Sitting in the stands watching BMX for 10 hours a day might get a little stale. In between some motos and during the opening ceremony, the organization of the UCI world's in Bercy had brought in some entertainment. The variety was big. Instead of an expected big laser and fireworks show in Bercy, the announcer got a Mexican wave going with the people in the stands and an ALOHA group showed up that had girls and guys dancing in a traditional way while the guru interacted with the crowd and the band that sat in the middle of the track. On Saturday the Theo Tahiti show turned it up a notch and brought in some fire. A circle of fire was made with the help of some flamable fluid and the Hawaiian dudes were juggling with some sort of stick with fire at both ends. Even this can get a bit boring but as soon as one of the guys' leg was on fire this lead to some panic in the group. You see, the dude was wearing leg covers and one of them caught fire when he stepped in the burning circle. At first you think it's part of the show but it wasn't. The Flyin' Hawaiin' made the hell out of the circle and looked for sand to put the fire down. People around the infield jumped in to help out. Being the true showman he continued the show and finished it without more drama.
2000 riders from 40 nations made it to Paris for the 2005 UCI BMX world's. Among them were 138 Elite men athletes, 37 Junior women, 99 Junior men and 51 Elite women. The Saturday night program had all these classes on the track deciding who would put on the rainbow jersey at the end of the day.
I entered a bet and it went like this: Name 8 riders that would make the Elite Men main. 1 point per rider for every rider that actually made the main. You scored 2 points if you had the right rider on the right spot he finished in. My list looked like this:
The atmosphere was electric; as 15,000 enthused fans flocked to Old Market Square throughout the day, for the very first Red Bull Vertical Battle on Saturday, to witness ten of the best skateboarders and BMX’ers compete on Europe’s largest vert ramp to the backdrop of live music from Kerrang!
However, the night belonged to legendary BMX’er Jay â€˜The Beast’ Miron, who not only took first place, but also scooped the â€˜best trick’ award for pulling a â€˜540 whip’, commenting he said: â€œI always like to â€˜give-er’ at the Red Bull contestsâ€? and the judges couldn’t agree more, BMX judge Will Smyth added:
The Pro Flatland final proved as exciting, with Justin Miller (USA) taking a second straight tour victory, producing a combination of characteristically difficult front wheel moves.
The British boys pulled together some technical combo’s to take the final podium spots, with Sam Foakes (UK) in second and Effraim Catlow (UK) placing third. Effraim will be looking to take those vital tour points to the next stop of the Tour as it heads to
Finals day at NASS, with over 40,000 spectators descending on the fields of the Bath & West Showground over the weekend, the riders knew they had a crowd to impress and impress they did!Braun cruZer Tour Spine Contest:
One of the clear event highlights drawing in the crowds, was the Braun cruZer Tour Spine contest, with the riders knowing they had everything to play for as they went into the 5th leg of the tour. The ever, impressive Mark Webb (UK) went all out for victory with multiple runs of technical and flare tricks.
The battle for second place and
5000 flyers were printed for the Saturday night bowl party in Montpellier. With the FISE around the corner and a happy hour on the program, you could bet on the presence of the FATBMX crew. With some imported RedBull to mix with Vodka and some fine Nice Konass drink, it wasn't only beer to get wasted on. In fact, the real beer drinkers didn't like the taste of the served booze but it was free between 10 and 11pm or you could trade a Cream sticker for a beer, so there were little complaints.
Every year when we make it down to the FISE it's we take a quick peak at the Grammont bowl for the latest in graffiti land. With the camera on hand we take a few shots as we do a lap around the bowl. Please enjoy the pieces as captured in July 2005.
The flyer of the jam made us curious. Concrete parks are popping up let and right and the Hypnoz park had at least a couple of good hips telling from the contest flyer. The video on the Twenty side revealed the complete park and we couldn't wait to get there. Alex Baret booked us a room next to the bowl so all sounded good.
On arrival we were stunned. After driving through the countryside for an hour we arrived at Cap Decouverte. It's a multi sports complex built at an old charbon mine. The park has more than you can think of. The "Auberge" hosts the guests where the skatepark is only 30 meters away. I shot some pics of the park from the bedroom window and with the PA being loud enough I could have chilled at the room the entire time and didn't miss a trick. The skatepark is amazing. The painted
UCI BMX WORLD'S BERCY, Paris, France.
From 1984-1990 the Palais Omnisport stadium with the grass walls hosted the King of Bercy BMX races. 2005 sees the return of BMX in the Bercy stadium with the UCI World Championships. Official titles are going to the Elite men and Elite women classes, the Juniors (men and women) and the Elite and Junior cruiser classes. Friday night had the cruiser categories and FATBMX was there to do a report.