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Contents July 1989 Volume Foul lssue Two COVER: Skotepork riding is not to be shunned ot;jump sessions out of the Southseo Snoke Run Bowl rule.

Poul Brown mokes suitoble use of

concrete, Photo, Mork Noble,

INSET: Ryon Monihon, obstocle contest in Essen. Photo, lon Mit-

chell.

THIS PAGE:

poge

A bike. more GT on

36,

A stort, more Bettoncourt rocing on

poge 44, This is Rob Stobbori, photo by Simon Porkinson, A Lookbock, more Bury Notionol freestyle on poge 49, This is Dovid Frome, photo by Geoff Coflow, An Ollie, more Essen skoting on poge 20, This is Moc, photo by ton Mitchell.

4:

*ews, A tot of new big new events ore hoppening soon, here ore some detoils.

8:

rrurenvrEw, RoB ALToN, Fost, linking, driving, golf, jujitsu, hord, etc.

I 6: resrrruG tesring, MoNGoosE DECADE. From Holfords ond 9140,

20: rsseN sKATE coNTEST. Loods of DM's wos up for this first round of the Euro Skote Series.

24:

rEsrrruG tesring. zERoNtNE new ride for o new oge.

PRO XL. A

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BETTANCOURT. The Superctoss Chompionships of Europe,

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(who storted importing Jive into the U.S), ond is regulorly moking moins of roces. Whether he's moking Notionol or Regionol moins we con't tell, but onywoy, he's done enough to otfroct o Robinson sponsorship , . Cow just rong to inform me of o lorge jom going down over the first weekend in July. the lst/2nd. Not only is it o two doy offoir, it's o two .

venue job. lnvolving bikes ond

skotes, this could turn out to be one of the most intense weekends this

month is oll obout the AFA (Americon Freestyle Asso.l989 it's likely they'll ciotion), For combine with Ă?he Boy Scouts (Ron Wilkerson's o member), ond form Freestyle Explorer Posts. So for. Ron Slebenne, Jeff Cotlel's dod. ond Gerry Rugg omongst others hove mode such posts. Which meons thot more people con get octively involved in freestyle in the U.S. For 1989 Odyssey, Vision, GT ond Vons ore sponsoring events, ond there will be no romps of ony Mosters contest; this is to cut down (v, expensive) insuronce costs, tronsport ond venue costs. This isn't much of o chonge, less thon twenty percent of AFA's riders rode romps onywoy. 2 Hip King Of Verls will probobly now be the only romp series, Also, the AFA hove storted o Mostercloss system, in line with the Europeon method, The (excellent) jomformot will olso be in operotion for contests for the eliminotion round in eoch flotlond oge group; this is where you ride three thirty-second mini routines, score points on eoch one, in order to quolify to the Moin event. Jom formot contests ore the woy to go, ĂŻhe Moin will be run on regulor two minute routines, All in oll, the AFA (renomed the Americon Flotlond Associotion?) sounds hoppening this yeor . . . ln the mogozine trode, Americon mogozine BMX Plus now hos o new Editor, John Kel, the guy who hos been running things since doy one, hos left to follow other projects. Associote Editor Korl Rothe tokes his ploce. You might like to know thot Korl is o rider (he invented the Korl Kruzer) ond is sponsored by Mongoose. Thot meons thot ALL Worldwide BMX ond freestyle mogozines ore now run by riders. Cool . . . Rick Allison (still on Vons ond QuicksilThe first news this

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ver) ond Rick Colonodo ore now doing shows in WestGermony, They might just bump into Mike Conning ond Joson Ellis, who ore olso doing circus shows there . . There's o MAJOR contest going down in New

yeor, with the ideo thot you do one venue on Soturdoy ond go to the next one for Sundoy. Which woy

round depends on whot you're into: Shrewsbury (bikes on Sotur-

doy, skote on Sundoy) mini romp is o killer 20ft wide bock-to-bock job Yolk during July. A lody nomed with o spine ond o connecting Robin Poyne is running things ond pump bump chonnel, greot tronsihos some big siuff plonned; there's tions, plotforms etc. Woverton is o o $20,000 Pro Purse, ond o 52.000 villoge neor Chester (skote on SotExpert Purse. Venue is the Roches- urdoy, bikes on Sundoy), ond this bit ter Dome Centre in New York, Dotes involves o melol holfpipe, fly-offs, ore l5/.l6 July, 1989, Write to: Robin streety obstocles ond flot ground, Poyne, PO Box 25016, Formington, As outhentic street is foirly limited in New York, NY 14425, U,S.A. Tele- such o villoge, Cow moy run o Lone phone 0l 0l 3l 5 986 3798. Entry fees Contest. Write to Cow'Zine, Roweore $30 o closs for Expert, ond 5200 bridge Cottoge, Rowe Lone, Welper closs for Pro. Go for Flot, Romps shompton, Shropshire, SYl2 0OB. lf or both, Foreign riders ore very wel- things go O,K., then informol concome, Thot's one big contest there tests moy run ollweekend, with winners goining products f rom sponsors, but the moin ideo is to ride/skote ond enjoy, . . Another big Ride And Enjoy (ust bikes this time) event will be the King Of Concrete, held oll over August bonk holidoy weekend, with the contest doy being Sundoy August 27th. Geoff Cotlow is the broin behind the thing, ond hos olreody hooked up sponsorshipfrom Life'sA Beoch ond Gotcho for some goodies, He's running o flot jom, o holfpipe jom, o mini romp jom, on street obstocle jom (if time ollows) ond o skotepork jom. The skotepork jom looks set to be the most interesting, riders will use every item of concrete in Southseo, oll in one run. Write to Efi of Tl 'Zine for detoils, the oddress is on p52l53 , , . Look out for o new roce teom this seoson. Elf ore coming in now, ond Vince Stobbold is to run o Skatepark contest soon. Jason mojor Supercloss teom; Cholked up Davies, BB gdnd in Southsea. Photo, os good possibilities so for ore Rob Mark Noble. Stobbord, Tom Lynch (?), Dole Hol, . , Hooking up sponsorship deols mes ond Winnie Wrighl (?). Elf bikes whilst in Americo is Clive Gosling. continued on page 29 . .. He's been working of S&S Rocing FREESTYLE Magazine


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INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY; MARK NOBLE

ROB ALTON is a relatively new guy on the scene, in terms of contest success; only recently has he won a major title, 17 Plus World Flatland Champion. A short character analysis would reveal an intense rider striving to be faster and smoother, an apprentice green keeper, a jujitsu fighter, a manic driver, and to finish with an age old cliche, an all round good egg. We had to talk to this guy, but this is no normal interview; rain put off any hope off riding that evening, LoZ needed a lift to a party, Rob had his car, so . . . MARK: Right, this is Rob Alton's inter-

view, and we're doing it en route to LoZ's party, as we're giving him a lift. ROB: You're doing the interview now? LOZ: I hate this stereo. turn it down a bit.

MARK: Anyway, what do you think of this concept of giving LoZ a lift to this parly?

ROB: I think it's dead funny, because I don't know where the hell I'm going. LOZ: How long have you been riding? ROB: About sax years, well, that's

all I can say really because I'm trying to concentrate on my driving. MARK:We go left here . . . anyway, so how long have you been driving for?

