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.
Happy New Year everyone! It’s time to announce the nominees for the editorial and reader choice 2017 Flatmattersonline Year end awards, thank you to everyone who took the time to vote. As always it is interesting to see what you the reader of Flatmattersonline thinks compared to my editorial votes. And last not certainly not least congratulations to all the nominees.
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!
I’m really enjoying doing these “Catching Up” interviews and today I interview Todd Carter, one of the smoothest riders in the flatland game and a man that doesn’t get enough credit in the flatland scene. Lot of history with Todd’s longevity in the sport. It was great to interview Todd and hear his story, grab a cuppa and enjoy this episode:
00:56: How long has Todd been riding for, and how did he get into flatland?
3:13: What was Todd’s first flatland competition?
4:38: I never knew that myself and Todd both rode for Hutch, and the Ohio scene shaping Todd’s riding.
8:00: What are some of Todd’s favourite memories from the AFA Masters?
10:29: How flatland is good for physical and emotional health, and forget about life issues?
11:54: What can modern day flatland learn from era such as the AFA masters where there 130 people in Todd’s class?
14:20: Moving from Ohio to Los Angeles and living the Californian dream.
17:45: Moving back to Ohio and building a flatland spot.
21:40: Coming from that era where what music you rode to was a big deal. What music is Todd into?
23:42: Bringing the American Flatland Association back.
26:00: Having two kids that both ride flatland.
29:36: The transition from expert rider to professional.
32:35: Plans for 2018?
33:21: Being a good rolemodel for the flatland scene, and what device would he give to the future generations?
Day 4 was the best day yet, I got the flatmatters daily updates done early and walked outside to sunny, but windy as hell conditions. I started washing the floor, which felt like it has become a daily operation. You gotta do what you gotta do to get the best out of riding spots, and James spot is literally perfect. Once his garden gets grassed, I would imagine this spot will stay for the large part dust free. Mates Tucek joined me and helped sweep the spot, I said to Mates I wanted to pull something new today and right as we started filming the winds picked up. Tumble weeds flying past us, and dry leaves smacking you in the face. It felt a little bit like this was a bad idea riding the spot today, but it passed and I really wanted to get back on the progression trail.
Day 3 of my annual trip to the Battle in the Rockies contest was awesome. We woke up to sunshine once again, bare in mind the past three years I have visited Colorado it has snowed and generally really cold. I started the day grabbing an early session in on the spot after I hosed down the spot whilst James headed to the airport to pick up Bill Nitschke, I thought I would film a fire hydrant flow line and as I started filming out came James and Mates, if you are on my social media you will have seen that and James’ scream. Sorry for your ears. It was a good start to the day, and today looks the same.
Day 2 was our first full day in Monument, Colorado. After after our late session on Monday night, I was hoping to get at least six hours sleep, but it wasn’t meant to be.
After a rough first nights sleep, James washed the flatland area and then took the kids to school and run a few errands. We stocked up on groceries at a nearby store and headed back to grab some lunch, before we rode the slab spot at Jame’s new house.
Yesterday was Day 1 of my 2017 Battle in the Rockies trip to Denver, Colorado. James McGraw and Fred Gates once again invited me out to the mile high city to judge this year’s event.
I met Mates Tucek at London Heathrow, Terminal 3 on Monday morning, the flight was delayed by a little bit, but nothing too stressful. Flying time of nine hours, twenty five minutes to Denver. Luckily the movie selection was pretty entertaining, so after watching a couple of movies we were in Denver. Throughout the trip out there, security was really tight and Mates seemed to get searched every time, we counted at least ten times, and each time Mates would style his hair. This amused me a lot, and made the trip out so much fun and the day just seemed to fly by as we caught up and discussed all things flatland and general work life stuff.
Text: Effraim. Photos: Effraim and Matti Hemmings.
Day 1 of the Wheels and Finns today in Joss Bay, Kent for the UK Flatland Championships organised by Matti Hemmings and myself. Matti was already on site a day earlier to check everything was running according to plan. I made the trip over to Broadstairs via London on the train, the weather was not looking too good on route.
With the UK Flatland Championships taking place next weekend at the Wheels and Finns Festival in Joss Bay, Kent it seemed like the perfect time to drop this.
During BMX Cologne, I caught up with UK Flatland Championship organiser and Professional flatland rider Matti Hemmings to talk about the up and coming Wheels and Finns event on the 9/10th September. As well as that we talk about his daily schedule, holding the world record for a couple of flatland moves, living in Portishead, never practising a routine for contests and the BMX Cologne event. Hope you enjoy this one, leave us a comment and let us know what you think.
** The wind was blowing once again, so turn this one up.