It's fair to say that no one travels as much as pro flatlander Nathan Penonzek does. We asked Nathan to do write-ups on the trips he's taking for FATBMX. He's down with that so expect to hear more great stories from the Canadian Nomad. Here's his first travel column that takes you from Canada to Colombia.
On a gloomy cold afternoon in my small town of Gibsons Canada, I looked out over the grey ocean, I had spent Christmas with my family for the first time in years so it was a good one. My mind was starting to wonder, and I needed to go somewhere. I had never been to Colombia and I thought to call Alejandro Caro who is from Cali.
Nate Wessel had his knee surgery a couple of weeks ago. He was recovering and staying at Scott Powell's in Cleveland, so Nate invited me to come hang and cuddle. So I spent a few days in Cleveland just chillin, watching movies, old skate videos, some video called Whiskey 2. Eating at fine Mexican restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory, and oh yeah, home cooked food from Powell. Nate is doing well and is excited to have the surgery done with and looking forward to getting better. On his down time from building and riding, Nate will be busy riding beavers instead of his bike and working on his signature Failure frame.
Achim Kujawski brought this 900 to our attention and wanted everyone to see it. Hope that's okay with the editor of the movie and the place they've hosted it. If not, get back to us and we'll kindly remove it. Until then, enjoy this 900 from Federal's Alex Valentino from France. He's a ripper and got the job done.
East London's first ever BMX racetrack rolled into action on Sunday with an opening race meeting in Dagenham attended by the Mayor of Barking and Dagenham. Cllr Marie West joined other civic dignitaries at Old Dagenham Park on Sunday, to officially open the racetrack which is just the second one to be built in London. Around 120 BMXers, young and old, novices and experts, arrived at the park to compete over various distances and in different age groups. The ambitious project to build the track, formed part of Barking and Dagenham Council's Parks Development Team's masterplan of improvements for the park off Siviter Way, Dagenham and features an eight-person track with a start hill and a variety of challenging jumps and humps.
-The season hasn't started off well for Haro's Peter Geys over in Belgium. Here's the update from Peter himself: Hello guys I’ve got more bad news from the doctor! I’m having a crack at a tendon in my left shoulder and I need a surgery on it. Because I broke 2 ribs and my collarbone on January 18th in Barcelona, Spain, they need to wait 3 weeks longer before a surgery is recommended and than it's going to take a few months before I can start riding again, bummer! Get well soon Peter.
-Daniel Dhers has been spending winter in a warmer climate (Brasil) so he can still ride. Daniel wrote a report for the HARO Bikes website so check it out.
-Ryan Nyquist spent some time Down Under for a holiday. He has broken his hand and will have another 4 weeks of "holiday" to let it heal.
The first serious international contest of the year is always Braun Circle Cow in Servon, France, near Paris. Organisers Pascal & Ismael are keeping the contest alive, big props to them! Lots of riders showed up, although it seemed that there were less riders than last year, especially less French riders, I missed a lot of them, like Nico Ferrando, Francis Bessiere, Florent Guyenon and Christophe Dassie. There were also a lot of riders who were there but didn't compete like Stephane "Pokemon" Suini and riders that were working instead of riding like Manu (Agoride) and Alain (Cream) Massabova and the 713 Crew. Of course the big French pros were there like Alex Jumelin, Raphael Chiquet, Alexis Desolneux and riding for the first time in pro class, supertalent Matthias Dandois. A very large international turnup though, OG Crew from Hungary was present: Adam Kun, Peter Sarlos, Marton, Peter and the rest, UK Massive with pro riders James Smith and Keelan Philips and up-and-coming talent Paul Chamberlain and professional beatboxer/flatlander Vince Turner. Me and Bram representing Holland and a big German Crew with my friends Chris Bohm, Daniel Fuhrmann, Wolfgang Sauter and Sven Steinbach. Michael Sommer was also there, making the trip from Vienna, Austria.
The Metro BMX JAM is taking place at the International Bike Show Toronto, Ontario CANADA this weekend. With $12,000 U.S. Pro purse and Expert prizes and a $1,500 U.S. Oakley Hard Trick contest, the Ricoh Coliseum is the place to be. The Pro class is almost full and they've already got some of the the biggest names in BMX signed up for the 6th annual contest at the Toronto International Bike Show. With guys like Ryan Nyquist, Morgan Wade, Gary Young, Dave Osato, Corey Martinez, Bas Keep, Chris Doyle, Kye Forte, Van Homan and Kevin Porter coming, you just know the riding will be wild, and the styles will be all over the map.
The Toronto Metro and big video premiere's have become synonymous, and this year will be no different. MacNeil's road trip video 'San To Van' will follow the team of Gary Young, Alistair Whitton, Robin Fenlon, Nick Halsey, Harrison Boyce, Josh Nendza and veteran road trippers Dave Freimuth and Jay Miron as they head north on the 1-5 from San Diego to Vancouver hitting up parks and street spots all along the way.