ROB: I passed my test on February ninth. Wellsmart. MARK: You've been riding for six years? ROB: About six years. Started competitions in 1986, the lirst National

series. MARK: You haven't done very well in Nationals though?

ROB: No, ldon't want to talk about that. liust blew out. I had an attitude

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don't take competitions so seriously now. MARK: What do you mean? ROB: I don't get all worked up, and if I lose or don't really ride very well I don't get all worked up about it now. Like belore if I didn't practice well or anything I'd get really annoyed; I just go there and have a good time now. MARK: Do you find you ride better when you're relaxed or when you're hyper?

ROB: When l'm relaxed,

I don't

worry about it now. MARK: So it's very much a relaxing thing to ride? ROB: Yeah, you can't help a bit of adrenalin and that sort of thing before you do your run. MARK:We take the right exit out here . . . so what do you think of this Peugeot Estate then? ROB: I think it sucks because it's been in front of me and I can't overtake it. I might hit it. MARK: Yeah, we almost got in the boot then.

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ROB: Would you like an internal inspection of that car? LOZ: That's where I work, on the left . . what is your motivation to ride?

.

ROB: Sorry? MARK: Like what motivates you to ride

and progress, is it the contest win or just learning new tricks? ROB: Just learning new stuff and riding a lot, it's just good fun. l'd still ride if there weren't any comps. MARK: Do you feel contests are important?

ROB: Oh yeah, they are important,

they're a good chance to get together and ride with people. With contests you've got something to work for, like doing well, and practice more and get routines dialled, that kind of stuff. I'm going to have to turn my windscreen wipers on hyperspastic now. MARK: Hyperspastic mode for the windscreen wipers there. We have to go straight on here, take the last exit out. Here comes the roundabout, we're just passing the roundabout. Wellsmart. ROB: That was third gear there.


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ROB: Pretty stoked about that actually. MARK: Almost as sloxed as learning that rolling hyperspastic Backyard

noying. But you do progress, it just happens. MARK: Where the heck are we now? ROB: ldon't know, l'm just driving. LOZ: I think this is Milton Abbas. MARK: No it's not. I know where we

today?

are now.

MARK: How do you feel about taking that roundabout in ĂŽr rd gear?

ROB: Well, you know,

I

wasn't doing it as good as what I was doing it the other week. but I was pretty stoked about it. LOZ: What's the best comp you've been to, and why?

ROB: I reckon the best comp was Petersfield Open, beginning of '88. That was a really good day. Loads of riders turned up. and there was a really good atmosphere. Then they

West. LOZ: What are your ambitions?

ROB: By the time I'm twenty l'm

wasn't as good, I don't know why. MARK: Who do you r oe with? LOZ: And where? Anc when? How

going to be an expert at Jujitsu, and I'm gong to be doing well smart at my job. l'm going to be a head green keeper before I'm twenty four. MARK: Tell us more about your job. ROB: My job is the best job you can do. Hours are seven till four, and then start earlier than that at weekends. Maybe five or six o'clock. I

often? How much? ROB: I ride on my own mainly. But

just enjoy it a lot, I get good job satisfaction from it.

during the week, on Wednesdays I ride with Mason (Smith). Ollie (Matthews), Russell Williams, people like that all round my area, from Stevenage. Other than that I really ride on my own.

MARK:Take the next left to Frampton. LOZ: What do you do?

ran the Petersfield Regional a couple of weeks later and that

MARK: Do you feel you progress faster when you're riding a one? ROB: ldon't know,ltend to concentrate more. I don't tend to ride as

hard on my own. When I ride with Ollie on Wednesday nights we don't

stop riding for three hours.

Everyone else stops and stuff, but when me and Otlie ride we don't stop. Just getting faster. When I'm on my own ltend to get tricks more dialled, practice more on one trick. How far does this bit go on?

and smooth. LOZ: lt's on the left, somewhere, it's at the very end. MARK: This is Frampton. Got any funny stories? ROB: Yeah, driving LoZ to this bad

party. Not really, I'm just sort of a funny person. LOZ:Why don't you ride ramps? ROB: lt's not a question of why I don't, it's why I can't. I've got this phobia about getting out and hooking up. I have nightmares about crashing on ramps. MARK:You ride mini ranrps? ROB: Yeah, I can ride mini ramps. I like doing good lip tricks, Manual Rolls, Abubacas, Disasters and things. LOZ: Here, hang a left here.

MARK:Why? LOZ: 'Cause that's where it is. Drop me off, see ya I'm going now. MARK: No, we've got to turn in and shout "Yo! LoZ is here, the party can

LOZ: Do you get wads? ROB: Yeah, flipping great wads.

start now!". LOZ: No way. ROB: lt's a barn party. MARK: Right here we are. Where can we park?

MARK: But you're not in it for the

ROB:

money right?

LOZ: I'm off now.

ROB: Right, no way. I'm not into anything for the money. I can't stand working indoors, I have to work outside. Working indoors is

(We decline to gatecrash the party.

ROB: I'm an apprentice green keeper at Hadleywood Golf Club.

just too much. MARK: How many times a day do you mow a green?

MARK: This dual carra gervay? Like about 170 yards before 1t goes single.

ROB: ln the Summer sometimes we cut the greens six times a week. On average it's about a mile a green, and you have to cut six greens each morning, so it's quite a lot of walking.

Do you feel you sometimes get in a rut of doing the same tricks all the time or is that not a problem?

MARK: How many times do you move the hole? ROB: We change the holes twice a

ROB: No, it's not really a problem. You keep getting new tricks wired, and sometimes you get to a stage where you go to a comp, and you're stilldoing the same things you were

week.

doing last time. That's kinda ans;

ROB: Did I drive down here this morning in bright sunshine and I had to put my glasses on? MARK: No, you didn't. This is going

as long as I have you get them nice

MARK: Whal happens to the little bits you pull out? ROB: Stick them rn the old hole. They just go in and you tread them down with your foot. lf you've been in this job

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Drop LoZ off, and drive away) MARK: Yeah right. Rob, what do you think of the concept of Kev parties?

ROB: lthink they suck. Things like pubs suck, like going out for a few jars with the boys, I think that's just lame, that and smoking. MARK: What would you rather do instead?

ROB: I'd rather go out and ride, or go and see my girlfriend. MARK: Your girlfriend?

ROB: Yes, my girlfriend. MARK:Tell me more. ROB: Amy, I can tellyou that she's got a squishy nose and she can make squeaky noises with her ears. MARK: Well smart. Do you realise that was a thirty limit all the way through there, and were hacking along at fifty five, srxty.


ROB: I don't worry about speed limits much. This morning through Potters Bar, a thirty limit, I was doing eighty five. lv'lARK Sizarre. What's Potters Bar lr,el

lt's rad. There's loads of places to ride flat undercover, and you ve got three fun ramps. lt's really good. l"4ARK Got any predictions for tricks, ROB:

where s it all going?

