Lookback: June – The 2016 Flatmattersonline Year End Awards

June got off to a banger with Quentin Pelorson’s Seeking Part 3 edit on June 2nd. From the opening downside whiplash pedal 5 stepped beautifully into x-ft halfpacker, this edit really caught my attention. Quite possibly my favourite line is at the 1:13 mark, I’ve already rewinded this part twice to work out what happened, I could go on and on here.

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UK Flatland BMX Championships Wheels and Fins

As I look forward to heading to Round 2 of the UK Flat Champs at the Birmingham NEC this weekend, I just came across this nice raw edit of the AM’s from the Wheels and Fins Festival featuring Yinka Thomas, TGM Maz, Remus Simion, Johann Chan, and Trevor Lacey.

Wheels & Finns Festival Day 3


What an epic weekend over at the Wheels and Finns Festival in Joss Bay, Kent. After two days at the event, most of the hard work was done. We woke up to blue skies, and with the festival being so close to the beach, meant only one thing. Chilled breakfast on the beach, before the day really got started!

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Ground Control Manchester

GROUND CONTROL MANCHESTER from emer bmx on Vimeo.

Ground Control UK went down last week in Manchester. Check out this awesome edit, Johann Chan put together.

Featuring Billy Whitfield, Phil Dolan, Jason Forde, Keelan Phillips, James White, Michał Pietruszewski, Yinka Thomas and Dan Hennig.
Part 2 in London, 21st/22nd May at ‪#‎SpinLDN‬. Bigger and better, see you there!

Thanks to 4Down Distribution, Flatland fuel, BMX.com, S&M, United, Devise, Pegasus, Ambitious Minds, Hard Berries, Flatmattersonline Alex Roman, Mark Noble, Ian Morris, Patrick Schoolen and Spin – The Cycling Festival MCR & LDN

King of Concrete Repo!

Text: Effraim.
Photos: Matthew Dyer, Effraim and Jay Twist.

Yinka had a great first run at KOC earning second place. No handed Lung Spin.

Great to see Josh Briars in Southsea this year, loved this xft side pedal 5 whip to fire hydrant half whopper out!

As with everything I do, I try to put my maximum effort into the project otherwise theres no point. As I approach my 40th birthday, I see my role very different in the flatland scene than even 5 years ago. Everyone knows of course the website has grown into a full time job pretty much. But, much more than that I am trying to put on the most legit contest possible, whilst not losing the roots of what all this about in the first place, “King of Concrete”.
Last year, as I reflected on the event, the only thing I came back to was “King of Concrete” the name has to change. So after a few chats with the OG founders of KOC, my parents Geoff and Jenni Catlow. It was on.
But….. There was no point to just change the name and thats all, that is not enough, it was a cold Decembers day as I rode a wet waitrose car park, it was one of those sessions where you got something on your mind so you go through the paces, but your minds not on the riding. I started brainstorming as the rain poured, it was definitely a moment I was having. “I have to step things up, lets aim for £2000 prize money.
Originally that was all going to be donated by me pretty much, but thankfully EXTREME stepped up!
Over the past few years, Flatland and Park have been the two best events so I wanted to acknowledge that! Split the cash in half, and £1000 per discipline would be a good start!

JFB threw down two dialled runs for third place spot at KOC! Thanks for support JF!

Matti and yours truly, during Expert Flat.

Matti made a big impression last weekend, killer runs. And would have had podium spot if he landed this one!

The King of Concrete philosophy is not about your 1, 2, 2.5 minute run, but the whole package. The sessions in the days running up to contest, the friendships you make, the parties, and of course the riding!
For me, as I now reflect on the event, the only thing that didn’t go to plan was the weather, cloudy and windy which had an effect on some of the runs but that’s out of my control. This summer, has been the best summer I can remember for many years, sods law the sketchy days were the event days. Now its golden sunshine all week.

Beers and flatland discussions, Honest Politician Saturday Night! All a big part of the KOC vibe!

Killer riding from Thomas Noyer all weekend long. One of the highlights of the weekend for sure.

The philosophy seems to be shining bright through the riders, this year the likes of Mark Kuhlmann, James White, Johann Chan, Mark Cunners, Trevor Oleniuk, Joe Cicman, Thomas Noyer all made the trip early to session and soak up the southsea vibes.
The sessions and atmosphere all week leading up to the event were amazing. The itch to ride, even though I was so busy all summer to focus properly on riding was killing me. I kept saying to myself, this is about the bigger picture, forget me. This was almost a daily discussion amongst everyone, all I can say is I am most definitely feeling the love. One of the chats with Joe Cicman, Trevor Oleniuk, Mark Cunners, and Mark Kuhlmann was one of the most moving moments of the weekend hands down. To me, hearing such positive comments makes all the effort and sacrifice well worth it. Thanks guys!

I will be announcing dates for next year pretty soon!


Effraim Catlow