The year 2005 was a wonderful year for flatland. There were many big and
nice competitions. I travelled the whole summer from contest to contest.
But in december there wasn’t any competition in Germany. And so
i decided to organize the last contest of the year 2005 by myself. First
i thought about the easiest way to get a flatland indoor spot. I knew
a nice flatland hall in Eisenhüttenstadt. I called Alex Schönfeld,
a member of the 1220bmx crew and one of my best friends and told him my
vision. He liked the idea and the Last Session 2005 Contest was born !!
chose the 30th of december as the date because it was the last day before
New Year’s Eve. I asked Thomas Göring and Dirk Rosenthal for
some support and they said yes. On the 30th i woke up, looked out of my
window and was shocked because it snowed very much. So i checked my mails
and many riders mailed me that they could not come to the competition
because of the snow and the slippery streets. I drove from Eberswalde
to Eisenhüttenstadt by train which was a big problem too. It took
me 5 hours to get there although Eberswalde is not far away from Eisenhüttenstadt.
I was afraid that Alex and me are the only riders in the hall. When i
openend the door i was very surprised that so many riders fought against
the weather and came to the contest. At this moment i knew it would be
a good contest. Alex and i chose the battle mode as contest system and
we divided it into three classes ( A, B and C class ). I was the moderator
so i have seen a lot of nice battles. And now i want to tell you more
about these battles.
After hard and diffcult battles Raiko Bierring from
Eberswalde and Tino Rabe from Eisenhüttenstadt were the two last
gladiators. It was really one of the contest highlights. The DJ played
one of the best drum and bass vinyl and the fight could start. Raiko
showed a tailwhip to gerator to backhopbarflip. But Tino was very cool
and did a hitchhiker and different kinds of halfpacker variations. The
judges decided that Tino is the winner of the C class and of course
he was very happy about it.
The first battle was Raiko Bierring against Kevin Lehmann
from Frankfurt. Raiko smashed some signature tricks like
sidesqueaker to backwardspogo-barflips. Kevin showed some
different kinds of forkglide. But Raiko won this round.
Another battle of the first round was Florian Schirmer
from Eberswalde against the local rider Tino Rabe. Florian
did a crazy switzerlandsqueaker combo but Tino destroyed
him with a Hang 5 to halfpacker and out.
The third battle was Andreas Henska from Lutherstadt Wittenberg
against Matthias Krüger aka Krügi the warrior
from Göttingen. Krügi surprised the crowd with
pegwheelie to tailwhip. Very nice dude. But Andreas answered
with style. He pulled a backwardsteamroller and backwardpegwheelie
and won the battle.The fourth battle consisted of the
three riders who weren’t successful in their battles.
So everybody had a second chance to get into the next
round. The judges could not decide and so two riders,
Florian Schrimer and Matthias Krüger had to do a
final combo after the battle. The rider with the best
combo was in the next round. Everybody in the crowd supported
his favourite rider. It was like a thriller. Florian was
very nervous and stepped his foot on the ground. And that
was the reason why Matthias won the battle.
In the semi-final Raiko had to ride against
Matthias. Raiko won with a nice Gerator Combo. Matthias
wanted to pull a brakeless decade but he was a little
bit unlucky with this trick.
Tino Rabe did a battle with Andy the styler. Tino had
a very good run and pulled every trick he tried. Karl
Kruizer barflip or halfpacker were no problem for him.
But Andy wanted to win and showed a signature forkglide
with one foot on the pedal to backward steamroller with
one hand on the pedal. That was very cool but the judges
decided that Tino is the winner because Andy stepped his
foot one or two times on the ground.
B class battle
In the B class there were many good riders. Sometimes I thought I moderate
a pro battle. There are so many good riders in Germany I can’t
believe it. I think 14 riders were registrated for the B class. There
were so many battles and thats the reason why I only tell some highlights
of the first round. For example I remember two people from Leipzig with
name Thomas and Jonas. They did so many hard tricks and everybody could
see the style-school of Chris Böhm by this two riders. Thomas showed
Hang 5 to McCircle hitchhikerspin without breaks. Jonas showed tricks
like barflip to steamrollergturns. Martin Schulz was very good too.
