UK Halfpipe Series Round 3. On September 9th round 3 of the UK BMX Halfpipe Series went down, and what a show it was, from the very youngest competitors to some of the most talented vert veterans, this round had it all, big 540's, flairs, whips and combinations. Even had Paul Meacher finding new and innovative ways to exit the ramp. It was fantastic to see the young guns out in force, the group of kids riding the big ramp at Spit & Sawdust Skatepark were all intent on one thing, FUN!
Oli Baker was flying all over the ramp, with loads of one footers and style for miles on his 16" BMX, furthermore to this, we had a family of riders turn up and shred the big wooden wave in the Waltons, T-jay and Tia Walton killed it with Tia pulling a Barspin. Leon Walton held his own with back to back tricks, 540, tail whip and a barspin to name a few. Skaterham local Toby Roberts is starting to show real progression on vert, he did have a couple of crashes during his runs which he walked away from, he was pushing hard. Joe Rendle pulled yet more hand plant combinations along with tail whips and tabletops. We were treated to a flatland legend in Jason Bates joining us showing he isn't afraid of going high, with some awesome extension on his one footers and nice tabletops Jason got a well deserved 4th place. 12 year old YouTube star Caiden Cernius from the USA joined us winning best trick with barspin to xup, Caiden had a nice flow and a massive bag of tricks, it was something else watching this lad on a 16" bmx flair a 12 foot tall vert ramp. I’ve been floating about at a few comps recently and Chase Weighill is always someone I stop to watch, this lads unique style makes him very easy and exciting to watch.
The current overall amateur series leader Harry Gorman took the win at round 3, with massive airs and nosing it in hard, something about his riding style started to remind me of Jerry Galley!
In the PRO group we had some of the very best vert riding I've seen in years. A few moments that stood out were the massive 10ft tailwhip air by Josh Bates, Paul Meacher's Toboggan to no footer, Seb Bennerson's 540 air.
Howard Radcliffe has some awesome style and was folding tables like an origami master, Pete Marselle had his unique bag of manoeuvres out, tyre tap to ice chink inn, 540 and a tail whip along with various style manoeuvres. Bowl rider and all around nice guy Ashley Atwood, who is never without his smile just want to let rip and go as high as he could a do a few tables, a splendid aerial attack by Ash. About 2 weeks before this event I saw Seb Bennerson take a very heavy crash on a big 540 at Creation skatepark, day of the contest Seb not only did he land a big 540 but he also pulled out of the bag a load of tricks from Toboggans to one hand one footers and big alley-opps. Mike Mullen joined us on the ramp and graced us with his never ending flow and style, flying high not only is he the main man behind the UK BMX Halfpipe series but also runs the Mike Mullen BMX academy.
We were lucky enough to be joined by UK Vert legend and one of the main guys behind the original Vert Series Zach Shaw, for someone who's knees are completely wrecked and have had multiple operations, it always amazes me how he can just pick his bike up and just send it. Zach pulled massive flairs, grizz airs and huge inverts. I always forget how many tricks Paul Meacher has tucked away, sometimes you have to expect the unexpected with Paul, no hander to no footer along with the toboggan to no footer where amongst my favourite, with massive airs and beautiful inverts, then at the end of his run he did a big flair but is was so carved he ran out or real estate and exited off the side of the ramp crashing into a pallet which he had only placed there a few hours earlier for the sponsors banner to go on. The Pro competition winner Josh Bates, was on form yet again and every time I see this Tattoo artist ride he seems to be going higher bigger and with new tricks, with how many tricks he has and how high he goes he has to start doing two/three tricks per air, with 10ft tailwhip airs, double whips, flairs, Indian airs to no-footers its going to take something special to beat him.
With round 3 being over, in reflection it was a fantastic contest, the last stop should be a cracker and will crown the series champions! Round 4 will be at Ramp City in Blackpool 12th November, we will see you all there........
