2014/10/24 14:40:00 (11 reads)
No fizzy drinks, no stupid looking hats that fly off each time you do a trick, no bike parts and not even a T shirt or a sticker. That’s what HDP has come to now. The only thing left to sell is the idea that the roadtrip never dies and that no matter how old or tired you feel, there’s still ‘one more’ left in you. There was a time when virtually every week in the year was spent on the road, driving somewhere new to ride new things and meeting new people, totally unaware that some of these misfits we encountered along the way would eventually become life long friends.

Time is a slippery little bugger and creeps up on you while your not looking and before you know it.....BANG. Forty has been and gone, you’re hair is thinning out , you’re riding is stiffer than ever before and now having to buy jeans that once would have been labeled as ‘DAD CLOTHES’ . Admittedly it might not sound like the best sales pitch but it’s the truth and there’s nothing we can do to stop this process and unfortunately for us, time only goes one way.

Time may take its toll on the appearance but its powers are useless to the mind of an aging BMX-er and while it transforms our youthful looks into that of a wizened old man, the mind within remains completely unaffected, smug and totally aware that no matter what changes may come, we will still have that mindset to get in a van with a load of other like minded geriatrics and hit the The HDP river reunion trip was our second annual roadtrip to celebrate our love of BMX and relive the good times at a slightly slower pace without having to promote a brand or keep a tally on the clip count. The line up was nothing short of a crime watch identity parade with the odd clean cut youngster thrown in to remain politically correct. Team members from yesteryear crawled out of the woodwork along with friends and the next generation of riders who grew up a few year classes below the likes of us to keep the energy levels up when it got past 9pm. The plan was simple. Get everyone in a rental van and head to the southwest to sample some southern delights, ride the bikes and most importantly, have fun. With the crew involved it was a dead cert that fun was on the cards and when they arrived to my sleepy village at 2am I knew it was going to be a good time as the van door slid open, followed by a ton of empty booze cans,plumes of smoke and vomiting reprobates that had got a bit giddy on the drive down. It was reassuring that people hadn’t changed and we could carry on where we left off last time. Tents were pitched and eventually everyone got tucked in ready for the weekend to begin.

Fri morning started with a dip in the local river which would be the first of many river spots over the weekend. Seeing as my house is on a water meter,the last thing I wanted was this lot caning the water and also it seemed like a quicker option to get everyone washed at once to save a bit of time. All spruced up and a cooked breakfast later and we headed to the fist spot which was the new bowl in Tiverton. It didn’t take long for people to get in the swing of things and its pretty safe to say everyone had a good ride. I say everyone but Jay Openshaw got dealt the HDP bad fortune card for the umpteenth time (anyone remember the ride video true?). Having been given a day pass from his missis, then having to ride 8 miles down a canal path in blazing heat,then to smash his shoulder in after an hour of shredding. Not that anyone was counting but Jay did more in one hour than we all did the rest of the trip which is a testimony to his love for sending it on a BMX.

After a quick visit to A and E just to confirm the bad news we all expected it was time to meet up with Dan Oakenby and co at the trails. I think I can speak on behalf of everyone that this spot was the highlight of the trip. Rad trails located in the woods with a river running next to it with room for all our tents, a BBQ, shit loads of booze and brill locals. Pretty much all a BMX could wish for. Tricks weren’t essential and more to the point no one cared so there’s no run down of the hammers here. I know there was lots of dead sailors, hang ups, crashes, heckling and camaraderie which is what HDP represented all those years ago. As the night time fell the booze flowed like the local river and the evening was spent reminiscing of days gone by with a little saltyness about the state of the modern scene thrown in for good measure until one by one we passed out and retired to our tents.

Saturday morning started with a trails session which hasn’t happened for at least.......ever in my case but the vibe was so good it was hard not to get involved. !st run for me and a massive crash over the bars which left me with a dead leg that lasted a week. It sucked but I rode through it all the same. One more river dip for the crew and we packed up and headed over to Green machine over at Newton Abbot to stock up on bike parts and sample the local chip shop. I think we made the womans day as she shut the shop as soon as we had been in. Must have made enough to close early thanks to the northerners passion for chips and gravy. Next stop was another concrete bowl at Decoy which is home to Kye Forte ( 2 times world champion you know?) Kye wasn’t around but a strange bloke was doing a headstand while puffing on a Gandalph style pipe on a crusty jugglers rug. I had to do a bit of a double take but it was none other that ex Ride magazines very own Lard. Catching up with him was a pleasure for everyone as Lard was a key part in the HDP story and took many a great photo of the people associated and documented the story that accompanied the ‘True” video mentioned earlier. Half an hour later and the heatwave turned into a pour down which put a stop to that session.

