Okay, okay, I know, I'm way behind on some of the updates but I hope to get them in later this week. The LG Action Sports Tour stop in Spain is one of the reports that has just been sitting there. I wonder who wants to read about it now but for those who do want to know what happened, read on.
The stop in Barcelona had a street contest and a halfpipe demo. After two sketchy street courses in Munich and Paris, the third container showed up in Barca and made the transportable street course a lot better. A street course like this 10 years ago would have been "the shit" and still today, it could have been a lot worse.
Having the tour stop in Spain was interesting. Except for a few French riders and nomad Axel Juergens, all participants came from Spain. There are a few Spanish riders that do travel internationally (like Sergio Layos) but most of the riders here never get the chance to travel to all the big comps. For them a stop like this is a unique opportunity.
It was obvious that the cameras and people in the stands made for a weird situation for the Spanish riders. "Head shots" needed to be made of everyone before they dropped in for their runs. There was a count down at the end of every run and not everyone understood English, the language spoken by the cameramen and staff of the event.
Basically 6 riders present were very good and those riders ended up in top six. In 6th was Agustin Marincek who did a few whip combinations and tricked over the spine. 5th was for Juan Ruiz who was struggling from the heavy partying the night before it seemed like. The contest took place around noon, way too early for the Spanish BMX crowd. 4th was for Clement Cerf who was the only rider to touch the barrier on top of the quarterpipe. He fufanu's the 4 foot high metal bar from an 8 foot high quarter which was awesome. The Frenchman did plenty of flips too to please the crowd. Axel Jurgens made the podium in Barcelona. I'm sure his European sponsors are proud of him. When Sergio asked if he could enter the contest he asked if he could bring a friend. His friend is called Daniel Peoafiel and he's got the same style as Sergio and rides for FlyBikes. His traveling lookback 360-s over the spine were insane and Daniel did plenty of whips and foot jams all over the course. 2nd in his first big competition. He's only 16 so we'll be hearing from Daniel a lot more in the future. First place was for, you guessed it, Sergio Layos. He's been on a roll this summer took home the LG flat screen TV for first (not really, but the check for first place was nice too).
Okay, one more report down, a few more to go and then we're back to current happenings.
BdJResults BMX Street Finals Barcelona, Spain
1 Sergio Layos
Madrid, Spain 20
Sponsors: Fly Bikes, Etnies, Oakley, Red Bull
2 Daniel Peoafiel
Burgos, Spain 16
Sponsors: Fly Bikes, Cromoly
3 Axel Jurgens
Woodward, PA 28
Sponsors: Adidas, Oakley, Profile, Eastpak, Fly Bikes
4 Clement Cerf
Montpellier, France 23
5 Juan Ruiz
Albacete, Spain 23
Sponsors: Eastern Bikes, Mankind, Unity
6 Agustin Marincek
Barcelona, Spain 21
7 Jaume Sala Castellana
Barcelona, Spain 32
Sponsors: Felt, Odyssey, Biciclot, Northpoint
8 Antoni Riera
Barcelona, Spain 29
9 Edu Alvarez
Barcelona, Spain 20
Sponsors: Carhartt, RNC (28100 Distribution), Biciclot, Santacena.com
10 Fernando Gamara Pinillos
Barcelona, Spain 21