Freestyle: The Second Annual BMX Fest Welcomes Crowds from Across the Country The Festival Featured the Final Stop of the Trans Jam BMX Contest Series and over one hundred Competitors

2012/11/13 23:00:00 (2543 reads)
The Atlantic Bike Stunt Alliance (ABSA), the operators of the Trans Jam BMX Contest Series, partnered with the City of Greenville, NC on Saturday to celebrate BMX in Protown USA with the Second Annual BMX Fest presented by Freegun Underwear, 99.5 the X Radio, Bell Helmets, and the King BMX Stunt Show. Hundreds of people showed up to Five Point Plaza in downtown, many who had never witnessed the sport live, to catch the action of the Park and Flatland competitions, the new Street competition, exhibits portraying Greenville's history in the sport, a vintage bike display, a kids art contest, vendors, entertainment, and more. Riders traveled from all over the United States, including riders from California, Georgia, Louisiana, Colorado, Michigan, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania and more to compete for $4,500 in prize money and ride with other BMXers from around the country.

Keith King, owner of King BMX Stunt Shows and the ABSA,

and pro flatland rider himself, was responsible for the event, presenting his idea of a BMX festival to the City of Greenville earlier in 2011. "I couldn't be more happy with the turn out," says King. "We welcomed one hundred and eight competitors from all over for Park, Flat, and Street competitions, and we doubled the rider turn-out that we had the previous year. Our goal is to continue cultivating the BMX industry in Greenville, NC, home to more BMX pros than any place in the world, and continue to make this event an annual festival."

Pro Flatland welcomed several competitors from across the country. Dane Beardsley, from Athens, Georgia and sponsored by DK Bikes, took the top spot with his lengthy rolling combinations and a rolling backwards backyard, for which he was awarded the Flat Out Sick Trick of the Day Award. The level of difficulty for his brakeless front wheel stunts snagged Freegun Underwear rider Alex Jumelin, from France and currently residing in Louisiana, second place. The third spot was won by Isaiah Jordan, from Greensboro, NC, who also took home the Championship trophy for the Trans Jam 2012 points series. The full placings are found below: Flat Pro 1st- Dane Beardsley 2nd- Alex Jumelin 3rd- Isaiah Jordan 4th- Bryan Huffman 5th- Keith King 6th- Duncan Gore

The battle for top Park Pro was between eleven riders from across the nation, and the tricks did not disappoint a packed contest area. The riders put on a show, and several tricks are worth mentioning. Flying in from California, Freegun Underwear rider A.J. Anaya came on strong with several big tricks including a boosted tuck to tail whip. Anaya took the fifth spot. Mike Fede, from Delaware and sponsored by Hyper Bikes, impressed the judges with his 180 double tail whip over the spox, clenching the fourth spot and earning a pay-out. Charlotte, NC rider Jared Ward, sponsored by Airtype Studio, earned a podium spot at third with several big bangers, including a massive triple whip air and a 360 triple whip. Pennsylvania rider, Keith Schmidt, also sponsored by Hyper Bikes, took first runner up with a 720 barspin, 360 triple whip, and, his signature trick, the tuna roll. Local Greenville, NC resident, Josh Perry, riding for Novik Gloves, Bern Helmets and Armourdillo, walked away with the top spot for several huge runs, including his boosted shark jaw transfer double tail whip and 360 truck driver to late tail whip. Perry also clenched the year-end title of Trans Jam 2012 Park Champion. The winner of the Stuntman of the Day award (best trick) was Alex Johann, for inventing the decade to superman seat grab.