Once upon a time we would have been raging and cursing our bad luck at such an act of god but with age comes wisdom (if you can call it that) and this soaking was just part of the fun and our cue to leave. The second camping venue and the final night was spent out in the wild of Dartmoor. Once again there was enough booze to sink a battle ship and probably the equivalent to half a cow in BBQ meat (apart from the jacksons vegan platter) and a few extras courtesy of big George. This mixed with good company and a lot of shit talking is how I know and love BMX. The time on the bike is good and doing tricks is all ok too but its this time off the bike with like minded people that make you appreciate what BMX is really all about. Looking around the camp fire was a melting pot from all walks of life. Trails riders, Street riders, well known BMX-ers, unknown BMX-ers, college lecturers, grafters, lazy bastards ,artists, shop workers all just loving a few days away from our normal lives.

The next morning saw us take our final dip in the river and head to one last spot to have another session. It was layed back to say the least but we had successfully managed to ride 3 days on the trot which doesn’t happen very often anymore. By afternoon it was time for a teary goodbye and the northerners headed off back to north west of England while I put the kettle on and collected my thoughts together. Once more my faith has been restored in BMX and the HDP collective have done it again. Each and every person on board brought something to the table and made it a trip to remember. Thanks to everyone who came and a special thanks to the southern mincers for letting a bunch of strangers rider their spots....

NEVER SURRENDER.

NJ
2014/10/23 7:20:00 (216 reads)
The first ever Monster Energy Cup BMX Speed & Style went down at Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas. In a unique BMX dirt jump style format that saw 12 select BMX riders race in brackets head to head elimination rounds, where combined overall speed times and trick time deductions determined final outcome of each round. Kyle Baldock had to battle through his Monster Energy teammates Vince Byron in round 1, Pat Casey in round 2, Kevin Peraza in Semi Finals before facing off against Kris Fox. This was a great mixed match up with
2014/10/20 23:50:00 (220 reads)
Street results of the Texas Toast contest 2014.
1. Dennis Enarson
2. Garrett Reynolds
3. Connor Lodes
4. Tom Dugan
5. Greg Illingworth
6. Trey Jones
7. Sean Sexton
8. Broc Raiford
9. Simone Barraco
10. Tony Hamlin
11. Jason Watts
12. Boyd Hilder
13. Van Homan
14. Morgan Wade
15. Colin Varanyak
16. Maxime Charveron
2014/10/20 22:20:00 (174 reads)
Dirt Final Results Texas Toast!
1. Hucker
2. Anthony Napolitan
3. Chris Doyle
4. Ben Voyles
5. Larry Edgar
6. Brandon Dosch
7. Drew Bezanson
8. Leandro Moreira
9. Ryan Nyquist
10. Josh Hult
11. Corey Bohan
12. Clint Reynolds
13. Justin Spriet
14. Christian Porras
15. Matt Cordova
16. Morgan Wade
17. Matt Roe
2014/10/19 1:50:00 (177 reads)
Street Qualifying Results:
1. Dennis Enarson
2. Sean Sexton
3. Garrett Reynolds
4. Van Homan
5. Trey Jones
6. Broc Raiford
7. Tom Dugan
8. Tony Hamlin
9. Morgan Wade
10. Colin Varanyak
11. Simone Barraco
12. Maxime Charveron
13. Jason Watts
14. Boyd Hilder
15. Connor Lodes

Pic by BdJ
2014/10/18 22:20:00 (209 reads)
The dirt qualifying competition results at Texas Toast are announced. The longer line of jumps were jumped by each competitor twice with the best run counting towards the qualifying results. Here are the finalists:
1. Mike Clark
2. Ryan Nyquist
3. Chris Doyle
4. Anthony Napolitan
5. Josh Hult
6. Christian Porras
7. Larry Edgar
7. Drew Bezanson
8. Clint Reynolds
8. Corey Bohan
9. Brandon Dosch
10. Leandro Moreira
11. Ben Voyle
12. Morgan Wade
13. Justin Spriet
2014/10/18 10:30:00 (293 reads)
Texas Toast has started. The last few days the crew has worked hard to turn a rough field in the middle of nowhere into a festival type venue with a killer dirt set up, a challenging Gauntlet of Death course and street ramps and ledges that were shredded all day long in the sun. The vendors and food trucks are set up strategically and the sound comes from the Red Bull DJ trucks and blast all over the place. On the program for today were the Cowbell high jump event on the dirt course, the Mike Tag brick ledge comp and the HARO high air
2014/10/17 9:00:00 (184 reads)
With Texas Toast happening this weekend more and more riders are rolling into town. Instead of sitting around doing nothing, the riders get straight to work and visit the local riding spots. And there's loads to ride around Austin. One park is a bit out of town but in Texas it's possible to load up the pick-up truck with bikes and people in the back so getting to the park isn't all that tough.

