From Nate Berkheimer: "I just got home last night from the Riverside County Hospital where I spent the last 3 days being treated for a broken femur. It was a total freak accident, I simply bailed on a jump and ran out of it, on my 3rd step, I felt my leg bend backwards and I heard a loud pop. I collapsed, layed down in pain and waited for the ambulance. This happened around 5:00pm on Sunday, May 28th. I spent the night in the Hospital and was sent into surgery the next day around 12:00 noon. It went perfect and I now have a titanium rod running the full length of my left femur held in place by 4 screws. I do not have any cast or splint and the doctors told me to slowly try to walk on it. "
Lakejumping has never been easier. A new ski slope was opened in Eindhoven yesterday which makes for the perfect set-up for an afternoon of lake jump fun. Times of digging a jump in front of the canal or losing a launch ramp from the pick-up on the way to a lake jump session are definitely over. The ramp set up is 6 meters high and works for skateboards, snowboards, telemark ski's, freestyle ski's, body slides and of course BMX bikes. It's downhill straight to a 4 feet high launch ramp that sends you to the IJzeren Man lake.
Following the news about the demolition of the “Oeiras” pool, Paulo Martins decided to organize a Jam with the intention of showing to the “Camara Municipal” (City Hall) and the local people that the pool continues to be an attractive place for the practice of sport activities like the BMX, Skate and in-line. At the event we could find regulars since many years from this mythical place in the national history of BMX, friends from other cities and two reporters from the local newspaper. In what concerns to the riding we cannot say we saw something amazing, mainly because it was a (very!) hot afternoon, but also because the central goal of the Jam was to put together old friends.
Elite men results Day one, Saturday 3 June 2006: 1 Arturs Matisons/LAT 2 Maris Strombergs/LAT 3 Artis Zentins/LAT 4 Rob Van Den Wildenberg/NED 5 Arnaud Dubois/BEL 6 Arno Kanis/NED 7 Kelvin Batey/ENG 8 Manuel De Vecchi/ITA
On the right you see a photo of the current situation of the Helm Trails in Helmond. Easily the biggest public dirt jump spot in The Netherlands. The jumps in the photo might not look huge but they are not for whimps. At 6 feet high they are a decent size. Trials are never finished so a lot of building will be done. No one has jumped yet so we'll have to see if they work this way or not. The fun part about dirt is that it takes a shovel to get the exact transition, distance and landing that you wish. First runs should be going on early next week.
Backyard Qualifiers Sunday June 4th Liverpool Rampworx. I'm taking it that most of you reading this have probably ridden, been to or at least heard of the Backyard Jam. If you haven't what the hell is wrong with you?! Go to Backyard Jam website and sort yourself out! For the rest of you the waiting is over, the 2006 Backyard Jam dates have been set. Due to the increasingly high number of riders we turn away we have made a few changes. For the first time the Backyard Jam will have two expert classes; under 14 and over 14, there are also more chances to qualify meaning more riders from more areas can take part.
Sunday June 4th at Liverpool Rampworx will see the birth of a series of expert qualifiers located around the UK to help extract the finest riders to compete in the Backyard Jam. This helps ensure less disappointed riders as previously caused by limiting registration numbers and location to one single event.
A couple of weeks ago we introduced DC Podcasts, kicking things off by making tricktips from our skate team available first. This week we're keeping the ball rolling by pushing live all the tricktips from the BMX team. From Kagy to Doyle to Bohan, DC has made tons of tricktips available for download on iTunes. Podcasts are proving to be especially useful when it comes to learning new tricks. They've ended the days of watching and memorizing tricks on your VCR. Now all you have to do is update your video iPod and you can head to the skatepark, armed with the confidence of a DC tricktip that's ready to be played in the palm of your hand. With the rider by your side while learning a new trick, it really doesn't get any better than DC tricktip podcasts.
This will be a new type of event for BMX … combining street riding with a massive social session at Epic and even some orienteering. This is how it will work: - Teams of three - two riders and a driver/filmer. - Teams win the event by scoring the most points. - Win points by visiting each spot, with some spots worth more than others. - Teams score the biggest points by doing the best tricks/riding at each spot and recording this on film.
The ABA held round #8 of the 2006 Pro Series at Lake Perris, CA Lake Perris has been a long time favorite of the ABA, as in the past. Lake Perris was host for the ABA Fall Nationals, as well as other national events. The Lake Perris track is smack dab in the middle of an action filled area, with a Motocross track, a shifter cart track, sprint car track, and a dirt jump/skate park, all located at the same facility. The Lake Perris BMX track is one of the best so cal tracks of today and it made for some of the best Pro racing in a long time. 24 AA Pros came to win this weekend and 2 of the Double A Marketing riders were ready to as well. Here is how they did this weekend;
Okay, no more excuses for the Helm trail locals and all riders in general. On Friday 2 June 500 cubic meters of dirt will be dropped at the existing trails in Helmond. We don't know too many local councils that are that supportive. All they want to see is that there is enough motivation by the riders to build something nice of the dirt that they are going to drop. To make things easier, they've allowed for a digger to be present for a day and a half. Trails are never really finished, you can keep building forever, but the digger will only be there on Friday and Saturday morning to do the ground work. Man, some people have it good. It's a legal spot to ride, they are bringing in the dirt (for free) and make sure a digger is there. That's pretty awesome. It might be too wet to ride right now but when the work is put in now, the spot will be killer when the sun comes out. Call your friends now and make arrangements. Throw a shovel or two in the car and work those muscles for a couple of days. Show you're down to put some time in. It's on the Johannes Vermeerlaan, next to the new canal off the N279 (exit Centrum). A routeplanner will get you [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=974]there[/url].