The sunshine came out for finals day, and boy was it a scorcher here at the Ruhr Games, in Dortmund, Germany. Pro finals was scheduled for 2pm and the finalists cooked up a treat for us all and the awesome German crowd that was packed out for the finals.
Saturday marked Day 2 of the Ruhr Games for me, and and the first day of the contest. We kicked off with a contest at 12 to get the rider order for Saturday nights semi final which will take 8 riders to the final out of the 11 invited riders.
A few weeks ago I received a nice message from Michael Steingraeber asking if I would like to judge the Ruhr Games contest in Dortmund, Germany. I eventually got a nice flight price from Southampton which is closer to my house than London gatwick or Heathrow. So it was a yes and here I am.
Plenty of events in Europe this summer! Sietse van Berkel got in contact with some event news, the Soul Cycle BMX Championships are back in Amsterdam on the 9th July as part of the Urban Sports week. Get there if you can:
The annual BMX Cologne contest is just a few weeks away! 22/23rd July at the legendary Jugendpark, always one the best contests of the year. BMX Cologne is stop 3 of the 2017 World Circuit, don’t miss this one!
Guelo Monzon Sangareau just hit me up with some contest news in Spain:
“This year I’m organazing the Xtreme sports festival called O’Marsiquiño as you may new there will be flatland contest as every year!
This is a great contest in a great city, it’s like a holidays, Alex Jumelin came last year and he really loved the contest and the city, he’s coming back this year too!
About the prize money for the contest it’s gonna be like this:
It’s a total of 1700€ price money which is ok, I would like to make this contest bigger, but for it i need more flatland riders to come!
Also will be a street and park contest here will come big names, Daniel Dhers already came 3 years to this event Alex Donnachie, this year, Simone barraco is coming, Joris Culomb, Broc Raiford.
So it’s a big event!
The contest will be the 11,12 and 13th of August, in the city of Vigo which is in the northwest side of Spain.
There are planes to Vigo but maybe is cheaper for some people to flight to Madrid and then take a train or bus to Vigo.”
Congratulations to the winners, this was a fun went to judge!
“DownUnderGround series 9 is now underway. Round 1 – the video round is now complete. We thank all the riders who have put in the effort to film a video round contest run and submit it in. We had a good number of entries this year but there are plenty more riders out there in Australia that could submit a video to help promote BMX flatland here in Australia. The results are in for all three categories, beginner, expert and open from the 3 international legendary judges, riders Effraim Catlow, Joe Cicman and Pete Olsen. We are very stoked to have had these legends judging the contest. Each of these riders have contributed so much to the global flatland scene over the many many years. A big thank you to our supporters of DownUnderGround Freestyle Now, Colony BMX and GAIN Protection for their support and supplying prizes. To look over the past contest history and results look over the DownUnderGround contest results page.
DownUnderGround , the Australian bmx flatland contest series has been rolling since 2008. When the series first started it was 4 physical rounds all around Australia. As Australia is a large country its expensive to fly so it was cut to 3 round until a few years ago it was settled to have 2 physical round and a video round. Round 2 will take place at the Bridport Aerodrome in Tasmania on Saturday 10th June. Round 3 the finals will be in Melbourne 25th November.
The video contest concept is simple, each rider gets to submit one contest video run, up to two minutes long, as if they were riding at a flatland contest. The video run gets judged using the same criteria as a normal contest, difficulty, consistency and variety. Points are awarded and these points go towards the year end title. This year we have had a record number of entries which is good as the Australian flatland scene needs this type of involvement. It is also good to see many beginners both young and old keen to show their riding. DownUnderGround was started just over 9 years ago to help promote flatland bmx in Australia, to help make it grow. This type of contest helps to promote bmx flatland in Australia. The Australian scene is a small one compared to many other countries with most riders over the age of 30 years old. New riders are needed to get into flatland and this is one of the primary goals of the DownUnderGround contest series.”