I am a bit late posting this, round 1 of the AFA series will take place in California on March 9th. Here’s the official word:
“We are excited to announce Round 1 for 2019!
We will be headed back to California, for one last contest inside Common Grounds Skatepark. As you may know, the venue is moving soon so let’s take advantage of this great spot while we can!
Amateurs riders start shooting your videos! You’ll remember we are giving away a free flight to (and from) each round. Deadline for entries is February 20th. American riders only please. More details on that in our next post. Looking forward to seeing you in California!”
The BMX Cologne has a lot of history, this year the contest will celebrate it’s 35th anniversary. That is huge, the flatland contest always goes off with one of the best floors of the year.
The legendary annual BMX Cologne will take place on June 21st – 23rd. Mark the date in your calendar and check the press release for more details:
“This year we are “CELEBRATING 35 YEARS“ of most significant BMX Freestyle Event in the world! To do it right, we’re bringing back the official IBMXFF BMX Freestyle Worlds to Cologne.
We are bringing you everything from BMX- ROOTS & CULTURE to HIGH CLASS BMX ATHLETES and plenty opportunities to PARTY and ENJOY yourself in an authentic BMX FESTIVAL ATMOSPHERE. World Champion Titles are waiting to be taken home in the disciplines DIRT, SPINE-PARK & FLATLAND. Come and celebrate with us.”
In a few weeks time, Keelan Phillips is hosting a xmas flatland jam at this indoor spot in Leicester, here in the UK. If you are able to make it, message the man himself Keelan on his social media for the address details etc. Here’s what Keelan had to say:
“Riders: a Jam going down to see out the year!
Saturday 22nd December, 10-4, Leicester city centre!
*Few quid on entry (and that goes directly to the hall who do loads for charity including food for the homeless)
*Chill day, music etc, msg me for the address
*See you there!”
Rob Alton is busy organising the annual Veres BMX Flatland Contest on the 24th November out in Hungary. Located at Triangolo, Veresegyhaz, 2112 Sazdai Utca 7, the event has School, AM and Pro classes and a Mega spin battle which sounds a lot of fun. Fancy a road trip to one of the best flatland scenes in Europe? This one is for you!
Today I made the 6 hour trek from Southsea on the south coast of England to Harrogate, in Yorkshire. Harrogate is in the North of England for all of you across the world that might not know. Harrogate is the home of “Yorkshire Tea”, my favourite brand of tea in the world and what by and large fuels Flatmattersonline updates on the daily. It was pretty awesome to drive past the home of YT today on the way to the Yorkshire events centre for the UK Flatland Championships.
The trek to Harrogate was eventful, with Matti planning my route via the underground (bikes aren’t allowed on the underground) so I missed my train and after a stressful hour or so trying to figure out how I would get to Yorkshire. The guard was nice enough to let me on the train and all was well with the world once again.
When I arrived I was greeted by the man with the largest seatpost in BMX, Matti Hemmings and Davis Dudelis. Matti is out injured so is hobbling about with a swollen ankle. I got in a nice three hour session with Davis getting used to the floor. We have a decent sized floor, fast stone floor, super smooth! After brushing off the initial travel stiffness, I really enjoyed the session, nailing a couple of new lines I am working on whilst Davis was slaying big hop bars to manual bar out with ease, once my session started winding down Davis started playing with rollback grip rides again. Davis is one of the most chilled pros on the scene, Matti wanted to get some more content for the UK Flatland Championships so we fired out a pretty funny short interview that I will get posted as soon as I can. I’m feeling pretty tired now from the travel mostly, a 4am start will do it to you. But I wanted to update you across the globe and let you know what’s going here in the UK, the venue is dialled and we are set for tomorrow’s contest. It’s time for a Yorkshire tea in Yorkshire!
The Uk Flatland Championships is going down this Saturday Am / Pro BMX Competition 13th October at the Cycle Expo – Yorkshire events centre Harrogate. Free Entry, Free Parking, Prize fund for PRO £1000. Prizes for Am / Pro. You can access the area from 9am onwards. Comp kicks off for Am 1pm Pro 2pm or 3pm. Format 2 min run for am. 3 min run for Pro. Depending on the number of riders could be 1 run or 2 runs for best run counts will know this on the day. Contact Matti Hemmings for more information, see you there!
The first event of 2019 is the 9th annual One Love Jam in Newport Beach on January 19th, MLK Weekend. Soak up the Cali sunshine and get some good quality riding time in at the beach. Darin Wright is working hard on sponsors, Day Smith gets the poster for 2019. Join the facebook group (see below) and enjoy a re-up of the official 2018 edit.
The week after flatark in Kobe, Japan I will be back in Denver, Colorado to judge the finals of the 2018 AFA series at the Battle in the Rockies. Mates Tucek (on poster) has been confirmed to be back at the event after his second place finish last year, looking forward to this one once again. Book your flights, its going to go off at the Rackhouse.
Dustyn Alt hit me up last night with the details for the up and coming 100 PSI Contest in Dresden, Germany on 1st September. This event always looks fun, get there if you can…
With hard tires, BMX riders from all over Germany and Europe will bring their flatland art to the Elbe on September 1st. Under the motto “BMX Flatland Contest on Asphalt”, what began 30 years ago in parking lots in California will now be carried to the city of Dresden for the seventh time.
As in previous years, the contest area is a 400 m² asphalt area in the middle of the city, with a direct view of the Dresden City Hall. So the drivers have ideal conditions for hot tricks on the tarmac and to present the Dresden audience a completely different form of cycling.
The competition is divided into two classes: amateurs and professionals. Every rider has two runs, which are considered the better run. It starts with the practice of the amateurs at 13:00 clock. The final of the pros will take place around 18:00. The winners of the professional class beckons this year a prize money of 600 €. The amateurs are motivated with thick material prizes to show their tricks.
In the evening, the award ceremony is celebrated, directly in Dresden’s trendy Neustadt district, in the Club Ostpol! So heat tires and not stingy with tricks, dear flatland community. See you in Dresden!