The Flatmattersonline Exclusives: 1-10

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What’s up everybody?

I hope everyone is safe and well at home during this really difficult time. A couple of people shared the idea to post the first ten clips on one edit to look back over, and during this lockdown period. I have plenty of time to kill, so here are the first the clips that started back in January of this year.
These clips have become a thing, and I am really stoked on the reaction to doing these. Thanks to all the riders that taken part so far and shared their progressive lines with all of us.

Shoutouts to:

Pete Brandt
Sietse Van Berkel
George Manos
Bobby Carter
Chris Vasileiou
Varo Hernandez
Sebastian Grubinger
Kio Hayakawa
Matthias Dandois
Dan Hennig

Keep checking back:
Every Wednesday, a new clip on http://www.flatmattersonline.com

The Terry Adams & Martti Kuoppa Flatmattersonline Interview

Intro/Interview: Effraim.
Photos: Martti Kuoppa, Terry Adams, Robby Klein, The Agency Photo.

To be coached is relatively a new thing for flatland, some people I have talked to frown when I mention this, others see value and results in being coached (if you are competing). Martti Kuoppa, is as far as I know, the first flatland coach in our history, that uses his personal experiences from years of commuting at the highest level to help others improve their contest riding, and thus…. results.

It was no accident, Martti Kuoppa is one of the most successful contest riders in flatland history, his preparation was in-depth and gruelling, and when you team him up with one of the current most successful riders on the contest scene, Terry Adams the mind boggles at the potential….

Terry Adams combined forces with Martti Kuoppa during the latter part of 2018, ending the the 2019 season with a very respectable 4th place at the UCI World Championships in Chengdu, China.
I wanted to know more, and get into the in’s and out’s, what can Terry Adams, one of the most consistent contest rider get out of being coached to improve his performances I wondered?

Grab a cuppa, sit down and take in this really insightful interview with two of the best riders to do it. Welcome to the Martti Kuoppa & Terry Adams Flatmattersonline Interview….

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Episode 11: Flatmattersonline Exclusives with Mates Tucek

If you didn’t already know, Mates Tucek is one of the most skilled riders in the game right now. Mates can do so many tricks, and his tricktionary grows by the week it seems.
He went in a refreshing direction for this 11th episode of the FM exclusives, that showcases some of the skill I am talking about. Pulling a trick opposite, then into regular. Not something you see everyday, thanks Mates for taking the time to do this.

Whose got the next clip?

Episode 1: Breaking Down Jean William Prevost’s No Man’s Land Part

I’ve been procrastinating over this idea for the last two years, and this Episode 1 of my Breakdown of Jean William Prevost’s Must Watch “No Man’s Land” part is intended to give a bit of insight into what goes on in my brain, when I decide what is a Must watch part on Flatmattersonline. Being on lockdown has certainly given me more time to get things done for the site…

Find this interesting? Let me know in the comments section, thanks!

Irina Sadovnik: The Flatmattersonline Interview Part 2

Intro/Interview: Effraim.
Photos: Sevisual, Rob Alton, Alex Lang Photo..

Great reaction to my Part 1 Flatmattersonline Interview with the first Women’s UCI World Champion in Flatland, Irina Sadovnik. I know I have said it before, the interviews are a lot of work, and probably what I enjoy producing the most, and this two part interview with Irina was no different. But it has been a whole lot of fun getting to know her, over the last year or so, and I felt the whole flatland community needed to hear her story. Thank you for all the positive feedback from Part 1 last Friday…. Let’s get into Part 2, it’s a good one and well worth a read whilst your on lockdown….

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Episode 10: Flatmattersonline exclusives with Dan Hennig

Whoa, we made it! Ten episodes in such a short space of time. Dan Hennig has been on a mission over the winter to get ready for the contest season, and of course we are all on lockdown after the COVID-19 pandemic shut us all down pretty much. Dan went out and dropped one of the best Flatmattersonline exclusives so far, at an awesome looking spot somewhere in Zurich, Switzerland, before he himself was on lockdown. Thanks a lot Dan for stepping up for the tenth episode, who’s got the next clip?

