This is the best video that I’ve seen so far that truly captures just how amazing TRA‘s Double Cross was. Even at Dreamline conversations would inevitably drift into talking about Double Cross. Will it be the future of BMX racing? I highly doubt that because it’s something that’s completely different. BMX racing in its present and past form is a jock sport. Sure you get the occasional Brian Foster or Robbie Miranda who come through and shake things up, but for the most part it’s dominated by dudes who spend more time in the gym than on the bike. The Double Cross track rewarded guys with bike handling skills rather than the gym rats. That point was proven when Chris Doyle took on a guy who is well on his way to the Olympics and the race was neck and neck.
I think what Mike Gentilcore and TRA have created here is a new and exciting form of racing on a BMX bike. Exciting is the key word there! It’s been a long time since I watched a BMX race and was legitimately excited about what was going on. This is what I thought Red Bull’s R.Evolution race was going to be like, and that turned out to just be basically a run of the mill BMX race with slightly bigger jumps. The trail dudes who raced had zero change against the clipped in carbon fiber mounted warriors they were up against.
I think the traditional form of BMX racing will continue on with its tracks built so that five year olds can ride them and dudes out in the parking lot doing sprints. I also think that TRA has just created an entirely different discipline of BMX racing, one that is not only exciting to watch, but one that is just as exciting to participate in. Something tells me that we’ll see a lot more people coming out of the woodwork at next year’s Double Cross ready to strap on a numberplate and bang some bars!
Red Bull is first to the gate with an edit from TRA’s Double Cross. Navaz was stressing on how to film this thing but it turned out pretty damn good in my opinion. Have a watch and start planning on being at next year’s event. Oh yeah, be on the look out for Jeremy Ball’s gap to fakie at 01:06!
Back in August Troy Zeigler came through with a rocking edit from the Heathens Jam. Here’s a bunch of raw footage that made it into that edit and some that didn’t. No music here, just cassettes, the crowd, and Tommy T on the mic.
Troy Zeigler of Elevated Visuals came through with this rocking edit from the Heathens Mountain Jam. I can’t get over the insanity of what when down there. The mix of trails style and X-Games maneuvers is not what you usually see at most jams these days. That’s what you get when you have a set of amazing trails within a stones throw of Woodward! Spotted on The Union
I said I hoped for more footage from the Heathens Jam in the last post, and oh boy did I receive. ESPN dropped this doozy of an edit from none other than Stew Johnson himself. Stew, you did an excellent job making me really regret not being at this one!
Take a journey with Van as he travels from Jersey down to Virginia shredding spots all along the way. Well pretty much just spots in Jersey and Virginia. Two of those spots happen to be trails, and if you want to get straight to them you can jump ahead to 02:10. Via Almond Footwear.
I still remember the first time I ever met Steve Crandall. It was at the 1997 NBL Grands and he walked up to me and said “buy this fucking video.” The video was Live Fast Die, and Steve and FBM’s antics have been keeping me entertained ever since. Here’s a little edit from the ringleader himself, keeping it simple at his trails in Richmond.
This edit is certainly a departure from the norm now isn’t it! Just the other day I was talking to someone about if the trails by Van’s old shop were still going. I guess this answered that question! Don’t let the random games of bike deter you from watching it the whole way through. There’s a really good Catty section that starts around the 5 minute mark.
Standpoint 4 Small Brown Bike Soundcheck. A big thanks goes out to Ryan Navazio for letting us upload this awesome trail section from his past Standpoint Video Series. Featuring some classic trail riders, ripping some classic trails on the East Coast.
I used to swear by Duo's Homan grips until they released the Bohan grips and I switched over (sorry Van). Nonetheless they are both kick ass grips and Van's just got updated with some fresh colors. Black and tan, burnt orange, and cyan are the newest colors to join the lineup, and all of the colors are available with or without flanges.