Monday, March 31, 2014
I am always so thankful when we get any ounce of support within the BMX industry, including this generous package that I received from Joanna at G-Form.

If you're looking to try a new style of pads, without the velcro and bulkiness, check out G-Form. I personally own a pair of G-Form knee pads myself, and I can't express how easy it is to put these on and off, it's like putting on a sock!

The new Magnolia BMX park team will be padding up with G-Form too! More updates to come...

BUCHANAN On Air | Episode 1

Get up close & personal with Caroline as she prepares for the 2014 season!

9 action packed episodes chasing Caroline around the globe to each stop of the BMX World Cup Series and the BMX World Championships.

A first of its kind bringing the behind the scenes and a personal look at the UCI BMX action at your fingertips.

Catching up with Perris Benegas

Friday, March 28, 2014

Lona Adams - Flatland Forward Feature

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lona is a flatland rider competing in our Flatland Forward all female progression contest this year. Representing the United States in the Intermediate class.  Follow and support her on facebook!  She has been posting regular impressive videos of her riding on facebook and is learning new tricks fast!  Here's more about her below. Check it out!

My real name is Ilona Adamiec, but I shortened it to Lona Adams and that is what a lot of people know me as now.  I am 43 years old and just started riding again the day before York Jam, Sept 13, 2013.  I rode for a few years in the late 90's early 2000's then sort of tapered off.  In the last few years of the "off" time, I have been doing hula hoop dance/tricks which I still also do.

I like flatland because it is something you can do by yourself or with your friends, it is creative and not something people see everyday. Also, if you meet someone that rides flatland you usually make an instant friend. Some tricks I am working on now are Megaspin, McCircles, Backwards Hitch Hiker (which I can do sometimes, but need way more consistency) and a bunch of other little things that may or may not have names. 

I like to ride at "The Hidden Spot" or "1300" if it is nice out, with the York and Lancaster crews, or by myself at the "G-spot" which is just my garage but I got it all decorated up (costed that idea from Chenga) it makes it way more pleasant to ride in.  I do not like to plan too far ahead what tricks I will learn, I usually just let it form on its own; like if I am in the middle of riding and I think "Oh, I could learn to do this one I am doing now, but maybe do it this other way--or something." In the future I hope to do something constructive with my riding, but for right now my goal is just to get a lot better.

Continue following us for more updates through out the year on riders participating in this contest!

Wake Up. Kick Ass. Repeat.

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Photo and written by Rebecca Pergentile

Beginning flatland or starting to learn any new trick starts with a desire to learn and grow usually met with the back hand of reality and a sprinkle of frustration.  Lets face it, those of us that have put our time in know that no one picks up a bike and riding flatland comes easy.  I've been doing this for years and I consider myself to have a generally realistic perception on how long it may take for myself to learn a trick.  There are certain moments it takes a heck of a lot longer then I first anticipated and it is F-R-U-S-T-R-A-T-I-N-G, discouraging, maddening…the list of pessimistic words can go on and on.  However the worst you can do is quit.  The second worst thing you can do is let it bring you down.  The other-other worst thing you can do is compare yourself, your pace at learning and your tricks/style to other riders.

Never, ever, EVER, ever, ever, never give up learning a trick.  If you want to take a break from learning a trick because it's frustrating you or bringing you down, I'm all for that but never throw the towel in.  I choose to ride by this because, even though it may take me months, or years to dial that trick, even if it is the biggest pain in my ass and feels like I'm getting no where or going backwards.  The moment I finally pull that trick I know there is nothing on my bike that I cannot do.  Every rider should experience this and when you do you know that there's is no going back on any trick. 

Having said that, if you can't continue doing something while keeping your self in a positive state of mind take a break on that trick.  Flatland and BMX is about having fun, finding your own personal expression and cool people.  Come back to it when you have a genuine desire to hit it.  Learn something else for a while, that's easier and will motivate you that you are moving forwards and can keep learning those harder things on the side.  The worst feeling is feeling like you are working so hard and going no where.  Make time to ride hard and focus on what you want to learn, but also set aside time to just ride and have fun and work on stupid little tricks you think are funny or get out and ride with friends.  Sometimes other people will notice how fast you are progressing even though you don't feel like you've learned one thing.  

Us girls especially come in different shapes and sizes.  The worst thing we can mentally do to ourselves is compare ourselves to other riders.  Everyone learns differently.  For one of us a certain trick may come quickly and to someone else it may be their pain in the ass "I'm going to hit this trick if it's the death of me" experience.  This doesn't make one person "better" then the other.  It's reality and there's probably another trick you can do much easier then the person who does the trick that you can't do.  Or maybe that person has just been riding a lot longer then you.  

