Damn, these things keep coming up before I know it. I'm not ready for this one but I'll give it a go anyway. You see, the whole week was busy and I haven't even started on the first quarter bookkeeping yet that needs to be finished sooner rather than later. Oh well, that's the way it goes, you give some and you get some. Last weekend already seems like a long time ago. On Friday we checked out the MX GP scene on our way to the opening of The 900 BMX and bicycle shop. Peter Geys opened up his shop and it looks great.
Each year in South Africa the Gatecrash tour is held where loads of riders get together and go on a week long road trip. To start it all off the first weekend of the tour was The Riot Jam Am contest. The Riot Store is South Africa's one of only 2 stores in South Africa whose stock is comprised solely of BMX products. Brian Kachinsky was booked to come over for the tour but unfortunately had some trouble with his knee preventing him from riding.
Riot Store employee of the month Devin Toselli went down like a homesick mole on the very first jump of the whole jam. He won a night in hospital and no doubt got to wear one of those creepy gowns. Get better soon Devin.
The comp comprised of 2 days: day 1 was dirt at Giba Gorge and day 2 was park at Hux skatepark. At the end scores from both days were combined to decide the winner. Many local pro's were present and rode but the whole Riot Jam was about giving the Am's a chance to do their thing.
Adelaide will add to its list of international Cycling events when it hosts a round of the UCI BMX World Cup Supercross this weekend. Despite being one of the last major international races before the sport debuts at the Beijing Olympics a few of the international riders are notably absent. The French’s decision to leave their women’s team at home this weekend has surprised event organizers and officials. According to UCI BMX Sports coordinator, Johan Lindstrom, “The French team is sitting comfortably in the lead of the nations ranking, but it’s still surprising that they are not taking this opportunity to race on a BMX Supercross track. There are only two more races remaining for the women leading up to the Games.”
With 18 countries and racing this weekend the French women’s team must be confident they have secured ample points to send the maximum number of riders to the Beijing 2008 Olympics which for the women are two riders. The French men are attending and are currently ranked in eight place.
KHE Bikes is giving out some info about a future product of KHEbikes: At the moment they are testing a new kind of BB-cup which features the „patent pending” AFFIX® bush system and the proven quality of igus® bush bearings.
These bush bearings, named iglidur® are principally used in the industry, primarily on permanently running applications at high temperatures. Each of them sustain more than 3 tons.
After three amazing years in Whistler, Canada, Elevation 4 is moving to the Parque Metropolitano in Guadalajara, Mexico on May 10-11, 2008. Red Bull Elevation skyrocketed onto the BMX scene in 2005. It revolutionized dirt-jumping by delivering the most progressive course ever built. For the first time, the world’s best riders we’re able to show off all that they had on an awe-inspiring course designed by BMX icon Jay Miron. It was an unbelievable sight to see.
ESPN has decided to continue its 13-year tradition of vert competitions at this year's X Games. Over the past month ESPN has engaged in many conversations with the X Games BMX and Skateboard vert athletes in an attempt to transition the Vert discipline into one featuring a skatepark course design. While many athletes were initially receptive to the idea, the majority of them have indicated to ESPN that they would prefer to compete on a halfpipe. ESPN will also continue its plans to hold SuperPark as a new discipline for skateboarding and BMX at the X Games while working with the athletes to better define exactly how the SuperPark course will be designed.
"The X Games has always had a commitment to the athletes and our consistent communication with them has allowed us to collectively grow this event to where it is today," said Chris Stiepock, General Manager, X Games. "In this particular case the communication took many turns but a consensus by the athletes has emerged that