The Dirt contest at the FISE was one of the better ones so far. It was pitch dark at night but there was little wind. The extra lamps that were connected at the last minute made for a good view for the riders and the spectators. When the crowd has been drinking for a few hours, they really like to make some noise. The vibe was good when the pros lined up for a straight final with 3 jumps counting out of 4.Alejandro Caro from Columbia was a late entry to the event but he made his presence count. Telling from the [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=745]Columbian KOD report he made for FATBMX[/url], the level over there is sky high. Alejandro took care of business straight away with a great first run on the two biggest sets. His jumps included tailwhips, flips, barspins, 360-s and combinations of all of them. He was a clear winner of the Dirt contest and a happy man with the cash.
During the NokiaFISE flatland finals I was either working at the internet cafe, in the hotel pool or chilling at the beach. I was sure missing the presence of the Flatland Ninja to make a report for FATBMX.com.
The contest took place at the same asphalt spot as previous years and the grandstands were full with people appreciating flatland BMX.
This time we are going to make a photo + results report of the flatland class. You should have been there yourself anyway.
Pro Flatland results:
It must be great for magazine editors to look at the web and read about what happened over the weekend. The websites write the reports with a trick list and an opinion that maybe the magazine editors follow. The web pics might remind the magazine editors about the hotter tricks that took place or gives them an indication of who did what.
Well, this FISE report is rather late for website standards. This probably means that some of the editors did not have the back up stories they usually have to help write the report. Oh damn! Let's make a photo report out of it where each photo tells a thousand words. that will do.
I'm thinking about doing the same thing with the street contest. I'll post the results and put some pics up. You guys can see who made the finals and if you study the photos you will notice that the street course had a completely new design. When the obstacles look small in the pictures it's not because of the lenses used. They were on the small side but riders like Joe Riley and Alex Valentino busted big airs anyway.
The vert contest at the FISE has never really been the best ever. When it was indoors (Zenith) and the ramp was good (Vertical) it made for a better contest but lately it has been the less than perfect FISE ramp in windy conditions. The ramp this year was not layered in skatelite as promised but in 5 mm plywood. With the World Cup Skateboard contest scheduled for after the BMX vert comp, the skaters were fearing every crash the BMX-ers would make. A peg would go straight through the ramp and it happened three times. Rolling over a hole with a 20" wheel is less dangerous than with a skatewheel so the BMX vert contest could go on.
With prize money on the line for 7 people the vert class did see some not so regular faces. Place 5 - 8 was filled with riders who usually take it to the street but with some pocket money available for some 4 foot airs and some grinds, they went ahead and entered the comp.
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WHISTLER, Canada - Red Bull, in partnership with BMX icon Jay Miron is pleased to announce Red Bull Elevation, the most progressive dirt jumping contest in the world. The competition will take place from August 25-27 2005 on a custom built course at the base of Whistler Mountain. "I wanted to create a contest for dirt, equal to what Metro Jam is for street. Red Bull Elevation is an event designed to let the best pro riders in the world ride to the bet of their abilities," says Miron about the concept. "The best dirt jumps in the world are always built with changes in elevation. Nothing has been overlooked. Red Bull Elevation will give the riders exactly what they've always wanted in a contest; perfectly shapeable dirt, smooth and huge jumps, plus it's moderately downhill, there are tons of transfers and there are even a series of 4x4 golf carts driving the riders back to the top after each pass. It's going to be revolutionary."
The sleepy forest town of Fordingbridge, UK had a rude awakening on the last weekend of July as a throng of BMX riders and skaters swamped the GBH Ramps skatepark for its grand opening. All kids competed in Bmx and skating comps for bikes, boards and blades.
The park was officially opened by George Batty, who at five-years old went on to show up his elders by fearlessly tearing up ramps three times his size on a tiny bmx that looked like it was fresh out of a cracker. By midday the comps were well underway, with a BMX
Congratulations from everyone at FATBMX to Francis and Renato van Bloemenhuis on the extension of the family. Pelle was born on 5 August 2005. He weighed in at 3380 grams and was 49 centimeters tall.
Next time you see Renato film for FLATtv at a contest, give him a hand when he needs to change the diaper.
Enjoy the new dude!
What a good event we had in Cali, being the 4th edition of the King of dirt, the show was even better than the years before, the level is sky high, every time it is harder to get on the podium and there is never a sure winner, which gives it more expectation.
The rookie class was really hard, there was a mid size double next to the last set of the pro section and the riders managed to do some crazy transfers and we could see the â€œnoviceâ€? riders do whips, 360s, all kind of flips, I think 60% of the riders of this class had the skills to ride in expert, so maybe next year we will see them stepping things up.
In expert class anyone could win it, you can notice that these guys have been riding hard, and we saw it with all the different type of tricks they did; flip X-ups, truck drivers and whips on every set, that means that for next year the pro class will get bigger.
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.