back in Japan, this time at KOG Round 2 in KOBE. I`m wiritng this
on the fly from a bike shop in Yokosuka called Cycle Cave. (Thanks
Jun for the use of the laptop!) Thanks to Ken-san and his JYKK
tour bus, we able to travel across the island from Yokosuka to
Kobe. After about 8 or 9 hours we parked at Kobe docks at about
2:30am. In celebration, we decided to session a little bit before
contest venue was at a large mall with about 5 levels. There were
people on every level watching the riders battle it out.
that I had seen at last year`s KOG in Nagoya had progressed. This
year there were about 6 girl riders entering and many more spectating.
One girl was nine years old, rocking firehydrants! The future
of flatland is going to be crazy.
were a wide range of skill levels in the novice and expert classes.
Some of the novice class riders were at expert skill level. The
winner of the expert class was riding at pro level and did some
crazy back wheel combos with his foot on the seat post. After
winning expert, he proceeded to make it to the finals in pro the
level of the pro class is skyrocketing. It`s amazing to see these
riders and think about the time everyone has dedicated to mastering
their art. A Tokyo rider named Yohei Uchino took the gold medal.
He was on fire as he owned all turbine halfpacker variations.
The guy can pump turbine any trick. He looks like he`s dancing
on his bike. Omedeto! (Congatulations!) to this swimming instructor.
Sharlee and his partner held it down with their colorful conversations
about flatland and kept the crowd hyped for two days straight.
to one of these competitions is always motivating. The diverse
styles and dedication are sure to pump anyone up!
can check the final results of the KOG and www.kingofground.com
2. Takuma Kawamura
3. Seiji Sakata
4. Yuki Maehata
5. Hideki Kawai
6. Hiroya Morizaki
7. Kotaro Tanaka
8. Hirokazu Miura
9. Shinichiro Hara
10. Yoshihiro Shinde
2. Keisuke Tanigawa
3. Akira Okamura
4. Yousuke Yamaguchi
5. Akihiro Matsuura
6. Takayuki Iwa
7. Yasunori Nakano
8. Yuki Takeuchi
9. Keiji Nakamura
10. Yorimitsu Miyata
2. Tasuya Fujii
3. Go Wakai
4. Kensaku Nishino
5. Kenjiro Okada
6. Daisuke Miyazaki
7. Kazuhiko Hamasaki
8. Takahiro Seki
9. Raiki Yonehara
10. Kenzo Harada