I reckon over the next six months it's going to be switch handed Hang Fives, Whiplashes, ROB:

Roparonies, things like that. lt's all going to be switch handed this and that. lt's still going to be a lot of rolling. I reckon combo stuff is going to make a come-back a bit as well. Everyone does rolling tricks, and it gets a bit boring after a while. With everyone doing Sideglides and stuff, things will get a bit faster, a bit different. MARK: Got any printable comments

Hang Five Variation and a Forwards Karl Ktuzer. Photo. Mark Noble.

about rain?

ROB: Printable ones? From

a

rider's point of view rain sucks so much. Though now l've got a car, and places to ride undercover lcan stick the bike in the back and go ride. Since I passed my test I'm much more mobile. But for work, I don't get annoyed with it at work, I just get wet. Rain just happens. MARK: So, LoZ is off at his party. He drdn t even bother changing, he's been wearing his Visions, jeans, and J ve shirt all day.

ROB: Nice and sweaty. MARK: He's good at lumping don't you

inkr ROB: He's good at crashing. He cracks me up, like when he said "l'm going to go for as high as I want", and he gets about a foot.

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MARK: What about drsplays?

ROB: I think displays are really good, you can relax at a display, crowds at displays aren't looking for mistakes. They're looking at what you're doing and what looks good. Competitions are different, judges are looking for dabs. So, it

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at demos see You do allthis stuff and they can't believe it. MARK: ls there a danger of freestYle getting too complicated for newcomers to ride? ROB: Yeah. Now is not reallY the

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time to get into freestyle totallY from scratch, it's iust too much,

there's so many tricks and so many different moves. When I started it was Rock Walks and stuff, and theY were really hard tricks. Now, there's too many tricks to keeP uP with' I find it hard trying to keeP uP. MARK: What was Your American triP like? ROB: lt was so rad, the best holidaY

of my life. Going out riding till two or three in the morning, travelling around during the daY. lt went so quickly it was unbelievable. MARK: Any contests?

ROB: The first contest we went to was the San Morano local. We got there and just said "No way!", there was Ruji Hora, and some Jesse guY, and they were iust doing the sickest tricks. Ron McCoY was there, we decided not to enter; we'd iust get

blown away. Out there flatland is so far ahead.

MARK: ls that overall standard or just a few of them?

ROB: I reckon it's overall standard. There are obviously riders out there

who aren't that good. MARK: Right at the lights. ROB: When we went to San Morano there were PeoPle like StePhan Schulz doing rolling Stubble Ducks and Dump Trucks to Frontside De' cades, and this was last October.

MARK: Why are you in reverse? Just park it in the drive. What annoYs You? ROB: People telling me I can't Park. Things that really annoy me are

people smoking, smoking reallY does suck so much. I hate it. Smok' ing, sitting indoors all day, iust sitting around being lazy. I hate people who do that. MARK: Are you hyperactive? ROB: Yeah, lam. My boss thinks I'm going to be a manic dePressive be-

fore l'm twenty two.

(Car wheelspins out of a junction)

MARK:Whoahh, Kevin, ROB: You panic too much Mark. MARK: Here's the house. Park it right here.

BOB: I've got to get a GYro for this car.

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b) someone getling bock into freestyle olter o few monihs off elsewhere c) foncy something o bit different Then you need o bike like this here

Mongoose Decode. TheY're ovoiloble from your locol Holfords os o compleie bike for less thon 9.l40, which is in turn even less thon some fromeseTs. And becouse You buY them from Holfords there's o lifetime guorontee; breok onYthing ond they'll rePloce it. Free, The frome ls cromo, with o Plotform (gnurled for griP) ond cool geometry, nice ond monoeuvroble, which rs greot The forks (mild steel) come with two levels of screw-in pegs,ond ore the fomous stroight legged design Pioneered bY Mongoose, Finish on both frome ond fork is very good; oll the Tubes ore copped off ot the ends, which noi only looks cool, it soves from rusi

Smooth copped ends of the reor drop outs olso Prevents shoe weor when using reor Pegs Whot keeps the overoll Price tog down is the choice of comPonents, nothing is the elite toP-oĂ&#x160; the-ronge, but eoch does its job Cronks ore bosic one Pieces, with

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up; SR is o quolitY nome. The reor broke is noT o normolcoliPer, but is o centre pull offoir locoted underneolh the choinstoys neor the bottom brocket The more imPortont components ore brond nomes, which meons theY will lost The lesser stuff, like the BB set, seot clomp, heodset etc, ore generic components from the lond of the Rising Micro ChiP No bod thing Overoll, the Mongoose Decode is o very sound bike for the Price 9140 for o bike of this stondord is

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of '89looked set to be quite o show. so let's get the bosics out of the woy frrst; the dotes were22nd ond 23rd of April, o holfpipe, obstocles, freestyle comps, Mortin Von Doren wos the skoters' rep, moin sponsor wos the locol skote shop RAP-X, ond money wos up for grobs in the A groups. 9 om the first morning, ond I wos ot the holl. Not mony skoters there ot this time, they were still oll shocked up in vorious B&B houses. By the woy, my B&B cost gl50 for two people fortwo nights. The holfpipe looked pretty good, o ply surfoce on top of o steelfrome, ond with onother section on the bock of one side with o spine. As for street obstocles, the locols hod constructed o huge curved woll, o bit like two quorterpipes moking o corner with o curved veriicol joining piece, You could orc o woll ride from one quorterto the other, it olso hod coping on top of whot wos obout Aft of vert. lt wos ten feet toll in oll. Other stuff in this oreo were other quorterpipes set bock to bock with spines, ond not o greot deol resembling ony street I know of. Skoters who revel in o contest with simuloted street obstocles looked of the set-up in voin; but the romp skoters hod o better chonce of doing well here with oll these lorge tronsitions obout, No roilslide bor for exomple, Street ond Romp quolifiers were being held on this first doy. Street entronts hod one run eoch, in order to cut to 25 for the finol. ln romp everyone hod two runs, counting the best run only, 20 romp finolists would skote on the next doy. Crowds? Well, for Soturdoy it didn't look too good, ond most of the Euro skote contest

toinly rod, Seon Goff mode the the woll romp, ond even o Feeble finol, but wos slightly put off by the structures, ond ended up creoting hisown; heflipped o toble overond Ollied thot. Clyde Steven Semmoh did some nice Airs to Fokie on one of the quorlers, John Thomos not only hod o cool nome but o cool style to motch. Wuzel did Ollie to Toilslide ond Ollie Blunts, Ryon McMonihon wos smooth, whilst Rosmus Skousen pulled off o lot of hord moves like 27O Ollie to Revert, ond included some flot stuff olso, Aoron Deeter pulled off o Rock to Fokie on

to Fokie. Hord, Mork Abrook shined the holf ond entered street here, doing Frigid Frontside Blocks on o quorter. FREESWTE

Byron from the U,K, only monoged to pullone big thing; his bock during proctice, which wos o shome becouse he wos skoting pretiy hot beforehond, Gunter skoted well, but

locked originolity, Moc wos

O.K.

too, os wos Shone Rouse who skoted woy smooth in the finol; im-

seots in the Grugoholle were empty. But on Sundoy, more people turned up to wotch the finols,

Speoking of finols: STREEĂ?

