The Eurobike show has a big reputation when it comes down to BMX freestyle shows. GT cracks were brought over in the late '80-s and Early nineties. Also Dennis McCoy made it over one year for Mongoose. The BMX track in the middle with dirt jumps has seen plenty of good action but the last couple of years it kind of stuck with European demos. Last year saw the La Finca ramp there and this year it was basically a one man show on the track (Todd Lyons on his SE BMX bike against everyone else on their MTB-s) but there was more. Turn2 was hired to do flatland demos and they brought over a great crew of riders with 2005 World Champ Michael Sommer, Wolfgang Sauter, Seppl, Matti Rose and Frank "Lowcash" Lukas. They even brought over their own DJ and an MC.
Turn2 showed that flatland can be damn cool. The show on Saturday night was insane. Good sound, good vibe and great riding. The riders were feeding off of eachother which is always the best.
San Jose Day 5 was pretty much a slow day, all that was occurring was BMX Park Finals, which although is a big event, most of the athletes were pretty beat up from riding hard for 4 previous days straight. I too, was exhausted because this was just a tiring week so I didn't really get a good report at the event of what happened in BMX Park finals, but once again thanks to my friend Alex and good ol TiVi have no fear, we have a complete report for ya still.
Park finals would go down at 1pm inside the HP Pavilion and you could pretty much tell the riders were throwing everything they had into the park runs but their bodies were just not there.
Saturday would be a pretty calm day BMX wise, the only thing going down was Park Prelims which would begin at 2:30pm. So still being pretty warn out on BMX Park I headed out to the FMX course to watch the guys practice a little bit, somehow I always seemed to get sucked into the Moto X events, I don't know what It is about them, maybe it's the fact that the majority of the riders in FMX (all but one that I've encountered) have been beyond nice and conversational with the fans. They opened the gates at noon on Saturday so being the anti-social person I was feeling like that day, before they let the crowds in I headed back to Park to find a seat to watch the prelims go down.
Friday was going to be a CRAZY day for me. Not only did I have to cover BMX Dirt Prelims and Finals, but I also had the BMX Supercross and had to make sure a few guys got where they needed to be at certain times. Therefore something had to suffer and unfortunately it was BMX Supercross, I did get to catch the finals and have the results for you guys, but I can't really comment on much else that went on. I know the course was sick and many of the Freestyle riders wanted to get out there and ride it, but more about that later.
Ben Wallace wins penultimate round of the Braun cruZer Tour Spine at IFMA Bike Challenge in Cologne.Cologne / DÃ¼sseldorf, September 19th 2005 - The penultimate round of the Braun cruZer Tour Spine took place at the IFMA Bike Challenge at the IFMA bike trade show in KÃ¶ln on the 17th and 18th of September with about 30,000 spectators.
As well as the Pro tour round, an Amateur event was held to give the local young talent a chance to shineâ€¦.
In AM qualifying Axel Reichertz stoked all with what may have been his first public appearance since a photo sequence in a 1990 issue of Invert, and despite being too yellow or old to jump the spine he schooled everyone in what riding a mini with a front brake was all about. Unfortunately Alex chose not to show up for the final on Sunday, which allowed Axel Teschner to sneak in and grab first place with a solid run of tech tricks.
The Crown Flatland Contest Hamburg, Germany.
17 September 2005
1. Michael SteingrÃ¤ber
2. Alex Jumelin
3. Raphael Chiquet
4. Sebastian Pospischil
5. Matti RÃ¶se
6. Markus Reich
7. Wolfgang Sauter
8. Ali Barjesteh
Thursday I got to the venue around 10:30am and went to watch BMX park practice once again, the wind again was not co-operating so they shut down Dirt and BMX Supercross practice for the time being. Therefore the only things going on were BMX Vert and Park practice. It seemed like every single rider was out there practicing, but even I after watching Park practice the whole day yesterday was not really feeling it too much, that and most of the riders had just gotten into San Jose the night before so most were still feeling out the course, so I decided to wander the venue a little bit I still hadn't found out how to get to the Dirt or FMX Venue but before I had a chance to do that, I walked into the Media Center and a few of the girls were working on getting the "Hurricane Relief Autograph Signings" together but they were having a hard time getting the athletes to sign up, so knowing that I had a connection to Ryan Guettler, they asked me if I could get him because as they put it, "If we have Guettler we don't need anyone else" so taking a look at the signing times and Guettler's schedule I found out he could do the Friday, went and talked to him and *poof* he signed up to do it.
Cathy Bluem has been doing reports for us from the Dew tour. Cathy drove up to San Jose and fired back this first report that's about the press conference and first practice session. It might be a week late but Cathy has a good reason for it. And then again, we're beating the BMX mags on this one anyway. Get ready for the Cathy reports.HEy Bart, I hope u got my email about this week its been HELL i had
spanish test on MOnday, a History test on WEd (that I didnt know about
until Monday) and a Communication quiz on Friay...so I didnt have time
to do the reports but im getting em done now...heres the first day...
Extend your InterBike stay in Vegas just a couple of days and catch the Vans/Hard Rock Let It Ride BMX Jam, a two-day freestyle BMX extravaganza with more than $75,000 on the line. First place will take home a cool 20 grand. With these riders vying for this money and the entire industry in the stands, the Let It Ride Jam just might end up being the most exciting contest ever. Oh, yeah. It's FREE.
The world's top BMX riders including 16 dirt competitors and 40 street riders. Dave Mirra, Ryan Guettler, Corey Bohan, Stephen Murray, Cory Nastazio, Steven McCann, Mike Aitken, Scotty Cranmer, Allan Cooke, Morgan Wade, Rooftop and Van Homan are among the riders expected.
Bart de Jong crashed hard during his comeback on his MX
Riding MX is as dangerous as you make it yourself, hit the throttle and you go fast, shut down the throttle and you slow down, simple you think.
After popping out his shoulder a few times it was time for Bart to let it fix by the best doctors in the Netherlands and after 2 months of recovery it was time to start riding again. The doctor said: "do whatever you can do" and for Bart that means: Green light to ride!
We went to our local track and started to do some laps but soon Bart was beating his older brother again and he didn't slow down cause his shoulder felt right.......
You know what comes next: Crashing time! Someone was standing on the track in front of me and got me out of my trainingsession to ask if "that guy in the ditch" was Bart, and after seeing #132 the answer was: Yes!