verthaus jam #2 went down this weekend. The crew - Jean-Marie Bärtsch, Sven Kabosch, Shaun Eglington, Matt Fairbairn, Tim Eichert, Alex Etzold, Benni Kopp, Peter Geys and Eduardo Terreros - came over to Oberhausen to shred the ramp and work on their bowling skills as well. If you like a fun session with pushing each other - the verthaus jam it is. No first place, just the best out of every one. Sven pulled his first whip, Tim was going for a nine that he span all the way but couldn't roll out, Jean-Marie was using every inch of the ramp, Alex with an endless list of liptricks, Peter just came back from a shoulder injury and it was great to see him back on the ramp, Shaun was going high and smooth with some back to back moves, Benni came in late but put together some amazing runes at height, Matt was the first one on the ramp and seven hours later the last one standing - no idea where he takes the juice from - he did pretty much every barspin variation you can ask for and unbelievable big and smooth 540s. The Spanish Fly once again showed his smooth style
Yep. Dave Osato is now going to take on the team management of the US wethepeople team. A tricky job at the best of times, but as the wethepeople US team has seen some recent additions it was time to bring things together and Dave is more than man enough to take it. Doing what he's always done for wethepeople, 'Promoting wethepeople as it has never been done before' was his take on the new role. We're stoked on the whole idea and with the current team now taking on business, things are serious. Feel free to heckle the dude for your news and the latest with the wethepeople US guys.
If there is a true BMX nomad, it's Nathan Penonzek. He is on a constant travel and has seen more of the world than pretty much any of us. The pro flatlander has been documenting most of it. Some of the photos and text can be found on the website that he just started. Well worth a look.
Flatland There are many reasons to share, and flatland has always been the best one, from ideas and thoughts, to foods and cultures, flatland is expression.
The following riders found themselves to build the tag teams for round 3 of Battle in da Club tour, Germany’s first and sole Bmx Flatland tour. The riders were allowed to choose a companion but one rule is that the teams can't enter a battle in the same constellation two times in a row with the exception of the winning team. So we don't see the same teams twice in series. Let the battles begin.
The 8 two-man teams are: 1 Frank Lukas & Matti Röse 2 Waldemar Fatkin & Lasse Süttning
After giving it some serious thought I came to a decision to call it a day racing AA/ Elite in BMX. I have just turned 35 and it's time for a change and some new motivations and challenges. Free Agent / KHS, my family and close friends are fully supporting me on my plans and for 07 I'm going to give 4x Mountainbiking more of a push, something I've always wanted to do without the BMX distraction. The sport of 4x suits more of my age group and it's not as hectic as BMX, so it should suit me fine. Alongside racing MTB for KHS I'm going to be working more on Team management with Free Agent, among other Free Agent/ KHS duties. I feel I have pretty much reached all my goals in BMX and had a great time along the way, and even though I'm not racing I'll still be around as BMX is still in my heart and I'm as passionate about it now as I always have been since the day I began 25 years ago. It will be cool to just be a fan instead of a racer. I'm excited about the future.
Our buddy Franske has left for a Safari. He teamed up with a few mates and drove all the way to a country where the sun shines all day and the temperature is between 40 and 60 degrees centigrade. Plenty of sand too so the 4X4 comes in handy. The guns you ask? they're there to keep the peace. Sniper Frans hasn't forgot to rock 'n roll.
-David Ulrich has a bunch of great Rebel Jam shots posted on the rebeljam.com website. To see them just go to rebeljam.com and click the picture gallery button on top. Feel the vibe.
- Different news: rebeljam was aired on Fuel tv with a 3 minute clip in the USA. The clip was shown once a day for two weeks straight. Fuel tv is one of the largest extreme sports tv broadcasts in the USA.
What do you do when you've got a week of school holidays and you're bored? You organize a jam at the local ramp. That's exactly what our nephew Timo van Lierop did. He made some flyers, bought a ghetto blaster and met up with his buddies at the local mini ramp in Aarle-Rixtel. The result was a great day of riding all together with the winners getting some candy and some Eastpak/Paul's Boutique goodies. We're pushing Timo to do it again next year. If he does, we'll let you know.
It has been a week but if you did not catch the Dew Tour on TV it was pretty ugly. On live NBC Sports TV Scotty decided to go for his first double flip and ending up sliding across the floor on his face with his teeth sliding next to him. No one know exactly what he was thinking, the adrenaline of the moment just takes over sometimes.. The medical staff actually put his teeth back in his mouth and said they will heal by themselves, the human body is crazy. He also ended up with a few stitches in his chin. Yes, he will be wearing a full face helmet from now on and am guessing a lot of other riders will be doing the same, the level of riding is getting too crazy.