There are so few female riders in the scene and there is a lot of comparison between riders which really gets old after a while to me.  Personally…I think we should stop comparing and start encouraging each other.  Of course girls who are just starting out don't ride as well as the other girl that has been riding 10 or more years longer then her.  Thanks though for pointing out the obvious…I think?  Any girl that simply loves flatland and it's obvious just looking at her or her riding - whether she does 10 tricks 1 trick or none - is an inspiration and motivation to me.  She's not in it because of what other people do or don't think of her, she's in it because of what flatland is to her, and doesn't need to be the 'best' to find validation for herself. 

After all if it's about being the "best"  quit now, because you are never going to be it.  There will always be someone better than you, or some one who thinks some one else is better then you.  There are girls who are going to come after you and shred your most difficult riding apart as they take it to the next level.  

Our most destructive pattern of behaviour may be being hard on ourselves and comparing ourselves to each other.  You are not the girl next to you.  If we all did the same tricks and did them in the same way, flatland would be really boring.  Pride yourself in what makes you, you.  When you are true to yourself, your riding will reflect that and people will notice, respect and admire you for being you!  

When you are comfortable and happy in and with who you are, you have no need to bring anyone else down because that will only taint who you are.  You will actually discover a genuine desire to build other people up because you want them to be happy and comfortable in them selves too and succeed in their riding or life.  Other riders riding has nothing to do with you and says nothing about you!  

Flatland is easily one of the most difficult things you can get yourself into.  It's not really something you can do half-heartedly because it takes commitment and is time consuming.  On the flip side it is also really fun, freeing and rewarding.  A lot of people come into flatland or start learning a new trick expecting one thing only to face another.  The fact that it is h-a-r-d.  To a lot of riders flatland is not just a habit or hobby it is a life style.  Is choice to be committed and consistent.  Also to stay healthy and positive, mentally and physically.  It is also a network and/or community of awesome people that you connect with instantly.  

As a rider it's your individual choice to make your flatland experience what you want it to be.  Only you can define what tricks you want to learn, what pace will you progress, who do you want to be represented as.  When you have a goal or a dream the only person who has the power to take it away from you is yourself.  Don't let your dreams remain as dreams!  Rising above the average is waking up and working hard even on days you don't want to and staying true to yourself.  Ride daily, do what makes you, you.  If other people are insecure in themselves and need to focus on judging you instead of being focused on their own path in life, take it as a compliment and move on. 

Monika Hinz Interview

Monday, March 17, 2014
Our Flatland rider Monika was recently interviewed for FreeRider Mountain Bike Magazine.  You can read her full interview here in a downloadable e-zine!  Here are some shots from the interview!

Nikita & G-Form kissing in a tree, K.I.S.S.I.N.G!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Chris Friedrichs photo
Vividphotography By Wayne Video shot
There's a new video from G-Form that has a little review on why Nikita Ducarroz loves the impact protection brand. I personally am a fan of the knee pads, but they were sure hard to find in Ontario, Canada! Also, not trying to embarrass our little Nikita, but she's grown up so much!

Spotlight: Sabrina Millman

Friday, March 7, 2014
Name: Sabrina Millman
Age: 20
Hometown: Calgary

How did you get into BMX and how long have you been riding? My brother started when my mom saw an ad for a BMX track opening, I went to watch and this lady came up to me and said that I should try it, and that there aren't enough girls in this sport. Ever since that day, I've never given up on this sport I loved for 15 years

Tell us about your worst accident: My worst was back in 2012 at the UCI World Cup Action, also being my first time racing super cross. It had bigger jumps, and a 3 story start hill. All of my practice laps were great, but I was not as confident going into the race as I was in practice. I don't remember anything from the moment I went up to the gate for my first race until 3 days later when I woke up in the hospital not knowing what happened. My mom came in and told me what happened, she showed me a video of my crash. I made it down the start hill and bailed right into the front side of the 30 foot double. I was knocked out and not breathing for a few minutes. I was having seizures my mom told me. My injuries were a grade 4 lacerated liver, an internal bleeding that was close to killing me and a broken wrist. 2 weeks later I got out of the hospital to return home to Calgary.

