Last weekend the LG Action Sports World Tour landed in Amsterdam, at one of the largest open air dance festivals in the world: Dance Valley. With BMX street on Friday and BMX vert on Saturday together with some freestyle motocross demos, the weekend was a blast. Tobias Wicke sure seems to like Amsterdam. After his win at the Redbull Bridge Master in April this year, he returned to Amsterdam for his second Amsterdam victory.
Imagine this: Dance Valley - an open air dance festival featuring 120 DJs and a live performance by the Prodigy. In the middle of the festival area a huge set-up with a half-pipe and a very good park set-up.
Behind the half-pipe and park a relative small part was reserved for the FMX demo. The FMX guys did not have any space left to make an error.
Tabron Takes His Third Gold of the Season Complete contest report by Mike Vincent as provided by www.LGactionsports.com:
Today at the LG Action Sports World Tour, we wrapped up the bike events with BMX Vert Finals. It was a windy day at Dance Valley. Maybe it was due to the loud techno-dance beats and the thousands of dancers in attendance. BMX Vert is a very dangerous sport, and these athletes put it all on the line today.
Since this LG stop was in Amsterdam, I expected most of these guys to be out late last night, but I’m happy to say these professional riders stayed in. These guys had to fight the wind, deal with the headaches from the loud music, and put together at least one good run to place well. Here’s what happened…
In BMX Dirt, Nyquist, 27, secured his first Tour win this season with his first 720 barspin in competition. He scored a 96.25 on his second run to beat the Panasonic Open winner, Anthony Napoliton, 20, of Youngstown, OH. Napoliton scored a 94.00 and in third 21-year-old Luke Parslow scored 93.25. "It's crazy, I feel like I won my first contest. I'm so happy," said Nyquist. "I just found out that I'm the oldest guy on the course. The young guys are pulling the hardest tricks and it seems like war out there."
Dew Tour Denver Dirt results:
1st Nyquist, Ryan 96.25 pts. 2nd Napolitan, Anthony 94 pts. 3rd Parslow, Luke 93.25 pts.
BMX Street Finals Amsterdam, Netherlands - July 14, 2006 1 Tobias Wicke Falkensee, Germany 24 2 Ben Hennon England 3 Mark Koenig Dietzenbach 4 Senad Grosic Untertullnerbach, AUT 5 Koji Kraft Addison, IL 6 Daniel Wedemeijer, Holland 7 Pim van den Bos, Holland 8 Leroy Widmann, Holland 9 Markus Wilke Hamburg, Germany 10 Axel Juergens Argentina 11 Balazs Ivanfi Budapest, Hungary 12 Greg Van Tulder Grobbendonk, Belgium 13 Mark Vos Gravenpolder, Netherlands 14 Vladdie de Koning, Holland 15 Bas Brouwer, Holland 16 Soufiane Belhitti Armhem, Netherlands
With three major BMX events going on this weekend, FATBMX has landed in the South of France for the tenth edition of the FISE. Also here are Josh Nendza, Dave Freimuth, Max Vincent and 2005 winner John Heaton next to a fair bunch of European pros and some Japanese import on the flatland side. The street course is brand new and actually very interesting for the tech riders. We can't wait to see the pros shred the place to pieces. The dirt jumps look good too and it's hard to argue with the 18 meter wide Red Bull (Vertical) ramp. Riders are being flown in from the LG comp in Amsterdam to ride the beast on Sunday. The flatland takes place at the same asphalt surface but the mini spine contest is more of a joke with a three sheet wide mini at the entrance of the event site. This leaves space for improvement in years to come.
Expect FATBMX to post updates over the weekend and with a bit of luck we'll get you the 411 on the LG comp in Amsterdam and the Dew Tour in Denver as well.
I was suprised that no one had tried it before, but after visiting two places no one had really been to before it also made sense to go back to an old friend but do something we also hadn't. Fact is I hate rental vehicles; unless you get yourself a closed back 7.5 tonne shutter van they're not really the reminder of getting your friends together and going off somewhere I like. So buying something always appealed. There you get two options, buy something decent and hang on to it afterwards, or buy something of a heap and just do whatever with it.
I didn't really know what would be the end option as we started looking, fact is we'd been looking last year as well but decided against it. It's the kind of thing that you get sucked into, with an open scope for any vehicle and Chris from Hotwheels also got sucked into digging up some weird stuff. Somehow part of the tour ended up just being looking for the right cars. We looked at everything from Mercs to Capri's - which would have made at least one team member real happy. I looked at old library buses, Ice cream vans and battered old camper vans from the 60's.
DIRT FINAL RESULTS: 1 Markus Hampl (De) 2 Matt McLeod (S Africa) 3 Colin Mackay (Aus) 4 Daniel McGeary (Eng) 5 Nicolas Bertier (Fra) 6 Liam Eltham (eng) 7 Max Wood (eng) 8 Lilian Conry (Fra) 9 Shelter Doe (Fra) 10 Patrick Guimez (Fra) Pro Street Finals Results: 1 Mark Webb (eng) 2 Ben Wallace (eng) 3 Bjorn (Bommel) Magel 4 Allesandro Barbero (IT) 5 Tobias Wicke (Ger) 6 Ben Hennon (Eng) 7 Colin Mackay (Aus) 8 Mike Miller (Eng) 9 Anthony Watkinson (Eng) 10 Luke Towey (eng) 11 Mark Konig (ger) 12 Leon Perkins (eng) 13 Martin Cooper (eng) 14 Senad Grosec (aus) 15 Luke Marchant (eng) 16 Sam Ward (Eng) 17 Kyle Blake (eng) 18 Josh Elkington (eng)
Damn, here's the last part of the Elevation comp. It was insane. We've saved the best for last. Here are your top 10 finishers:
10. Romuald "BB" Noirot. Top 10 got money. A big scoreboard first showed the schedule, then it showed the top twenty qualifiers and then it showed two groups of riders; The "In the money" group and the "Not in the money" group. BB was the first rider to enter the Money group on the left side of the score board. He did so by throwing true superman airs over the big sets, no-handed 360-s, whips, a couple of lookbacks, 3-whips, and three-in-one combo's that made you want to rewind the film to figure out what he just did. BB is riding his signature MacNeil these days and wanted to show contest organizer and MacNeil boss Jay Miron his current level. The judges (Osato, Biz, Korthaus, Barrett, Beringer) were impressed too.
The Red Bull Elevation comp was a huge success. The jumps were awesome, the riders were top level, the organization was perfect, the sound was great and partying was on. We're splitting up the report by listing the 11-20 placed riders first and then the 1-10 placed riders later. Enjoy.
20 Adam Baker. You could take the finals two ways: 1) Take it safe and miss out on the top ten (meaning no money), or 2) Step it up and go for it. Adam was one of those riders who stepped it up, or at least tried to. The three-whip over the first set, that went straight into an oververt 180 degree right berm, caused some problems where Adam lost the speed he needed to clear the following set. Not happy with this he tried it again. With three out of four runs counting, missing more than one good run wasn't ideal. It was Adam's birthday too but that didn't help change things. After another sneak attempt back up on the starting hill he pulled what he wanted (the truckdriver) and continued with a personal victory run down the hill throwing one-handers and stretched one-footers for the hell of it.