I’d have to say that Red Bull got it right this year. Don’t get me wrong…I had a blast riding last year and it Ride N’ Style was something of the like we’d never seen…but this year they took the event to the next level. The freestyle course was designed to be sicker and help riders bring the heat when it came to throwing some sick stuff down. Everybody rode so good and hit so much of the course I’m sure the judges had a hayday trying to figure out who would be on top. In the end the top three dudes below showed up and killed it just a little but more despite everyone riding on point all day. Highlights? Boothby’s backflips, Kenny getting bucked and luckily not being seriously injured (came back to the event after being knocked out…similar to Gus last year. Can’t stop love for the game!), Joe’s 720 and plenty of creativity from everyone else! Here’s a bit of the winners…more shots of everyone to come!
First Place: I was hanging with Josh Boothby the night before the event and he had a lot to say about the state of fixed freestyle and where it can go. He really wants to see the legitimacy of the sport be solidified and see the limits pushed. You can bet Josh is one of the dudes that will make this happen. Right out of the gate you could tell Josh was going for the gusto. Throwing backflips in PRACTICE and then in every run he had plus a slew of things most riders aren’t tossing out there yet. I’ll have more flicks of JB this week but here’s one of him getting upside down.
Everyone was trying to get the best shot of this…I really wanted to grab a shot that showed exactly that. Backflip media frenzy.
Second Place: One of the most dedicated and focused dudes on the scene right now is undoubtedly Tyler Johnson. He’s been on his grind getting tricks dialed and pumping out videos. Dude’s really a machine when it comes to riding. He brought some sick style and creativity to SF coming up with a well deserved second place.
Third Place: One person that can slide onto the podium doing nothing more than sitting on the couch is Joe Mckeag. He’s at the top of the style game and spinning more than anyone else. Seriously some of the best bike control you will ever seen and Joe makes it look far easier than it is. He killed it last year. He killed it this year. Props for the top fish dude!
This is what a legit truck driver looks like!
I don’t even know where to start recapping the freestyle showdown. This shit was intense. Sick stuff was landed. Everyone was stoked. I took about 300 photos of everyone because I was so juiced to be running around shooting instead of riding this year. Just ait for the sets to come this week. I’m stoked.
I had a blast yesterday at Red Bull’s Ride N’ Style! I took more photos than I ever have at any event, I’m sun burnt, exhausted but so stoked to have been able to meet up with friends and see the sickest fixed gear event ever. I’m going to start off with a couple of results posts before I jump into posting flicks of all the riders. Here’s the track racing results with a few flicks from the race!
First Place: Addison Zawada. This kid is ridiculously fast! Having already take five Minidrome events, including the SF event last Thursday, he was no doubt the rider to watch. Every race this Addison went into he charged the course and came out on top. Pretty sure he even bailed in one run around and still came back to the finish first. Walton Brush certainly gave him a run for his money but in the end Addison pushed hard and took the win.
Second Place: If you’ve been riding fixed for a decent amount of time chances are you know both of the next two dudes. Coming in second place after taking a spill in the finals is Mash‘s Walton Brush. Dude wins all kinds of races and has been in the game for a while…no surprise he just barely missed first!
Third Place: Another quick one was Hernan Montenegro. A long time fixture in the bike scene riding all sorts of things. Sadly I can’t find any flicks in what I have though I’m sure I took some. I’m going to look again and hopefully I just skipped some!
All in all the races were way exciting to watch with a ton of people taking spills, charging the course and even running across the finish line haha. Ill have some more flicks up of all the riders this week!
(April 27, 2012) San Francisco, CA – Chrome Industries is proud to announce the addition of Massan to the Chrome Familia. Hailing from Oakland, raised in San Francisco and now a finding himself at a new dwelling in the concrete playground of New York City, Massan has been a terror on the streets with his track bike for over ten years. He attacks the urban terrain like a cheetah stalking his prey with fluid precision and the control of a marksman. There’s not much else you can say about his style other than jaw dropping and his video parts online prove it. Not one to be satisfied by a single passion, Massan’s prowess extends beyond the bike where you can find his second talent as a skilled photographer. On and off the bike, Massan creates.
Be on the look out this weekend as Massan makes his first appearance as a Chrome Familia member at Red Bull Ride & Style contest in San Francisco, CA, where he will compete in the track portion of the contest. If you roll to the contest, it’s worth wathcing the crowds’ jaws drop as he rolls by like a flash of reckless abandonment.
This is probably the best wheel build video I’ve seen! The long tedious task of prepping a wheel with tunes from Starfucker. So good! I couldn’t imagine actually doing all this the way it was done. Spoiled with spoke calculators and cutter/threading tools.
Ramon posted this up a bit ago…dudes just tossin up clips on the regular! This got me excited for this weekend. So many people hitting SF for Ride and Style it’s going to be nuts. So stoked to see peeps!
I’ve always wanted to hit a up a crit but there really isn’t anything like this near Sac. Either way this one looks mellow and fun for sure. I dig the shot at 0:54 a lot. Looks like a real cool little road to ride! Check more at High Voltage Criteriums…