Kari Olandese is a young lady who was born in Germany while her Father was in the military and after living in quite a few States now calls San Jose , California home. She works at Whole Foods market to pay the bills and studies full time. She is also a part-time artist , full time Aunt and enjoys knitting. Kari also rides freestyle BMX.
Q : What are some the events in your life that have happened solely because you were on a bike ? A : A lot of broken bones---medical bills---frustration and bliss---offer to be in Tyson Chicken commercial yikes!... my trip to Portugal for the Worlds freestyle contest in 2003--- autographing kids clothing....demo for Dew tour in Colorado---GLTR class in Portland, OR.---meeting amazing females & males that ride from around the world---contributions to Emerald Nation Zine....
-Name: Colin Mackay -Age: 27 -Hometown USA summer: Greenville NC -Hometown Australian summer: Brisbane and Melbourne
-You were one of the first Australian riders to live and ride in the USA. What made you decide to pack up and give it a go? Colin: I took up Chad Kagy’s offer to stay at his place in Nor Cal, I couldn’t miss out on that. The Fox video just came out and the Nor Cal scene was in full force. Chad was always going to comps when I was at his place, and he asked the Hoffman crew if I could go in the X trials in Louisville, KY. They accepted and it was on from there. I felt it was just the right place at the right time, I didn’t expect to do as well as I did. -When was this? Colin: 1999
Name: Markus Wilke Age: 31 Hometown: Cologne/ Germany
The news of signing with KHE came as a surprise to us. How did it work out?
Well, two years ago I talked to Thomas Goering about some new KHE products at the Worlds in Cologne. He showed an interest in sponsoring me, but we never actually sat down and talked it over. So after a while I kind of forgot about it. A couple of weeks ago he called me totally out of the blue and offered me a full-on sponsorship. KHE has focused on the Flatland scene for the last couple of years, but the company also has a strong background in Ramp and Street riding. I guess this is where I come into the picture. I’ve known Thomas for fifteen years now and he has some great ideas for a Street bike. I think KHE is a cool opportunity for me to help design some really good Street parts. We signed a two year and half year deal.
Hometown Northern Hemisphere summer: Huntington Beach, CA. USA
Hometown Southern Hemisphere summer: Brisbane, Australia
You've had a killer year in 2005, did you see that coming?
No way. It was by far the best year ever for me, I guess I just got over being nervous riding against guys like Mirra. As soon as I got over that, I started riding more in practice instead of just sitting there looking at everyone else.
Ben Townley is a 21 year old motocross rider from New Zealand. He moved to Europe at an early age to do what he loves to do. He got what he was after in 2004 (world champion in the 125 cc class) and Ben is preparing for his first season in the USA right now. With the same trainer as Ricky Carmichael and bikes that seem to win every championship (Pro Circuit/Monster Kawasaki 250f), Ben could actually turn some heads in 2006. BT is an occasional BMX-er and we decided to send some questions his way. Surprisingly we received the answers the same day.
Name: Dave Dillewaard Age: 22 Hometown: Redcliffe, Australia
Last time we did an interview you just got out of Australia and hit up a few contests in Europe before making the trip to the USA. How have things developed for you? Yeah that was a long time ago now. I actually was in the US for about a month before those contests. I was living with Josh Harrington, Darden, Nyquist and Bohan in Salt Lake City. Everyone was out of town and Nyquist was heading over to Europe for a few comps. I was pretty much broke so I wasn't going anywhere, but Ryan helped me out massively and got me a flight to France for FISE and then we took a train to England for bike 03. Ended up doing an interview with you and making a little needed cash so I was stoked. That year I got picked up by GT and everything has been a lot easier.
Matti Roese from Germany has taken things in his own hands. Instead of talking about it, Matti makes it happen. With the help of some friends he has started organizing contests and started doing flatland shows and more. Time to check in with FELT's MR.What made you decide to start organizing Flatland contests?
Matti: Last year, by chance Jens Werner ( Manager of the Mellow Park in Berlin and the nicest person in Bizznizz) and me went to a meeting about the possibility to organize an event in the famous "Palast der Republik" (former DDR politician headquarter).
Donny Robinson has been racing BMX forever. Even in the expert classes, Donny was the small kid that was damn fast. When he turned pro a few years ago he had to race the guys that he had looked up to for so long. Donny tried hard but crashed hard a couple of times too. In fact, his crash at the 2004 UCI World's in Valkenswaard was one of the gnarliest crashes I've ever seen. He got up and kept on racing. That's Donny's attitude, never give up. His determination paid off in a pro title this year by winning the NBL Elite Cruiser #1 Title.How do you feel about your win?
It’s obviously big for me. My ultimate goals are winning such titles. My whole career has been hard so I have to start somewhere and mentally this is good for me.
At one point my internet provider announced that someone would come by to swap the old modem for a new one. One evening the Chello man showed up at the door and when I opened it up, it was Rik Jurjus. Rik is a Dutch freestyle BMX addict who shows up at all events. You might not know who Rik is, so we asked him that question for you. And more......Who is Rik?
Just a simple guy trying to have some fun.
Where do you live?
I live in Arnhem, a small city in Holland
What do you do?
How cool would it be for people to come in your backyard and build some ramps. Well, that's happening in Matt Bischoff's yard in Ohio with the RedBull BuildOff. Confused? read on. And while we were at it, we checked on Matt's Failure Bikes situation too.-So what's going to happen in your backyard with that RedBull thing?
Basically, I thought it would rule to do a contest where ramp builders, which to me is an art form, would have a 3 day period to build ramps. I approached Wessel and we came up with a list of builders to participate.