Arrived at Fise Chengdu!

After a long day travelling from London Heathrow to Beijing and onto to Chengdu beginning on Tuesday afternoon, myself and my girlfriend Alex arrived in Chengdu on Wednesday evening. We were accompanied on the flights out by Lee Musselwhite, Hank who is judging BMX park, and Blake Bird who judges roller blading on the Fise Tour. So that definitely helped make the flight a pass a bit quicker.

We got picked up from the airport by my girlfriends brother Ed who lives in Chengdu and works as an English translator, whilst the others got their shuttle to the host hotel that I would arrive at the following night. I spent the night walking around downtown Chengdu, and discovered marble spots exist everyday as well as random skateparks on the sidewalk built into the landscape. I wish I had my phone with me at the time to document the madness.

Normally at these big contests it’s off to the host hotel and I don’t really see much of the cities. So this time made a nice change, not to mention waking up to an English breakfast in the morning was a real treat. It was however, raining on Wednesday morning but due to clear. So no rush to get to the Fise venue. So after a chilled morning, I took an hour taxi ride to Qingshui River City Park on the outskirts of Chengdu for the contest which turned out to be an ordeal. The taxi driver dropped us firstly, 25 minutes away from the venue. Luckily Ed was on hand to translate and explain this is not where we booked to go, half an hour later and in a different taxi we arrived onto an amazing River City Park venue.

ED and Alex left to go back to Chengdu and go hiking in the mountains whilst I judge the Fise World series along with Alexis Desolneux, Kotaro Tanaka and Hiroshi from 430. I stayed at the event and caught my bearings with the layout of the venue and generally find out where everything is and shoot some photos of some the riders during practise. The floor looked a lot better than the first two rounds, and I spoke to a few of the riders out on the floor who said it was much more solid than Montpellier.

Most of the sites I use to put together FM are blocked in China, although thankfully my email and FM is not blocked. So I can update from the contest at least. Qualifying starts today at 2pm, 38 riders, followed by the Women’s Class. I will update results when I get some wifi later. Hope you enjoyed this little break down from Chengdu.

Fise “Battle of the Champions” Photo Gallery by Chad Degroot

Chad Degroot kindly sent in a whole bunch of photographs from the recent Fise “Battle of the Champions” event in Saudi Arabia. Scroll through below:

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Dominik Nekolny wins Fight the Winter 2018!

The annual Fight the Winter contest went down yesterday in Gottingen, Germany. Dominik Nekolny took the win followed by Alberto Moya, and Dez Maarsen. Congratulations to Dom, Moya, and Dez! In Master, Gino Stuart took the win, congratulations! Check below for the run scores, nice to see this!

Matthias Dandois wins the 2017 iBMXff World Championships

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Congratulations to Matthias Dandois who yesterday held on to the defence of his 2016 World title with a win at the 2017 iBMXff World Championships at the NASS festival. Matthias took the world title with another flawless run, followed by Alex Jumelin who also rode flawless, and rounding out the podium, Dominik Nekolny. I have the top 4 runs, so I will post those up shortly, beginning with Matthias’ winning ride.

1- Matthias Dandois
2- Alex Jumelin
3- Dominik Nekolny
4- Dustyn Alt
5- Raphael Chiquet
6- Kevin Nikulski
7- Andrew Hale
8- Alberto Moya
9- Fabien Stephan
10- Lee Musselwhite
11- James White
12- Keegan Alves
13- Dan Hennig
14- Jamie Jay-Dog Fairbrother