BMX-ers have had their fair share of trouble with FMX-ers in the past. Let me recall the Troy McMurray vd Metal Mulisha battle that escalated at one of Todd Huffman's events. As in every sport there are good guys and bad guys. The good FMX-ers (read trouble free) have found themselves a gig at the Hardcore Freestyle Motocross tour that travels Europe at the moment. The first stop was in Antwerp, Belgium this weekend and FATBMX took a look.
Live Nation is the company that puts on the 3 stop tour. Frankly, it's a show and the people who are coming to the stadium pay around 30 bucks to be entertained.
Doug Martin has been hired as the new Director of BMX Programs at USA Cycling. The Director of BMX Programs position was created to help clarify and communicate processes and guidelines by which BMX athletes and teams qualify for competitions. BMX will make its debut as a full-medal sport at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Martin brings to USA Cycling more than 14 years of professional team management experience, including work with GT Bicycles, Nirve Sports, as well as World Championship and Olympic teams. “In addition to an intimate knowledge of the BMX industry and community, Doug brings a tremendous amount of experience organizing and managing international programs and teams,” said Director of Athletics, Steve Johnson. ”The addition of BMX to the Olympic Games is an incredible opportunity for both the sport of BMX racing and American cycling in general.”
With the Olympics coming up (2008) it's up to the riders to score UCI points for their national federation. The more points, the more riders from that nation are allowed to race in Beijing. Dutch hope is in Afro Bob's hands. He did the utmost at the UCI points race in Las Vegas this weekend. Good job Bob! Here's the full results:
Elite Men 1 Robert De Wilde 2 Donny Robinson 3 Derek Betcher 4 Randy Stumpfhauser 5 Mike Day 6 Tyler Brown 7 Henrik Baltzersen 8 Matt Pohlkamp
Elite Women 1 Stephanie Barragan 2 Krystal Hime 3 Arielle Martin 4 Vilma Rimsaite 5 Kim Hayashi 6 Amanda Sorensen
Osiris shoes is searching for new athletes/ teams in the action sports industry. They are currently accepting proposals and taking applications for the 2006 -2007 season . Osiris shoes offers many levels of sponsorship and discount programs. You can go online and check out some of our newest products at www.ridersupport.net.
Only from the mind of Kevin Porter would a concept of the Ratty Bike Fest come. The second annual Ratty Bike Fest went down in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this past weekend at 4 Seasons Skatepark. Kevin got the idea during a typical contest run a few years back where he was competing against 4 of his friends. None of them cared about winning..they just wanted to have fun. Kevin realized that this was the key ingredient in having a successful BMX contest. Kevin felt that competition took away the fun. So he devised a 4 man team format in which teams competed against each other. The key being that you have a 4 man team and you all work together to shred. Last year Ratty drew huge crowds and some amazing riders and for the 2nd year things got even bigger. Riders from Florida, Canada, Colorado, California, Ohio, NY, Georgia, and even Washington state, all converged for a smashing good time all in the name of BMX.
We (me and Joey "BirdFlu" Hill left DK on Friday and headed up to Milwaukee. I knew there was a lot of chaos going on up there so we drove really fast and made the 8 hour trip in about 5 1/2 hours.
Sentenced to life Sentenced to life is the new flic by Brian Purdy who was also in charge of some Fox videos. Brian is not a 100% bmx filmer but more of an extreme sports filmer with snowboarding, skateboarding, bmx and also fmx. But this fact doesn't mean that Sentenced to Life is not 100% bmx. The film is pretty much based on Dave Mirra with a very impressive part - street/park riding only, no vert! Other parts belong to Dave´s friends like Josh Harrington, Scotty Cranmer, his new Mirraco teamrider Ryan Guettler, Matt Beringer and Mike Aitken. This list is a guarantee for bmx entertainment as you can imagine. Every riding style is served here. Before each part starts Dave introduces everyone with some words and discribes their styles in his way.
There is also a very nice bonus section with Mirra, Harrington, Cranmer interviews and bonus riding with Rob Darden and co. The only thing I dislike a little is the lack of riding noises. The music choises are great but some more authentic noise would be cool too..... But still Sentenced to life is worth having it in your dvd rack - espacially for watching Mirra's and Cranmer´s part.
Dave Mirra, Stephen Murray and Josh Harrington Among Pre-Qualified Tour Athletes NEW YORK – March 23, 2006– The Dew Action Sports Tour, the first season-long professional multi-sport tour for action sports, today announced its pre-qualified athletes for the 2006 season.“The pre-qualified athletes for the 2006 season qualified based on their 2005 final Tour rankings, showing that the Dew Action Sports Tour has successfully created the true season for action sports, complete with context that crosses over from year to year,” said Aileen Koprowski, Director of Competitions. “We also hope to discover new Skateboard, BMX and Freestyle Motocross talent through our open qualifier competitions and wild card spots.” Athletes are pre-qualified for the 2006 Dew Action Sports Tour’s first stop, the Panasonic Open, based on their rankings at the end of the 2005 Dew Action Sports Tour season. Depending on the discipline, between 10 and 20 athletes are pre-qualified.
Athletes who are not pre-qualified may qualify for the Panasonic Open and Right Guard Open, the Tour’s first two events, in one of the following ways:
– Monterey, California – So far in 2006, GT Bicycles’ 16 Expert Joey Bradford has picked right back up where he left off in ’05 after winning his first ABA NAG#1 title last November at the ABA Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After, the Grands, the head honchos at Pacific switched Joey from Mongoose to GT. Before his GT debut in Reno, Joey switched up tire size and changed crank length, which gave him some gearing problems. Reno was a start to the year that Bradford feels wasn’t quite up to snuff. Of course for Joey, with a second and third in 16 Expert, anything less than a win is sub-par. Joey made up for it with a 16 Expert double in Bakersfield including a great high low pass between Sowers and Woodmansee to take the lead in Saturday’s 16 Expert main. Check out the following [url=http://joeybradford.com/images/videos/C1assmain1.MOV]movie[/url] to see this main.
A couple years ago, to make things a little more challenging, Bradford started racing a Mountain Bike in cruiser. Bradford busted out his brand new GT MTB, powering it to a pair of thirds for the weekend. Not bad for a bike that’s at least 10 pounds heavier than the competition.
The cat is out of the bag. Taj Mihelich has given up his co-ownership of Terrible One. To avoid the rumours going ever crazier, we wanted to show you what Taj had to say.
Hello everyone! Ok, lets see, from what I’ve heard the rumors are getting out of hand. I have indeed made some major changes in the last few days, but nothing as dramatic as the leaving Austin to take Roscoe to race the Iditarod Arctic Tundra race!
I’ve decided after a few months of deep thought and consideration that I am going to officially leave the business side of Terrible One.
Düsseldorf/Cologne, march, 2006.The Cologne Youthpark once again plays host to the Suzuki BMXMasters, this year one month later than usual, between July 21st and 23rd.
The 2006 BMXMasters website has been relaunched with an all new design. You will find an easy to navigate site giving all the information you will need, whether it be directions to the contest site or accommodation details, through to up-to-date information about competing riders and the disciplines being offered. To your appetite for this year you can find video and photo highlights of the 2005 BMXMasters event.