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!
There aren’t enough documentaries about flatlanders that tell their story. Just came across this Billy Borys documentary once again that I haven’t watched in a while. I was fortunate enough to ride with Billy at the ESPN Seal Beach contest in 1998 and this documentary brought back some great memories for me from that time period. Billy if your out there, I hope your riding still. Respect.
On Thursday night I flew into Zurich, Switzerland for the annual Bike Days contest. Dan Hennig kindly picked me up from the airport and we kicked it at his new house out in the beautiful countryside on the outskirts of Zurich. Dan picked up Dustyn Alt and Maik Speer on Friday morning before we made the one hour trip to Solothurn.
Mates Tuček documented almost the entire trip of his first time out to the US for the 2017 Battle in the Rockies, check out these Part A and B which document the journey, riding and lifestyle we were living for the week in Colorado. Good vibes!
Jean William Prevost aka Dub describes his latest tour through the “Colombian Amazon”, grab a cuppa and enjoy this great edit…
“This video documents Chilean Benjamin Hudson, Colombian Juan Camilo Niebles and Canadian Jean William Prévost’s trip to the Colombian Amazon this past June of 2017.
The main reason and intention behind this video is to open a door to the BMX Flatland community to the possibility of eventual ayahuasca ceremonies for those in need of physical and mental cleansing and/or healing. The contact with trustworthy and experienced shamans is established ; we invite you to write us to firstname.lastname@example.org or DM us on social media so we may help you to get in touch with a shaman in Colombia if your well-being has been jeopardised and you are running out of options. The medicine of these cultures is infinitely powerful and those who embark on a journey of learning through the Ayahuasca vine are opening themselves to the ancestral knowledge and wisdom of the jungle and it’s plants…”
Red Bull are visiting their riders in their hometown to get some perspective on their background and so on. Matthias Dandois at home in Paris is the second in the series, following the Bruno Hoffman episode in Frankfurt. Hit play for this one!
Grombar just published this amazing & inspirational family portrait edit of Takuya Isogai, his father and his little sister on a daily practice routine. “Watching this was like a dream, felt kind of unrealistically to watch kids this young with so much discipline.”