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srde Stolefishes, Also missing the frnol cut wos Mork Von Der Eng. Lucron Hendrickse wos os ever the mon pulling Frontside Ollies ond Modonnos, Chonging sponsors ond improving ollthe time is Florion Bohm, Fost Plonts ond bockside Smlths Another hot Euro skoter wos Rolf lr/iddendorf, who mode the finol even if he wos cI bit sketchy ot times,

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proving over his prelim run. Slippy floor there. Jeon Morc Voissette slipped up on soid floor, which is rore for him, Christion Seewoldt seemed to pull off hord tricks whilst boiling eosier ones. HATFPIPE

Despite the romp's poor quolity the skoting wos dorn hot. The romp wosn't perfect; the spine wos uneven, ond the coping wos loose in ploces moking it bouncy, ond some soid the romp flexed, Skoting stillhoppened. Dovie Phillips, nice lip moves, nice ond fost. Nicky Guerrero hos become quite serious obout his skoting os of lote, ond it shows in his

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skoting which hos become smoother. Note thot Bockside Disosters ond Soron Wrop oirs were done very very smoofhly indeed. By the woy, the nome Soron Wrop comes from on Americon brond nome of cling film, which you wrop oround food, ond the motion of wropping your foot oround the boord's nose is similor to thot of encosing food, Sort of. Robby Butner spells consistency Seon Goff wos olso consistent ond yet bio, ond wos one of the couple of skoters who used the spine; lnvert tronsfer from lorge to smoll, Hedges wos definitely in there with every lnvert going, ond with speed too, with olmost no hesitotion during his finol run. Donz didn't moke the finol cut, but did moke some high FrontFREESTYLE Magazine


This is Mikael De Stoppelar doing a Layback Rollout on four foot of vert.

THE END

And so ofter the

-o n holfpipe eventthewholeih - j'^ished. Most skoters wêrê prê*-r -'eC os they oll hod to skote so n'-:^ ... th ollThese prelims. Conclusrc^^ :^oIher Euro contest success'- culled off; even if the romp ,.. JS I c t suss, the whole event wos'-- ^:^e-the-less. We won't lisl oll'"e'3:- -s herejyou con moke your o',,. ^ - ^c up,

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Does this sound familiar? Over 5ft 8 tall, and starting to find expert sized frames too small. Racing at most meets, and doing pretty good, but could improve and make more mains. Likes quality built cromoly framesets engineered to race. Likes a strong bike that will not only race well, butwilltake typical jump/street/thrash abuse. Wants a class bike. lf that roughly describes where you're at then take a good long look at the Zeronine Pro XL. lt's just over an inch longer than the Expert frame we tested April '88, and is well proved in getting the right people to the winner's circle. Quick out the gate, smooth over the speed jumps, not squirrely over doubles or triples, a good carve to be enjoyed in the turns. lf you want further proof of the Zeronine's capabilities then watch the team at EBA events this season. They'll be winning, but will you?

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This month we're featuring iust one trick, and a pretty hard one at that too; the Reverse Trolley. Like the name says, it's a Trolley, but done backwards, and it takes quite a while to get completely down. For a start your going to need decent rear pegs, but that's fairly obvious anyway. The first bit is ultra snappy, and involves getting the bike from horizontalto vertical, with the intention of ending up straddling the head tube. This is done like a Perverted Decade (peg to peg), but stall it at the top. By the way, your bars need to start off backwards as in picture 1. By picture 2 you're already in the vert position, and the half-Decade motion will turn you round a bit. Hop about a wee tad, and when the balance point is A O.K., then you can start squeaking or scufling with a foot. Let go of the bars whilst squeaking, and use those arms for balance. Squeak lor as long as poss. At the end you grab the bars and use the back brake to stop, hop about a bit (if necessary) to gain balance, and then reverse the procedure of getting into the trick, you'll find that the exit part is slower than the entry part. Ride off. When you've got this down, try going faster. That way you can rollthe Trolley with both feet on the pegs. Then you're leaving lntermediates behind and breaking into the Advanced category.


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AUGUST

Ce^tra : Roy Winlield077349476 Nc(hern: Peter Tabron 07048 75728

2nd INTERNATIONAL Open Race. Sandgate Austra a 3-6th WORLD BMX CHAMP|ONSHlPS Brisbane. Ausira a

JAMS, EBA, IBMXF, SKATE, FIAC, UKBFA, AFA (USA),2 HIP (USA) CALENDAR.

Scorland: Brian Henderson 0506 30693

sth AFA MASTEHS. Boise. ldaho.

iVa es: Anne Denton 0685 723436

6th EBA Club Champs, Hounslow (Nat West).

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12l13th UKBFA NATIONAL, Birmingham N.E.C.

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17th AFA MASTERS, Philadelphia, PA. 18th EBA NATIONAL RACE, Hounslow. 21st Hillingdon GLH Race. 24l25th Weekned SKATE Jam, Livingston Skatepark.

Gary Forsyth

2Oth EBA NATIONAL RACE, Tamworth.

26t27t28th EBA BRITISH CHAMPS RACE. Alvaston 26127l28lhBigB|KE jam, Southsea Skatepark. 27th rs the Krng

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Concrete contest. Flat, mini ramp, street. halfpipe and skateparK jams. Win free gear etc. See NEWS.

24l25th lnternational Race, Luzern, Switzerland.

SEPTEMBER

28th High Wycombe GLR Race.

2nd AFA MASTERS, St.Paul, Minn.

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1/2nd lnternational Race, Keerbergen, Belgium.

24th EBA Club Champs, Spalding (EBA).

1/2nd COW JAM. Skate + Bike, Two venues; Shrewsbury mini ramp for a mini ;am, Waverton Village (nr.Chester) for a metal halfpipe jam, street jam etc. See NEWS. Contact Cow Zine.

3Oth UKBFA NATIONAL. Farnham.

2nd EBA Regional Race, Harvington (Brettons).

7th AFA MASTERS, New York City. New York.

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HOTLINE: 01 400 9555 Pre Register: 01 578 81 98

12th IBMXF INTERNATIONAL Race. Chile.

AFA - American Freestyle Association. Ccntact the AFA for U,S, contests. FAX Bob Morales on 01 01

st UKBFA Southern Regional.

HotTunacontest, Swansea. NOVEMBEB

6th BIG open freestyle contest. Ramp, llat, Overall, New York, USA. Pro purse etc, see NEWS lor details.

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16th EBA NATIONAL HACE, Castleford.

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2 HIP - Ron Wilkerson's events. Spontaneous radness al :

th AFA MASTERS FINALS. Los Angeles, CA.

venues. whelher it's Vision's King Of Vert or Swalch's lr/eet

11th 2 HIP Meet The Street, Portland. OR. 25th UKBFA CHAMP OF CHAMPS

23rd EBA NATIONAL RACE, Poole.

DECEMBER

28/29/3Oth INTERNATIONAL Freestyle contest, Kenn, West Ger-

2nd 2 HIP King Of Vert Finals. Wilkerson s new halfpipe. Leucadra.

many. lndividual plus team comps.

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JAMS - Jams are happening all the time, there may be one in yic -. backyard. lf so, tell us and more people will come and join in :-: parly

29/30th IBMXF INTERNATIONAL Open Race, Logan City. Australia.

