can’t get used to it : I am always impressed when i come
with my little bicycle in a room full of riders, everywhere I
look there’s someone riding, always impressive. But Idon’t
learn you anything about this Isuppose every rider has felt that
once while coming to a contest, so I’m going to explain
a little more in the details.
for those who never heard about the Circle Cow, it’s a comp
which has a reputaion to have a high level, as proof of that,
the “amateur” class had become so hard for the beginners
that they made a “novice” class for the riders who
have been riding for less than a year. As I saw it it has been
a success, the beginners rode well considering their experience.
What’s more they all have been rewarded since there were
only 8 riders. Cheer to Killian, 1st of the novice class, who
left the place with a wonderfull Braun shaver, a long-term investment
for this young disciple of the Club of Servon! (Servon is the
town were the contest takes place) Max Paul did a megaspin and
a nice steam roller which gave him the 2nd place.
the amateur class, logically, the level is higher, really higher
when you see that the tricks pulled went up to time machine with
Amaury Peyrot (2nd) and Kevin Laughier’s (4th) backward
grip ride and karlkruzer one hand. You understand better why I
mention a high level, there are not lots of comps where you can
see inside dumptrucks (Hawkins Garett, 3rd) in amateur class.
Robert Pospisil, from Czech Republic walked off with the first
place thanks to his gerators and very clean decades. The participation
of Stephanie Chauvel has to be mentioned, she made a good run
in amateur while there where a Girl class, a big cheer to her.
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second girl rider, Coralie Tugny who qualified in expert class
begins to be famous around here, and trust me, she deserves it
: her pinky squeaks linked with backward karlkruzer well controled
with the brake lead her to the 3nd place and even if you are not
a brake fan, you have to applaud.
class has been really up to the job, Matthias from the club
of Servon pulled a huge crackpaker spinning, this kid changes
of class every year! After his 1st place in amateur last
year, he finishes 2nd in expert, gotta keep an eye on this
rider...Opera’s spot (in Paris) regulars were there
with Greg Fuma who got the 4th place for his first contest,
with his fast spinning steam roller and mc circles . Snoop
Janloup, from Grenoble got his birthday gift at the end
of his run... Snoop, the first rider to pull an “inflatable-doll
Hang5” represent the Grenoblos team!
Master it was plain crazy, “high level” as well!
Everybody has been impressed by Nicolas Ferando’s
original tricks, he started his routine on a backward karlkruzer
on the knee before hiting the ultimate tricks: something
like a cross-footed turbined Hang5, but I confess that I
didn’t perfectly understand it.
Michael Husser who hypnotysed everybody in practice with
his crackpacker “hands behind the back” deserved
his 1st place with an (almost) perfect run.
the crowd of riders there, it’s simply impossible
to mention all of them who hit good combos! My apoligies
for all those i forget. Wulfran Lainé who was humbly
in expert in the first place, finishes 12th in master class
for his first contest since 1991, he prooved everyone that
“old school” isn’t dead : triple boomerang,
double decades, G turn to catapult,no handed Frontyards,
you can feel the mastery of the bike! A nice proof that
originality is sometime where it’s not expected!
must have been hard to decide between the pros, every single
rider was doing crazy tricks but always in a completly different
style, between Sam Foakes’ tricks : bwd crackpacker
behind the seat or no footed clifhanger Xup and Raphael
Chiquet’s tricks (at an incredible speed) based on
pivots and full barspins, Alexis Desolneux spinning whiplashes,
poor judges! Bram Verhallen did some of his new 360°
barwhip to pedal steam roller on his brand new KGB frame,
same brand new KGB frame for Alex Jumelin which make his
riding a bit different, tricks like pinkys and whips in
general look smoother and his new trick is dope : cross-footed
hang 5 no hand to 2nd place! However, disappointment about
Mirek Hanzel’s final run, coming from Czech Republic,
who after having terrified everyone in practice with some
(crossfooted) upside-down megaspin at a supersonic speed
missed his final run a little. Jason Forde from London was
also there, and so was his very clean links based on steam
rollers and barspins and of course his Cyborg no-hand (leg
locked below the seat). The Ultimate slap of this wild pro
class was Jorge Viki Gomez’ final routine, no doubt
about it : 1st place, i think people knew it when he finished
his last trick, I can’t even describe you his run,
you have to watch the video to understand it, (if you understand,
what’s not my case), the best viki combos ever pulled,
This 6th issue
of the Circle Cow will remain in the memory of lots of riders
as a great moment, thanks to the organization work of Ismaël
and Paskal who spent two long days, the mic in his hand, to cheer
the riders on or to try to restore the order while the practice
became a general shambles. By the way i’d like to say i
have been disappointed by many riders, including pros who were
riding in the practices reserved for the other classes, at several
times the place was so overcrowded it was impossible to ride.
So a big “thank you” to Paskal Mintov for having insisted
Thanks for this great moment of flatland, we won’t miss
the next Circle Cow.
of February 2005 - Ilan Giguel