Viki Gomez has been on top of the flatland scene for a long time. Getting to the top is hard, but staying there is even harder. Viki's riding style is unique; fast, original and tech. Contests don't bother him too much any more but when he shows up, he could just win it like he did at the Circle of Balance in Japan last year. With "Bike 'n Mic" he is also doing shows in countries where most of us have never traveled to.The Spaniard is co-owner of KGB and will always be involved in the flatland scene. Enjoy these great photos of Viki.
Name: Rob Alton Age: 37 in August Hometown: NOW. Vesegyház, Hungary. Occupation: Professional Show Flatlander Can you tell us a little history on your contest days in the UK? Rob Alton: During the late 80's I was always in the top 3 or winning my age group in Flatland contests. I was just about at every contest all over the country. My last contest was in 1990. 1989 I won the 17+ class Worlds which was in Paris.
Weren't you sponsored by HARO and Vision or something? Rob Alton: Shortly after the Paris Worlds in 1989 I was riding for Vision and Haro for about 3 years. I still have some shirts too! They gave us so much gear it was great, bike parts and clothing.
Name: Scott OBrien Age: 35 Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana USA
How did the latest Voodoo jam go? Scott O'Brien: It went very well. The top three where all from a different country so that was great for us. Voodoo Jam is always great when the riders are happy. For me thats a big success. The spectators had a great time connecting with these riders. Its like they wanted more. People that know nothing of Flatland want to be fans of it and follow these guys. With Voodoo Jam we prove the potential and that was great as well.
Why do you think there is not a lot of flatland activity in the USA going on? Scott O'Brien: Honestly. A lot of people do not want to do the work to build the community up. There are a lot of Jams. York Jam,
Name: Martti Kuoppa Age: 29 Hometown: Helsinki Company: Kuoppa Gomez Bikes
You have been in business with KGB for some years now. Has the brand established and are things running smoothly now? KGB: Few years back me and Viki Gomez started the company without any experience from other work or studies. Only the attitude "go for it" in our pockets and little bit of money. Then we faced a lot of difficulties with chinese people taking care of things for us on the other side of the world. We made a lot of mistakes, lot of hard times and closed the production for 1.5 years due to the reason of changing the agency in Taiwan. We basically started the company over again, smarter, more experience and all those things. So, this is the first year in the existence of KGB that we have things under the control the way we wanted to have since the beginning.
Name: Terry Adams Age: 24 Hometown: Hammond Louisiana Sponsors: Red Bull, Odyssey, Abadthing, Lotek, and Raising Canes
You seem to go where people have not gone before. Do you like to visit new places and face new challenges? Terry Adams: I guess the answer to that would be yes. I always tend to pick places that I have never been to before. Its awesome to put a different stamp in my passport from time to time. I love facing new challenges.
At one point you were the hottest talent in flatland, then you decided to stop doing contests, what happened? Bram Verhallen: Hehe, well… That’s a long story which seemed to be hard to understand for most people. I cannot really deny that I’m one of the talented riders but hey, do you really think that’s what makes you happy? Contest riding feels like riding for somebody else or for the show. Is that what I am riding for? Yeah, maybe you get more money, clothes, shoes, whatever! But I am not riding for those things.. I am riding for fun! The reason why I started riding street is so that I could start all over again. Riding as a beginner is more fun than riding as a pro!
You even had your own signature frame from KHE, how did that work out? Bram Verhallen: Actually that worked out great! Lots of people gave me good feedback so I’m happy for them to enjoy their frame. My passion for the past few years has been designing.
Has it sunk in that you will be the first South African to race BMX at the Olympics? Sifiso Nhlapo: It hadn’t sunk in while I was at home during my 10 day break after Worlds, but when we drove to the airport for me to leave for my last 8 weeks of training leading upto the Olympics it home and I felt pretty proud.
Currently on the road with WeThePeople for the Ride UK Ride To Glory road trip throughout the UK, Sam Lowe is the latest member of the Canadian contingent of the WTP crew. Take a minute and get to know Sam.
Name: Sam Lowe Age: 22 Years riding: Since I was 13 or 14.