NEWS continued from page 29

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Larry Bull, now on Converse, plus Life's A Beach and Hutch as well.

., Anlhony Revell now on GPR Number Plotes for'Bg, ond Rob lndrinow riding forthe new MCS teom . , , Check this one out; Mott Hotfmon hos bought o trompoline in order to leorn bockflips Thot's not very outrogeous, but this is: the word is thot Mott's diolling them in on the trompoline is in order to leorn Bockflip Abubocos . . Look for new Boss geor, mode by Prime Rocing Lee Reynolds, Joe Johnson ond the other residents of in o future issue,

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22nd2HlP King 0l Vert, Colorado Springs, CO.

ore HOT . . . Lifestyles of the jetset? Corlo Griggs (now riding on MDP frome) ond Joson Dovies ore off to Genevo to do one demo with the Powell Bones Brigode, on the big Titus holfpipe, They're flying out in the morning ond flying bock thot night, stoying in Genevo for just twelve hours . , . Are mossive leods (we're not tolking bike lengths, we're tolking obout whole stroights here), consistent wins ond intense troining sessions offecting Andy Pleose's mind? ls he obout to chonge his nome legolly to Shelby Jomes? Everyone's colling him Shelb' onywoy,so, . . Here'so new one; 'zine sponsorship. Cow Zine hos o teom in the shope of Mod John loylor, Mosh, Chfis Hommer, ond Cow himself. Moybe more people too , , , Lorry Bull hos yet ogoin found o few new co-sponsors; Lite'sA Beoch hove been flowing geor etc, ond now Converse hove olso picked up Lorry for the months oheod to ride in Cons stuff. Lorry's been secretly developing some sick new tricks; we'll reveol oll

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6th UKBFA Southern Regional. Farnham.

7/8/9th EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS RACE, Aalborg, DeneÆtn

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1st FAT Jam 2, Holland. Write to FAT 'Zine,

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3rd EBA NATIONAL. High Wycombe.

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25th EBA NATIONAL RACE, Chesterlield. J1

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13th EBA Regional Race, High Wycombe.

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cycles manufactured n SoCal. Through those years

GT through

heavy competition, attentron to detail and aggressive marketino rave remained amongst the top threg .orpanies involved with BMX And from time to time, all would agree that GT have occupied the No.1 spot A Little History; Gary Turner has been perso,rally making GT bikes ever since the ccnception of GT BMX. At the very sta( cl BMX, back in the late 60's, Gary sta(ed making stronger frames for krcs rn the neighbourhood, who used to race bikes on the local motorcross track. Then, when BMX became a sport and

started officjal racing, Gary was

in

there with the first frames. a cng with Schwinn, GJS, Webco and a few more. Through the 70's BMX in the U.S was picking up pace at an astonis.rng rate;

THE bike to have was a Bt"4X bike. Other companies started uo and flourished, yet GT was stitt maxrng big footprints in a fast growing spo(. Come

early eighties, some riders started doing tricks on these bikes and began branching off into a division, called f reestyle. GT saw a need for a specially designed frame to cope with this new demand, but they were not the first, Haro beat them to the post by launching their Haro Freestyler, with a design inspired by Torker. The GT was quite different; it did not have Haro's double

top tubes or a head tube gusset. lnstead, the GT Performer had a frame platform and a curved downtube. Through the eighties both Haro and GT have unveiled new frame designs each year in order to keep ahead of the Joneses. Platforms, geometry, tubing, chainring guards, stickers and other subtle changes have been made over the years. So in particular, what have GT come up with now? The Bike; Enter the GT Pro Tour Performer F/S complete bike. Second in GT's freestyle range to the

Pro Team model, but nevertheless a blinder of a bike. Cromo frame and forks, top quality components, geometry and looks to match. A closer look is what's needed. The Frame; The GT Pro Performer frame looks like no other. For a start, the down tube is

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s-shaped to create extra space where required, at the head tube for feet on the front wheel, and at the BB to add a bit of a platform there. There's the platform at the seat clamp, which has remained pretty much unchanged over the years, and has just been flattened

out with the top made flush. Lugs for centre pull brakes are under the chain stays, with cable routing going through the down tube. There are no platforms at the rear drop-outs at all. GT feel that it's up to you whether you want platforms there or not; a bolt on set comes complete with this bike. Seat stays are curved at the drop-outs. The Forks;

Cromoly, leading axle, and no bolt in fork pegs. Again, the GT policy of 'bolt

on is better' applies here too. Bolt on GT fold up fork pegs come with the bike, and means you have ultimate choice of personal positioning. The Bars and Stem; GT bars have remained unchanged for years. Lowered crossbar and cromo is all you need to say. But, they're fairly wide at the stem area. The stem is the new GT freestyle stem, replacing the

old bulky one; it's narrower

and sleeker, with the allen bolts underneath. A little plastic cap covers the main stem bolt. 39


on lord down GT fork pegs for the forks;

as they are all bolt on, they don't have to be used if you don't want them. R ding Verdict;

Thrs s the important bit;a bike can look rke a million bucks, but if you can't ride tien it s not worth a cent.

rt

Strength wise, GTs have large d ameter tubing all round, strong platf orm and larger chain stays than most,

and wrth the whole frame made from cromo

rt will last. This larger tubing also reTlects in the bike's weight. it's a bit heav er than some others.

F oe it. and immediately you ll find a neutraL bike, a little on the short side if anyth ng. GT have stayed with the concept of making one frame for all, unlike Haro who have two sizes of frame, the Sport and the shorter Master. The head angle is neutral to slow; if you are used to something with sharp steering like a Hutch Trickstar then it will take a little 'linre to get used to. The cranks are in a comfortable position. nothing freaksh there. For flat it's very controllable,

'amp riding is very predictable,

and

everything else is equally fine too.

It should be pointed out that top bike manufacturers, such as GT, knowwhat they re doing when it comes to designing a frame. No company is going to

release a frame that won't ride well. lnevitably, all makes of frames will be drff

erent f rom each other. with different

head angles, wheelbases and suchrke varying geometry is just somethrng that you will adapt to. no matter Hip launch at Wallisdown. Graham in-

also. And with 48's you can t even get

verting. Photo, Mark Noble.

a spoke key in there to dial them

The Drive Train,

One piece GT cranks here, named Power Series Cranks. GT also make excellent three piecers too, and they come on the top of the range Pro Tour Team Model. The OPC do the job and

stay straight. A GT compact disc (43 tooth). Shimano DX copies for pedals, which grip just great, but aren't quite as classy as the real thing. GT chain. GT sealed bottom bracket. The Wheels; Chrome aluminium 36 hole rims, racelaced (that's with allthe spokes coming from the outside of the hub flange) into

GT Superlace hubs. These hubs are sealed and spin forever, but why 36 spokes and not the popular and strong

48's? Shawn Buckley at GT told me why last October, "GT wheels are just as strong as 48's, and they're lighter 40

in

And that's no biased opinion either, GT Superlace wheels are excellent GT multisurface tyres, 20x1 .75. and good

overall performance. They do well on ramps, flat, tarmac and also grip well on dirt in case you're into jumping now and then. The Brakes; Odyssey levers operate a Dia Compe Nippon caliper on the front and a Dia Compe 4D990 on the back. A Gyro is

what the sticker says on the frame.

