This is what BMX racing needs

5 11 2013

BMX racing needs a breath of fresh air and I think events like the upcoming Helltrack event being held at The Lumberyard bike park might be just the way to do that.

What is the Helltrack event you ask?

Well, according to the Helltrack website, it’s:

…a multi-lap obstacle race with 7 riders going head to head that combines indoor and outdoor features, a cereal bowl, pallets, bikes, beer, jumps, UCI Bro Barriers, Carnage, good times, and …race classes for everyone and for all types of bikes.

Sounds pretty freaking awesome to me!

Helltrack at The Lumberyard OR

A welcome departure from the standard, far-to-serious-for-its-own-good atmosphere that most big races have.

And unlike a UCI event, you probably wouldn’t be looked down if you raced in jeans (See:  Cru Jones: the UCI doesn’t like your type).

Now, we just need to get an event at all the big indoor bike parks (like Ray’s MTB, Joyride 150, etc.) so more people can take part in the tomfoolery.

Can’t wait to see the video highlights of this event.





This is where things go off the chain

31 05 2013

Peter Ulbrich spent some time out at the BMX track…but he wasn’t practicing gate starts and doing sprints.

He had a different type of riding in mind.

Then to keep things interesting, he goes for it without a chain.

The “Send me an Angel” soundtrack is a nice touch too. (Thanks to Cale Avery Schindler for the heads up on these.)





4 more years…of Cruiser Revolution!

14 11 2012

Oh boy…has it been four years already?

It really does blow my mind how quick the time goes.

I want to thank everybody for the support over these past four years.

I really appreciate the great comments, pictures, and emails that help this site what it is today.

Let’s keep this going for four more years…and beyond.

Cheers everybody.

(Yes, it’s true…I have used this image before. But it happens to be one of my favorites and the four beer glasses seem to go with the 4-year anniversary theme…so I hope you’ll forgive me.)

Party favors

While I’d prefer for us to celebrate properly over a couple beers after a fun riding session, the logistics are a little problematic.

To make up for it, I’m going to pass along a couple discount codes to use at the Cruiser Revolution store.
They’re good for Cruiser Revolution t-shirts and other assorted CR merch:

  • Coupon: $10Winter2012
    Save $10 off your order of $50+
  • Coupon: $5Winter2012
    $5 off your order of $30+

Not sure how long I can keep them going, so make sure you let your family know that you want a Cruiser Revolution t-shirt for Christmas (and they should order now!).





Nifty, nifty looks who’s 50

8 11 2012

Bill Allen, star of stage and screen, most famous for his role as small-town BMXer done good Cru Jones in the movie Rad, turns 50 this week.

Whatever your thoughts on the cult classic, you can’t deny the iconic status of Cru Jones in the BMX community. Love him or hate him, everyone knows who Cru Jones is and the man who played him, Bill Allen.

And, in some kind of cosmic convergence,  I also learned today that McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish is also enjoying it’s 50th birthday this year.

Coincidence?

Who’s to say….but I always seem to jones for a Filet-O-Fish or a viewing of Rad at the strangest times.

Like the middle of the night.

Maybe that explains their enduring popularity.

You just never know when the craving will strike you.

But when it does, whether it’s the sandwich or the movie, nothing else will do.





Skatepark shredding on a Felt Brink

1 02 2012

Stumbled across this video the other day and just had to post it.

Not only is it the first time that I’ve seen the Felt Brink in action, but Jay Ruff Sr has managed to combine two of my favorite things in one video: skatepark shredding and music from the RAD soundtrack.

Well done.





This video is…ahh….Rad?

11 12 2011

This year, with the RAD movie celebrating its 25th anniversary, complete with a big event in Cochrane, Alberta and word of a behind-the-scenes documentary in the works, it looks like the affection BMXers have for this movie is as strong as ever.

Now to add another log to the Helltrack fire, NYC dance group Holy Ghost is featuring a new interpretation of the infamous “bicycle boogie” scene in their video, “I wanted to tell her” (a remake of the Ministry song of the same name).

Check it out.





Movember: bringing back the BMX ‘stache

24 11 2011

BMX has lost a lot of things over the years.

Knobby tires.

Padsets.

The Jofa mouth guard.

But you know what else BMX has lost?  The BMX moustache.

That’s right. There was a time when race bikes were chromoly and BMX racers rocked ‘staches.

Back in the day, the legend Perry “PK Ripper” Kramer, intimidated his competition and broke the hearts the hearts of trophy girls everywhere with his moustachioed swagger.

Later, Hollywood Mike Miranda would bring his All-American moustache to the silver screen with memorable scenes in the movie Rad (“Hollywood Mike Miranda makes his second dramatic exit of the day”)

Thankfully, the Movember fundraiser is in full swing and guys everywhere are growing  moustaches to raise awareness and funds for men’s health.  I’ve joined the cause and I’m donating my upper lip to the cause for the 30 days.

My moustache has already caused a few sideways glances at work, and some outright laughter when I’ve gone riding at the trails but it’s all for a good cause, to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer. Which as many of you know, affected one of the icons of our sport, Stu Thomsen, in recent years.

If you’d like to support me in raising funds for this great cause (and bring a little moustachioed swagger back to BMX) you can donate to my campaign via this link:  http://mobro.co/EdVandermolen.

Any support would be greatly appreciated.  (Be sure to check out the Ron Burgundy and Tom Selleck tomfoolery on my Movember page as well.)