The story of the day was the weather. Last year we had snow at the opening jam of the Outdoor season. This year people showed up in shorts and a T-shirt and multiple BBQ-s were kicked off in the field next to the Sugar Hills Trails which had been fixed up the day before the Mini FATJAM and rode better than ever before. After a bit of an online promotion campaign more people showed up than ever before to hang out at De Valkendijk in Aarle-Rixtel for an afternoon of Bikes, Beers, and Bitches. It almost felt like the summer edition with music blasting out of the speaker, and people riding all day until they were so dirty they needed a long bath to get the Ale Blie dirt off their skin. Once again the AES showed up with their mobile medical center to make sure everyone was okay. A few cuts and bruises, a concussion and a broken tooth were some of the injuries. Nothing the professional medics couldn't handle.
The 040BMX trick team showed up and killed "The Killer". I saw a 360 double whip on the big jump by Rene van IJzendoorn but missed Joel's flip even though it was his second time riding dirt.
We've got the results in from round one of the UK BMX Vert series. Three classes on the U-pipe with Kodee Kains, Aaron Haywood and Fanien Giess as winners in their classes. Vert is not dead. Here are the full results:
1) Fanien Giess
2) Mike Mullen
3) Leon Perkins
4) Jon Barnett
5) Zach Shaw
6) Matthew Seach
7) Owain Clegg
1) Aaron Haywood
2) Joe Rendle
3) Lee Hebb
1) Tom van den Bogaard
2) Nicky van der Veen
3) Arjan Ellens
4) Sem Kok
5) Emile Bouwman
1) Daan van Wezel
2) Nicky van der Veen
3) Emile Bouwman
4) Bart v/d Kamp
1) Jari Roggeveen
2) Robby Burggrave
3) Merlijn Rorink
4) Jocki de Groot
Brett Banasiewicz is recovering at a rapid rate and is even putting on BMX events at his own indoor park called The Kitchen. The park has brought forward a lot of talented riders and it was time to put on an event for all to shine. The Pro podium of the comp held on 21 March 2015 looks like this:
1) Colton Walker
2) Trent Newkirk
3) Rob Armour
Yesterday evening Dean Cueson, Angus Gough and Brad McNicol made it to Eindhoven for a session at the 040BMXPARK. The HARO UK Trio was on a trip for SOUL BMX Magazine from France and had Vincent de la Rue with them to film it all. Jimmy van Belle and his friend joined the crew on their way from Belgium to the Netherlands and 040BMX riders Daniel Wedemeijer and Tom van den Bogaard joined the session on their home ramps. Without giving too much away, the session was a good one. You'll have to wait for the video to be finished which will also have footage from a jam in Le Mans, some trails near Brussels, the concrete park in Kortrijk, some street stuff and most likely some clips from Rotterdam where the HARO crew is heading today. Last night we snapped some shots which you'll find right here. Thanks to 040BMXPARK for the extra time at the park.
And yes, Brad McNicol has made the move from Premium to HARO Bikes. Hashtag #HAROTRIO to check how the trip went.
The second annual Braaab contest at the 040BMXPARK in Einhoven, Netherlands took place over the weekend. Riders got into town during the week, and they came from all places. Multiple X-Games gold medalist Daniel Dhers even made it to The Netherlands for the weekend to come ride at Daniel Wedemeijer's comp. Daniel runs the Braaab clothing brand and wants to give back to the sport in the form of organising a good contest that everyone can enter. The Amateur riders rode their contest on Saturday, and the Pro comp was held on Sunday.
After solid practice sessions on Friday the Am comp got underway at the awesome BMX PARK in Eindhoven. Getting to ride the park was something special for most of the visitors. The ramps are on the high side, but getting used to that doesn't seem to take too long for most. During the contest each rider got to ride the park all by themselves for a minute and they got to do a last trick. 16 riders moved on to the finals where 4 riders had an 8 minute session plus a chance to pull a trick they wanted to do in two tries. Number one qualifier Jules van Gijssel also managed to win the Am final.
