We had a few extended stays in Nashville during our Magnetar "World Tour". mostly to hang with our buds and ride the trails (R.I.P) but this particular trip ended up being very productive in terms of footage...
In our latest rendition of alphabet soup, we introduce you to the THD (Taller Holy Diver / Tell'em Howits Done / Terrifically Hung Duck) frame - an updated version of the Holy Diver headed to paint soon.
New season, new gear, new bike, new training programs, new countries, new tracks.... How does one prepare? We sat down with Niek Kimmann at TLD in Corona to find out more on his off season.
First of all, we know you and your brother as BMXers with a passion, trying to suck everything up in the BMX world and take everything in. How come you needed a BMX break after becoming the Olympic Gold Medalist? Niek Kimmann: Yeah, I had a 3-month break from BMX. I simply had enough of it. When I became World Champion for the first time, I was in a similar situation. At one point you reach a new level which comes with new responsibilities. You train for races. When you win those races, it comes with responsibilities that you're not prepared for. You're young, you listen to advice from others, you must do this, you must do that....but you're inexperienced yourself so you take everyone's advice but at some point...pause... The reason I started riding BMX is because I liked doing it. At one point so many things get added to your life which are overpowering the sole reason why you started riding BMX. It's not that you forget why you ride, but expectations are up and that makes it hard riding your bike just because you love riding your bike. When I became World Champ back in 2015 I made that mistake and I think that after the Tokyo2020 Olympics I fell in the same trap and I simply had to stop and did not race for a little while. For myself I had to delete all results and titles and had to get back to the core of why I ride. I like to race because I love racing. Even if I would never win a race again, I would still like it.
Best of 7. Going back in time with people who captured BMX in the early years. Without these images it would be harder for everyone to understand what was happening in the beginning. It fits the oldskool articles nicely. Episode 49 goes to Bill Batchelor who has been treating the BMX historians with some gold lately.
Photographer: Bill Batchelor
Photo 1 -Who: Bob Haro -Where: Pipeline King of the Skateparks, Upland California -When: 1985 -What Happened: In between the actual contest judging events I always took a lot of pictures of the people and the behind the scenes action. Bob was judging the contest so this photo was part of a series of the judges. -Why this photo: As a BMX kid in the early 1980s, Bob Haro was an idol of mine. He started it all, and epitomized what was cool at the time. We’d stare at photos of his riding in the magazines and his Freestyle Tricks book and try to build his ramps. When I first got a real Haro number plate for my race
The second stop of the BMX Triple Challenge is a swap, You know what that means, we end the event weekend with Best Trick Anyone can enter so you know it's about to get buck. Hit play and see what tricks went down to wrap up the Glendale, AZ stop of the Monster Energy BMX Triple Challenge.
Chase Bucci knows his way around a grind. If it's possible to get a peg on it, Chase is your guy. He crushes a whole load of burly/weird setups in this latest video for Daily Grind - you've gotta see it.
Finished my first World Cup in Elite Men down in Rotorua, New Zealand. Got my feet wet on Day 1 and made the 1/8 final on Day 2. Lots of learning and improvements each lap. Going to carry that momentum into Australia