Saudi Arabia is a place that I never thought I'd find myself in, but thanks to FISE's launch event, I was packing my bike and gear and heading on a 30 hour trek to a place unlike anywhere else I've been. I'm aware that many people have many different views of Middle Eastern culture and it's not my goal to enter into any of those subjects...I went there, rode my bike, and came across nothing but friendly people every single place I went. Especially the local riders, who's love and dedication to BMX in a culture that really doesn't understand what they do (something that we still struggle with in the States at points)... Anyway, here's my experience on my bike in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia...
Join Reed Stark, Denim Cox, Sam Jones and Luc Legrand on an epic adventure through the hot and spicy streets of Bangkok. Filmed in January 2018. The crew spent two weeks in Thailand's capital riding wild spots, eating crazy food and hanging with the locals.
The 2018 FISE World Series kicks off in Hiroshima, Japan and the Monster Army BMX team headed overseas to compete with the world's best BMX riders. Your favorites Brian Fox, Jeremy Malott, Bryce Tryon and Justin Dowell were joined by Monster Army's newest Australian teammates Alec Danelutti and Jack Borthwick in Japan for a hell of a time.
From the 9th to 13th of May, spectators can enjoy 5 action packed days of Action Sports at the tours flagship event. After an amazing launch event in Saudi Arabia and a massive first stop in Japan, the FISE family couldn't be more ready for the biggest event of the year. Montpellier's festival is not to be missed bringing together to best action sports athletes in a huge range of sports including BMX, Roller, Scooter , MTB Slopestyle, Wakeboard and Parkour.
This year, the stop is promising to be bigger than ever with a bunch of fresh additions such as the UCI BMX Flatland World Cup event and a brand new second Freestyle Park dedicated to Roller and Scooter Freestyle. The event will continue on from the Hiroshima event and host the following World Cups:
Imagine a very sick bikepark. A tailor-made park including all the sections you need to rise BMX limits to another level. Now imagine the same park fully covered in mirrors. Finally, imagine two of the best riders of the moment nailing tricks you might have never seen. Hard to believe? Also hard to turn it into reality. But it’s not a mirage, it’s absolutely true. It has happened somewhere near Pamplona in Spain and twelve months have been needed to make this possible.
One year throughout which, amongst other things, the Spanish rider with Nigerian origins, Courage Adams (22), has been one of the main responsibles of the thorough design of its sections. However, riding alone in this unique bikepark made no sense and it was a huge challenge. Besides, the first feeling he had once he saw the finished park was “it looks like a spacecraft. That place looked nothing similar to how it was before,” he pointed out.
The decisive moment had come. Courage invited German rider Paul Thölen (19), who came from his hometown Viersen exclusively for the occasion. “As soon as I saw the Mirror Park I thought it was surreal and that I wouldn’t be able to perform a single trick”, he confesses.
The trouble you have to face when riding on such a slippery Surface and facing your own reflections is extreme. Everything is complex and confusing. Stimulus are multiplied times one thousand and your surrounding becomes imprecise and uncertain, to the extent of getting dizzy and having to stop several times until you get back on track.