My boy Kurt Yaeger was over in the uk this week doing some public speaking and meeting up with a few people , myself and some other guys caught up with him last weekend and hung out at victoria park and harrow skate park then on sunday we met up with day trippers a charity that get disabled children out and about on adventure days. this time was at London zoo.
I had to head home sunday night but before we left kurt said he was doing a morning show with Eamonn Holmes and would give Zeal bmx a little plug, here it is.
Alone and phoenix bikes rider and all round good guy Tom cheeseman is a local rider at upton skatepark and has had the worst luck with all sorts of injuries over the past 3 years mainly collar bones made from play dough, He was in the mood to film so last week with the help from Ryan marsh behind the camera he put together a 1 hour edit at his local upton skate park. Enjoy !
Published on: Apr 22 2014 by Hitcherbmx - 2 Comments
Bmx train trip
Spending a lot of time with Jason Phelan is always interesting and he had been going on about this
Bmx train trip that he and Joe Bailey had spoken about for a good few months. After spending a week
with him at Baltic games and simple session it was decided that we should make the idea a reality
and get some stuff booked.
About two months later I was boarding a flight in Gdansk, the north of Poland, to meet Jason, Mole,
Andreas from Estonia and Joe Baily, who was shooting photos for Ride as well as being trip dad and
showing us all how to ride some of the crazy spots we visited.
With about 5 days clothes, bike, pads, passport and a two week interrail ticket round Europe, I was
ready for an adventure.
I could write a day by day account of everything that happened but instead I'll write a short
paragraph about the most memorable parts of the trips
1 The first night, we went to a bar and started looking at a map of Europe, planning were we could go.
As you can imagine one beer turned into one too many and we ended up having a pretty wild night, Mole
got lost and slept rough, Jason came back at 9 the next morning after trying to chat up a girl and me
and Joe got kicked out for smashing glasses by not only the biggest bouncer but the biggest human I
have ever seen.
2. Overnight trains - these were awkward to say the least; you had to pack your bike away, the walk
ways were too skinny to drag your bike bag down and the rooms were tiny, so as you can imagine fitting
five bike bags and five lads in was like a game of Tetris. However I fully loved going on these, going
to sleep on these trains and waking up in the early hours in another country right in the centre of a
big city, it was definitely part of the adventure.
3. Polish strip clubs - so one night we realised our hostel was on the street opposite a load of strip
clubs and, as we wandered about, loads of promoters persuaded us to go inside. Once we were in there
the girls were all over us before they realised we were poor bmxers travelling on a budget and weren't
gunna spend 300 slots on a private dance with a happy ending.
4. The chat - spending every day for two weeks with the same 5 people will always bring up some
interesting conversations, especially with spending hour after hour on trains. Most of the topics are
not suitable for this write up but I can assure you these boys had some amazing and shocking stories.
5. Hostels - personally I would pick staying in a hostel over a hotel any day, they are cheap
(mostly under 10 euros) and you can meet soo many different types of people and get to hear some amazing
stories, plus there is often a bar with some nice looking girls, which is always a bonus.
6. Auchwitz - as we were on the train to Krakow we realised we would be staying about an hour from
Auchwitz, a former nazi concentration camp, so we set aside a day to go and check the place out, It was
seriously shocking to realise the the scale and learn about the things that went on there, definitely a
7. Wombats - so we arrived in Vienna with no plans, nowhere to stay and not a clue where to go. We tracked
down some wifi and found a hostel called Wombats, as we gave in our details and picked up a room key we
were given some free drinks tokens to use in the hostel bar. We were soon in there enjoying these free
beverages when we realised it was happy hour and this meant more beers and jäger bombs. The mad thing
about this bar was that when you bought a drink you were given a water gun and could spray anyone in
the bar. It was quite a night often being suprised with a spray in the face. The bar was full of young kids
on a school trip, maybe 16 so we must have looked like mad old men smashing jäger bombs and running round
with this water gun.
8. Stuff to ride - on this trip we were heading to places that weren't over run with BMX media and
therefore had no clue what type of things we were gunna find to ride. We could find absoluty nothing
but also we could also come across some of Eastern Europes hidden gems. We ended up finding quite a
few amazing brick tranny spots in several different cities, Joe was in his element at these spots and
showed us all how to ride them.
9. Loosing track of time - one thing I noticed about this trip was I completly lost track of time, I had
no clue what day or time it was and I think this was due to the fact that every day was soo different and
we were not sleeping a lot. I don't think we had one lie-in. For example one night we would be up till 5
drinking, and out riding by 10 the next morning, then the next night be on a train at 10 and in a new city
by 5 the next morning, I really enjoyed the lack of routine on this trip and also grew to like the fact we
never knew what time or day it was, we would just eat, sleep or ride when ever we felt the need.
Unfoutunatly the trip ended early for me with a broken ankle and extremely stressfull flight home because I
broke my ankle trying to 540 off a weird wedge in Budapest. This was really annoying but these things happen
and I'm gunna spend the next few weeks concentrating on healing it. So I'm currently sitting in a hospital
waiting room writing this and waiting to have my leg plasterd.
I wanna say a massive thanks to Joe, Jason, Mole and Andreas for an amazing time and some unreal memories.
Also I'd like to thank Mankind and Zeal for helping me fund the trip. It was the Bollex.
We would like to introduce Bill Cooper as our new U.K. international team rider.
I met Bill Cooper around 10 years ago, way back when we were kids riding Rom skatepark every weekend. Over the years we have shared countless good times and he has grown into a sound guy with time for anyone and an absolute shredder on a bike. While people are out there trying to learn every trick under the sun Bill is taking his time to make classic tricks look and feel good. And he isn’t afraid to go big either and will ride anything infront of him in his own unique way. For all of these reasons he is an assett to any company and I am stoked to have him as a team mate now riding for Mankind Bike Company. Isaac Lesser
Published on: Feb 10 2014 by Hitcherbmx - 2 Comments
Disco Stu has been living in New Zealand for the last year or so and since then the BMX community has been screaming out for new material. That long, painful wait is now finally over as Stu appears once again to save BMX from itself. Edited by the man himself for the first time and doing it for dsab, Zeal, Metal and Nearly…Welcome to Stu Zealand.
In Between being stabbed at, short changed, dead bodies in the streets, neighborhoods blockaded with burning dumpsters, getting clipped by cars, not speaking the language, and surviving on plain pasta and no candy, Kid and I were able to film a few things, and actually have an amazing vacation in Beunos Aires.
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