WHISTLER, BC, June 13 Red Bull Elevation, the world's most progressive BMX dirt-jumping competition, returns to Whistler Mountain on July 1, for a Canada Day blow-out that skips the fireworks but promises its own brand of high-flying entertainment. Red Bull Elevation skyrocketed onto the BMX scene in 2005, when it revolutionized the sport by bringing dirt-jumping back to the trails, Ryan Nyquist back to the podium, and James Foster back to the future with his landing of the first-ever triple tail-whip. This year, BMX icon Jay Miron will again apply his decades of experience to create an even more stunning and immense course, answering the call of the world's best riders to go even bigger and faster. "Last year we raised the bar on every previously held competition. This year, we're raising it on ourselves. Believe it or not - the riders actually want bigger jumps," says Miron. "So let's give the riders what the riders want. Honestly, these guys are going to come as close to flying as anyone's ever come on a bike."
The next CarolinaBMX.com contest coming up, that Justin Holt is putting on, is the Sleepy Little Town Pro/Am contest. Saturday July 1st 2006 at the badass YMCA Skatepark in China Grove, NC which is right outside of Saulisbury. Signup starts at 11am.
Eastern's Mike Corley is helping Justin get this one rolling. He lives like a mile from the park. The YMCA says they can have full run of the park, and a Friday night practice session is in full effect until midnight (7pm-12pm). Tons of prizes for intermediate and cash purse for pros. It will be a daytime competition and the Doobie Brothers might show up, might not.
Local rider Zack Held [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1611]organized a dirt jam[/url] in Union City , CA this weekend. At the start of the jam not many people had arrived. Everyone was unfashionably late. Zack and some other riders had spent 2 weeks preparing the jumps for the jam and they looked awesome. The first one I saw looked like a FMX double at the bottom of a downhill. The trials themselves are hidden in amongst tree's in the back of a park between a residential area and the freeway. A small creek runs alongside them and bets were going on who would be the first person to end up in it.
With the nice weather coming it's time to show what you've got. In case you are not aware yet, You are welcome to come and ride in Paris for the 100Contest event, and especially the Flatland contest. When: It will take place the 16,17,18th OF JUNE 2006. The program for flatland is: The 16th : Open practice only. The 17th : Prelims starts at 3pm. Practice open at 12H30. The 18th ; Final. What: The 100Contest (pronounced sans-Contest) is an event gathering performer from the urban culture (BMX, Skateboarding, roller skating, graffiti, hip hop, basket ball, etc...). Different disciplines, different contests (100 contests!), different areas, but same price money for each contest: 1750 Euro.
This past weekend in Santa Cruz , CA 2-Hip bikes held the premiere of their new video titled "Under the radar". The Rio theater in downtown Santa Cruz was rented out and filled up with kids bikes fans. Unfortunately 2-Hip owner and flashy dresser Ron Wilkerson could not be present for the premiere since he was booked into a local hospital. He is on the mend and I heard even tried to make a valiant attempt to escape the hospital to attend. Editor/Rider/Filmer Jarrod Allen introduced the video and called Wilkerson from the stage putting the microphone to his cell phone so that we could all hear him.
The video itself reflected the unique approach the company has towards bmx sometimes being a bit off the wall.
Eastpak is one of the sponsors of this year's Rebel Jam in Berlin. They've made up some limited edition bags that you can win on FATBMX. The bags have the Rebel Jam logo stitched on it and there are only a few available so they will always stick out next time you decide to go on a road trip. What do you have to do to win the bags? Just answer the following questions and send your answers in before 1 August 2006. Don't forget to leave your contact details with the contest entry so if you win the prize, Eastpak can send the limited edition bag to you.
1) When does the Rebel Jam take place? 2) What city in Germany will host the Rebel Jam? 3) Why do you need the Rebel Jam bag?
Staats Bicycles teamed up with Sponsor House sponsorhouse.com to award the Grand Prize Winner of the Sponsor House survey; a complete Staats jumper bike, which retails for $650.Nicole took the time to fill out the 60 question survey that focuses not only on demographic and psychographic rider background, but also on how athletes interact with the Sponsor House site as well as other web sites. Sponsor House uses this information to determine what new features to offer to improve the next version of SponsorHouse, which will be launched this July. “Staats is excited to work with Sponsor House to award our jumper bike as the Grand Prize to a cool athlete like Nicole. Nicole was very thankful and excited when she found out she won,” offered Staats’ Jason Halverson.
Nicole is now using her new Staats jumper bike to dial in her 2 wheel bike skills so she is more confident when she is bar-banging on the mini bike race track. “I had a great time on the bike! I love the brakes and the top speed! This is going to be a new sport for me to try (as opposed to the board and motor sports!) Thanks,” quoted Nicole after her first day on her bike.
This Snickers Bowl report is fashionably late. But what is late? It's Monday after the contest as I'm typing this up. Spending 5 hours at the London Heathrow airport has its advantages. Good thing I brought the laptop. The photos are already prepared in the right size and all I need is a little text now of what happened and some internet connection. The latter will only be available when I'm back home so please bear with me for a few hours. How cool would it be if there was free wireless worldwide. Updates could come from anywhere that way as long as there's a power socket nearby and I've got the right plug. The hotel actually had internet but after the competition it was time for some Guns 'n Roses and then the hotel bar/lobby for hours of DMC tales straight from the horses mouth. Classic stories, I tell you.
But the reason we were in Donington was the Snickers Bowl contest. It was an invite only competition for BMX and skateboarding and the Bowl was set up in the middle of the Download festival that had bands playing all day long. Thousands of people showed up and I mean THOUSANDS.
Today the annual manual and prelims took place at the Download Festival in Donnington. We'll give you the results here before we hop back in the bus to go see Metallica live. Jealous yet? The Annual Manual once again went to Ruben Alcantara. Last year he won $ 1200,= USD for it and I've heard this year it's more. You guys now start practicing your wheelies. It's a rewarding trick. A split 8th place in prelims has Tom Stober and Dennis McCoy both making the finals making it a group of 9 tomorrow. First place in qualifying went to Simon Tabron who had the tricks and the height. Jimmy Walker is ruling the bowl and got 2nd with Joe Rich getting third. I'm doing this out of the top of my head and it's either Bas Keep or Koji Kraft in 4th or 5th. Anyway, they both made it. Zach Shaw and Matt Fairbairn fill the next two places and together with Tom and DMC that will be the final of tomorrow.