He did backwardshitchhiker and hangfive to steamroller. Raik from Neubrandenburg
mixed his Flatlandstyle with breakdance and showed spinning gerator.
riders were left from the first round. Two of them were Johny
Krämer and Benny Hill (That is really his name). They are
two guys from Eberswalde. Johny has learned many new tricks in
the last time. Everybody was fascinated about his cliffhangerspin
with one foot on the bar like Alex Jumelin. But he was nervous
and Benny had a very nice run against John. So Benny won. Rene
Böhm ( he isn´t the brother of Chris) from Zehdenick
convinced in the first round with pinkysqueak and steamroller
combos. He is very young and visits every contest with his father
Klaus Böhm. Rene´s father doesn´t ride flatland
but in my opinion he is a flatlander too.Whenever I see Rene he
has learned new tricks. He is a very good talent of the flatland
sport. But in the second battle he had to ride against Alex Schönfeld
from Eisenhüttenstadt.I think Alex is one of the best riders
from East-Germany. In the battle against Rene he showed halfhiker360barflip
and some difficult trickcombos like a backpackerwhipcombo. That’s
the reason why he won the battle. Thomas Gödicke rode in
this round against Oliver Radunz from Eberswalde. Oliver was unlucky
because his fork was broken and so he rode the competition with
Benny´s bike. But he did halfpackerkickflip and a very cool
pinkysqueak combo with the bike of Benny. The choice of the judges
for the semi-final was Oliver. The last battle in this round was
Steven Starwicki and Thomas Gödicke. Steven won with his
steamrollerpinkysqueak combo. Moreover he tried a hitchhikerkickflip.
and Benny Hill were the gladiators of the last battle in the B class.
Benny rode so amazing. He convinced the jugdes with 360barflip-jump
to steamroller to barflip to mccircle to hitchhikerspin. Another hard
combo was rope-a-roni 360barflip to geratorbikevarial to upsidedown
megaspin and out. Respect to you Benny. So the the winner of the B class
is Benny Hill from Eberswalde.
Three rider from the B class were qualified for the A class and that
were Johny Krämer, Benny Hill and Alex Schönfeld. It was a
funny draw because the tickets determineded the three B class riders
against the three A class riders.
The first battle was Daniel Hennig from Bitterfeld against Alex Schönfeld.
Daniel had learned so many new hardcoretricks. For example whipsplash
to bikevarial to onefooted switchfooted halfpacker to switchfooted steamrollerundertaker.
He pulled all this tricks in the battle and so he hadn´t problems
to win against Alex. The second battle was Chris Böhm against Johny
Krämer. But it wasn´t easy for Chris because Johny suprised
everbody with his combos like Steamroller to hitchihikerspin to Mccirclebarflip
to hangfive to Cliffhanger with one foot on the bar. Another cool trick
was the pedaling time machine from John. But Chris did tricks like X-footed
nose manual to x-footed-mccircle to barflip Pedalsteamroller-g-turns.
His stylish combos were the reason why Chris won this battle. The last
battle of the first round was Benny against me. It was not easy for
me to win. Because Benny was very motivaded of his succesful B class
final. But I had a little bit luckand so I won with some hitchhikervariations.
The best rider of the„losers“ came in the next round too.
the semi-final Chris had to ride against Daniel Hennig. It was
very hard to judge this battle because Chris and Dan showed the
hardest stuff. Chris convinced with Hangfive to X-footed-nohanded-Tomahawk
to 360barflip to steamroller to endless combo and Dan convinced
with his new tricks too. After the battle no one wanted to make
a choice and so Chris and Dan had to do one hard combo again.
The best Combo was from Chris because
he didn´t touched the ground. Dan was a little bit unlucky
because he stepped his foot on the ground after the first trick
.So the first finalist was Chris Böhm. The second battle
was Alex Schönfeld against me. He pulled a backpackerwhip.
I showed some hangfive-combos and i was suprised that the judge
said Fuhre wins.
Chris „the freshbouncer“ Böhm and Daniel Fuhrmann
were the finalists. It was already midnight when the final started
and both tried to collect their last power for this battle. You
already read a lot of trick descriptions in this article so I’m
going to tell only the result of the battle: Chris won. Congratulations!
the contest we chilled in the hall, drank a few beers and had
a good time. Some of us went to a party close to the hall. I think
it was a very cool contest and i would like to thank every rider
who came to the contest and made this competition - a very good
Last Session 2005. Moreover i would like to thank KHE Bikes and
Chico Clothing for their support.
of January 2006 - Daniel Fuhrmann