There have been some changes on the international Eastpak team for the next 07/08 season. We changed the team line up a bit to keep it fresh and also to provide some other younger talents a little support. Of course all of them fit perfectly to Eastpak and will extend the family even more. Be sure that all riders who we had to let go of the int. team are still family members and will get our support in any case.
The European UCI BMX championships started off with the first two rounds being held at Habay-la-Neuve in Belgium. With only two riders making both mains in the Elite men class it shows that this class is wide open. Henrik Baltersen (Denmark) won on the first day while Free Agent's Thomas Allier (France) crossed the finish line in first on Sunday. In the Elite women class Shanaze Read and Laëtitia Le Corguille took a win each. It was hard to stay upright on the hard packed track with a layer of dust over it. Watch the Kemo movies to get a better impression on the first European (outdoor) championship race of the 2007 season. ELITE MEN: Saturday- Round 1: (This race counts toward UCI points) 1. Henrik BALTERSEN (DAN), 2. Michal PROKOP (CZE),
In a prelude to the Olympic debut for BMX, racers from all over the Globe converged on Spain for the first UCi Supercross event of 2007. With a wild ‘n crazy track, similar in many ways to what you’ll see in Beijing, China next year, the BMX world came out in big numbers. Amongst those were the Dutch Redline team; led by the guy who is no stranger to UCi points–ROBERT De WILDE. Aboard their custom Orange REDLINE FLIGHT bikes, the Dutch riders made their presence known; with DeWilde going all the way to the big show. Also in the main event was REDLINE~FRANCE racer and National team member DAMIEN GODET. With two out of eight bikes in the gate being Redlines, the odds were in RL’s favor.
The NokiaFISE contest is coming up shortly. Only a month to go before Montpellier will be swamped with BMX-ers. This year the Braun Spine ramp will be there and also the Red Bull King sized Vert ramp. Next to that there is Flatland, Dirt and of course Street/Park. A few names that are on the list are Dave Mirra , Daniel Dhers and Mike Spinner. Reason enough to make the trip down to the sunny south. The 11th edition of the FISE will be held downtown Montpellier, France. Look at the drawings to get a bit of an idea.
Joey Cobbs, the one in the same who had a part in the On the Clock video is also a photographer. With 3 years of studying behind him and many ground ledges here is a showcase of some of his bmx related work. As well as bmx Joey likes to shoot bands and has filmed for quite a few of the bike videos out there today.
Joey: "BMX now a days is all about the biggest tricks or how many tailwhips you can squeeze into something and shit like that."
Brian Chace from Seattle has just released his video called Here and Now covering the Seattle scene. This project must have taken Brian a long time to finish because there is much attention to detail and a great finished product. The only folks that will be left wanting are the dirt riders since there are little or no trails riding. Thats made up for however by all the excellent street sections.
Paul Bonner or "Def Paul" as some people call him , has no drivetrain on his bike and the urge to fakie every 2 seconds. If you watch the video you will see the chainless style is catching on. Since he has no drive train you see him weave and pump all over the place giving him speed to pull fakie turndowns off a 3 set of stairs. A DJ Shadow track accompanies his part while he pulls fakie nose wheelies and manuals.
The first round of the 3 series BMX Flatland World Series took place in Tokyo on Saturday. Michael Steingraeber is the sole European in the top 20 on place 12. The comp was won by Yoshiki Uchino. Let's see how many Japanese riders will make it to the Voodoo jam in the USA and Flatground in The Netherlands to score points for the overall title.
2007 Round 1 Pro Class results 1 Yoshiki Uchino 1000 2 Yoshihiro Shinde 939 3 Hiroya Morizaki 897 4 Shintaro Misawa 865 5 Hirokazu Miura 840 6 York Uno 817 7 Ryoji Yamamoto 796 8 Shinichi Kiba 778 9 Syuichi Osada 761
With 30 out of 35 riders already confirmed for the Red Bull Empire of Dirtcontest in England, we can't wait till the actual date of 13-16 June. The week starts off with a session at Kye Forte's barn and practice on Wednesday, followed by more practice on the course and a jam at the Decoy trails on Thursday. Friday will be qualifying and finals will be between 12:30pm and 15:00pm on Saturday.
Here is a list of confirmed riders: Anthony Napolitan (USA) Joe Rich (USA) Ryan Jordan (USA) Heath Pinter (USA) Chris Doyle (USA) Corey Bohan (AUS) Steven Murray (UK) Martin Murray (UK) Liam Eltham (UK) Mitch Yates (USA) Taj Mihelic (USA) Gary young (USA) Alistair Whitton (UK) Bas Keep (UK) and Tobias Wicke (GER).
Soul and Cream magazine have one less competitor. BMX-Up magazine is no more that that helps with the fight over the advertising dollars (Euro's in this case). Soul and Cream are the better mags from France anyway so it's good to see they survived. BMX-racers are happy too because Soul does cover quite a bit BMX racing. Issue 48 goes to Boulder City, USA to do a race report and the International race in Saint Maxime covers a few pages. Redline's Damien Godet gets interviewed and Camille's covered BMX race track received a scene report. How stoked would you be to have your own indoor BMX track. Freestyle riders win the Race-Freestyle coverage battle and with 116 pages in #48 there is lots of space left for freestyle news, product reviews, spot checks, contest reports, bio's, etc. The mag comes with a huge pull-out poster. Just recently SOUL has started a website. If you haven't checked it out yet, here's the link: