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.
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.
For this week’s Throwback I go back to 2003 and this amazing inTRIKat Land Escape: B (United Soil) segment that features Aaron Frost, Pete Brandt, Ed Nassbaum, Brandon Fenton, Stephan Cerra, Viki Gomez, Martti Kuoppa, and Simon O’Brien! This is still to this day, so good. Don’t sleep on this!
Congratulations to Matthias Dandois who last night took the win at the 2017 Voodoo Jam followed by Alex Jumelin and Viki Gomez. Congratulations to all, looking forward to catching up on the finals footage when I get home home from the Wheels and Finns weekend.
It’s going to be a busy week ahead in the world of BMX flatland. And here’s something a little bit different going down on the lead up to the Voodoo jam weekend, starting at 1003 Bourbon Street (the party district of New Orleans). The Red Bull team featuring Terry Adams, Matthias Dandois, Yohei Uchino, Viki Gomez, and Benjamin Hudson will be performing with the New Creations Brass Band on Thursday September 7th at 5pm. If you are in town early for the event, go check this out! Sure to be a good time on Bourbon Street.
It’s been a busy weekend on the contest calendar, congratulations to Dez Maarsen who took the win at the Soulcycle Championships in Amsterdam followed by Viki Gomez and Gilles van De Sompel. Hopefully some footage soon to check out….
It;s been all about the Fise this weekend! If you missed it yesterday, watch back the pro flatland finals featuring Jean William Prevost, Matthias Dandois, Benjamin Hudson, Viki Gomez, Alex Jumelin, and Kevin Jacob.
Brandon Woldridge just sent in another nice video from the archives, this time from 2002 we have Trickstars 4! Featuring: Martti Kuoppa, Trevor Meyer, Matti Rose, Hiro Morisake, Viki Gomez, Phil Dolan, Chad DeGroot, James White, Effraim Catlow, Alex Jumelin, Stephen Cerra, Frank Lukas, Ulrich Kittel, Peter Szabolcsi, Adam Kun, Valter Monchique, E. Butcher and OG Marton.