And Finally;

GT knows what s up They put

tron. A high quality bike that fits the bill. Do what we did, pulr it out of the box

and go ride it.

the spinning device. Dia Compe cables.

Other Components;

A GT seat, GT layback seat post. and GT seat clamp mean you don't have to

sit on the frame platform A Me GT grips are there so you don t hold painted metal. A GT Epoch self locking

headset. GT tube ride pegs on the f

ront, GT platforms on the rear. and bolt

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The complete GT Pro Tour Freestyle bike. Black is back.

The GT Pro Stem and Gyro

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BIKE SPECS

FRAME AND FORK PRICE;9]ô9.95 COMPLETE BIKE PRICE; ç299.95

AGE RANGE; l3 ond over COLOURS; Block, chrome, white, blue,

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/4 inch

TOP TUBE LENGTH; l7 I 12inch HEAD TUBE ANGLE; 74 degrees SEAT TUBE ANGLE; 73 degrees BB HEIGHT; I I 5/8 inches REAR TRIANGLE LENGTH; 14 I 12 To 16 in-

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bors won't slip . , Good grips, very comfortoble" , . . Yes, this is the one"

ches WHEELBASE; 35 112 to 37 inches

TEST INPUT;

COMPONENTS; FRAME; GT Pro Performer,4130 cromoly ÉORKS; GT Pro Performer,4130 cromoly. HANDLEBARS; GT Pro Performer,4l30 cro-

moly.

PEOPLE; Grohom Morfleet. Joson Dovies, Shown Buckley. Lorry Bull, Poul Brown,

Mork Noble, The famous GT frame platform. CHAINWHEELT GT CompocT Disc, 43 BB SET; GT Seoled, REAR SPROCKET; SunTour, I ô tooth SEAT;GT. SEAT POST;GT SEAT POST

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CLAMP; GT, oluminium,

ACCESSORIES; Odyssey Gyro, GT Tube Rides (l poir), GT Forkstonders, GT reor boll

on plotforms.

MISC STUFF FINISH OUAIITY; By now, you should know thot GT mokes cool stuff, The following is

piece Power Series cranks.

STEM; GT Pro Freeslyle, oluminium

heod,

cromo shoft, hollow stem bolt. GRIPS; A'Me GT, HEADSET; GT

Epoch, self locking.

RIMS; Aluminium, chromed,36 hole. HUBS; GT Superloce, high flonge, seoled

beoring. WRES; GT,20x1.75

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DOWN TUBE O.D.; I 3/8 inch FORKO.D,; I l/8

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Ă&#x2C6;l BETTANCOURT RACE TRACK Drawing ; Simon Parkinson

Frenchman Xavier Redois on Superclass

Cruiser. What's happened

to his GT

gear?

WiIhin eleven hours of leoving home we were of the trock ond surveying the scene, which looked very promising The trock wos out-

done obout it, until one week before the event wos due; hurried or-

rongements were mode, bogs pocked ond once ogoin we were bound for foreign competition.

TEXT

AND PHOTOS;

SIMON PARKINSON

After the Belgium lnternotionol oll the roge wos, goin'to Bettoncourt for the French lnternotionol? Well, time possed by ond nothing wos 44

The officiol title of the meeting wos

'Supercloss Chompion Of Europe Round One', ond wos to be held ot Bettoncourt, neor St Dizier in centrol

doors, in excellent condition ond hod mony rod looking jumps. On o hot, sunny ofternoon the rocing begon with The firsi two sets of motos for oll oge cotegories ond it soon become opporent thot the Brits hod their work cut out os they met some of their hordest competition yet. Unfortunotely we didn't do very wellos Phil Chornley pulled out ofl'er doing only one roce, ond Lee lves wos involved in o wicked wipeout over the first doubles. The following doy storted ot 9.30om with the finol set of motos, in which we leornt thot Supercloss riders Borry Smith, Poul Wright ond Richord Bollolong with Lee lves in the l4's hod ollnot quolified forthe next

Fronce, so obviously the English round. contingent consisted moinly of The remoining riders.

Supercloss

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English riders soiled through the 8th's ond so it wos onto the quorters where the Supercloss


rocing just got hot1e. ond hotter; so hot thot Winnie W',9^:, Rob Stobbort ond Dorren C \eil got burnt ond didn't toke ony r,lher port in the meeting. ln the semis Dole Hc:-es ond Tom

Lynch were togeTner but both come unstuck when Tom hit the gote ond Dole crosnec ofter lying in quolifying positior On Supercruiser Dole coostec .1o the finol butwe lost Lee lves in l4 I 5 Cruisers.

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MAINS This didn't look too hec:Ă&#x17D;hy for the British os most went out n ihe quols ond only four mode it'hrough - but

not through lock of effcr+ ln the Supercruiser Doie wos riding

in 3rd when he tongled with

Fronce's Xovier Redors ond they both fell off, ruining their hopes of o trophy. ĂŻhis wos followed by the younger oge groupswhere we hod Brod Anderson who wos leoding his roce when he olso tongled witl-r onother rider bringing them both off, His teom mote Steven Murroy foired better when he wos lying 3rd in his finol but got up to second ofter on excellent swoop in the finol turn, Mortin Murroy olso rode welllo toke o deserved 3rd in his roce The Supercloss B finol proved exciting os Tom Lynch rode o decisive

Tom Lynch, Paul Wrlght, Dale Holmes,

WInnle Wllght, Rob Stobbart. Darren O'Nell. Left; O'Nell and Wrlght cawing.

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Above; Holland's Rob Bultan leads the 17 Ex crowd. Left; Proving the first doubles were very jumpable. The Euro 16 Ex.

roce to get 2nd, with Dole Holmes coming in 4th ofter o bod stort Controversy surrounded the Supercloss A finol when o close finish for lst between Hollond's Wilco Groenendool ond Fronce's Xovier Redois split the finish line lody's decision. When we left ond heoded home holf on hour loter they were still orguing os to who hod won, The following morning we were bock home sofe ond sound in Englond ofter yet onother weekend rocing obrood. Thonks must go to John Holmes for the orgonisotion of the trip ond to every English rider who turned up to support their country. There's something about Euro racing; good tracks, fast action, and great doubles. More 16 Ex riders.

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TEXT AND PHOTOS; MARK NOBLE

-he first UKBFA National of '9;: THINKS; Yeah, held at Manchester's Bury Centre, home of a raging club scene made up ol about lifty freestylers and three hundred skaters. Bound to be good. Bound to be a good turnout, what with it being the f irst National and allthat. Bound to be good ramps. And with the

rew judging system, there should be decent

.udging.

