Intro/Article: Effraim. Photos: Bobby Carter, Kai Kuusisto, Alicja Korbinska, Tom Sevisual, Keith Mulligan.
All so often we only see the polished finished article, we turn up as riders at a contest and amazing riding, and flawless runs, or we see a “Must Watch” edit here on Flatmattersonline. What we don’t see is the blood, sweat, tears and psychological games that riders struggle with behind the scenes. I have faced this quite often over my riding career, and when it comes, it tells me “it’s time to switch things up”.
Every rider is different and that is one of multitude of things that we all love about flatland. I found something as simple in concept as learning something with bars forwards or backwards, learn something opposite or sometimes ride a different spot than I normally would. I have this saying in flatland, “learn everything you can, there are no bad tricks to learn, as flatland will catch up and bite you on the ass when you need that trick the most. I wondered about what other riders do to overcome this natural process of riding flatland over the years. ”
Sebastian Grubinger hit me up today with some jam news for your flatland calendar. Here’s what he had to say:
“We will have 1500€ price money. 500 for the cash for tricks Jam on Saturday where everybody gets some euros for the tricks he lands. And then on Sunday the best trick contest. 600 for first place. 300 for second and 100 for 3rd.
Also we have workshops for whoever wants to try flatland with Viki Gomez and myself.
It all takes place during the Vienna bike festival with a lot of other events thrown in.
It’s the 20th birthday of the event, in the past years with around 100,000 visitors on the weekend. So quite a big audience to promote flatland with a jam.
You can always count on Heresy for something a little bit different than the norm, this time round we have Sebastian Grubinger taking care of the flat lines: (Look out for the insane line Sebastian drops at 00:53) and Alexis Desolneux taking care of the street lines whilst they were together in Vienna recently. I got a real skateboard type feel to this Heresy edit this time round, great job from Tom Sevisual for capturing what these guys do!
Manuel Bernardo is always on point with quick updates from the Fight the Winter contest every year. And today we have the 2nd Run Pro highlights featuring great riding from Dominik Nekolny, Kevin Nikulski, Wolfgang Sauter, Sebastian Grubinger, Dustyn Alt, Gilles Van De Sompel, Dan Hennig, Martin Drazil and many more.
Earlier today I said August was the busiest month of the month, I spoke to soon. Judging by the amount of pages I have to go through even topped August! Have you not voted yet? Check out what went down in September.
We started the month with a whole bunch of contest run footage from the Real City Spin contest, check out Yohei Uchino’s winning ride once again.
Photo: Danny Josa.
On the 6th, Congratulations to Matthias Dandois, who took the win at the FiseWorld contest last night in Denver, Colorado USA, followed by Adam Kun and Joris Bretagnolles.
Springtime is here, and as we all look forward to the summertime. The contests are more frequent, everyone is getting more riding time, and the content on FM grows.
It’s not often we kick off month with a Must Watch edit, but we did that in May of this year, and boy was it a treat!
Japanese flatland legend, Hiroya Morizaki teamed up with Taichi Kunieda to drop these two brand new amazing back wheel lines. So great to see Hiroya is still pushing hard, hitting the rewind again!
March is always a good month, springtime is coming and after a long winter its nice to be able to ride outside again. Not to mention generally there is a whole lot more content coming through from riders worldwide.
On the first day of March, Paul Chamberlain just dropped a real nice promo for the Down Underground 2016 series, filmed at his local riding spot in Summer Hill. Plenty of awesome hang 5 variations in signature Paul Chamberlain smooth style, well worth watching again.
As promised today we have more qualification runs from the Com’in Lyon contest. Check out the runs from Alex Jumelin, Matthias Dandois, Josh Briars, Sebastian Grubinger, Remy Dynoyer, and Charles Paty.
Great edit by Sevisual of the annual Vienna jam which this year took place at the Wiener Fahrradschau as part of a bicycle exhibition last weekend. Nothing but good vibes with Sebastian Grubinger, Viki Gomez, Mates Tucek, Sietse Van Berkel, Rob Alton and many more, also great to see some flatland tuition going down. Really enjoyed this, and no doubt you will to!
Nice highlights edit from the Final Round of the European Flatland League at the King of Paris at the Bercy Skatepark a few weekends ago. Featuring: Matthias Dandois, Alex Jumelin, Dominik Nekolny, Thomas Noyer, Dez Maarsen, Sebastian Grubinger, Jean Bulhon, and Raphael Chiquet.