Ben Townley is a 21 year old motocross rider from New Zealand. He moved to Europe at an early age to do what he loves to do. He got what he was after in 2004 (world champion in the 125 cc class) and Ben is preparing for his first season in the USA right now. With the same trainer as Ricky Carmichael and bikes that seem to win every championship (Pro Circuit/Monster Kawasaki 250f), Ben could actually turn some heads in 2006. BT is an occasional BMX-er and we decided to send some questions his way. Surprisingly we received the answers the same day.
Allan Cooke likes touring. He likes it so much that he fixed a co-sponsorship with Eastern Bikes so he could be part of their tours. Allan also bought a huge RV so he can live on the road whenever he feels like it. But there's more, Allan is the one who started the Local Exposure tour last year. The idea behind it is to visit local parks with a bunch of (pro) riders and check on the local talent. At each stop the locals end up with cool prizes from Allan's sponsors (Specialized, Boost, FOX, DC, Mountain Dew). The pros then pick an overall winner that can hop in the tour vehicle the next year. Last year's winner Quinn Semling enjoyed the privilege in 2005. With so much talent around at the local parks, combined with riding from Morgan Wade, Dan Sieg, Will Love, Allan Cook, Brian Kachinsky, Dave Freimuth and Leigh Ramsdell, it is agreat idea to make a DVD out of it. Throw in characters Micah Kranz, Biz and Catfish and you've got some humor on board.
The intro is well done. Everyone on the tour gets described with the help of a T-shirt, a hat and an illustration. There is attention to detail that you will understand when you know the riders..
Name: Dave Dillewaard Age: 22 Hometown: Redcliffe, Australia
Last time we did an interview you just got out of Australia and hit up a few contests in Europe before making the trip to the USA. How have things developed for you? Yeah that was a long time ago now. I actually was in the US for about a month before those contests. I was living with Josh Harrington, Darden, Nyquist and Bohan in Salt Lake City. Everyone was out of town and Nyquist was heading over to Europe for a few comps. I was pretty much broke so I wasn't going anywhere, but Ryan helped me out massively and got me a flight to France for FISE and then we took a train to England for bike 03. Ended up doing an interview with you and making a little needed cash so I was stoked. That year I got picked up by GT and everything has been a lot easier.
Arcadia, California– Crupi is proud to announce that Mike Moeller has signed with Crupi for the 2006 season. Mike was an original member of the Crupi/Challenge Team back in 2000 and ‘01, then moved up to the Crupi Factory Team in ’02 and ’03. Mike has since proven himself as a top 10 AA Pro and will be Crupi’s only Pro rider for 2006.
Cristian Becerine and Jason Richardson who have been with Crupi through the ’04 and ’05 seasons will move on to new teams in 2006 and Crupi would like to express how much they have enjoyed having them both on the team
When there is a problem and no one else can help, you have two options. 1) You call the A-team or 2) You do it yourself. Andreas Lindqvist and the Capital Athletics Crew didn't have Hannibal's number. Here's what Jimmy Roestlund wrote:
The riding situation during the winter has been a total disaster here for the last few years. There's only been one indoor park here for as long as I can remember - Stockholm Skatepark in a place called Fryshuset. And every time the ramps have been changed, they have changed for the worse for us riders, and actually for the skaters too!
Andy Zeiss and Mike Emde found a date for next year's Rebel Jam in Berlin: 11-13August 2006.
"To be honest it wasn't the easiest part to find a space in 2006 as such many and good events will happen and also the Soccer Worlds are taking place here in Germany starting 09.06.- 09.07.2006." says co-organiser Zeiss. For the location Andy and Mike would like to provide everybody the great facilities of Mellowpark in Berlin once again. Also there will be some minor changes on the set-up to make things even more interesting on that weekend. Emde: "Feel sure that we and our partners will give our best again to ensure a great rebeljam 2006 and a nice time in Berlin - But once again: rebeljam wouldn't have been such a great success without your huge interest and support. THANKS A MILLION!!!"
The rebeljam website will also be updated by early 2006. So keep an eye open on any news: www.rebeljam.com
- Jason Richardson's HARO contract started on 1 December 2005 and the very next weekend J-Rich was over in Switzerland representing in HARO colors. Jason made both mains but a few crashes held him back. Main one on Saturday he went down (with the rest of the pack) in turn one and finished 6th. On Sunday Jason was in third until the last turn where he started slipping and sliding and went down on the slick track. read his report in the HARO BMX news section.
- Congratulations to Haro Europe rider Anthony Pill. He's getting married this month.
- HARO's new BMX racer Derek Betcher had been the center of attention on some message boards. Let's see if he can shut the critics up.
- The Chenga 1 park in Ohio is nearing their final chapter. They had one more contest earlier this month and HARO's Dustin Bauer finished 6th in Pro Park which was stacked with pros.
SHADOWS AMERICAN PREMIER DATES FEATURING ALISTAIR WHITTON, BYRON ANDERSON, JOE SIMON, JOHN JENNINGS, RYAN SHER. The Shadow Conspiracy Premier BMX video release parties will be happening all over the country
December 9,10,11,12, 2005 at a local bike shop listed below. There is going to be more shops added but we wanted to start getting the word out as early as we could. So if you do not see you local shop listed bug them to set one up by calling Sparky's Distribution.
Each of these shops are not only going to open their doors for you to come hang and watch a video but they are supporting the local scene and giving you a chance to be one of the first to check the new Shadow video.
Also as a bonus your local shop will be one of the only shops in the world to have the Shadow video untill the week of the 12th. So if you want to be the first to get your grubby little hands on the first ever Shadow video, make it out and support your local shop.
It rules getting BMX magazines in the mail. For a while we were on BMX Business News' list but for some reason stopped receiving it. Now we're back on so we'll do a review of the trade magazine. The Nov/X-mas issue features Jim Ford on the cover who announced his resignation with HARO just before deadline. GT goes IBD again and you can read why. Transworld put on a "Selling BMX successfully"seminar at Interbike and they'r looking back on it by this article. Jay Miron leaves the IBMXFF because he's too busy with his other projects. Chris Moeller's Guest Editorials are always a good read, if you agree with him, or not. TL looks back on the Eurobike show, SX finds new distributors, 1 question - 1 company with FIT Bike Co. Transworld also puts on the NORA CUP awards and they look back on the 2005 edition in Vegas. There's an article on Top 5 selling products and new is the exposure meter with Dave Mirra coming out on top (with a huge lead).