Last day for the only North American stop of the 2017 FISE World Series, but not the least! After a morning filled with enthusiasm and impressive riding from the amateurs, things started to get serious once the pros stepped in: BMX Flat Pro - Final. The pro finals kicked off with BMX Flat, in a filled-up amphitheater that brought up a notch the riders' energy on stage.
We knew the battle for the two first places would be a hard one, with names like Jean-William Prévost and Matthias Dandois as contenders. Prévost, happy to ride in home turf, once again blew our minds with technical, original tricks that are his signature, but very slight mistakes made him unable to beat his rival, Matthias Dandois. Nevertheless, the second place that Prévost reached today gave him
UCI BMX Freestyle Park Finals. One of the most awaited event of the weekend was, of course, the UCI BMX Freestyle Park finals. The windy conditions yesterday played a big part in building a feeling of anticipation, and both crowd and riders were ready for a big day of finals. Mother Nature was trying to shake things off again, bringing winds averaging 23 km/h but the determination of the riders to complete their competition was stronger than the possible doubts in their minds.
Expectations were high for Brandon Loupos, after his win in FISE Budapest. Digging deep for stamina and big tricks, he was certainly putting a lot of pressure on his competitors. Not phased at all by the wind, he gave a great performance for the crowd and judges, lacing together tricks of high amplitude,
UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup Women Final. Another day of pure sunshine and adrenaline in Edmonton, Alberta for the second day of the FISE World Series Edmonton stop. Even though Mother Nature was a bit on the difficult side today, we did manage to crown our first winner, as the women opened the pro competitions with the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup finals. It’s American Hannah Roberts took the win in today’s event, with her sheer determination to get back on the highest step of the podium after finishing third in the last FISE stop in Budapest. Her solid first run and enormous second run combined really truly in her favor in the eyes of the judges. Her versatility and ability to throw tricks on every feature say a lot about her talent and mostly, her bike control. The
UCI BMX FREESTYLE PARK WORLD CUP - MEN. After a windy stop in Budapest, it's time for Logan Martin to recover his place on the podium! Kicked out of the competitions during the semi-final due to a massive crash, the winner of the FISE World Series 2016 is not going to wait quietly at the 6th place in the general ranking. But he is facing the Daniel Dhers' solid and regular runs, as well as a Brandon Loupos highly confident thanks to his first place in Budapest. Moreover, the Russian Irek Rizaev is counting as a challenger and he is firmly hooked to his third place. Let's see if the thousand of barspins added in each trick by Logan can make a difference!
On the 26th of August, the spectacular city of Riga, capital of Latvia, hosted the summertime BMX edition of the Simple Session series – the Simple Summer Session. The event was dedicated to the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and to the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia. An exciting and sunny day of competitions culminated with Kostya Andreev (RUS) and Alex Donnachie (GBR) stealing the show in the park and street finals respectively. The contest vas held on a massive and inspiring outdoor skatepark, built on the Freedom Monument Bridge in the heart of the city.
A total of 42 BMX street and park riders from 15 countries went head to head on the Nate Wessel
Today there was no need to travel to a foreign country to attend a BMX event. The Helm Trails Jam was scheduled for Saturday and they could not have picked a better day. No wind, sunshine and 25+ degrees lead to smiles on the faces of those who took the effort to come to Helmond Noord to ride a session on best trails in the Netherlands. The rollercoaster, middellijn and Table line were all in top shape. The water they needed after some heavy riding was taken care of by several visits to the water container. The music played out loud and the vibe was chill. With visitors from Croatia, Germany, Belgium and of course America! (Sem Kok was present) several languages were spoken. Once again the bikes brought people together for a good time and the locals could enjoy the action by watching down from the bridge.
Sem Kok was ruling and if he had received a 'Full Pull sticker' after every lap, you would at least have 50 of them. The trails were in perfect shape, hard and grippy and the flow was there. Jari Roggeveen had a rough time making it through all the lines which indicated they're not that easy. While some enjoyed the flowy table line others hit up the medium level Middellijn and tried to make it to the very end. All afternoon riders were waiting for a run on top of the container at the Helm Trails simply enjoying the riding that was going on.
Another good one in the books. Thanks to Dimitris Araouzos and Dennis Keunen for the trails love.