The first issue of the 2007 year has a flatland photo on the cover and again it's Terry Adams. That must be two covers for him in 12 months. That's pretty big considering some people think that flatland does not exist. Steve-O Croteau takes the double page contents spread. News, gossip and rumors can be found in Inside Scoop. The Experts answer the mail before Cory Jarmen takes over for 7 pages (interview). The Felt Pyre gets tested. The Tech Tip shows how to fix a flat. Everyone should know how to fix a flat and not just drop the bike off at the bike shop. The BMX PLUS! rider of the year voting has three categories: Dirt Jumper of the year, Racer of the year and Freestyler of the year. You can vote now. Nostalgia takes you back in time with John Parker in his GT days riding the vert ramp in the GT parking lot. I probably painted that ramp with oil paint that didn't dry on one of my winter stays. Never knew that Josh Suhre was a pro but his S&M gets inspected in the Inside the Pro's bike article.
We're not aware of any BMX-er's B-day this week but we did celebrate Philip de Jong's Birthday today. Philip turned three and was ultra stoked on the yellow electric Quad that Uncle Paul and Aunt Carry brought him. You see, he's into this whole (B)MX thing and we don't really know where that comes from......... In the photo Philip is wearing an EBC hat that DJ sent over earlier this week. I asked him to "look tough" and this is the look he had for the photo. Aint scared of that Brian Deegan guy......
The Jam will be run like this: Both Pro and Am classes will be help in true jam style; 2-3 riders in a group judged by all the riders present on the day. There will be a bunny hop and long jump attempt too which should be a lot of fun.
The Park setup will be like this: Beach park in all its graceful glory and throw in 80+ pallets mostly supplied by a Durban shipping company and some 'acquired' from Hillcrest and surrounding areas. A crashed car has also been donated for the day, so bring a balaclava and baseball bat if you’re into that kind of thing.
3 building teams from around the country will be constructing a wide variety of banks, launches, wall rides out of the 80 or so pallets and a pile of scrap wood and metal to match. Building is happening all day Friday to be ready for the contest on Sunday. If you're keen to help out with construction be there Friday early! Each team is paid 500bucks towards a keg for the Saturday nights festivities.
We have the final prototypes of our first frame from Colony. The Sect which is Kenny Raggett's Signature frame. Kenny is one of the better known & respected riders in Australia. Here is Kenny's frame specs..... Colony Sect - Kenny Raggett Signature Frame 20.5 or 21" Top tube 13.75" rear end. 74.5 Head tube angle 71 seat tube angle Mid BB & Internal H/set only with removable gyro tabs. Weight = 20.5" - 4.5lbs 21" - 4.6lbs.
The ABA grands are taking place this weekend. You can watch the race online live. If you missed Friday's race, here are the results. Who is going to win the title come Sunday? Bubba Harris or Donny Robinson, or will Randy Stumpfhauser be the lucky one? Pro men: 1. Bubba Harris 2. Randy Stumpfhauser 3. Warwick Stevenson 4. Cristian Becerine 5. Kyle Cushman 6. Jason Rogers 7. Robert de Wilde 8. Aaron Johnson
To make a good video you need some time to get everything together. The first Premium Products DVD had been in the making for a while but that is common. When we take our time to do a review you can add a couple of weeks to that. Kyle Carlson was one of the main guys filming and editing the DVD and he did a great job. Clear footy across the board with most clips coming from outdoor concrete parks in Oregon, California and Arizona.
For most riders it's a dream to get invited on Roadfools but soon enough the Local Exposure tour is up there on top of that list. Round three looked like good fun where a crew of pro riders joined Allan Cooke in his giant RV on his way to find local talent at the local parks. The pro crew on the bus consisted of Corey Martinez, Gary Young, Michael Cleveland, Chris Doyle, Kenji, Biz, last year's winner Brandon Hoerres, Kranz and Catfish plus special guest Dave Mirra.
Mat Hoffman's going to be in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on the Oklahoma Centennial Float. 2007 is Oklahoma's (Mat's home state) Centennial and Oklahoma's float will be leading the beginning of the annual Thanksgiving Parade in NYC. Mat was asked to be one of several Oklahoman's who have major accomplishments in athletics to represent the state. Not bad for a BMX'er whom will be among Olympians, NBA, MBL and NFL stars.
Battle in da club. The name suggests an ordinary bar fight in a some low price alley club, with more flying bottles of beer than women. But this Battle in da club was nothing like that. This was the third leg of the flatland only BMX contest tour that is held in a new club every time! This time around, the circus hit the town of Nurnberg: the Mach One club, to be precise. Michiel Verberg, judge, and Hoite Polkamp, MC together with Francis, made the trip from Amsterdam to attend this flatland extravaganza.