Traditionally the last weekend of August is the weekend of the King Of Concrete in Southsea, England. Look which riders were "On Fuego" at the 2005 edition.Bowls Pro Final
1 Mark Webb
2 Ben Wallace
3 Gareth Wilson
Spine Pro Final
1 Ben Wallace
2 Mark Webb
3 Tobias Wicke
Staats Bicycles’ Mike Day wins the NBL AA Pro National Title. Mike entered the weekend sitting in a close second to Randy Stumphauser and only a few points ahead another Staats AA Pro, Robert de Wilde, the points where so close that the Champion would be whoever finished better in the final main event. All three riders qualified to the semi final rounds but Randy was not able to transfer out of the first semi. Mike and Robert were left to race together in the second final. Mike did not get a great start and had to fight back to transfer in the top four positions. Unfortunately for Robert, Mike had to pass Robert to transfer and Bob lost his chance to race Mike in the main for the title.
With both Randy and Robert out of the final only Warwick Stevenson had a chance to take the title from Mike. If Warwick won Mike had to finish fourth place or better to win the title. Warwick did the best he could and won the main event but Mike held on to finish in the top four, winning his first National Championship.
The morning after at the FAT-JAM does not really exist. Getting up early is not a priority. We've been around for too long to know that a morning program at a jam is useless. At 14:30hr people started meeting at the local mini ramp in Aarle-Rixtel for, again, a free jam session. Electricity for the PA this time came from an electrical outlet on the roof of the "De Dreef" building and the loud Heavy Metal CD from the day before was changed to something mellower to start the day.
Later on in the session a 30 minute "Best Trick" contest was organized. The riders had half an hour to pull a good trick. Pim van den Bos from Veldhoven did a disaster tailwhip but had a few difficulties to pull it to fakie or to manual. Daniel's no-footed cancans were sick and so were his back to back fufanus on the fence of the ramp. Kruimel pulled a fufanu to barspin on Sunday but the "FAT-JAM Best trick trophy" went to Bas Brouwer with a nice one-handed footjam. The music kept playing for a bit longer and the session continued for those who wanted to. There was no pressure, just a good session with fellow riders.
2005 FAT JAM report. Damn, those flags are getting old... The real deal tomorrow August 21, 2010: 13:00hr. Sugar Hills, Valkendijk, Aarle-Rixtel, Netherlands.
In times where everything needs to be bigger and better (and more expensive) it's good to have events around like the FAT-JAM. There has never been a cover charge for spectators. Riders never had to pay money to ride. You show up, you grab your bike and you start to ride. We do not sell overpriced drinks or food at the FAT-JAM. Riders and spectators can bring their own drinks and barbeque or can go out to the local supermarket or snackbar to fill their bellies. The schedule at the FAT-JAM? practically non existing except for a high air or best trick contest in the middle of the session. It's free to enter this contest as well, or better, you HAVE to compete. An accreditation office for the media? No, not really, but there was a portable toilet there. Saturday saw a whole bunch of riders show up at the Sugar Hills
In its first year of being in business Twenty BMX has already received a new look. The October issue sports a new logo but the big pages remain. The Pump section has all the latest news and it feels like [twenty]bmx comes out quick as it has got the Gravity Games and Dew Action Sports tour round 2 info already. Tom Haugen explains how much money the BMX pros make at the moment in an article on page 16. The MacNeil cassette hub gets explained and if you are looking into buying a new seatpost, you only have to turn to page 22 as there are ten of them explained. Mosh went to Australia and made a report for [twenty] with loads of pics. Mike (Noord-)Brabant is a fast 17 year old BMX racer that will possibly end up in the top pro ranks in a few years from now. He knows how to jump too. Mike got a big 6-page interview. Vic Murphy and crew went to Mexico for a fun little trip and Papiro shot the pics. 5 BMX racers get asked what their career highs and lows are, it makes for some interesting reading. "Bad to the Bone" Covert bicycles? No thanks.
On the FATBMX poll: "Do you think BMX Freestyle should become an Olympic sport?" we received 688 votes. Here is how the visitors of FATBMX answered:
Yes 68 % (470 votes)
No 22 % (154 votes)
Whatever, I don't care 9 % (64 votes)
Okay, okay, I know, I'm way behind on some of the updates but I hope to get them in later this week. The LG Action Sports Tour stop in Spain is one of the reports that has just been sitting there. I wonder who wants to read about it now but for those who do want to know what happened, read on.
The stop in Barcelona had a street contest and a halfpipe demo. After two sketchy street courses in Munich and Paris, the third container showed up in Barca and made the transportable street course a lot better. A street course like this 10 years ago would have been "the shit" and still today, it could have been a lot worse.
Having the tour stop in Spain was interesting. Except for a few French riders and nomad Axel Juergens, all participants came from Spain. There are a few Spanish riders that do travel internationally (like Sergio Layos) but most of the riders here never get the chance to travel to all the big comps. For them a stop like this is a unique opportunity.
The Dew Action Sports Tour, the first-ever, season-long professional multi-sport tour in action sports, announced the winner of the PlayStation(r) Trick of the Week Award from the Vans Invitational.
Voting began after competitions at the Dew Action Sports Tour's Vans Invitational ended Sunday, August 21. Fans were able to view video clips and vote online at dewactionsportstour.com. Ryan Guettler won the Trick of the Week after he performed a flawless front flip en route to winning the BMX Dirt Finals. Guettler also leads the Dew Cup points standings in BMX Dirt and BMX Park.
"This is motivation to keep on pushing the rest of the season," said Guettler. "I'm happy to be consistent this year across two disciplines and leading the points standings in both. I'm also thrilled that the front flip won - it was just a part of my normal routine."
Riding vert is rough but once you make it up there, you get to exciting places all over the world to do shows. One of those places is Barcelona, Spain. When they put the ramp up on the pier next to a topless beach with palm trees, you know that practice has paid off. They fly you in and they pick you up, the fancy hotel is covered, same for food. It's show-time only three times a day and for the rest of the day you can do what you want.
John Parker and Eduardo Terreros were the BMX part of a demo that was going on during the LG Action Sports World Tour. If you think they were holding back during shows, think again. Even big crashes on flairs didn't hold Edu back trying it again and again. He pulled it in the end but the Spaniard needed some liquid painkillers at night to get the groove on and forget about the pain. Big 540-s and double tailwhips from Parker is what you get to see when he drops in. Doesn't sound like holding back to me.
Artsy Fartsy shows in BMX are nothing new but it's cool when organizations and photographers/artists go out of their way to make it happen. At the Rebel Jam in Berlin, Germany most of the respected BMX photographers had photos on display and were present at the very cool photo exposition. A few DJ's kept the tunes going, drinks were available and a good time was had by all. Enjoy this photo report of the photo expo from the 2005 Rebel Jam.