For the second year in a row Josh Harrington won one of the biggest contests on earth; the Metro Jam. With over 90 pros entering the contest it's hard to make the finals. Winning the Toronto Metro stop two years in a row has never been done before so Josh must be stoked. Dave Mirra decided to stop by for the first time and got second, living up to his reputation of finishing high at major contests. San Diego's Gary Young placed third.
2006 Toronto Metro Jam final pro street results:
1 Josh Harrington 94.0 2 Dave Mirra 93.4 3 Gary Young 91.6 *Gary Wins Tie Break 4 Morgan Wade 91.6 5 Garrett Reynolds 90.6 6 Brian Hunt 90.2 7 Chris Doyle 89.8
At the start of every year we are all thinking about the summer and how bloody far away it seems when your freezing your ass off in Europe! Well if you get as far away as possible from Europe then the [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1190]X-Air event[/url] based in Wellington New Zealand kicks off the southern summer time. This year the amount of riders chasing the summer seemed bigger than ever, noteable riders who made the epic trip were Ryan Guettler, Ali whitton, Corey Nastazio, Koji Kraft, Colin Mackay , Gary Young, Matt Fairbairn...anyway you get the idea!
The first serious international contest of the year is always Braun Circle Cow in Servon, France, near Paris. Organisers Pascal & Ismael are keeping the contest alive, big props to them! Lots of riders showed up, although it seemed that there were less riders than last year, especially less French riders, I missed a lot of them, like Nico Ferrando, Francis Bessiere, Florent Guyenon and Christophe Dassie. There were also a lot of riders who were there but didn't compete like Stephane "Pokemon" Suini and riders that were working instead of riding like Manu (Agoride) and Alain (Cream) Massabova and the 713 Crew. Of course the big French pros were there like Alex Jumelin, Raphael Chiquet, Alexis Desolneux and riding for the first time in pro class, supertalent Matthias Dandois. A very large international turnup though, OG Crew from Hungary was present: Adam Kun, Peter Sarlos, Marton, Peter and the rest, UK Massive with pro riders James Smith and Keelan Philips and up-and-coming talent Paul Chamberlain and professional beatboxer/flatlander Vince Turner. Me and Bram representing Holland and a big German Crew with my friends Chris Bohm, Daniel Fuhrmann, Wolfgang Sauter and Sven Steinbach. Michael Sommer was also there, making the trip from Vienna, Austria.
The Metro BMX JAM is taking place at the International Bike Show Toronto, Ontario CANADA this weekend. With $12,000 U.S. Pro purse and Expert prizes and a $1,500 U.S. Oakley Hard Trick contest, the Ricoh Coliseum is the place to be. The Pro class is almost full and they've already got some of the the biggest names in BMX signed up for the 6th annual contest at the Toronto International Bike Show. With guys like Ryan Nyquist, Morgan Wade, Gary Young, Dave Osato, Corey Martinez, Bas Keep, Chris Doyle, Kye Forte, Van Homan and Kevin Porter coming, you just know the riding will be wild, and the styles will be all over the map.
The Toronto Metro and big video premiere's have become synonymous, and this year will be no different. MacNeil's road trip video 'San To Van' will follow the team of Gary Young, Alistair Whitton, Robin Fenlon, Nick Halsey, Harrison Boyce, Josh Nendza and veteran road trippers Dave Freimuth and Jay Miron as they head north on the 1-5 from San Diego to Vancouver hitting up parks and street spots all along the way.
This weekend in San Jose , California local rider Derek Ford organised a jam contest at Stonegate park. With a decent turnout and good weather the jam format was soon dropped and it turned into a free for all. Someone bitter at the world called 911 and told them there were a "whole group of bikers causing mayhem". The cop got out his cruiser and saw it for what it was : people on their bikes having fun. He watched for a bit then drove off.
At the end "bling" prizes were handed out ( old sprockets spray painted gold on chains and trophies). These were handed out for categories like best trick , cleanest bike and representing-the-old-guys rider.
After the jam a group shot was taken with the intent to present it to the local city council in defense of allowing bmx's into the local parks.
For the second year in a row RedBull invited a bunch of riders to ride a drainage down in San Nicolas, Nuevo Leon (Monterrey), Guadalupe, Mexico. They made a contest out of it and this year the ramps weren't floading down the drain this time. That was good news. 2 Canadians finished on top of the podium followed by a rider from Spain. Here's the story:
Since August 2005 in Cologne has an indoor parc for BMX, MTB and skateboard. In March, the first BMX contest will take place.
Several locals from Cologne were involved in the planning and the construction of the Cologne BMX and Skate hall. On approx. 1000 square meters was built a varied parcours with up to date ramps and everything else what a modern skate area needs to have..
On March 11 the first Rookie Jam will take place. This contest is especial for BMX beginners who have never entered a contest until now. If the rookies are interested, they can as well help to organise the contest.
Starter fee is 5,-, for snacks and drinks will be provided. Registration deadline is Saturday, March 11 at 11 am. Apart from fame and honour there are special prices to win...
The 2006 Pop! session in Tallinn was a nice one. We reported from Estonia earlier this year. Now the organization sent us a report and we thought we'd just put it up as well. It's got some nice pics. More Estonia for y'all.
Thrilling Pop! Session contest in Tallinn, Estonia
The 6th BMX and skateboarding competition Pop! Session 2006: Winter Bash was held on 6th - 8th of January 2006 at the Saku Arena. Pop! Session weekend contained much more than the contest - three full days of BMX and skateboard at its best. Besides parties, there were also four movie premiers in the cinemas of Tallinn. Bigger skatepark than ever was accompanied by professional live broadcast on big screen which this year was also broadcasted entirely live in internet. So besides 12.000 spectators in Saku Arena people around the globe were watching the event.