* In related news, who thinks I should do a 1-10 video recap of the clips so far? Let me know in the comments section. Thinking of various ideas, as we all face being on lockdown for three months….

Irina Sadovnik: The Flatmattersonline Interview Part 1

Intro/Interview: Effraim.
Photos: Nao King, Rob Alton, The Agency Photo, Stefan Csaky, Irina Sadovnik.

As many of us prepare to go into lockdown (some of you may already be) with the corona virus pandemic that already is causing havoc to our daily lives and routines. It’s hard to find something to be positive about, but then I think about the UCI Women’s Flatland World Champion, Irina Sadovnik. Irina is able to bring a smile to everyone’s faces on the tense contest floor, her positive energy is infectious.
It struck me that throughout the last 11 years of running Flatmattersonline I haven’t interviewed many female riders if any at all?! As I discussed with Irina, I felt awful about this, and decided it was time to do something about it.
We have been working on this interview since the UCI World Championships where Irina not only won the world title, but she did it a ruptured meniscus in her right knee!

Travis Collier once said “if you so spread positive energy, nothing but positive energy will comes your way”…
I can’t think of anyone who deserves some positive energy, than the woman that makes all the flatland community smile with her personality. and positive outlook on life.
It’s time to get into it, and find out all about this incredible woman. I asked Irina to dig deep, and she came through with an in-depth insight into her life of which I knew hardly anything about. I am sure I speak for everyone in the flatland community, when say I hope Irina makes it back to riding asap, she is already missed!
Show some respect, ladies and gentlemen this is part 1 of the long overdue, Irina Sadovnik FLATMATTERSONLINE INTERVIEW!

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Episode 8: Flatmattersonline exclusives with Kio Hayakawa

Events are being postponed, and cancelled it seems almost daily with the worldwide spread of the Corona virus pandemic.

Thankfully flatland can be something some of us can do in isolation, if you have a home spot or something close to that.
When I started the fm exclusives back up again, I was talking to Kio Hayakawa about producing a clip. Two months in, and Kio comes up with a clip that will make your head shake like it did mine.
The 2019 Flatmattersonline most progressive and breakthrough rider delivers us all a treat! Anyone wanna go riding after watching this?!!!

Thank you Kio for contributing, whose got the next clip?

Episode 7: Flatmattersonline exclusives with Sebastian Grubinger

The Flatmattersonline exclusives are becoming a thing, and Heresy rider Sebastian Grubinger just came through with a belter!

Sebastian’s riding always commands my attention, whether it is a must watch video part or a too good for Instagram clip. His riding is always fresh, and I love that he put in some work into getting this clip done for episode 7, (watch the failed attempts, the fact he shows the falls is awesome!)…
We went back and forth discussing the bar flip ride-out, as I was trying the bar backwards hang 5 to bar flip out. I got injured whilst Sebastian was trying to get this clip done, and as you can see he makes it look easy and not only that adds in an awesome ride-in that flows so well with rideout, and middle part of the line before getting to the rideout is so technical. The whole line together like that is ridiculous, and something we have come to expect from one of the best video riders in the game!

Thanks Sebastian for contributing towards the series, episode 7 is in the bag.

The response since I announced the Flatmattersonline exclusive clip will be a year award has been amazing, and already a few heads are working heavy clips for future episodes.
Who’s got next weeks clip? Episode 8 is on the horizon, same time next week….

Episode 6: Flatmattersonline Exclusives with Varo Hernandez

Welcome back, it’s that time of the week!

Episode 6 of the Flatmattersonline exclusive clips features one of the smoothest young flatlanders on the contest circuit… Varo Hernandez from Madrid, Spain. I feel Varo is on the verge of breaking into that elite top 8 in the contests, and I am stoked he got involved in contributing towards this progression series of clips I have been posting every Wednesday. That last switch brakeless, is amazing!

Today, I also have a BIG announcement! (and I feel a little stupid for not thinking of this earlier…)

The line of the year award will now become the Flatmattersonline exclusive clip of the year award! It’s time to get filming, and send in your best clip.
Big thanks to Varo, for stepping up.

Who’s got the next clip?