Today the COB tourist trip took place. It's good to see more of the city than the hotel and contest venue and Red Bull took us on a bus tour and boat trip and then we ended up at a dinner at a fancy place with free drinks. How can you beat that?
Practice is tomorrow and the venue looks good. The floor is grippy and the place is sold out (oversold actually so let's hope everyone makes it in). More on the COB to follow, stay tuned.
After a qualification round, 14 riders made it to the man-to-man battle final at the Red Bull 14 flatland contest in Real de Catorce, Mexico. The three Red Bull pros that were flown in from Spain, Finland and the USA had no problems with the Mexican competition and ended up on the podium.
With Friday off from school, a jam-packed car eager to get exercised on the snow-coated roads of Sweden, and the knowledge of an amazing week-end to come, I would say that my wellbeing could’ve been characterized as top notch. The destination was set to Capital Bikepark, Stockholm’s finest setup of ramps made possible by long-time BMX-enthusiast Andreas Lindqvist. The five hour drive was supposed to be made worthy thanks to Andreas Lindqvist’s Invitational Winterjam, an arrangement with an experimental approach as far as contest format goes. 16 riders, considered to be Sweden’s best, was invited to compete in a format called “Battle”, and at least I had raised my anticipations to the edge.
Henrique Castro, a Brasilian BMXer with a lot of flow. He is always seeking his flow style, sometimes gets bored when some friends talk about lips tricks, hahaha, this guy is a kind of direction which Brasilians bmxers follow. He's a nice guy who makes us very proud, and gives you a good feeling when you session with him. Henrique is a video magazines addict, knows all the names and teams, bike parts...
The second Münster jam went down the last weekend of January. It was the next real big event after the Simpel Session. A lot of people had been really exicted about the upcoming event. And you could feel a real good vibe during the jam.Jochen and Roland really took it serious to organize a rider friendly jam. A bottle of Isotonic Water and a Banana were handed out to every rider, and after the hard Battles on the track a big pasta dinner went down. Props for the food, boys.
Australia is happening at the moment. The sun is blasting and loads of riders from overseas have made it to town to enter the comps and to simply have a good time. The BMX Games took place over the weekend and now the BMX crew is heading to New Zealand for the annual X-Air event. Find the results of the BMX Games right here: DIRT: 1st - Ryan Guettler 15.03 2nd - Cameron White 14.13 3rd - Colin McKay 12.8 4th - David Dillewaard 12.25 5th - Cam Pianta 10.83 6th - Dane Searls 9.73 7th - Ricardo Laguna 9.33 8th - Chris Jones 8.57
Finally it was Saturday evening, January 27. The "tjoeketjoeke" was about to go off in skateland Rotterdam. It was going to be crazy with a lot of good riders and Dj's. The organisation was afraid not many riders were going to show up because of letting them know on short notice. But thanks to the promotion on the websites: Fatbmx, soulcycle, skateland, Paul's Boutique, reload and aptraxion the group was big! There were about 75 riders in the building, which is a lot considering the Dutch scene is small. Skateland opened the door at 8pm, and it got busier the minute. After about an hour and a half we started with the contest. Rotterdam local Jonathan tried to get all the riders together, but because that didn't work he had to use the mic. That worked a lot better.
Trains and BMX was the contest format for the Tjoeketjoek jam on Saturday in Rotterdam. With DJ Koen Soulcycle, host Surfstad, a Jury of old guys from The Hague and all new youngstar BMX riders from the Netherlands were the ingredients of this jam. Skateland opened their doors for a Saturdaynight jam. Four riders in a team riding thru the park like a train. The teams Rearwheel, KLM and Roffa where rocking in the final.
Team Roffa had a kind of dead wish tricks from the ghetto´s of Rotterdam. While team KLM proved their flying skills by opening with a frontflip (by Nicky) and some real high moves by Daniël Wedemeijer. But the guys really riding like a train were team Rearwheel with Vladdie, Michael, Brendan and Marten.