It's not every day that some of the top Pro BMX riders make it to The Netherlands for a Park contest. Pro Freestyle over in Heerlen was supposed to be the place to see the good action this past weekend. On Friday practice got on its way. The 040BMXPARK ramps were available all day to ride. Unfortunately Pim Scheers had a collision with an other rider and broke his finger. With a trip already booked for China (UCI World Cup) this is now going to be a challenge. Get well soon Pim. With many pro riders in town such as Marin Rantes, Jack Clark, James Jones, Declan Brooks, Senad Grosic, Cam Peake, Tobias Freigang, Dominik Freigang, Micheal Meisel, Daniel Wedemeijer, Shaun Gornall, Joe Ferguson, Levi Weidmann, Steffen Buyle and Val Ward, Shanice Silva Cruz, Valeri Steffe and Emma Finnegan on the female side, it's a pitty that the weather gods had different plans. What was supposed to be a good weekend full of riding in the city centre of Heerlen turned into indoor riding sessions elsewhere (The Promise and 040BMXPARK).
This weekend a solid crew of BMX Park riders will make it to Heerlen, Netherlands to participate at the Pro Freestyle event. Riders from Croatia, England, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Austria have made it over to ride the second edition of the UCI Category 1 event. With a full day of practice on Friday, qualification on Saturday and Finals on Sunday, the Pro Freestyle event will see good riding from some of the top pros on the 040BMXPARK ramp set-up. Free spectating area all around the course which is set up in the city-centre of Heerlen in the South of The Netherlands. For a riders list and a schedule, read on. Men: Marin Rantes Jack Clark James Jones Declan Brooks Senad Grosic Cam Peake Tobias Freigang
Qualifying just went down at the Den Haag Beach Stadium. Tomorrow's finalists will battle for the podium shots at the Pro Freestyle event at Scheveningen Beach in The Netherlands. See who scored what points below.
UCI BMX Freestyle Qualification Men 1 Michael Beran 86 Q 2 Jeremy Malott 84.66 Q 3 Tom van den Bogaard 83.66 Q 4 Harry Boucher 76.66 Q 5 Ismael Fries 74 6 Pim Scheers 71.66 7 Sebastian Solano 71 8 Michal Kovacovic 57.33
UCI BMX Freestyle Qualification Women 1 Charlotte Worthinson 80 Q
The first ever UCI Category 1 event will happen this weekend on Scheveningen Beach in The Hague, Netherlands. The Park event under the UCI/KNWU umbrella kicks off with Park practice on Friday afternoon 14:00hr - 16:00hr. More practice time on the 040BMXPARK course will be available on Saturday at 11:00hr (till 12:30hr). Don't forget to bring your UCI license if you want to participate in the Elite Men/Elite Women BMX Park class. Qualification will take place on Saturday afternoon at 15:00hr. The finals on Sunday will start at 16:00hr. There is also a full Amateur Park contest on Sunday and a Street contest on Monday (bank holiday).
Pro Freestyle Heerlen BMX Park finals live on FATBMX tonight. Starts at 20:00hr CET. Finalists are: Tom van den Bogaard, Jack Joshua Mould, Daniel Wedemeijer, Tobias Freigang, Sean Brouns, Sem Kok, Jakub Němec, Levi Weidmann, Giano Vacca, Habada Martin, Tom Selbeck and Mat Armstrong
Pro Freestyle is in its third year and we see lots of progression from event to event. The venue this year was spot on. The Beach Stadium in Scheveningen is the best location you could wish for if the weather cooperates. It was dry for five days in a row which was a big help. Only downfall was the strong wind from time to time but the kitesurfers weren't complaining about that one. The multiple sports event had BMX Street and BMX Park (Am and Pro classes) on the program to sign up for which were open for anyone who wanted to enter. Events like Pro Freestyle are needed for those riders who want to compete and hang out to see other riders do well in their runs. It brings the scene together and it's a way to unite with fellow 'urban sports athletes'. With a Park set up by 040BMXPARK and a Street set-up by Nine Yards the riders had plenty to choose from. The surrounding grandstands and office/bar next to the arena with pumptrack and sponsor stands nearby, it was the place to be.
As usual the best Park riders in AM could have entered Pro and in fact winner Maxime Vautrinot was a rider from France who had signed up for Pro but later decided to ride Amateur. Local Jari Roggeveen (NED) pulled it together for second place just in front of Gunis Atmats who made the trip over from Latvia with loads of others.
Pro Freestyle Park Final results, The Hague 5 June 2017. 1. Michael Beran (CZE) 2. Jack Clark (GBR) 3. Tom van den Bogaard (NED) 4. Kostya Andreev (RUS) 5. Kenneth Tancre (BEL) 6. Daniel Wedemeijer (NED) 7. Ernest Zebolds (LAT) 8. Kevin Liehn (GER) 9. Arjan Ellens (NED) 10. Tom Selbeck (NED) 11. Brian Fox (USA) 12. Sem Kok (NED)
Best Trick winner: Brian Fox. Double backflip transfer