What’s life like since your accident, recovery, riding and all: I was told by my doctor it would take at least a year for me to heal. After my accident, I wasn't able to eat for at least 3 weeks until I ate my first crumb - I lost so much weight. When I got back from the hospital, all I could do was sleep and watch movies for a few weeks and being bored at home wishing I was riding. I left for Las Vegas, NV where I normally go to train for the winter, but this time it was to recover. The weather was of course 100 times better compared to Canada and all I wanted to do was ride my bike. I rode my park bike around slowly and when I got my cast off, I started riding skate parks and tracks, but I just didn't feel like the same rider I was. Until this day I'm still having problems, physically and mentally but everyday I'm striving to get better on my bike:)
If you had never discovered BMX, what would you be doing? I can't think of my life without BMX, probably dead.

Who are your inspirations? The elite men, I've always wanted to ride like one of the guys. Fearless, strong and skilled.

Who would be your dream sponsor and why? I already have my dream sponsor; 2 cycle Michael's. They're always there for me like a second family and that's what a sponsor should be, a supporter.

Brett Downs wants to know: In most other types of cycling, women have different set up on their bikes. Do you do anything different to make the bike fit and perform better for you?

Yes, I add a extra small spacer to my stem which has helped me with my jumping, manualing and gates

What’s your plan in the next 5 years? Keep riding and getting better, make it to more races and hopefully be at the Olympics in 2016

Thank you’s: My family, my friends, David hickman, god, 2 cycle Michael's, everyone who supports me and Magnolia for this interview!

Toronto BMX Jam 2014 Photos

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Big thanks to Robin Sutherland for sending in these photos from the weekend! Click on the photos below to expand.

Paula Callery, the only girl this year at Flatland Unlimited 
Hannah Roberts with an X-Up

American racer Carley Young

Angie Marino mid flip

Kiera Bonifacio, head over to www.dandyhorsemagazine.com to read her recent interview.

Perris Benegas with a tire grab

Perris Benegas mid flip, and possibly snacking on her helmet strap.


Monday, March 3, 2014

If you haven't been following our Facebook page, here's a rundown on what happened on Sunday during the ladies finals at the Toronto BMX Jam 2014. All 8 ladies advanced on Sunday, and the heats were divided in two, based on the qualifying results.

In heat one we had Lily Melluso, Brooke Betancourt, Angie Marino and Sarah Dinel.
Most Memorable Moments: Sarah Dinel attempting a 360 over the spine and Angie Marino double pegging the rail. Big props to Lily Melluso for being the youngest rider in the competition at age 11.

In heat two we had Kiera Bonifacio, Carley Young, Hannah Roberts and Perris Benegas.
Most Memorable Moments: Perris Benegas blasting the boxes everything, Hannah Roberts landing a 180 and 360 barspin, and Kiera attempting one of the sketches/scariest walls there.

When I was down on the course, I couldn't believe how big these ramps were. I have the utmost respect for all the ladies. Thank you for putting yourself out there and being a huge inspiration for the future generation of girls and old farts like myself. You can watch the entire ladies finals below, sorry for any spoilers.

Final Results

1- 85 Perris Benegas 18 Sparks, Nevada
2- 83 Hannah Roberts 12 Buchanan, Michigan
3- 80 Angie Marino 23 Austin, Texas
4- 74 Carley Young
5- 73 Kiera Bonifacio 25 Toronto, Ontario
6- 69 Sarah Dinel 15 Quebec, Quebec
7- 63 Brooke Betancourt 20 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
8- 57 Lilly Melluso 11 Markham, Ontario

The Toronto BMX Jam has always done well for exposing the ladies, check out this interview that Dandy Horse Magazine did with Kiera Bonifacio and Lily Melluso. Plenty more pictures and videos can be found on our Facebook page, so go like and click things.

Amelia Walsh in NZ

Toronto BMX Jam 2014 Day 2

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Perris Benegas with a huge boost over the Joyride 150 box

Here are the qualifying results for the ladies at the Toronto BMX jam, along with the full 35 minute footage. All of the ladies will be advancing tomorrow, the full schedule is located below.

90 Perris Benegas
86 Hannah Roberts
82 Carley Young
75 Kiera Bonifacio
74 Sarah Dinel
70 Angie Marino
68 Brooke Betancourt
65 Lilly Melluso

Make you sure you tune in live tomorrow at http://torontobmx.ca/live/

SUNDAY MARCH 2 (Eastern Time)

10:00 Doors open: General practice

10:30 Ladies practice

11:00 Ladies’ heats

11:20 Pro Mountain Bike practice

12:00 Pro Mountain Bike heats

12:30 Amateur practice

1:00 Amateur heats

1:40 Expert practice

2:10 Expert heats

2:50 Pro BMX practice

3:20 Pro BMX heats

4:00 KRUSHER Best Trick Competition