Thanks to Hiroshi for dropping us this highlight edit of the recent Under 15 Contest in Tokyo. 8 of the best next generation riders from all over Japan have been invited to this battle style contest. Congratulations to Yu Katagiri on the first place!
Results 1st Yu Katagiri 2nd Yuta Watanabe 3rd Kazumi Toyota and Minato Sato
Following the video round the finals of the Downunderground series took place in Melbourne last weekend. They went for a more relaxed format this year. All the riders had 3 x 2min runs and the best 2 runs counted towards the final result. Congratulations to all the winners!
Open 1st Gonzalo Bellanti 2nd Heru Anwari 3rd Paul Chamberlain
Expert 1st Chris Letchford 2nd Philipp Frueh 3rd Shaun Jarvis
Beginner 1st David Rooney 2nd Rusty Pyko 3rd Paul Grzinic
For 2019 Viki will have a Ares signature frame and it doesn't look like a regular street frame! The name come from the initial letter V of Viki Gomez and the V-bend of the top tube. The current plan is to release the frame in 2019 and it will be available worldwide. The price and colors will be announced when the release date is confirmed. A matching signature handlebar with a V-bend of the crossbar is planned as well.
A lot of riders showed up for the final Sport Zone contest of the season in Hungary. The pro podium is really international and makes you wonder where Adam Kun is hiding ;-) Congratulations to Dom on another victory! Check out his final run.
School Class A 1st Zsoldos Andor 2nd Kriston Patrik 3rd Szabó Olivér 4th Zala Lázár 4th Filip Marcel 4th Zala Peti
School Class B 1st Deak Ede 2nd Kriston Emma 3rd Biró Zsiga 4th Dudás Misi 4th Tamás Balázs 4th Tóth Martin 4th Huszka Balázs
Amateur Class 1st Bordas Ákos 2nd Bordács Attila 3rd Varga Tamás 4th Kollár Balázs 5th Markóth Szabolcs 6th Koncsecskó Tamás 7th Orosz Csaba 8th Császár Balázs 9th Mezei Sebastian David
Pro 1st Dominik Nekolny 2nd Martin Drazil 3rd Matti Hemmings 4th Keelan Phillips 5th Fulop Vidakovich 6th Davis Dudelis 7th Sebastian Grubinger 8th Frane Granic 9th Miklosi Peter 10th Adam Gelencser 11th Leon Vignjevic 12th Pavel Dort
A couple of weeks ago a jam took place in a great hall at Les Machines de l'île in Nantes, France. Les Machines de l'île is an art and culture project based in Nantes. Thanks to Niakland for the great edit!
Flatland art has been contributed by: Charles Paty, Gilles Laurent, myself, Fred Page, Malo Tostivint, Robson Luiz & Kalix Jouanneau
Anatole from France has been riding for 6 years and shared his very first edit with us. He's up to some pretty technical nose manual variations and selected some nice looking spots for his edit. Enjoy!
Dub took the first place at the final round of the FISE World Series in Chengdu, China. Congratulations! The 3rd place was enough for Matthias to win the UCI World Championship Flatland. That makes him the first UCI Flatland champion in the history! You can find a video of the finals here.
In the amateur result list we're happy to see a couple of Chinese names as well.
Pro 1st Jean William Prevost 2nd Moto Sasaki 3rd Matthias Dandois 4th Alex Jumelin 5th Dez Maarsen 6th Viki Gomez 7th Raphael Chiquet 8th Takumi Isogai
Amateur 1st Takato Moriya 2nd Vladimir Isaev 3rd Minato Sato 4th Tang Ke Yi 5th Wei Li Fu 6th Luo Dan 7th Wang Biao 8th Yang Ming Kai
Here are a few words from the official press release:
"Another exciting final on the flatland stage! The crowd were mesmerised by the creativity and style of the flatland final. Jean William Prevost had a perfect run and he showed why he was last years champion, his control and execution were flawless and he was delighted to take home the win “I’m more than blessed to do this in my second home China” In second was Moto Sasaki he completed at least 5 really good long combinations and scored a well deserve 90.00 points. In third was familiar face on the podium Matthias Dandois who packed his run full of signature tricks.
An absolutely amazing year for flatland in the first ever UCI BMX Freestyle Flatland World Cup. It came down to the wire between 2 really good friends Alex Jumlin and Matthias Dandois. The two French riders pushed each other constantly as they battled in events across the world. Alex didn’t find his rhythm here in China and finished 4th. Matthias Dandois managed to hold on to the top place making him our overall winner for the second year
Japan, proves once again why it is considered the sacred land of the BMX Flat, dominating the BMX Flatland World Cup standings. Misaki Katigari is at the top of the table and ahead of the other Japanese rider Eri Futnasu. Perseverance and patience brought her the victory. Third place, is occupied by the French rider Céline Vaes who has distinguished herself brilliantly this season."