Contested on possibly the biggest and most dangerous BMX dirt jumps in the world, Dew Tour Champion Cam White has created a truly spectacular action sports event on his outback Australian property. Stepping away from the typical BMX Dirt contest scene (which usually consists of a run of small jumps in a carpark or stadium) the Milwaukee Hillside Dirtjam is a private contest for riders and friends, designed to progress the sport and show fans where BMX dirt came from, and where it is headed.
2015 saw the return of former King Of The Hill, Mike "Hucker" Clarke from the USA, riding alongside with some of the Southern Hemisphere’s best dirt jump riders including Luke Parslow, Cam
Over the last few days we've been bringing you loads of Braaab coverage and we're not done yet. Cees Lengers offered to take some pics during the contest in Eindhoven and since Cees takes photos at BMX Freestyle events maybe once a year, his different outlook on things can be refreshing. Check this photo gallery of Sunday's Pro riding at the 040BMXPARK with pics of Dhers, Thoelen, Freigang, Hayward, Juchatz and many more. The second annual Braaab contest saw many riders make it to Eindhoven battling over a €4000 Pro purse. Because of the sponsors of the event the top riders went home with some decent money:
1st place: € 1.250,-
2nd place: € 1.000,-
3rd place: € 750,-
4th place: € 500,-
5th place: € 250,-
6th place: € 150,-
7th place: € 100,-
See you all in 2016 for more. #braaab
Round 1 of the North American flatland contest series, the Am Flatland Circuit aka AMFLT, kicked off 2015 with CFO's Flatland Unlimited 11 in Toronto, Ontario. 8 pro riders competed for the $4000 purse. This event marked the pro debut of Todd Carter (2013 Expert Class Champion) and Joe Cicman (2014 Expert Class Champion). The top 4 pros qualified for the finals. The finals were battle format with Jean-William Prevost aka Dub taking the win (second year in a row).
1. Brandon Fenton
2. Lachlan Cameron
3. Jon Dowker
When the action is there, it makes it easier on the photographers to catch it. Philip Tregunna made it to the 040BMXPARK from Belgium all weekend to take pictures of the riding, but also the life around the Braaab event. We've gathered the best shots here of some of the biggest rippers: Tom van den Bogaard, Troy Hayward, Kenneth Tancre, Crazy Mike Hendrick, Stuart Gibson, Paul Thoelen, Daniel Dhers, Daniel Juchatz, Rene van IJzendoorn, Jack Clark, Arjan Ellens, Inuk Siegstad, Karl Southern, Ashley Finlay etc.
Final Results Pro class Braaab contest, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
1 Tom van den Bogaard 040BMXPark, Fox, Vans, Pauls Boutique, Braaab Nederland 91,0
2 Daniel Dhers Red Bull, POC, DC Shoes, Specialized, Albe's Mailorder, and Verizon USA 90,0
3 James Jones Total BMX, VP components, Animal Cothing, Nurishnent active United Kingdom 89,7
4 Paul Thölen Red Bull, Vans, TotalBMX, 040BMXPark, Reell denim, GNS Distribution Deutschland 88,3
RESULTS QUALIFICATION PRO BRAAAB CONTEST, Eindhoven, Netherlands. Top 16 to the finals.
1 Tom van den Bogaard 040BMXPark, Fox, Vans, Pauls Boutique, Braaab 89,0
2 Paul Thölen Red Bull, Vans, TotalBMX, 040BMXPark, Reell denim, GNS Distribution 86,7
3 Daniel Dhers Red Bull, POC, DC Shoes, Specialized, Albe's Mailorder, and Verizon 86,0
4 James Jones Total BMX, VP components, Animal Cothing, Nurishnent active 84,7
5 Cam Peake KHEBikes, EXTREME, Coyote Sports, Urbanair BMX shop, T1 Park 82,7
6 Jack Clark Vocal BMX, Vans, FTL Crew 81,3
7 Ashley Finlay Impurity Bike co, Charge Clothing, Hardcore Hobbies 81,0
8 Tom Isted Mongoose Bikes, Extreme sports channel, L CSG liverockride 79,7
9 Isaac Lesser Mankind, Rad BMX shop 78,7