"Have a nice weekend!" Tom v.d. Bogaard said when I left Area 51 today. It's Monday, and the week has just started. It's not even a bank holiday so Tom's confusion that it was Monday and not the weekend was just right. BMX competitions normally don't take place on a Monday morning/afternoon but since the park is closed for visitors on Monday, it opens up an opportunity to hold a contest for the pros and those who could get a day off work or school. The deadline for UCI's Nation ranking that is used for quota places to make it into the Olympic Qualifier Series is December 5th. Now that we're at it, an other C1 competition will take place on Monday December 4th, exactly, right before the deadline. So those riders looking to add some more UCI ranking points to their name still have a chance and should mark December 4th on their calendar. Luckily Indy Kramer signed up last minute in order to give Kim Lea Müller at least a little bit of competition. With Area 51 being Indy's local park, the 15 years old Dutch rider knows every inch of it. The tricks she brought were no-handers, X-ups on hips, box jumps and into the wall as well as T-bogs and cancans. The flow she has certainly helps as she makes it look good. Kim however is a top contender from Germany and with her tailwhip over the spine she confirmed first place in Eindhoven.
With riders from Costa Rica, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic and The Netherlands, the Monday morning Men Park comp was an international affaire. Orlando Amsing, Jose Quedada and Fabian Müller missed the 8-final cut where riders from Belgium/Czech/Germany and Netherlands
battled for the prize money, bragging rights and points. 8th place went to Gerrit van Opdenbosch (BEL) with 7th for Levi Weidmann who didn't manage to pull a clean run but did bar bar 720's, braspin fronties and trucks like it was nothing. Levi always sends it but paid the price in today's final. A quick check-up showed nothing was broken so he'll be back in action shortly. 6th place went to Czech National Champion Mikulas Rehorik who flair whipped, 3-double whipped and also dec-8'd over the spine. It's an indication on the level these days. Wilhelm Kittler is a new talent (18) from Halberstadt Germany. He's got moves so watch out. Kenneth Tancré put all effort in completing run number 2 and ended up with 4th place, just missing out on the podium. Tom Clemens rides Area51 a lot, but so do the other two riders who ended up on spot 1 and 2. Tom's young and hungry and showed what he's got. It didn't matter it was Monday. 3rd place for the German. When the clock starts for a 60 second run you never know what to expect from Paul Thoelen. Next to the flowy style, height and style, the German also brought barspin, seatgrabs, flairs and even the no-handed backflip which he normally only unpacks at World Cups. It worked though as Paultje Pils scored a 2nd place in Eindhoven. First place: Tom van den Bogaard. After Levi's crash in his second run and completing a great first run Tom called it a day. The gamble that his first run would seal the deal for a win is a gamble that worked out fine as Tom grabbed first place at Area 51, his local park.
Men Park: 1 Tom VAN DEN BOGAARD 27 NED 200.00 UCI Ranking Points 2 Paul THÖLEN 25 GER 160.00 3 Tom CLEMENS 18 GER 130.00 4 Kenneth TANCRE 28 BEL 110.00 5 Hans Wilhelm KITTLER 19 GER 90.00 6 Mikuláš ŘEHOŘÍK 20 CZE 70.00 7 Levi WEIDMANN 23 NED 50.00 8 Gerrit VAN OPDENBOSCH 23 BEL 30.00 9 Fabian MÜLLER 19 GER 20.00 10 Jose QUESADA FONSECA 23 CRC 10.00
Women Park: 1 Kim Lea MÜLLER 21 GER 200.00 UCI Ranking Points 2 Indy KRÄMER 15 NED 160.00
Results PanAm Games Santiago, Chile 05 November 2023 Men Park:
1 Jose TORRES GIL 28 ARG 86.0052.33 200.00 2 Jose CEDANO CABRERA 26 CHI 85.67 160.00 3 Gustavo BATISTA DE OLIVEIRA 21 BRA 83.67 130.00 4 Kenneth Fabian TENCIO ESQUIVEL 30 CRC 80.33 110.00 5 Kevin PERAZA GARCIA 29 MEX 80.00 90.00 6 Luis RINCON REYES 25 COL 52.33 70.00 7 Daniel DHERS 38 VEN 49.33 50.00 8 Nick BRUCE 31 USA 25.00 30.00 9 Job MONTAÑEZ SOTO 26 PER 40.17 20.00