Following the second annual Monster Energy Dirt Contest in Balatonfured, which was won by Jósa Dániel on the BMX and Sam Reynolds on an MTB…
… there was the BMX Masters at Jugendpark in Cologne on the 8th-10th July. This was a superb setting – 15 minutes from downtown Cologne, on the banks of the Rhine, underneath the Zoo-Bruecke bridge. 14,000 fans were there! But they were there for a reason – to see more than 300 riders from 38 nations, some of the best BMX riders in the world, perform and compete for the ultimate podium position. Amateurs and Pro riders competed in 4 disciplines; Dirt, Park, Flat, and Spine-Ramp. And for the women there were 2 classes – Park and Flatland.
The Pro Flatland Final was dominated by Matthias Dandois from France. Daniel Dhers, Venezuela, pulled a clean 720 bar-spin over the spine and took first place in the Pro Spine-Ramp Final. James Foster was unbeatable in the Dirt Final pulling off a triple whip followed by a double backflip. The most successful rider at the BMX Masters 2011 though was undoubtably Daniel Dhers. The 26 year old rider capped his performance with a second win – the Park-Contest. Brett Banasiewicz from the USA opened a new chapter in BMX when he almost pulled off a double frontflip.
The next stop for some of these competitors will be the Baltic Games which kick off on Saturday in Gdansk. This fledgling event is fast growing into a full size extreme sports attraction featuring BMX, Skate, Inline and Skim and is the biggest and most popular extreme sports event in Poland.
There is an impressively gnarly skatepark:
Some of the biggest names in the BMX world will be attending the event. Drew Bezanson will be there as well as some of the Red Bull team including Tobi Wicke and Anton Evstefiev. Germany will have strong representation with Paddy Gross and Markus Baumann attending and Bjorn “Bommel” Mager has confirmed that he too will be there. From Britain , Martyn Cooper and Scott Hamlin will be participating as well as some new faces including the super-stylish ripper Tom Justice.
And to give you an idea of what you can expect from these games, feast your eyes on this video from last year with Mankind and VANS rider, Martyn Cooper, showing us how it’s done:
Feature photo courtesy of addy1969