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Hometown Heroes

12 09 2016

The big USA BMX/BMX Canada show came to town this weekend in the form of the Maple Leaf Nationals, hosted by my home track, Milton BMX.

Weather threatened to derail the show earlier in the day on Saturday (due to some heavy rain) but thanks to some good tarping the night before and a hard-working volunteer crew the weekend went off with only a tiny rain delay.

My good friend Steve Di Monte was also there photographing the proceedings. Steve’s no slouch on the cruiser either, so he’s got a good eye for BMX Action (peep this pic of him breathing down my neck in race a few years back).

A lot of Milton locals were in the mix in the big wheel classes which it made it extra fun for the crowd.

So for your viewing pleasure I thought I would share some of the cruiser action that Steve captured from the weekend.

First up 41-45 cruiser.

Hometown hero Mike Galivan leading into the first turn. Mike and Race Inc.’s Dan Hurley had some good races this weekend which made this a fun moto to watch.

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Next up,  46-50 cruiser.

Paul “T-Bone” Schiavone told me between motos he had slimmed down a bit and it had really helped his racing. The proof was in the pudding because Paul was near the front today (that’s him in second in the Stay Strong colors). Nice work T-Bone.

Andy Caswell, another local fast cat, is in the mix too and sporting an ever-so-stylish Haro mouthguard. Extra style points for Andy.

46-50-cruiser-caswell-t-boneIn 36-40 cruiser, Julio Rodriguez and Ryan Haydar were battling every moto.

This one in particular was one for the ages.

Julio barely escapes going over the berm and threads the needle to continue the battle down the second straight.

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To cap things off,  local boy Gary Quill got the nod for the official event sticker.

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Granted, he’s not on a cruiser but it’s still a pretty cool honor for a swell guy I have the good fortune to ride with on a regular basis.

It also gave us plenty of ammunition to razz him with.

All in all, a good weekend of BMX.

Hats off to Milton BMX, BMX Canada and all the racers.

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2017 WTP Atlas gets some Wow factor

5 09 2016

The 2017 We The People (WTP) Atlas is getting a little added “Wow factor” this model year with a new candy apple red paint job.

Topped off with chrome and polished parts from WTP and SaltPlus, this 24″ is a real looker.

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It’s a bit reminiscent, in colorway terms, of the 2011 Avenger.

Of course The Avenger,  as you might recall from last year’s Interbike coverage, has now morphed into a 26″ retro-style cruiser in the WTP lineup.

But I digress…

The Atlas, besides its eye-catching new candy apple colorway, hasn’t changed much in the geo/specs department since the previous model year.

But in the case of the Atlas, there isn’t much need to.

It sports a full cromo frame, fork and handlebar.

The specs are also on point:

  • Head tube: 74 degrees
  • Seat tube angle: 72 degrees
  • Top tube length: 22″
  • Chain stay: 14.6″
  • BB height: 12.7″
  • Stand over height: 9.7″

The roomy 22″ top tube, high-but-not-too-high bb, and short-ish chain-stays suggest this might be just the ticket if you’re looking for a more trails-oriented 24 (the Kenda “Small Block 8” tires are also another hint in this direction).

It’s hard to go wrong with this bike…and with its eye-catching new colorway, it’s kinda hard to resist.

 

(Video: Rider Paul Thoelen. Filmed by Callum Earnshaw)





HB crew tries out the 24″ Quad Freestyle

2 09 2016

Huntington Beach (HB), California has been an iconic flatland spot since the glory days of Martin Aparijo and Woody Itson busting out cherrypickers for the magazines.

Today, that spirit still lives on.

Every Tuesday, a crew of old school flatlanders meet up to bust out some flatland moves.

Apparently an SE 24″ Quadangle Freestyle ended up there for one of these sessions and the crew ended up busting out some quality flatland on it.

Check it.