Mark Owen is pretty much running the Hoffman Bikes show these days. He started from the ground up and now travels to Taiwan a couple of times a year for Product Development purposes, travels to the contests to meet the riders, is on the phone for International Sales and he does the accounting. FATBMX checked in with Chuck D.When did you start working for Hoffman Bikes?
I started working for Hoffman Bikes back in 1992.
BMX Plus! is the longest running BMX magazine out there. They've gotta be doing something right. The September issue has a story on the 2005 Ultimate race bike, which is a cro-mo- FBM Bitchin' Camero. It must be the most expensive frame in the mailorder ads...... There's some inside Scoop with news on Mike Day, the Orchid DVD, Josh Harrington, The CFB in OKC, a Dale Holmes update and some info on the Allan Cooke Local Exposure tour. next to that the Inside Scoop has a story on Mirra's jumbo ramp. If you sent a letter to BMX Plus!, you might find it on pages 14 - 16 or 18. Being the oldest BMX magazine out there, coming up with a Nostalgia page is no big task. Gary Ellis gets the photo wearing Yes/Dyno pants. How's the FedEx route doing Gary? If you want to know what Dave Mirra is running on his bike, turn to page 22/23. It's not the golden bike, which apparently got lost on the airlines getting back from the X-Games. Ooops. Stephen Murray's GT also gets highlighted. Congrats on becoming a daddy Stephen! Is Bully Bikes still around? Must be, check the Bully Impulse test (P.26/27).
Al Dimino sent in a report about the Animal jam that happened last weekend and promotes his own jam at the same time. We're fine with that.
I was at the animal jam yesterday in NYC and it was packed with riders. A great turn out and show of support for bmx and animalbikes. I rode the banks for a while and then headed out to Brooklyns owls head park to try to beat the heat. A 95 degree day was causing us to break a sweat just standing. I was with my good friend Ricky Ratt Vigil from so-cal who is visiting for the summer and being his first time in the big apple we toured the big apple and showed him some sites. Rick enjoyed being at the jam and riding owls head park for sure.
DEW ACTION SPORTS TOUR ARRIVES IN THE ROSE CITY WITH FOUR DAYS OF COMPETITION STARTING ON AUG. 18
Guettler and Bestwick, Among Athletes to Watch at the VansÂ® Invitational in Portland, Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore., AUG. 15, 2005, -The Dew Action Sports Tour, the first-ever, season-long professional multi-sport tour in action sports, begins four days of competition on Aug. 18 at the third stop of the Tour, the VansÂ® Invitational at the Rose Quarter. More than 150 of the top action sports athletes in the world will compete in skateboarding (vert and park), BMX (park, vert, and dirt), and freestyle motocross in pursuit of the Dew Cup and the largest competitive purse in action sports.
-The EASTPAK TRANSITION TOUR (bmx, skate, music, shenanigans....) is kicking off in the UK, soon, from 20 AUG....... On the tour are the following BMX-ers: Anthony Pill, Ben Hennon, Ben Manuel, Mark Webb, Martyn Tamblin, James Hitchcox and Pete Marselle. The crew will hit the following places to support the local skateparks:
20 Aug: Hayes; Lake Farm Country Park. BMX track, Dawley Rd.
21 Aug: Solihull; Tudor Grange Park
22 Aug: Barrow in Furness; Town Hall Square
27/28 Aug: Penzance Skatepark, Concrete Carnival
They are bringing their own ramp. Showtimes are from 12-5pm and they're free.
It's been quite in review land. It's not that we have not received the magazines or DVD, it's just that we have had no time to check them out.
Twenty BMX magazine seems to come out on a regular basis. The September issue is another good issue. The mix with BMX racing and Freestyle might not be your thing but maybe you can give it a try. You can either learn something from racing or as a racer, you can pick up some tricks from the freestyle dudes.
The cover has racing on it. This might be risky business but it shows the Twenty people have got balls. The big format gives you bigger pictures, even the photos in the Pump (news) section show up rather big.
Hey Roots Fans! Here's a letter from Ronnie B. for you all...
I am writing this letter to let everyone know the 8th Roots Jam will be postponed until 2006. What started as a local jam eight years ago has turned into an amazing event and a meeting place for riders from all over the world.
Due to all of the [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=691]changes in my life and business[/url] this year I have decided to take a year off and start working on 2006 plans early.
We have hosted Roots and put 110% into it because of my passion for BMX and the dedication to wanting to give back to the BMX community.
With Achim Kujawski organizing the Verthaus jam in Germany and Simon Tabron doing the Spin Like Hell vert weekend in England, it was time for Peter Geys to invite the vert riders for a weekend of halfpipe riding. The weekend was named Garden Of Vert as Peter's ramp is sitting in his backyard. The garden was prepped to the max and Peter had made sure that there was something for everyone. He rented an air castle for the kids and made sure the beer was flowing all weekend. Respect to Peter and his crew for the set-up, it was amazing.
Friday evening saw the HARO High Air contest. 6 riders entered from 5 different countries. German Tim Eichert was riding with a collarbone that was not healed completely (5 weeks) and was just cruising the ramp getting a solid 4 feet with the lowest part of the bike. Sander Nieuwenhuis from Holland went higher with every run he did. He started off in the 4 foot range but ended up going 6 feet plus when the session ended for 5th. 4th place was for a very stylish brakeless rider from Switzerland who listens to the name of Jean-Marie Baertsch.
On the 17th September 05 there will be the "The Crown" Flatlandcontest in Hamburg, which will be happening in the empty terminal 1 of Hamburg airport.
Initiator of this Contest is Flatlander AsbjÃ¶rn Bracht from Rendsburg.
There will be Master & Pro Class. In Pro there is price money (2,100 EUR) down to 8th place and in Master there are product prices.
From 11 pm. there will an afterparty.
More Info: www.thecrown2005.de