It's unbelievable how quick you can turn around a trails spot with 15 guys who are willing to work. For the last few days the Sugar Hills in Aarle-Rixtel got a face lift due to the hard work of the locals and even riders who had to drive to get there. Only a few jumps remained the same and we can use all the rain we get. If you're staying home tomorrow because you think it will be muddy, you are out of your mind. The Sugar Hills trails have proven before that they can handle shitty weather. At the moment it's a bit too dry but it will work out fine, you will see. The new bank to wall has not been sessioned yet so if you fancy some street riding in the dirt, come on over.
The FATBMX/Easpak/Rebel Jam contest is over. Team manager Andy Zeiss has not picked one but two winners. Both will receive the Rebel Jam embroidered backpack and the custom Eastpak toilet bag. Next to the correct answers on the date and place of the event, they had a funny answer on the third question:
Winner 1: Femke Lust: Why do you need the Rebel Jam bag? Well.... past weekend at the Suzuki Bmx Masters at 6 o'clock in the morning I walked back to my tent.. Totally fucked from all the beer.. (Yes I admit on the way to my tent I fell like a thousend times couse of all the tents on that little piece of grass) Brused and drunk I finally arrived at my tent.. looking for my bag... and what do you know... it wasn't there.. The next morning I woke up and went for the toilets... I walked pass a really trashed and puked on bag... You'll never guess who's bag that was....
There used to be a time that there were only 5 BMX events going on in Europe in the summer time. The Die-Hards made a tour out of it and went to Germany for the Cologne comp, Aarle-Rixtel for the FAT-JAM, the World's somewhere in Europe, a jam in some weird village and the King of Concrete in England to finish it off. Times have changed. This upcoming weekend there at least are 10 BMX events going on. That's more than we had all summer years ago. There are two flatland jams going, one in Belgium and one in Germany . The PSP The Champ contest in Augsburg, Germany is kicking off and we also have the FAT-JAM in Aarle-Rixtel on Saturday. Freestyle Holland is organizing some lake jumping on Sunday, The Pannonian Challenge takes place in Croatia, there's a BMX race with a special Freestyle class in Belgium and over in the USA a Chenga comp , a NY Bike Comp and the Dew Tour are taking place (Portland, Oregon). Then we heard that this Saturday will be the 5th annual Boyley Birthday jam in Hastings, England as well. I don't know what you think, but I do believe that BMX is alive and kicking. Pick your event and have some fun this weekend. And drink one on Boyley no matter where you are.
YOYOYO, here's all the 2-HIp BIKE happenings; 2-HIp just picked up the street ripper, Marlon Europe from Brooklyn, NY, making the 2-HIp team just about the best team EVER. The 2-HIp goal is to sponsor a rider for each letter of the alphabet, aswellas to sponsor every single amazing rider named Steve-o: -Jarrod Allen -Marlon Europe -Lino Gonzalez -Fro-nando Gutierrez -Benno Hankowetz -Jake Ortiz Mauricio Ospina -Steve-o East Coast -Steve-o West Coast -Wakey.com(Matt Wakefield). We're plannin' a road trip to the Southern states in the Compound BMX motorhome directly after Interbike in vegASS- LOOK OUT, because when the team shows up at your spot, it will blow up and catch on fire.
Reinforced magazine is fundamentaly a bmx magazine but will also have small alternate sections like snow, skate, art, breakdancing, bands, urban as well as covering the bigger more well known people, companies and events in bmx. Reinforced will highlight the lesser known companies, events and riders which play just as big a part in sustaining our sport and industry. The Editor Of Reinforced is James Jones, who's roots are in bmx and has seen the sport Grow and change over the years, and has not fallen victim to all the
Newquay, August, 2006 The Rip Curl Boardmasters 2006: Britain’s biggest lifestyle festival of the year took place last weekend in Newquay, with BMX, Surf, Skateboard and Freestyle Motocross contests and demo’s and a two night, sold out Music Festival. The Ripcurl Boardmasters played host to the third and final stop of The Braun cruZer Tour 2006 on the biggest mobile spine ramp in the world. Braun cruZer Tour Spine Contest: The exposed Newquay coast blew a cold, harsh breeze at the 12 BMX cruZer Tour Finalists, but the impressive location of the festival site, with it’s close proximity to the ocean meant that the riders forgot the wind and pushed to ride even harder and higher. With top pro riders like Mark Webb, Phil Aller, Mike Miller and of course Ben Wallace the final was destined to be an explosive contest. In the first qualifying runs on Friday evening the audience were totally stoked as the riders cracked the ramp with tricks like “540 barspin” or “540 lookback airs”. Everyone was really looking forward to seeing the final on Saturday and they weren’t disappointed. On the Saturday final runs, Phil Aller pulled out his “fufanu on the backrail” and a “360 tiretap to footjam nosepick”.
