14:00hr - 18:00hr. Location of the trails for those who know how to operate a GPS or route planner: Johannes Vermeerlaan (110), Helmond, the Netherlands.
Mike Ardelean wears a lot of hats. He recently changed to ride for the newly formed United Bike Company. His bike looked brand new when we got to see it in Berlin, Germany but that was because he had just put it together and had only ridden it for a few times. The street session that followed the "photoshoot" was nuts! Hmm, not really but we did end up drinking a few pitchers of Berliner and had a good time. Basically Mike's bike has everything that United makes (frame/forks/bars) and lots of Mosh parts, Sun rims and Odyssey tires and seatpost. Having no brakes nor pegs gives the bike a clean look. We took a few pics so you can figure out what Mike rides.