I thought I would let you know my news - I have just had a pretty crazy week - I tried a turndown 5 into a no handed 5 into a 9 at the Dew tour and overspun a little on the 9. I crashed really hard onto my side and my head breaking a rib in 4 places and breaking my helmet. I spent a few days in the hospital in Denver and right now I'm recovering in Utah with my friend Chuck Fallon. I am not allowed to fly until next week in case the lung collapses again under the pressure.
I have been over-whelmed this week by the kindness of my friends when I needed them and would like to thank them for that. When you get seriously hurt, you really find out who your friends are: I want to give my deepest thanks to Chuck and Lindsay Fallon, Peter Geys, Travis Chipres, Jamie Bestwick, Jay Eggleston, Bruno Maier, Sarah Ostermeier, Mo Moorman, Dennis McCoy, Zach Shaw, Jay Miron, Steve Swope, Jason Burkhart, Achim Kujawski, Stephan Prantl all of my sponsors who have supported and been calling (everyone at Mongoose/ Pacific, Andy and John at Ogio, Kevin at X-Balm) and, of course, Pippa for holding the whole thing together.
When BMX buddy Jos Wissink contacted us in 1998 to start FATBMX online, we had a lot of questions. Basically we didn't know shit about how this internet stuff worked, but Jos offered to help. In fact, Jos has uploaded all the stuff for us until the beginning of this year when he designed a new program for us so we can upload from anywhere as long as we have a computer with an internet connection. This has been a big relief for Jos (not being bugged to upload stuff a.s.a.p) and for us because we do not have to wait until something is online and when we make mistakes, we can correct them ourselves. It is really easy to do.
- Yo what's shakin'? I have been gettin' all kinds of magazines coverage outside of tha sport lately, this month alone I am n 11 magazines: Maxium, Blender, Vapors, No Cover, BPM, Flaunt, ESPN, YRB, Kings Rides, BMX PLUS!, Ride BMX.
- I have been tryin' 2 not only promote that sport of BMX n a contest environment I am also breakin' down walls that support tha lifestyle of BMX n which nobody has done n tha sport of BMX like I'm doin'. I want 2 cover all areas that reachs out 2 everyone & gets them stoked on what we do, BMX. My job is 2 motivate.
- So last eariler this year I traveled 2 Vegas 2 give away bikes 2 this family who's daughter died of cancer. The basis of this show is FOX helps out families n times of hardship, the kids n this family were big action sports fans, they sold everythang they owned 2 try 2 keep their
Bohan becomes first to win back-to-back golds in BMX Freestyle Dirt
LOS ANGELES - Worst to first. It's certainly not the way any competitor wants to make their living. But sometimes you have to play the cards you are dealt.
So Corey Bohan was sitting dead last after two of three runs in Saturday's BMX Freestyle Dirt final at X Games 11. The he flopped Royal Flush on his final run to become the first-ever to win back-to-back gold medals in the competition.
Jamie Bestwick Doubles gold total with BMX Vert Best Trick victory
LOS ANGELES - It's hard to believe a BMX Vert Best Trick competition had not been held at the X Games prior to Saturday night. After what went down at STAPLES Center, it's safe to say it will be a part of X Games for years to come.
Every run was bigger and better than the previous one and it seemed like a year's worth of progression was squeezed into the 30-minute jam session. And when all was said and done, it was Jamie Bestwick (State College, Pa.) that walked away with the gold medal after sticking the first-ever Flair Double Tailwhip. It was his second gold medal in three nights - he won BMX Freestyle Vert Thursday.
Dave Mirra Among Qualified Tour Athletes Competing for Coveted Dew Cup
NEW YORK â€“ July 19, 2005 â€“ The Dew Action Sports Tour, the first-ever, season-long professional multi-sport tour in action sports, announced the athletes who qualified for the remaining three Tour stops.
The 2005 Dew Action Sports Tour features competitions in the six disciplines of Skateboard Park and Vert; BMX Dirt, Park and Vert; and Freestyle Motocross. Depending on the discipline, 18 to 27 athletes have qualified to compete at the VansÂ® Invitational, Toyota Challenge and PlayStationÂ® Pro. These athletes qualified because their cumulative points from the Tour’s first two stops were high enough to make the cut. Two or three wild card spots, per discipline, will be announced at a later date. The first two Tour stops, the Panasonic Open and Right Guard Open, included open qualifying competitions which allowed new talent to enter the contest with the possibility of competing for the rest of the season. The fields are now firmly established, with several open qualifiers making the cut.
The King Kong BMX team has grown with 4 riders after picking up 2 new distributors. In England Scoop distribution is now the company you need to contact for King Kong gloves and protection gear. Team riders in the UK are HARO Europe's Anthony Pill and Country Bikes' Craig Stevens.
In The Netherlands Mark Vos (pictured) and Barry Kohne are the two new team guys through Soulcycle.
To get in touch with the Head King Kong you have to call Poland. That's where Marcin Stypulkowski has set up his camp.
Tel: +48-22-617 63 93
Vert riders have taken things in their own hands. When the Spin Like Hell company came out with the "Vert is dead" T-shirts, it got people thinking. Achim Kujawski started off the vert support with his indoor Verthaus session earlier this year. This upcoming weekend (12-14 August), you can go to Belgium for more.
Peter Geys built a monster of a vert ramp in his backyard 2 years ago. The ramp will be the center of attention from Friday till Sunday for some great riding sessions. If you know Peter, you should know that the evening program is taken care of as well.
There are not too many (vert) events taking place in Belgium these days. The Garden Of Vert is a chance to see some great riding from some of the top European halfpipe riders. The Bike Devil himself recently pulled his first 900 air in England and might pull his first one on his own ramp in Overpelt. For directions, sponsors, the program and more info of the event, surf to: www.gardenofvert.com
The Sprite Urban Games took place on Clapham Common, London.
Overcoming the chaos caused by recent events in London which resulted in some riders not attending the event and a spot of rain on the Sunday morning, we have results and here they are!
1. Colin MacKay
2. Mark Webb (Eastpak)
3. Ben Hennon (Eastpak/HARO)
4. Craig Stevens (Country Bikes)
5. Ben Wallace (Fox/HARO)
6. Markus Wilke (Eastpak/SNAFU)
7. Chris Mahoney (Eastpak/FELT)
8. Ben Manuel (Eastpak/HARO)
9. Martin Tambling (Eastpak)
10. Stefan Lantschner
Christoph Huber picked up some new blood for the Mankind Team.
- New on the team is Juan Ruiz from Spain who wears a black helmet
like Darth Vader , and who placed 4th in Pro Mini at the BMX Masters in Cologne. Juan was seen shredding at the FISE Contest in Montpellier and at the LG Contest in Barcelona this summer.
The photo of Juan is from a contest in Spain which happened a few weeks ago.
- Also new on the Mankind team is Andrew "Gee" Gregory from Australia. Gee just got the cover of Australia's BMX Press Magazine.