The Union Cycliste Internationale is pleased to announce that is has awarded the prestigious UCI Bike City label to Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), which becomes the first city in the Middle East and Asia to receive the distinction. This brings to 20 the number of cities and regions worldwide that have been awarded this label for their commitment to hosting international cycling events, promoting the sport across the community, and developing cycling infrastructure and programmes that support the UCI’s cycling for all strategy.
Last night Felix Prangenberg won both the Street Rider of the Year and Reader’s Choice at the NORA Cup Awards. After going virtual in 2020, the 2021 NORA Cup Awards was a live in-person event held in conjunction with Florideah Swampfest in Wildwood, Florida.
“Felix Prangenberg put in the work and owned the internet in 2021. From X Games Golds, numerous video parts and constantly laying it down with banger after banger this was Felix’s year,” said John Povah, etnies bike team manager.
Built by skateboarding since 1986, etnies is the first skateboarder-owned and operated global action sports footwear and apparel company. etnies not only pushed the envelope by creating the first pro model skate shoe, but it pioneered technological advances and changed the face of skateboard footwear forever. Today etnies’ vision, led by owner and skateboarder Pierre Andre Senizergues, is to remain the leading skateboard footwear company committed to creating innovative products that
Vans BMX is proud to announce the newest member of the Global BMX family, Corey Walsh. A critical part of the Vans Canada team since 2015, Corey’s unmatched pool and bowl riding has captured the attention of the BMX community the world over. Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Corey’s teenage years were spent as an Olympic hopeful for the Canadian Cycling team, before he graced his first US contest in 2014, making a name for himself by winning the Gauntlet of Death event—an obstacle course where the first rider to make it through wins. As a result, he landed a spot on the Cult team that same weekend, and shortly thereafter, was welcomed onto the Vans Canada team.
“Riding for the Vans Family has always been a dream. Crazy to think where riding a small bike can take
A few years back, we hung out in Kareem's world to take a look at the history of BMX video games. While we managed to learn a lot about the genre and its various hits, it did highlight the fact that there are lots of potential ideas that haven't been explored just yet.
BMX RPG Sports games often include some sort of stat building system, with some also including their own stories. But there hasn't been a BMX game yet that lets you build up your own rider from humble origins to winning events. There's a lot that can be done with the concept, as it would combine lots of popular features seen in other games: an open world, RPG stats, customisation, and potentially even online play.
It would build upon some of the ideas seen in Ubisoft's Riders Republic, with lots more character customisation and a focus solely on BMX.
Puzzle games The mobile gaming scene is full of BMX themed games, but most of them play quite similarly. There's potential for smaller puzzle-based titles that incorporate the BMX theme, without trying to directly emulate actual races. For example, you could have a game where you must get a rider from one point to another using a variety of random tiles. These tiles could feature certain tracks pieces and obstacles, requiring you to place them in a certain way — think classic puzzle game Pipe Mania, but with a BMX twist.
Arcade games Arcade cabinets often feature unique layouts, from different joystick configurations to bespoke controls not seen on other machines. A BMX arcade game using a similar control system to classic title Hang-On would be a blast, letting you ride a physical bike to control your in-game rider. Having a moving bike as the main controller would add to the immersion, with modern arcade hardware allowing for realistic graphics. This is something that probably wouldn't happen anywhere other than Japan due to declining worldwide arcades, though it would absolutely be worth it.
Fantasy themed Instead of just going after realism, a BMX game that leans more toward fantasy themes would be great. Developer Foam Sword's Knights and Bikes combined regular bike riding with an RPG adventure, so the concept isn't too far fetched. Instead of riding around regular tracks, you could speed through sinister mountains or enchanted forests — you know, something to give things some extra flair. This would also allow for more stylised visuals, including a variety of cosmetics that you wouldn't see regular BMX riders use.
VR titles A strong second option after an arcade title would be VR. Considering the applications of VR, it's surprising that there hasn't been a video game using this type of hardware yet. Sony recently revealed the most popular VR titles for its gaming systems, showing that there's still space for sports titles.
It wouldn't be overly hard to bring over BMX to a VR game, whether it was racing or stunt based. Motion controls could be used to emulate riding the bike, and areas could be based on real life locations.
Video Slots If you’re not familiar with what differentiates a “video slot” from a classic slot game, a Gala Spins write-up on casino game varieties does a nice job of explaining the matter. Essentially, video slots build on the classic slot format with 3D graphics and unique features. BMX has been represented via standard online slots in the past, but a modern online video slot would allow for even better graphics and potential gimmicks. As with VR, it's surprising that this hasn't really been done before, despite how comprehensive the industry is in covering other themes and subjects.
Today etnies is very proud to launch their second collaboration with British based clothing brand, and BMX powerhouse – Doomed. etnies pro BMX rider Jordan Godwin and artist Paul Robinson founded the brand on Doomsday, back in the late teens of the 21st century. When these two aren’t pushing the limits of technical street riding to the next level, they’re constantly developing their own beautifully apocalyptic Doomed clothing and accessory collections.
etnies worked intimately with these Doom-mongers again to produce two super-stylish black vulcanized shoes that are stealthy, durable and sublime – The Jameson Vulc x Doomed, and the brand-new Kayson x Doomed.
Bob Haro, the godfather of BMX Freestyle has started a new bag company. The legend who shaped the Haro BMX brand in the early '80-s has a new venture going: "I'm proud to introduce to you my new line of sports, leisure and travel bags under the Performance Branding moniker. Over the years, I have designed various products for leading brands which included bags, and I wanted to get back in the mix with this new collection."
The ultimate e-bike race between Nino Schurter and Claudio Caluori is set to take place on 9 October 2021 at 10:30 am (CET) with the aim to raise 1 Million Euro for Pump for Peace projects in countries all over the world, making cycling accessible to everyone.
- Taking e-bike racing to a new level in a never seen format - Over 10’000 vertical meters of climbing and redescending - 25 climbs of 403 vertical meters to the top
Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, is excited to announce The Circle – Vans’ digital street video competition – is back and bigger than ever. First introduced on a European level in 2020, the online competition gave BMX shops across the region the chance to film a team edit, celebrating their riders and the local communities. This year, three global guests have joined the European crew and will all compete to win a share of the €20,000 prize pot.
The concept remains the same. Each invited shop receives a budget to help cover the costs of filming and editing their team video. Then they have two months to pull together an edit worthy of the top prizes.
Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, is proud to unveil new Global team rider Courage Adams’ signature Slip-On BMX style, which boasts elevated, luxe materials and his personalized artwork. The newest member to Vans’ global BMX team, Courage brings an elevated aesthetic to the Vans BMX assortment with his iteration of the Slip-On BMX. This sleek shoe features a premium black leather upper, embossed with elephant skin texture and Courage’s signature Elephant Scale logo showing through transparent rubber outsoles.
Specifically designed with the BMXer in mind, Vans’ hybrid cupsole features vulcanized Wafflecup BMX
Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, is excited to welcome Spain’s Courage Adams to the global BMX family. Born in Nigeria and now calling Madrid home, Courage is the first-ever Nigerian pro BMX rider. He is recognized globally as the master of manuals—be it front or back wheel, forwards or fakie, he is gifted with infinite balance and unbelievable bike control.
“It is a huge honor for me to be part of the global team with all of the greatest riders in the world,”Courage said. “I want to thank all the people who support me and help me keep going. Without them, I would never have made it. Also, I want to thank me—for believing in myself and for no days off, never quitting, and always moving forward.”