The road to the X Games: 1999 Louisville X Trials

The X Trials back in the 90’s were the qualifying events to be in the X-games. In 1999, I flew out to the states for two months to compete in the X Trials in Louisville, and Richmond Virginia. I was beyond stoked to make it to the 99 X games on the first attempt in Louisville, Kentucky behind Jason Brown R.I.P. and Trevor Meyer. Great to watch this back today!

Steve Mulder: 1999 X Games / San Francisco

If you caught our Flat Snitches episode with Steve Mulder earlier in the year, you will recall where I talked about Steve riding flawless, and still not making the cut with bomb move after bomb. Look out for the no handed 360 bike flip at 2:20 and hand job move at 00:57! This week marks 25 years of the X Games, so today’s posts are dedicated to some awesome X games moments I could find.

Flat Snitches: Episode 4 / 360 Bike flip with Steve Mulder

Intro: Effraim.
Interview: Effraim, Pete Brandt.
Photo/Video credits: Steve Mulder, Chris Rye, Mark Eaton, Rob Dolecki.

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since Episode 3 of Flat Snitches with Tim Treacy discussing the Backyard, so it’s time to get back to it, and take a little break from the regular FM exclusive clips (we return to the exclusive clips on Wednesday)…
Myself and Pete Brandt have been talking about switching over to video for Flat Snitches to document, and show visuals of the trick creations and provide some historical context also. Editors note: Steve is camera shy, so enjoy the video and the written interview…

For episode 4, we go back to the 90’s.
And a 360 bike flip move that begins in a peg wheelie, throw the bike 360 degrees and land in a switch-b, aka switch foot caboose! It’s time to show its creator, Steve Mulder some much deserved respect!

The concept of the bike flip has become trendy as of the last few years, but the 360 version has not. Myself and Pete discuss a few heads that have stepped into the arena, but as we delved a bit deeper, it came to our attention the straight line version is untouched. Mad respect to Steve for this timeless creation!

We catch up with the man himself to discuss this amazing move, and dig into some of the background information on it. Enjoy the episode and interview, it’s time to learn more about this amazing creation and give props to one of the best riders to ever do this artform we call flatland….

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Old School Sundays with Rich Upjohn / Happy 50th Birthday

Rich Upjohn – KOF – September 1989 from Kieran on Vimeo.

Today is a special day, Rich Upjohn celebrates his 50th birthday!

Let’s go back to 1989, and one of Rich’s flatland runs from the King of Flatland contests that happened regularly in New England. Jamming to the sounds of Madonna, I grew up reading all about these events in Radazine and E-wire ‘zine via Kieran Chapman (who I believe filmed this run too), so it’s so rad to see these runs. Rich is a great rider, and even back in 89’ he is throwing down death trucks, hitchhikers, macaroni to smith out, not to mention the direct entry to forward death with no dead time at all from the half lash (kind of an Rich Upjohn signature move in it itself) and much more with the legendary raditude to boot.

Happy birthday Rich, hope you have a great day!

Terry Adams & Toon Pakphum Whatsapp Battle

Unintentional Martti Kuoppa theme running on the site today, and this one is a real treat and makes the best of the Covid 19 pandemic situation. Martti is training his riders hard and utilising technology as best he can to keep the riders motivated and in contest shape. This Terry Adams and Toon Pakphum battle goes hard and might well be the future, such a rad idea!

Oleg Efimov & Masato Ito WhatsApp Battle

Martti Kuoppa is pushing his riders hard, whilst the contest season is on hold. This is such a dope idea, Oleg Efimov & Masato Ito what’s app style. MK explains more below….

“After the full run can be done 100% on your own the next level is to do it while I watch via live video call. After that part is going good it is time to add up even more pressure and do a battle with a live video calls with another rider and coach watching. Here you can take a look on the WhatsApp battle between Oleg Efimov and Masato Ito.

My apologies for the picture quality and the original sound missing. This is the best documentation we can get out of this style of practice.”

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Old School Sundays with RL Osborn

RL Osborn’s return to flatland is well documented all over social media, today when I was thinking about who I should feature. After a few searches, I came across this blast from the past that sealed the deal. RL’s final run from the AFA Masters at the Velodrome in 1987. The cross bar double boomerang at 5:14 is still dope to this day, his run starts at 2:50 later an interview with the man himself.