Repo: UK Flatland Championships


Text: Effraim.
Photos: Matti Hemmings.

Nothing but good vibes this past weekend at the UK Flatland Championships in Birmingham. I made the trip up by train on the Friday, with just one change at Southampton, the train is on the doorstep to the Birmingham NEC venue.

When I arrived Matti was already dialled in with banners set up, PA ready, just the floor to clean again, and judging sheets to organise which I was one of my jobs to do. I’m still injured so I watched as Matti, TGM Maz and Chris Brook enjoyed an empty floor. Mario wanted to arrive early and get used to the fast floor, and even learnt a nice new line, flail boomerang to hang 5, looking forward to seeing how he develops that move. in the future. Chris coasted no footed manuals across the floor with ease and Matti who was suffering with a bad back was working on stemrollers.

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Top fives with the UK’s No 1 AM Lee Wilson

Photos sent in by Lee Wilson, loving the pose shot Lee!

Riders: Shintaro Misawa, James White, Keelan Philips, Akira Okamura, Pedro Melo.

Music: Old hip hop, House, Funk, Al Green, Barry White

Places: Markfield Community Centre Car park, Amsterdam Gashouder, Koln, Germany, Keelans Studio, TGM.

People: My boys, Georgina Avery, My parents, Paul Cartwright, Leicester riders.

Websites: Vimeo, You tube, Global flat, Facebook, Ebay.

Products: Sony Ericsson Phone, Astra sxi mk 4, Stan Smiths, Makita Tools, Tom-tom.

DVDS: Trickstars 1, Dorkin’ 10, Mixt, Trickstars 3, Flatland manifestos.

Bike Products: Odi grips, Chase tyres, Macneil OG seat, Geisha freecoaster, Sequence pegs.

Influences: Shintaro Misawa, Aaron Frost, Keelan, Ciaran Perry, James Smith

Web-edits: Lost at sea, Maz’s TGM and Contest vids, Akira’s Soul vid, Elite mindsets, Brian Tunney vids

How do you feel about winning the UK groundroots series?
I’m very happy of course, it was great to have a contest series for the AMs, loads of riders competed and brought together the UK riders, thanks to Big E for organising it, if there is a flatland event and you ride, you should come and support it, whatever your level!

Shoutouts: Keelan for the frame and inspiration, Paul Cartwright for all the support and parts thanks mate, Kev at Leon Cycles for my wheel builds and parts, Markfield locals, Ollie, Palmer, Aaron, Robbie, Joe,etc, my sons Matt and Dylan, my bro Ross, get on your bike! And last but not least my girlfriend Georgina xxxxxxxxxxx