REALITY: Read on. Saturday night is the usual

Br.r 3 -c

night; two

:-arterpipes, fly-offs, wall-rrce'a-cs. railslide :ars, more fly-offs, and indoo's r,l:-e crke riders --an usual because ofthe comp:-e -ex: day, and -cst were using the quarterp oes A MASS of :<aters all paid their t1 .50 o. s: :c skate the :cstacle stuff. Riders ventu'^g 3^:c the fly:'wall-ride zone made their prese-ce <rown; hit-

^g a skater was inevilable on a.J'

'-^

Slade hit

:,'er a dozen. Mad Jon took o-: alc-: tvventy in :^e shot. lt's not that riders have a^;1^ "9 against :<aters, no no. lt's just that the B--., cub is so .-ccessful that there's simply rc seace to ride. ,"'len space was made Dave S aoe 'nanaged

:.ne very big ramp to ramp wall -rrces -ess trendy lust a rateable were Steve Gea s ..mps off :-ything. So that was Bury Club. -

:-:

'.?xt day;

THINKS: Bound to be a good comp conside rng all the benefits I mentioned before. IEAL|TY: Make your own judgement.

Above; lurndowns like this must ensure Victory for David Frame. Photo, Mark Noble.

; Chris Hammer, localised Step Thru. Right; Phil Dolan may look like he's asleep, he's not; could YOU rest through a Switch Foot Dump Truck? Photo, Mark Noble.


Brian Henderson, Robert Hey, and Andy

styles, and Disasters. A great run despite.

Bryant are all contest regulars. Soon they'll be making rolling tricks and three foot airs; and they're all less than twelve years old. ĂŻhere should be more guys like this riding. There may be other people in the same age group butthere's nobody in the same league as Mark Atkins in 14's ramps. Big nine foot airs, Manuals, big Disasters, Tailspin, and nice variations all packed into two minutes raked in Mark one of the highest ramp scores of the day. Sean Clarke beat Mark on ground with some ripping tricks. Elder brother Lee Clarke also took first, in 15's. Backwards Rubber-rides are hard enough, but when you do them with the bike

Scott McNicoll was tearing; Pedal Picker

Drop ln, Turndowns, high Lookbacks, high inverted lnverts over eight and more besides. Karl did seven foot grannies and two sketchy 540's, and did his run in two bits (he hung up and got a puncture, fixed his bike and did some more grannies after the age group had finished). Make your own judgement here, then check the results table and make f urther judgement. See page 54. Pro.

Here's a couple of faces you haven't seen for a while; Larry Bull, and Mason Smith. They were up against Jason Davies and Gary Neale in the four man Pro Flat section. Larry's been splitting his time between college and riding alone at home. And it shows;

rolling backwards they're darn near impossible: Lee does them that way. Simon Tabron over-rotated afew high 540's in practice, which must have put adamper on things for his run. He got second behind David Frame who pulled off his usual high stuff, Abubacas and the like.

Larry's got some new HARD tricks. Try Fakie

Shove-its, hyperspastic Scarlo Squeaks, Rollback Flails, and the fastest forward rolling tricks (all new) imaginable. Gary Neale wasn't as perfect as before, but stilldid Backwards Whiplashes to Funky Chicken, plus some very stylish linking. Mason and Jason both had rhyming names and hard moves. Gary and Larry also had rhyming names and tied for first, and had a run-off to determine the winner. ln the end Larry took the win,

Ollie Matthews. No way. No way can anybody link as fast as Ollie. When hid name wĂ s

announced practicing riders put down their bikes, everyone sat in the bleachers left their seats, crossed over the practice arena and watched a pure speed routine. Ollie is rad. Another first, on his way to a triple that day (first Flat, Ramps, Overall). (Mad)Jon Taylor entered this contest also, but deserved better than what he got; highest airs of the group, variations, plus a Tailspin (aborted) at three feet does not spell last place to me. Phil Dolan is an original man. What his run lacks in linking together tricks he gains in hard original stuff. Try out switchfooted Dump Trucks, Roparonies from a Megaspin, and Chainsaw. Rob Alton is a linking man, running up multiples of way hard tricks into oneflowwhich lookscompletely killer. Rating one rider more than the other is difficult; it's two different styles. Philwon today, with Rob in second. Maybe only having two hours sleep the night before doesn't help, eh Rob? Jamie Bestwick (Lookbacks, nine foot) and Brian Wills (No Hand to one footer, Nothing air) fought it out for the 17's ramps, this time Jamie won. Masterclass is a tough group to say the least. All last year's best Amateurs are riding Master this year. On ground it was Fergus Heron's day; he pulled off EVERYTHING. A perfect routine of Dump Trucks to frontside Decades, Backwards Whiplashes, switchfooted Elbow Glide to Side Glide to Steam Roller to Catapult, Chicken Whips (Funky Chicken Pinky Squeaks), Candy Man, hyperspastic Locomotives plus more could only be worth a first place and the highest score of the day. David Blundell may not be a famous name with a good record, so that's maybe why he only got third. He made hard tricks look easy and had masses of variation, with minimal mistakes. Reputation Karl Denton walked off his bike a couple of times, but somehow managed a second. Jason Webb wasn't perfect but rode fast and hard; include

Stephen Geall, Superchicken above banners. He deserved a higher place. National. One ramp was brand new, but unfinished and un-ridden, so therefore it hadn't been adjusted properly for verl. smoothness etc. lt was bumpy and very under-vert. The other ramp was the Bury club

ramp, was also bumpy, and had angle-iron as'coping'. Puncture City; Neville Potts had

six punctures, Howard Radcliffe had

finish in that order. Steve crashed on an Eddie Air to Step Thru, landed on his seat and winded himself, but only about twenty seconds before his time was over. Before that he pulled extreme variation; one hand

entrants; Jason Davies (highest ramp score of the day)won, whilst Gary Neale (lowest ramp score of the day) entered forthe money and got second. So that was the first National of '89.

REALITY: HOT riding. Rad new tricks. Low entrance. Poor ramps. Messed up timing. No thought given to the crowd. THINKS: Hopefully the BFA's next National held in Alfreton willbe miles better. The regular ramps will be in place, the new ones will be adjusted, and the more

centrally placed comp should logically have more riders. Things should be O.K.

ihere. Whatever the caie, the core riders will continue to ride and enjoy contests.

Step Thrus, Candy Bars, plus all the regular

Yes, he is good. David Blundell, hyperspastic Freaksqueak in a corner of the practice hall.

Forwards Roparony to Backwards Roparony. Flatland Contest Rule No.1: lf You Only Pull One Trick ln Your Routine, Make lt Your Final One. John Yull used this to good effect, crashing every trick but finishing with a fast Dump Truck leaving the judges thinking "Mmm, he's World Champion, he must be good", so he tied with Jason Webb for an undeserved fourth. Master ramps; Scott Canoll and Carlo Griggs were there, but boycotted the contest. Why? The ramps were the worst seen at a BFA 50

a

couple, and more riders suffered flat tyres from what were very minor hang-ups. Dave Buckinger from On Yer Bike made a killing from inner tube sales. When it came to the contest, Steve Geall, Scott McNicoll and Karl Denton were likely to

making it the first time that Gary's been beaten in a comp for literally years. Pro ramps was a bit of a non-event with two

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KINGDOM COME In Your Foce The U,S. group Kingdom Come ore bock this yeor otlempting to throw their title of lost yeor's biggest Led