Pflugerville park is a bit north of Austin. The park is located in an open area with not much around. Plenty of space to expand if necessary but the concrete park that's there is actually big enough. It's got a bit of everything and also the bowl riders have nothing to complain about. An extra bowl was added so they can claim having the "biggest park of Texas". The Northeast Metro Skate/BMX Park opened Tuesday, September 18, 2012. Hours of operation are 8:00 am - 10:00 pm through November 30.  December 1 through February 15, 2013, the skate/bmx park hours will be 8:00 am - 8:00 pm.
2014/10/16 16:20:00 (169 reads)
The second stop of the Recon Tour PRO presented by Replay XD went down last weekend at Mission Valley YMCA Krause Family Skate & Bike Park (Clairemont). Australian Logan Martin claimed the top spot and earned $5,000 competing against Monster Energy teammate’s Scotty Cranmer and Kevin Peraza, and local pros Alex Landeros, Chris Hughes and Larry Edgar. The PRO contest was stacked with International competitors, coming from Australia, England and Canada to compete with athletes from across the states. Taking first Australian Logan Martin earned the top spot with unique tricks and original lines. Coming in second, Monster Energy’s Scotty Cranmer whose memorable runs included a helicopter on the step up and an ice pick on the MovieTickets.com mural wall. Taking the third podium spot, Larry Edgar rounded out the podium by airing higher than any other competitor.

Advancing to the PRO contest from Saturday’s AM final, Jacob Bailey, Kevin Fabregue and local boy Parker Heath competed against the best and earned their way into the final. Former AM
2014/10/14 13:30:00 (349 reads)
But once the weather settled it turned into a great day of riding trails with the best riders in the world in front of a loud crowd. The two hour session with the twelve finalists kicked off with an intro run but the riding was turned up soon afterwards. The riders were feeding off of each other and with speeds reached over 30 miles per hour, the height the riders managed to pump out of the tall lips neared 40 feet in the air. That alone was insane but the Dreamline finalists were there for a competition and started throwing down tricks starting at the top of the hill. Paul Langlands had hammer runs and looked well on his way to a podium spot in Asheville. Jaie Toohey has a pump which sends him to the sky everytime and he's not afraid to throw big tricks like flip double whips over the biggest sets. One of the most stylish riders out there is Matt Cordova. His flow and kick outs are what trail riding is all about. He changed things up by doing lip slides on the berm in front of the judges. He was also looking at wall riding the judge tower but decided not to in the end. He walked away in one piece and was ultra stoked on making finals. Corey Bohan was Paul's number one in qualifying.
2014/10/12 9:20:00 (268 reads)
A two-hour rain delay could not deter professional BMX riders from elite competition at Red Bull Dreamline this afternoon at the Oskar Blues REEB Ranch in Hendersonville, NC. Former North Carolina resident Ryan Nyquist, who turned 35 this year, showed the stable of up-and-coming BMX riders that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank. James Foster, of Redlands, Calif., came in a close second while Australia’s Kyle Baldock took third place.

"To be here in North Carolina and win is epic,” said winner

2014/10/11 22:40:00 (286 reads)
Dreamline was a blast. Here are the results. Report to follow. Priorities here...
1. Ryan Nyquist
2. James Foster
3. Kyle Baldock
4. Pat Casey
5. Chris Doyle
6. Dennis Enarson
7. Paul Langlands
2014/10/11 18:20:00 (289 reads)
It's a bit of a trip to go to an event in the USA. 23 hours it took. The travel ain't fun, but once there it's soon forgotten. On the calendar for the weekend was Red Bull Dreamline in North Carolina, my first time there. At Charlotte airport we ran into a couple of BMX racers and found out there's a race at Rockhill this weekend too. We're trying to get that one on the program as well as Dreamline ends on Saturday and we're flying out on Sunday afternoon. Friday had qualification on the program in Asheville and on arrival we saw how great the jumps looked.
2014/10/11 0:10:00 (317 reads)
The world’s best riders put their practice rounds behind them and broke out their most aggressive runs during today’s two preliminary heats. Athletes didn’t hold back, wowing peers with tricks like double tailwhip on the shark fin, 270, flip barspin to no-hander and a backflip triple barspin. They competed to be one of the 12 athletes to advance to tomorrow’s finals. Differing from other BMX events, it was their fellow riders that decided who moved forward in the competition, descending in front of a crowd of over 3,000 spectators tomorrow at Oskar Blues REEB Ranch.

SATURDAY FINALISTS

Enarson, Dennis  
Nyquist, Ryan
Casey, Pat
Clark, Hucker
Cordova, Matt
2014/10/9 23:50:00 (219 reads)
The "Les Sessions Volcaniques" contest took place at the new concrete outdoor skatepark in Aurillac, France (L'Epicentre). Here are some pics, the results and a video all in one post.

BMX - Under 17 results:
1 - Gomes David
2 - Duchemin Arthur
3 - Le Franc Rémy
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