Below are the full placings: Park Pro 1st- Josh Perry 2nd- Keith Schmidt 3rd- Jared Ward 4th- Mike Fede 5th- AJ Anaya 6th- Alex Johann 7th- Zane Bradley 8th- Dan Foley 9th- Nick DiGeroloma 10th- Jordan Prince 11th- Randle Walkoviak

For the first time in the contest series, Trans Jam introduced a BMX Street Contest presented by Bell Helmets. Many riders crossed disciplines, competing in both Park and Street. Third place winner from Colorado, Duncan Core, grinded both staircase ledges and pulled a rail ride, while local Greenville resident Nick DiGeroloma took second place attempting a flare off of a roller coaster ramp (two rainbow ramps pieced together), and first place winner Dan Foley, also from Greenville, executed a manual up the grind ledge to backwards manual down the grind ledge to 180 out. Josh Perry entered the Bell Helmets Street Best Trick Contest and won with a tooth hanger to 180 across a flat rail to flat.

Street Pro 1 Dan Foley 2 Nick Digeroloma 3 Duncan Gore 4 Randle Walkoviak 5 Dane Beardsley

"We'd like to thank the City of Greenville and Uptown Greenville for investing their resources into a festival commemorating what BMX means to the area for the second year in a row. We'd also like to thank 99.5 the X Radio for getting the word out, Freegun Underwear and Bell Helmets for presenting, Buffalo Wild Wings and The Other Place Nightclub for throwing the pre-party and after party, Phelps Chevrolet and Hyper Bikes for supporting the event, and not to mention the numerous sponsors and vendors that helped make the second annual BMX Fest a success."
said Keith King. "We'd especially like to thank all of the riders who traveled all the way to Greenville from places like Georgia, Michigan, Florida, New Jersey, California, and more! Your support as this contest series continues to grow makes us want to work harder to expand our stops next year and culminate the series in Greenville with this festival again!"

Park Beginner
1 Hannah Roberts
2 Brandon  Melton
3 Will Hobgood
4 Diggs Neithammer
5 Ward Tyson
6 Indiana Nowak
Park Novice
1 Mike Hoffman
2 Ryan Dowell
3 Nick Logan
4 Eddie Rovi
5 Logan Place
6 Dylan Potter
7 Austin Clark
8 Evan Gorczynski
9 Larry Hatter
10 Zeke Weber
11 Austin Terry
12 Kevin Theodore
13 Ryan Worten
14 Kyle Gorczynski
15 Keagan Fisher
16 Joseph Lee
17 Juan Fernandez
18 Matt Ross
19 Jacob Lee
20 Caleb Lovelady
21 Jared Lenkiewicz
Park Veteran
1 Duncan Gore
2 Jacob Lenta
3 (Scooter) Don Wigent
4 Steve Nowak
5 Roland Labrecque (Tie)
5 Marty Stancil (Tie)
Park Expert
1 Brian Fox
2 Frank Day
3 Brandon Meade
4 Chris Przywara
5 Clay Goldsmid
6 Freddie Smith
7 Cade Wall
8 Sam Ostrowski
9 Justin Dowell
10 Ian Bradley
10 David Ferguson
11 Shane Goldsmid
12 Tyler Clark
13 Isaac MacAloney
14 Christopher Mitchell
15 Anthony Valentine

Flat Beginner
1 Mark Coates
2 Steven Tubiolo
3 Kevin Washington
4 Kyle Hogue
5 Steve Nowak
6 Carter Mahnke
7 Justin Morrison
8 Indiana Nowak

Flat Expert
1 Brian Ledbetter
2 Chris Przepiora
3 Mark Coates
4 Fox Kinsman
5 Lee Meija

Street Beginner
1 Ryan Dowell
2 Kevin Theodore
3 Justin Dowell
4 Jared Lenkiewicz
5 Eddie Rovi
6 Larry Hatter
7 Justin Morrison

Street Expert
1 Brandon Meade
2 Chris Przywara
3 Frank Day
4 Greg Peppler
5 Brian Beale
6 Clay Goldsmild
7 Austin Gates
8 Jaylin B radley
9 Zeke Weber
10 Tyler Bailey
11 Phillip Spray
12 Tyler Clark
13 Lorenzo Bruce
14 Alex Czuzak

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