Zep clones with o new olbum titled 'ln Your Foce', lt kicks off with 'Do You ' Like lt', o typicolly heovy rock number which is posibly ihe bost trock on the olbum ond olso the first single. Trying to sever themselves from their previous reputotion they hove gone for o foster, heovier ond generolly loter 80's rock style, with trocks such os 'Storgozer', 'Meon Dirty Joe' ond 'Just Like o Wild Rose', Nothing too outstonding but woy more originol thon their first olbum. JJ

K-9 POSSE. K-9 Posse This is the K-9 Posse's first

olbum ond olthough some of thetrocks ore oggressive ond cotchy, others merely romble on un-noticed. The olbum consists mostly of heovy, violent scrotching ond explosive boss lines but rorely puts it together to creote onything mod or new. Trocks to cronk up the volume on ore 'Ain't Nothin' To lt', the current single which is o pretty cruciol trock with well ploced Eric B ond Rokim som-

ples, 'This Beot is Militory' ond 'Somebody's Brother', All of the

other trocks eventuolly (ofter o few spins) get going, but none do onything onyone else hosn't done pre-

IEAN ON ME

OriginolSound Trock This is the lotest in the film sound trocks to use excellent ortists, ihe lost being Colors. With o voriety of types of music from soul, rop ond metol it should oppeol to most Some of the titles to look out for ore 'Ain't Moking lt' by Stetsosonic, 'Skeezer' by Roxonne Shonte, 'Welcome To The Jungle' by Guns N Roses, ond the trock for which it is most sought ofter 'Leon On Me' the rop summory by Big Doddy Kone, which incidentolly is the flip side io his new single'The Wroth Of Kone' Don't miss the film ond definitely don't miss the olbum. JJ POP WILt EAT ITSELF

This ls The Hour, This ls The Doy, This ls This

The Poppies con't seem to moke their minds up between hip hop type beots, row guitors ond being foul mouthed yobs on vinyl, After being heckled off stoge lost yeor by so colled music fons on the Run DMC U.K. tour, one would think they would go for the lotter two, but not so. This olbum consists of lots of sompling, guitors ond tolking, includes the singles 'Con U Dig lt', 'Wise Up Sucker' ond 'Def Con One', o looney rop obout Big Mocs ond fries to go! Another omusing

trock is 'Not Now Jomes We're Busy', with sompled Mr Brown inter-

viously. They leove politics ond equol rights to others ond just rop obout other sucker MC's ond not

rupting scrombled jorgon. An olbum not to be token too seriously but simply enjoyed,

selling out.

JJ

JJ 52

FREESTYLE Magazine

COOKIE CREW Born This Woy

The South London femole rop duo

hove spent o long time recording ond working with Doddy-O from Stetsosonic in the Stotes on this, their

long owoited first olbum, Unforlu-

notely not contoining their '87 smosh hit 'Femoles' or 'Rock Do House' with the Beotmosters, it stoys with their loter style ond oggressive ropping, Most of the trocks ore criticol but none more so thon the singles'Born ThisWoy', or'GotTo Keep On', which both hove funky beots, hord rops ond o tong of U.S, style. Other trocks to colch ore 'Come And Get Some', ond 'Pick Up On This'. Their first olbum leoding the woy for femole roppers in the U.K. ond goining respecT in the U.S.A. JJ

ttn Silver On Block (Vorious ortisls) ffrr (Full Frequency Ronge Records)

here compile oll of the ortists on their record lobet ond hove put the

best trocks on this compilotion olbum, Artists include D-Mob 'We Coll lt Acieed', Tyree 'Turn Up The Boss' (super duper mix), Richie Rich 'Solso House' remix, Simon Honis 'London's Finest', 'Shoke Your Thong' by Solt-N-Pepo, the Prince Poul(from De Lo Soul) dope mix of 'Born This Woy' by the Cookie Crew ond mony others. A fine collection of trocks oll on one olbum. JJ


Below; Zenith art. ,ZINE

MONTHLY CYCTE

innovative ancl refreshing; the

newest is the 'One Sicte Of A3 lssue', ancl is iust that, killer photo layout on one side of an A3 sheet. Then there's the 'Dead Small lssue'which is again just that, dead small having pages just 7cm by lOcm. lnsicle that one is

Monthly Cycle is a new one to most people. lt's a BMX 'zine from Northern lrelancl, and no. it's not made by Jive. lt claims to be the indie music, Salba interview, ancl 'most offiensive publ ication avai lable more somehow fittecl insicle a on the face of the earth', and quite v.small 'zine. The one before that probably is. Any road. Monthly was the 'Non Existant lssue', and Cycle is cool; you can join the fohnny ctictn't exist, so it was fairly cheap. Becket Fan Club. read some Most Zeniths are about 5Op or so, rumours, a goocl article on N.lreland and all are heargl stuff. Get some undergrounders (many jump pics soon. here), Kevin McShane interview, Zenith, 71 Blurton Rd, Stoke On Nationals ancl much more. Monthly Trent, Staffordshire, ST3 2BS Cycle is a goocl fun reacl, hilarious in MN parts. Yep, Monthly Cycle gets the WHAT D'YA EXPECT IT'S A BMX thumbs up from me. Monthly Cycle (35p;,8 Greenbonk, Yeah. What D'Ya Expect is a Corrickfergus, Co.Antrim, N. lrelond. supreme classic when it comes to total humour, but then that's only MN logical when you know it comes from Scott Maitlancl of the Jive lot. TI'ZINE You'll know this one probably as WDYE comes with pure soul (oops, Totally lntense Freestyle 'Zine, but cliche there) and pages that dive into now the name seems to beTl 'Zine, what's exactly going on with wtrich is cool. Efu Catlow creates everything in BMX ancl freesglle. We this one, and he's churning out so could print some of this stuff, but many it's almost becoming weekly. then some people woulcl go For 6Op you can get the latest one, overboard on what it says. Anyway, but the one I have here includes the vote Tim O'Shea for the Nora Cup. Bury BFA National, Worlds Pictorial, Besicles that, there's a whole load Skegness, Bart's (from FAT. 'Zine) more, ie take-off aclverts etc. WDYE Page, and a bit more. C.roocl covers is compulsory viewing for every to allTl 'Zines, which incidentally are person out there, and it's an education in itself. Get it right now if all A4 size. Sencl 6Op tp Tl 'Zine, 3 Albert Rct, you knowwhat'sgood foryou, after all, the hilarious issue 2 (the one to Southsea, Hants, PO52SE. get) is only 5Op. MN WHAT D'YA EXPECT IT'S A BMX, Swingrover, 54 Coonen Way, ZENITH Sam from Stoke is a) a hot Belfast, 8T6 OEF, N.lreland. photographer, b) a skater, c) a goocl MN bloke. His 'zines are always JULY

1989


PK RIPPER, pink Skywoy Tuff 2's, lqvender GT tyres, Sugino Power Disc, GT bor clomp, Londing Geor forks. Only wont

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THANKS MUM AND DAD for helping me getmy Horo Sport, Andy Lorkey justskote, from Williom The Homeboy, Fovershom in

freestyle, white, seoled beorShimono hubs, Pro Closs rims, Dio

ing Compe colipers ond levers, Suntour sprocket ond hondlebor stem, chrome ond seot post, Shimono

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DX pedols, new grips, Tokogi cronk. Tuff

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Freestyle BMX UK july 1989

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