Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football and family. While today’s Thanksgiving celebrations would likely be unrecognizable to attendees of the original 1621 harvest meal, it continues to be a day for Americans to come together around the table—albeit with some updates to pilgrim’s menu. Gobble Gobble bitches. START-New logo on tees and more will be here before Xmas and long sleeves and sweatshirts to. Little different look with Tsutomu, TA and Chad D while in Kobe. Battle in the Rockies write up and pics. IGI edit from the Rockies with Thomas Noyer, Chad D, and crew. Hiroshi edit has a great feel. Coplon through the years. Lug nutty nuts. Fl-BMX series is almost here. Black Friday discount code. Mat Olson 2x Chandler park hits. TA on that smooth tip. Matt Closson teaser for his new sprocket. HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE. Drink up, eat down, and open your mind. -Chad D
Here is a little bit different look at Tsutomu Kitayama, Terry Adams, and Chad D from Kobe Japan thanks to Aaron Nardi and the Kobe crew. Almost a top view panoramic style.
Battle in the Rockies
Flying in the winter is not my favorite times of the year due to delays at tons of airports specially with a layover in brown-town Cleveland. From 81 degree Orlando then to Denver which is showing a 60 degree drop in one day. So waking up checking temps was not great for my disposition. But it did make me think of childhood in the Midwest on those freezing mornings and snow banks over my head. Icicles, dirty snowmen, crisp air, snow angles, yellow snow… Denver is an area I did want to visit this year for numerous reasons; the people, the mountains, Beer, Clay and Pusher BMX, Leif Valin, Adam Baker, Duncan Gore, Mike Meister, and the Battle in the Rockies. Flatland has had a plentiful year that this one is not an event I could pass up. If I told people that I am flying all the way to below zero weather to hang out in an empty warehouse for 4 days, they might think I am bizarre. In reality I am riding and judging an event that is only helping flatland and BMX as a whole since this is an international event and even a few chosen riders received a free ticket, hotel, and entry from a one-minute submission to make the limited list for competition. This also is a great concept since flatland is not known for the rich and wealthy riders but more hardcore who will travel around the world to be a part of the history of flatland. $10,000 is a lot for a flat jam and the end result with rentals, food, flights, and other expenses it had to top 15k. Over 60 people entered with 24 in pro. Put 22 sausages in one house thanks to McGraw and let the stories and memories start. Fighting for TP and hot water was well fought. I even set my alarm for 7am to grab a hot shower the last night. It was like a sea of people with mattresses and bodies scattered all over the 3 floors. Mornings and nights were like family time with everyone cooking and eating and the Kendama challenges. Sharing food and drinks along with nonstop laughter. Downstairs the hustling on the pool table was amazing. To say thanks to James and his family we found their Xmas gear and decorated the basement to make it festive and warm. Upstairs we took turns on the dialed massage chair right in his master bedroom. Outside was the crisp air and mountain views to die for.
The Battle was stacked in the AM classes with everyone showing their support. Expert all crushed it. Vets all brought their original game and Ruben turned on the bubbles man and took home 1st. And the pros went hard with some of the best runs I have seen. Bobby Carter streamed it live with no online complaints which was great since it usually brings on the crap talking. The bubble spot was seriously the toughest to be in. But the end result is Efraim Catlow, Nathan Penonzack, and myself agreed it was the right stack of riders for the finals which brought 11 since one expert who won his class would get bumped up. This was incredible since that AM would be making money now.
Keep in mind 10k is on the line and the finals are at a club in an entirely different surface, lighting, and vibe. So the 3 AM’s and 11 pros had to be on their “A” game. Well fought AM battle and Joe Cicman got bumped into pro and in the final battles. To say this was an easy task to judge would be lying. The order could have been changed in each many battle. With 3 judges it’s a high-pressure situation but confidence is the reason we were invited to do this job. Tensions seemed to be really high along with the riding level at its best. I do think the worst part is the 3rd and 4th place means they know they didn’t win or get 2nd but still have to ride again for 3rd podium. Dom and Ben both killed it. But the two tops with Dub and Dez could have gone either way. Congrats to everyone for riding at such a high level in the wildest locations for a final battle. The heat was increasing inside yet the snow and temperature kept dropping outside.
Ending my trip by eating at the #1 Vegan restaurant in Denver almost sealed the deal but seeing so many friends really did it. BMX has shown me the world and it never lets down on the memories. Flatland has been more fun than ever and I hope if you get a chance to do it please give it a go. If one of these events is within your reach to ride in or spectate, PLEASE DO IT. We are all banning together to make this stronger and better for companies that support and ride for the future. Thank you for the support I have received and specially:
James McGraw and his family
Clay and Pusher BMX/Flatlandfuel.com
Profile Racing, PowerBar, DecoBMX, Mr. B’s
Thomas Noyer/ Efraim Catlow/Flatmattersonline.com
Duncan Gore, Adam Baker, Leif Valin, Mike Meister
Farts on the plane
Fred Gates and Robert at Reklamation
Here is the IGI Flaternity edit, riders from all over the World converged on Colorado Springs to take part in Battle in the Rockies. We were all crashing at James McGraw’s house and Dez called it the Flaternity house, this edit is in the honor of all us riders jammin’ together and having a good time!
We tried to get as many runs as possible from as many riders, one run per rider featuring the likes of Thomas Noyer, Masashi Itani, Takuji Kasahara, Jason Plourde, Alex Jumelin, BEnjamin Hudson, Chad Degroot, Dez Maarsen, Dominik Nekolny and Bobby Carter!
AXLE NUTS OR “LUG NUTS”
It’s so nice to keep your wheels on your bike and your ACTION BARS or WuPEGS held tight. Like that song Sir Elton John sings about the BOSS “Hold me close I’m Tony Danza”. Be the boss or at least trust that your wheels and pegs won’t fall off and know there is a new Tony Danza in town.
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Florida series is coming up starting in Oviedo on Dec 6th, make it to all the stops. Also check the video from last years OSP stop.
In late 2001, I failed to get into graduate school. It was a pretty big blow, which resulted in applying at The Hartford, destined to sell insurance packages. That same day, on a whim, I applied @profile_racing And was hired on the spot. Profile helped make that call to The Hartford, to thank them for the opportunity, a much easier situation.
Here I am, year thirteen. Lucky for me I get to go into work every day wearing beaten up jeans and a five o’ clock shadow. Good news as I still can’t tie a necktie.
This was a pleasant surprise in the new issue of @bmxplusmag Thanks to @profile_racing for years of support and consistently putting a smile on my face. #madeintheusa
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