August 2006 –Sheffield, home to some of the UK’s most talented riders, hosts one of Europe’s most prestigious BMX competitions as the etnies Backyard Jam 2006 (EBYJ) turns ICE Sheffield into a BMX Mecca on 27th – 29th October 2006. Complete with a street course expertly crafted by Nate Wessell of X Games notoriety, a retail area and more international stars than the World Cup!, the EBYJ is certainly one event NOT to miss this year. Following the mind-blowing riding that was laid down at the etnies Backyard Jam 2005 in Brighton, including the breaking of a UK Record in the SNICKERS ® Highest Bunny Hop contest, the EBYJ 2006 is coming back bigger and better to celebrate its 13th successful year as the UK’s leading core event. The riders list grows year on year and in 2006 it certainly reads like the BMX hall of fame with riders from teams such as etnies, SNICKERS ® and Primo including Ben Hennon (UK), Morgan Wade (US, X Games 2006 Street Silver Medalist), Josh Stricker (US), Aaron Ross (US), Bas Keep (UK), Taj Mihelich (US), Ali Whitton (UK), Gary Young (US), Max Vincent (CAN), Chase Hawk (US) and Matt Beringer (US), to name just a few.
The Mellowpark had some new obstacles but is still roomy enough to pedal around them to get speed for other ramps. The amateur riders were up on Saturday and had beautiful weather. Pro street was completely re-scheduled for Sunday because some of the riders were having problems with London airports canceling flights (damn terrorists). With 54 entries in Amateur Street it was a long qualifying session. The 16 guys who made it to the final session came from Germany, the UK, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Italy, Hungary and France. Making it in the top three wasn’t easy. Leroy Widmann just missed out and ended on 4th. He did pull a double tailwhip over the box which is an indication of how high the level was in the Am Street class. Local Sprosse wasn’t sure if he was going to ride the contest. He foot wasn’t completely healed yet and he did not have the okay from his doctor. With everyone riding his park, he couldn’t resist and grabbed his bike and showed how to shred the place. He did huge transfers on the jump box and high airs on the quarterpipe.
Bronx, NY – August 15, 2006 – The tenth anniversary of the premier Pro/Am BMX Freestyle Competition in New York City, The King of New York™, was held on July 29 and for the first time in it’s history was won by someone other than a local New York City rider. Mongoose’s Steve McCann, 23, out of Melbourne, Australia came all the way from Woodward Camp in Central Pennsylvania to absolutely slay the newly redesigned course at Mullaly Park in the Bronx. Steve put on a show for the 2000 plus spectators throughout the day with smooth 720s on the box, 360 whips over the mini-spine, and scorching 95-degree style and flow to match the heat that day. Steve took home a check for $1000 plus a $500 gift certificate for some fresh gear from Azzure Denim clothing company.
August, 2006 - New York, N.Y - The Dew Action Sports Tour, the pro tour of action sports, makes the third stop of its second season with the Vans® Invitational, August 17-20, at Portland's Rose Quarter. The five-city tour opened in Louisville in June and also includes stops in Denver, San Jose and Orlando. Skateboarder Shaun White, BMX athlete Jamie Bestwick, and FMX competitor Travis Pastrana are among the athletes who will be in Portland to compete for the Dew Cup, awarded at season's end to the athlete with the highest number of points in each of the six combined disciplines of skateboarding, BMX, and freestyle motocross. The Tour's inaugural season champions include Ryan Sheckler (Skateboard Park), Bucky Lasek (Skateboard Vert), Kenny Bartram (Freestyle Motocross), Jamie Bestwick (BMX Vert) and Ryan Guettler (BMX Park and BMX Dirt). Each Dew Cup winner received a portion of the $1 million year-end bonus and returns for the 2006 season.