Okay we're a bit late with the worlds reports but at least we've got something up on the site. The one hand photo technique did not really work out that well. Try taking pictures with your right arm in a sling and operating your camera with your left hand. Good luck. We gave our FATBMX photo pass to Dig's Ricky Adam as the organization had run out of photo passes. Ricky had just bought a digital camera two days before the event so in return of the pass, we now can show you some of Ricky's first digital street pics.
The street course looked good. Some walls and ramps had been added to the covered skate park and had something to offer for most riders. Making the cut to the Pro finals was tough. Dirt World champ Kye Forte was running out of steam trying to do this big transfer but managed to pull it in the end. He still ended up in 12th. Ruben cruised around a fair bit in his own style and hit obstacles like no one else did. A pleasure to watch. 10th place was for Canadian John Heaton who pulled his big 180 transfer after multiple attempts. Tobias Wicke is so tech.
He's got two brakes and 4 pegs on his bike and uses all of it a lot. Next to tech tricks Tobi goes burly too with a flip-whip over the spine. Wicke ended two runs with a broken chain, both on a tailwhip fakie attempt. Brian Kachinsky used the complete course and hit every rail on the course. Brian is a burley dude. His toothpick kink on the metal bar was insane. Osato was recovered from the run in with the man on the miniramp. He started off with a tailwhip drop-in from the top of the curved wall. Another favorite obstacle was the spine with the rail that saw some typical Osato tricks for 7th. Belgian Hannu Cools always comes up with original lines on the course. He found a couple in Praha like the fufanu on the backrail and the manual on the curved wall. Ben Hennon started off strong with 3-whip transfers from spine to landing and long whips from the quarterpipe to the same landing ramp. Ben killed a lot of time (and himself) trying to pull a flipwhip over the spine with barrier. It was nuts and he came close on his last attempt. Luke Fink, surprising Pro World Champ of the Beja world's, just missed out on the top three. Luke was riding very well though hitting everything in sight and doing different tricks on every obstacle. He had a crash on a 900 attempt on the quarterpipe but kept going. 4th was his result. Sergio had a great weekend with a third in mini and a 4th in dirt. The FlyBikes rider repeated the bronze in street with flowing style, lots of opposite stuff and a huge downside tailwhip transfer from quarterpipe into a tiny landing behind a wall. That trick was also rewarded for the Best Trick contest giving Sergio an Oakley Thumb. Alistair once again had a solid ride in the finals. Big is a word you can use a lot when you try to describe Ali's riding. Big transfers, Big wallrides, Big airs, just Big shit. The Macneil factory pilot got second right behind revelation Morgan Wade. It was Morgan's first European contest and he made it count. He will be a regular from now on because he has put himself on the map winning pro street. He rode a double rail and tailwhipped out of it and did his first ever curved wallride to tailwhip in Prague. His tailwhips are from a different league and his quarterpipe air was sweet. Just check out Ricky's photo of that one.
The Nokia BMX Freestyle Worlds had come to an end. It was a great event with a true Worlds spirit. Thanks to Marek and his crew for pulling this off on such short notice.
BdJResults Pro street finals IBMXFF Worlds, Prague, Czech Republic:
1 Morgan Wade USA
2 Alistair Whitton Chester
3 Sergio Layos Spain
4 Luke Fink AUS
5 Ben Hennon England
6 Hannu Cools Bel
7 Dave Osato CAN
8 Brian Kachinsky USA
9 Tobias Wicke GER
10 John Heaton Canada
11 Ruben Alcantara Spain
12 Kye Forte UKPhotos by: Ricky Adam/Dig