BMX in Croatia? Yup it does exist. Ben Shenker went over there and reports on the street course and some party at a boat house.
A bunch of flatlanders and I headed to Zagreb for the Bike Fight 2 comp. I was excited to go, Croatia is always a good place, thanks to the super-friendly people. The comp/course/event turned out to be worse than I expected. It was at a sports-boat exhibition, so space was limited. The course was really small, with a jumpbox I hopped up straight every time. There was a good wallride, until the wall gave in
Another art exhibition over in Japan.
Yasu Takeo sent over the info and we're leaving his E-mail address this time as I'm sure you would get lost finding the place in the streets of Tokyo.
Here's what we understood:
The first round (of three) of the XTRLRG Series is going to take place in Heerlen, NL this Saturday. 11 Pros and 17 Amateurs have signed up through the official website (www.XLseries.com) to ride at The Promise park. You can sign up too so pay the site a visit for more info. New SNAFU Pro rider Paddy Gross is coming over so even if you don't ride yourself, you can check out a real World Champion on a BMX bike in action on March 12th (sorry Paddy, that's what you get for being good).
The Flatland Ninja sent us this photo of the new KGB bike. We were thinking that he put on his Ninja suit and strapped a digital camera around his waist and broke into the KGB office to take the shot. Then we checked the KGB site and see what we found:
Someone got into our computer and stole a picture of the new Psychopower frame. Who ever does this kind of things are just ignorant bastards and I hope they crash bad next time they ride, if they even ride. Hehe. Just kidding. We were going to post a picture of the new frame during this week so here you have it.
The first race of the Open Dutch MX Championships took place in Gemert. A lot of work was done to the track to make the event happen. It had snowed a lot and the below zero temperatures of the past week turned the track into a hard-pack track instead of a loose sand circuit. It was weird, it looked more like a superretard race than an MX race but the conditions were the same for everyone.Rob van Vijfeijken got the holeshot in moto 1 of the MX2. His dad had helped getting the track in shape and Rob must checked out every inch
For the year 2005 non-European riders are allowed to race the UCI European BMX Championships. That goes for the whole series in the Challenge and Challenge Cup series as well.
It sounds like Dale Holmes is going to do the complete series but he's actually from the UK but living in the States. Who he can drag with him for a race or two is unknown but the races do count for the UCI ranking and that list is becoming more and more important towards the 2008 Olympic games.
The Metro BMX jam is taking place in Toronto this weekend. We hope to have the results up in the next few days. Here's a list of 80 participating pro riders. Make your top three list now and see how you did come Monday.
01 Alistair Whitton UK
02 Tobias Wicke GER
03 Danny Hickerson USA
04 Gary Young USA
05 Morgan Wade USA
06 Dustin Guenther CAN
07 Karl Engstrom CAN
08 Dave Osato CAN
09 Joe Schiavi USA
10 Dean Hearne UK
11 John Heaton CAN
12 Max Vincent CAN
13 Jim Cielencki USA
14 Dave Freimuth USA
15 Vinnie Sammon USA
Simon Tabron doesn't sit on his ass and watch the world go by. He gets stuff done. After building an indoor vert ramp, it's time for a halfpipe contest. His SpinLikeHell company is expanding at the same time. What's the latest you ask?Matt Fairbairn has moved from Australia to Newquay (UK) to ride our new vert set up and both he and Zach Shaw are now riding for Spinlikehell. We've got some cool new t-shirts and other products coming out and hopefully our on-line store will be operational in the near future at spinlikehell.com
Also, we are running a vert only jam on our new ramp set up at Mount Hawke Park in Cornwall, UK on 21st and 22nd May. It will be A, B and C group format with unusual prizes and a saturday night out in
The FATBMX pin up section is suffering. It's winter which explains it. That's when we need help from the Aussies to send in their best material. Here's two more from Corey Bohan's personal stash. As long as they get a kick out of it that the pics made it on the FATBMX pin-up section, it's fine with me. We need pix of chix on the BMX. Help us out.