Must Watch – Denes Katona / The Rolling Stone

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Denes Katona – The Rolling Stone from Denes Katona on Vimeo.

Last year Denes Katona released one of the best videos of the year, “The Rolling Stone” which quite rightly was nominated for edit of the year in the 2017 FM year end awards. Denes chose to sell the video by direct download online, and yesterday released the video on Vimeo.
Although many of you will have seen it I am sure there is many that haven’t, everyone needs to see this video that is a real labour of love. Years of craft have gone into Denes’ riding, and combined with Marton Szilaygi’s influence and editing skills you are onto a winner.

Quite literally everything Denes does is a highlight, jaw droppingly good I would say. But as always I like to highlight my favourites and I’ve selected a few diff styles to reflect what I was saying about this project being a labour of love.

1:05: Ankledeath style whiplashes both ways pedal 5 jump lash xft out!

1:48: One handed switch handed multiple whiplashes to hitch One handed switch handed multiple whiplashes the other side. Just mind boggling skill, I once said at the TGM that Denes is a rolling god. I stick by that to this day!

2:36: I’m thinking back to when I first downloaded the Rollibg Syone video. This line had me hitting the rewind, I just didn’t see it coming. X handed whiplash to hitch juggler to switch handed steam to halfpacker whip turbine backwards backpacker pivot opposite xft hitch out. The step from switch hand steam to halfpacker in this line is amazing!

4:53: One of my favourites from the whole project and again I didn’t see this coming. Multiple rocket squeaker bar flips to rocket 5 forward scuff multiple xft whiplashes to one handed smith out! So much skill and the surprise I loved!

14:24: I left a little gap and like I said everything Denes does is amazing. Still one of the standout lines after many watches at 14:24. Opposite xft multiple whiplashes rebate multiple xft whiplashes the other direction xft messiah switch handed one handed smith out!

Denes can do it all, 17 minutes of raw flatland. No trends, just pure lifer flatland skills. Go watch this, get motivated and go and ride. Top marks Denes!

Joris Bretagnolles wins Astrolabe 2018!

The annual Astrolabe went down in Northern France this past weekend. Congratulations to back wheel slayer, Joris Bretagnolles who took the win followed by Alex Jumelin who took his flatland school to the event and pretty much cleared house in all the other classes. Third place went to young ripper, Gurvan Le Bloch. Hopefully there will be some run footage soon!

Old School Sundays with Ross Smith

Last weeks OSS got you all talking and that’s not a bad thing. This week Danny Sirkin got in contact with a rad archive of footage. And the first footage I came across was Ross Smith’s run from the 1989 War of Stars contest in Rochester. Timeless style, and that spinning steam at the end I believe he called it a blender back then! Go watch this, old school or mid, who cares it’s so rad!

Dustyn Alt wins Best Trick at Vienna Jam

The Vienna jam went off this past weekend, organised by Sebastian Grubinger. The jam takes place on the Rathausplatz in the Vienna City Centre, during Europe’s biggest bike festival with over 100,000 visitors on the weekend. Cash for tricks jam took place on the Saturday with 35 riders and 11 nations represented.
On the Sunday, Dustyn Alt rode first as he had to leave directly after his run to get home for rower and nailed his amazing backwards pedal time machine line to take the win (hence why he is not on the podium shot).
Dustyn was followed by George Manos, Gilles van de Sompel, Wolfgang Sauter, and Frane Granic. 19 riders in the best trick with 11 nations representing. Great work Sebastian pulling this off, look out for a repo soon,

Sietse van Berkel – No Holds Barred

No Holds Barred – Sietse van Berkel from Halux Visions on Vimeo.

What a weekend with the release of Dub’s new banger edit, and we start a new week with some heat from one of Dutch’s finest! Sietse Van Berkel, unique style for miles and the spinning pedal packer line at 1:38. The whole edit was filmed in a couple of hours in Utrecht, Holland. Well worth a watch!

Must Watch! Jean William Prevost / Puro Flat #1: Winter

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PURO FLAT #1 : WINTER from IGI BMX on Vimeo.

When Jean William Prevost titles a video “Puro Flat”, I am already intrigued as I hit the play button. The title implied to me that this would feature lines that Dub does not do in contests, would it live up to the hype that I have just built up in my head from the title?

“The PURO FLAT 2018 Series is my intention to stay true to the artform that comes through Flatland before simplification for competitions and all other forms of it may it be shows or whichever…this is just me and the camera for the sake of the artform!!!”

My immediate thought without even reading Dub’s description wasn’t far enough, and of course you have seen the Must Watch title so you already know this is a belter!
When a rider such as Jean William Prevost is at the top of his game its a beautiful thing for him to share with us all what he is capable of away from the contest light.

And boy does he deliver, I am on my third watch already before I start highlighting what I love about this edit.

1:06: I am hitting the rewind on this one, short and so hard and never been done! flip to gliding gerator or lard yard whatever you care to call it two footed rolling undertaker out. The execution!!!

1:12: The development of the spinning inside switch undertaker now into a line is just ridiculous. Wait for the ride out, total bike mastery. This might be a contender for line of the year already??

3:11: Multiple antrider turbines direct to the spinning switch b spinning undertaker to backwards wheelie, and the part i loved the most. Showing the realness, just kicks off the wall. So raw and uncut, personally loved that he chose to show that.

3:22: The last two rodeo lines are just absolutely out of this world, ok this might be the line of the year also. What the hell!

Like I already said it’s an amazing thing to see riders at the top of their game share the behind the scenes stuff they are working on. Everyone needs to watch this! Top marks, and another contender for edit of the year and it’s only April! Let’s talk about this one in the comments section….