For the fourth time in his BMX career with FACTORY REDLINE, BUBBA HARRIS has signed the dotted line. This years’ contract was a bit different though; as it teams up the current 2-time ABA No.1 Pro and UCi World Champ with Redline for the next three years, and encompasses new clauses that cover Olympic medal and Olympic coverage contingencies … something never before written in to any BMX pro sponsorship. Also, for the first time in his pro career, his Redline agreement includes an NBL title contingency.
Intense BMX is proud to announce the addition of Kelvin Batey to the 2006 World Team. Kelvin will join Jamie Staff and Michael Robinson on the Intense BMX World Team. In 2006, Kelvin will be competing in the UK National Series, the UCI European Championships series, and at the World Championships in Brazil. Kelvin has already been selected by the Great Brittan Racing squad as one of the riders whom have been brought into the Olympic training program and will train and travel with the staff from the GBR training squad.
After years with One Bicycles, Kelvin Batey has left to join forces with Intense BMX. It was a tough decision for him to leave his long time sponsor, but Kelvin was enticed by the direction of Intense BMX and how far they have come in just a year and a half.
Bodo Hellwig sent us his first photos of his new bike. He said it's so light that it actually feels too light for him. Well, it's easy to solve that problem, just change a few parts. The "Bodo frame" is still in a prototype stage but if you like what you see, get in touch with FELT. Read more about Bodo by clicking here: [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1031]Bodo Hellwig Bizznizz interview[/url]
Congrats to the DIG crew for reaching issue 50. Here's some info from the DIG posse on the new mag.
Issue 50. That's right, we finally made it! Most of us here at the magazine never thought we'd get this far, but after many twists, turns and bumps in the proverbial road, we've finally arrived. I would love to say that we spent our time patting ourselves on the back and saying, "Good job" to each other, but we really just tried to put together an issue that showed how much we've grown as a magazine. We've highlighted some of our earlier days, but we've also made it a point to show what's in store for the future of the magazine. There's new paper, new layouts and new sections, plus a big ole poster displaying the past 50 covers of Dig BMX Magazine. Basically, we're striving to push ahead with Dig, and issue 50 is the benchmark for the future. If you're curious about what's inside, here's a quick rundown....
MADISON, Wis. - December 20, 2005 - TJ Lavin is one talented guy, and Schwinn Bicycles has re-signed him to showcase his talents with the Schwinn brand. Growing up in Las Vegas, TJ was drawn to BMX racing as a young child, and showed potential as a top contender almost immediately. He soon discovered dirt jumping and before long found almost unparalleled success, having been crowned the "King of Dirt" in 1995. In the X Games he has medalled several times over, taking the bronze three times, the silver once, and the gold twice, his most recent medal being in 2004. He has also been a DK Dirt Circuit Champ, a champion in the Gravity Games, and a CFB Champion.
“I’m excited to represent the Schwinn brand,” said Lavin. “Schwinn’s been really good to me for the past few years and I’m glad to stay in the family.”
Outside of his successes on the track, TJ has also developed a plethora of talents off the track. He has appeared on Cribs and starred in a documentary film. He is also featured in his own video game, MTV Sports: TJ Lavin's Ultimate BMX.
MADISON, Wis. - December 20, 2005 - GT proudly announces that it has re-signed BMX Race champion Randy Stumpfhauser to the 2006 GT Team.Stumpy jumps back into the thick of it after a great 2005. Winning Elite Cruiser at the World Championships in Paris and winning the ABA Pro Cruiser title for the fifth year in a row are among his 2005 highlights. In 2006 his goals are to continue being consistent and to enhance his already impressive riding level.
“I hate going out there and not riding at the level I know I am capable of, so I want to raise that level and concentrate on winning races and the titles will come with those goals,” said Stumpfhauser.
How’s he like riding for GT?
“Riding for GT is something I used to dream about when I was younger. In this stage of my career I am very happy to have the support from a company that makes great bikes and gives me support at the races."
Name: Markus Wilke Age: 31 Hometown: Cologne/ Germany
The news of signing with KHE came as a surprise to us. How did it work out?
Well, two years ago I talked to Thomas Goering about some new KHE products at the Worlds in Cologne. He showed an interest in sponsoring me, but we never actually sat down and talked it over. So after a while I kind of forgot about it. A couple of weeks ago he called me totally out of the blue and offered me a full-on sponsorship. KHE has focused on the Flatland scene for the last couple of years, but the company also has a strong background in Ramp and Street riding. I guess this is where I come into the picture. I’ve known Thomas for fifteen years now and he has some great ideas for a Street bike. I think KHE is a cool opportunity for me to help design some really good Street parts. We signed a two year and half year deal.
Todd Lyons has been there, done that. As a racer, as a dirtjumper as a street rider, he has traveled the world. His love for the sport is gigantic and it was no surprise that "The Wildman" ended up working in the bicycle industry. TL is taking SE racing (or SE BMX) to a different level and is loving it. FATBMX checked in with TL to see what his job entails.
How did you get the job over at SE Bikes?
- Back in the late summer of 2002 I read on BMXMania that SE was being resurrected by Fuji Bikes. The guy who it said was running the program was Billy Feamster. Billy used to sponsor me with Rad Accessories back in the early 90’s. I hadn’t talked to him in years, so I figured I’d look him up. Once all of that fell into place, I became the sponsored pro. Then over the next year and a half, I saw a lot of things that we could do to improve our bikes, team, image, etc. Over time, I gave so much input that we finally realized that I could have a much better impact as the Brand Manager than simply being just a rider.
Another BMX jam will be held Munster, Germany. Local Alex Reinke is sad that he cannot be there that weekend because of a stupid tradeshow! So there will be a Jam in his Hometown and he will not be there, bummer!. The guys Jochen Bertenhoff and Roland Sandford (soon to be Munster local) will check the contest. Info see flyer.
More news: -Alex Reinke is the new Sales/Marketing everything Manager for Duffs Shoes in Germany and Austria now. He already formed a BMX team for Duffs in Germany: Mark König, Miki Krstestki and Timo Mrukwia.
-There are some good things going on the Munster Scene. Alex reports that they are having their own BMX-only evening in the local Skatehall called Skaterspalace. The new Boss of the