David Graham got the FATBMX press pass to do a report on the 2005 Gravity Games. Thanks a lot for the report, we love these contributions. Day 1
It's 11 AM on Monday and we (Me and Talem) have just parked under the bridge that runs Interstate 95 over Franklin Delano Roosevelt park in Philadelphia, PA. Standing next to the cement blob that supports one of the more unusual places to ride a bike or skateboard you'll ever see, we observe kids on junk department store bikes casually cruising around as television crews set up their lights and camera cranes. In fact there's every kind of biker or skater you could imagine rolling around. I've never been to the Gravity Games before, but
Dwayne Verkade from BMXigans.com / Prospect Clothing informed us today that their new monthly movie was online.
Soul Cycle XL Series #3 by Mario de Waard
You can check it out by clicking the FAT Movies button in the main menu. Props to Mario! This movie rules!
UCI World Continental Ranking
The UCI World Continental Ranking has come to an end on all four continents. Each continent has hosted 10 rounds counting for UCI ranking points in both elite and junior classes. Each rider will bring their top 7 results/points to the UCI BMX World Championships in Paris, France where the UCI World Ranking will be decided. Leading up to the 2008 Olympic Games, the Nations Ranking will from now on become very important for countries. To view the current ranking, visit;
The days are counting down to 1664's STREET JUSTICE V Competition! Riders have already started to arrive in Edmonton, to session all the new skateparks and hot spots before the event. The ramp crew has been hard at work putting in 14 hour days for that past 2 weeks to make sure this years course is better then ever. The prizes are in and the cash money is counted! To much info to list here, so get all the details by checking out http://www.1664bmx.com/sj05.htm
Flatland at the Oakley/Twenty jam, Cap Decouverte, France.
Probably not too many flatland riders had heard that there was a flatland contest at the Oakley/Twenty jam. This made for a low turn out but a cool session was had regardless with all riders present. The 30 minute session saw some good riding from team rider Alexis Desolneux as well as Twenty-Celeste rider Max. The location was actually quite nice with a huge roof hanging over a spacious asphalt field that can be used to play handball and basketball among other sports. The DJ and MC hyped up the crowd of 15 people. Alexis and Max tied for the win with Joakim in third and a girl in 4th but noone seemed to worry about the results. The session was fun, that's all that mattered.
AUSSIE RYAN GUETTLER HIGHLIGHTS DEW ACTION SPORTS TOUR'S RIGHT GUARD OPEN WITH BMX DIRT AND BMX PARK VICTORIES
DENVER, CO, JULY 10, -Australia's Ryan Guettler became the first two-discipline winner and Great Britain's Jamie Bestwick recorded one of the highest scores in BMX Vert history to cap off four days of competition at the Dew Action Sports Tour's Right Guard Open.
Guettler's remarkable weekend run began with a Friday night victory in the BMX Park competition with a winning score of 93.75. He bested Allan Cooke of Greenville, NC, who stood at 89.75 and Rob Darden [b/]of Greenville, NC, who earned a score of 88.75.
Guettler came back in the BMX Dirt competition, the final event of the four-day professional tour stop to score 94.88 points for the double victory. Fellow Aussie Cameron White was second at 90.50 and Chris Doyle of Pittsburgh, PA was third at 89.25.
Bestwick and another Greenville, NC star, Dave Mirra, knocked heads in BMX Vert. Mirra scored a 94.25 in his first run and Bestwick responded with a winning score of 96.00. Mirra experienced trouble with his handlebars in his second run and was unable to top Bestwick's winning score. Chad Kagy of Gilroy, CA was third at 92.75.
The Dew Action Sports Tour, featuring the biggest competitive purse in actions sports at $2.5 million plus a $1 million bonus pool, will head to Portland, Oregon, Aug. 18-21 for the Vans Invitational. The five-event season will conclude with stops in San Jose, CA (Sept. 8-11) and Orlando, FL (Oct. 13-16).
RYAN GUETTLER WINS BMX PARK COMPETITION AT THE DEW ACTION SPORTS TOUR'S RIGHT GUARD OPEN; SOLIDIFIES HIS NUMBER ONE SPOT IN THE DEW CUP POINTS STANDINGS
July 8, 2005 - Denver, CO - Ryan Guettler, 21, from Brisbane, AUS, wowed the crowd at the Pepsi Center Friday evening with a flawless run during BMX park finals. Guettler executed some of the most technical tricks BMX has ever seen and nailed them to perfection.
Guettler completed two astounding runs and was in first place after his first run. He sealed his lead as he improved upon his own leading score. The trick that cemented his win was a perfect front flip 720 across the box jump backwards.
"This (victory) proves to everyone who thought my win in Louisville was a fluke," said Guettler. "Everyone's been much more hungry for this Tour than other events. Since I was hurt just last week, I came into this contest just wanting to chill out, but I was so motivated to continue what I had achieved at the first event."
Dave Mirra Takes Home ESPY for Best Male Action Sports Athlete of the Year 07-15-05 Los Angeles, CA - July 13, 2005 - BMX star Dave Mirra took home the ESPY for Best Male Action Sports Athlete of the Year defeating a host of other deserving candidates. In a star-studded room full of celebrities and sports legends, Dave Mirra's name was heard echoing through the air as the recipient of this year's ESPY for the Best Male Action Sports Athlete of the year. With 18 X Games medals, 13 of which are gold, Dave is the most decorated X Games athlete of all time. Having competed in every X Games to date, Dave has swept his two premier events, the BMX Vert and Park competitions four times.
Oakley/Twenty jam Cap Decouverte, France.
It rained quite a bit on Saturday, the first day of the Oakley/Twenty jam near Carmaux, France. In the evening it dried up so the Oakley Best Trick contest could take place. With one award on the line the riders took to the concrete park and used some of the surrounding street ramps that were set up for the occasion. The complete Twenty team was on hand and Oakley flew in Sergio Layos. The session was mellow and the riding was great. The lights lit up the park very well and in the end it was Dimitri Ivanov who won with a no-hander to barspin in the deep end of the park.
The 2nd stop of the Dew Action Sports Tour was last Friday in Denver, CO. Scotty Cranmer rode great in practice and great for 58 seconds of his 60 second qualifier run (ended up qualifying 2nd). He smacked his head pretty hard on his last trick of the qualifier, 60 seconds at Denver elevation can make you a little tired. He got checked out by the medics and was cleared to ride the final a few hours later that night. In his 2nd run of the finals he went for the flip double whip and came really close to pulling it, really close. He really wanted to pull it and went for it again, this time hitting his head again, knocking out a tooth and earning himself a ride to the hospital. Scotty rode in the ambulance and beat us there, when they were checking him in he was acting so goofy they thought he was drunk and gave him a breathalyzer test... Outcome was a broken tooth, scrapped up face and a concussion.