I said two weeks ago, for one week Holland would be the homeland of one
of the worlds best rider of this time; Martti Kuoppa. Sjoerd from Daredevul
(one of Holland’s bmxshops: www.daredevul.nl)
made it possible for the Dutch flatlanders to follow classes tutored by
Mister KGB himself. Martti stayed in a nice hotel in Amsterdam, so every
day he went to Utrecht by train, leaving his bike in the Daredevul shop.
Because I was pretty busy with school I only had one opportunity to go
to these classes and that would be on the Friday. I heard some nice stories
from some friends that went there one of the days before me so I had pretty
THE day arrived and I went to Utrecht which is a 65 minute train
ride from my town. The location where the master classes where held
was just pretty great! It was in a huge sporting complex inside
the train station of Utrecht Central station, so when I got out
of the train it took me like 90 seconds to get to the front door
of the Complex. I already rode there before so I knew what to expect.
The temperature inside the hall was abnormal hot. I don’t
know why, but there were almost no ventilation possibilities. Only
some emergency doors that stood open almost the entire day made
it possible to get some nice cool air.
Anyway, the hall was huge, but the floor…. The floor was made
of a pretty soft material that caused for some fine rolling-troubles.
When you tried to role you needed to have a pretty high speed to
roll far. That was really a shame.
BUT…Martti was there as well! So that took pretty much all
the minus points away. When I arrived, there where like 10 flatlanders.
Martti stood next to Sjoerd in the middle of the hall watching everybody
doing his/her tricks. I went to Sjoerd to say hi, and Martti shake
my hand while introducing him (like I didn’t know who he was…..)
a short chat with the man I prepared myself to ride by changing my shoes
and take of my coat. Martti told me that if I had any troubles with whatever
trick I should ask him to help me. So it wasn’t like a ski class
or something where the teacher is doing a trick, and all the pupils are
doing it afterwards.
much all the Dutch flatlanders (read: 100 persons) showed up one
of the days to ride with Martti. It was really fun to see Martti
do basic stuff like funky chickens and squeakers. He was there to
help people and he really did.
When there where no questions, he practised his own tricks which
made my mouth fall open so wide you could throw a basketball in
it. I could sum up every combo I saw him do, but it’s just
At this moment I only have a few pictures of this event. I forgot
my own camera so I have to wait on the pictures that other people
made those days.
When I speak to Bram Verhallen (one of Holland’s best flatlanders)
who was there the same day as me hopefully he will send me some
of his pictures that I can put online for you here
all I can say I had a really great day in Utrecht with Martti. I heard
some rumours that there will be another Master class next year with another
Pro flatlander so that looks pretty promising. I hope you’ll enjoy
the pictures I have so far. And as soon as I have the others I’ll
upload them so you can enjoy those as well.
of November 2004 - Pim Ritsel ( Sander Noorlander )