NASS 2019 - Park Course, Riders List and More

Tuesday, May 21, 2019


NASS
Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 July 2019 | Shepton Mallet, Nr. Bristol
Shepton Mallet, NR. Bristol

The UK’s biggest celebration of music, street art, skate and BMX, NASS festival is returning to the Bath & West Showground, near Bristol on Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 July 2019 for their biggest year yet, featuring headliners Giggs, Rudimental and Cypress Hill. NASS brings together the world’s best BMXers to compete in the biggest and most progressive contests in the country. Today, the highly anticipated NASS 2019 Pro Park course designs have been revealed.

This year riders will be competing in three different disciplines across BMX Park, BMX Street and new addition, BMX Mini Ramp. Returning for 2019 is NASS’ legendary BMX Wallride, a cash for tricks Jam that always makes for an entertaining and awe-inspiring watch. The Plaza which serves as a public skatepark will be back with an all new course design; attendees are encouraged to bring their bike with them to experience the festival to its fullest. Learn More at NassFestival.com






Confirmed list for Women’s BMX Park Open

Emmy Campbell Proctor (GBR)
Harriet Russ (GBR)
Izzy Burrell (GBR)
Jay Lewis (GBR)
Kayley Ashworth (GBR)
Sasha Pardoe (GBR)
Val Ward (GBR)

Spotlight: Emma Finnegan

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Photo: @fizzel_castro
I had the pleasure of meeting Emma Finnegan in person back in March, at the Toronto International Bike Show. 21-year-old Emma Finnegan is from Liverpool, UK and has been busy traveling the world competing and riding. So far, based on some intense research (Google), Emma has been in Rochester, Toronto, The Netherlands, somewhere in Germany, Madrid and of course recently Hiroshima, Japan just in this year so far. To learn more about Emma, keep reading!

How were you introduced to BMX?

I had a BMX as a kid, but I didn’t know you could do tricks on them or ride them at the skatepark. I just used it to ride to my friend's house. I started skateboarding at 15 and I would see BMX riders at the skatepark, then two years later I got really interested in riding BMX myself and started saving money to buy my first custom.

@Lukekingtyrer_ wants to know how long you’ve been riding BMX? 
4 years

Who influenced your riding growing up?

My friends at the skatepark were my biggest influencers, we had a little crew and we would always make riding fun and get the train home together at the end of the session. Harry Main was a local pro rider who was a big influence on the scene and would ride with us sometimes too, he helped me learn my first barspin.

@J.Doyle97 wants to know what your favorite place (to ride) in Liverpool is?
Rampworx for sure!

What was the beginning of your BMX journey like, were there any girls you could sesh with?

Once I got started with BMX it became my whole life and all I would think about, but there were never any girls to ride with. I only started meeting and riding with girls who rode BMX once I started competing.

Photo: @arphoto09

@Terrell_Life wants to know, to be one of the few female riders, what difficulties did you face in the beginning that someone might not know about? 
I don’t think I faced many difficulties thankfully, although I had to learn quickly to become more dominant when I ride if I wanted to get some runs in as when I first started sometimes guys wouldn’t see I was trying to drop in.

What was the moment where you decided to compete internationally?

My first thought was never to compete but to travel to new places and meet new people. My good friend Mike Hullock told me about a contest called FISE that was happening in Montpellier, France. Apparently, it was going to be a big event and was meant to be pretty cool, so we decided to go and check it out.

How did it go?

FISE Montpellier became my first international contest and that’s where I won my first amateur competition and came home with my first gold medal.

@sarahbmxdinel wants to know if you had any dream tricks you’re hoping to land this year and how you deal with the pressure of training and competing.
I’m hoping to have wall rides on lock as they make me nervous, but I’m building my confidence with them. The pressure keeps me motivated and although it can feel intense sometimes it also feels really rewarding after competing.

Photo: @55naoking
@beecam loves your fun style, and wants to know why does she (you) choose the tricks she learns? 
That's awesome to hear thank you! I pick tricks that look and feel fun, as well as pushing my boundaries now and again when I try tricks that are a little different than what I normally do.

What was the story behind your reason to go plant-based?

I’d never thought about changing my diet but a couple of my friends at the skatepark were vegetarian and I wanted to see what life was like without meat so I became pescatarian which meant I still ate fish. I stuck to it for a year and then I heard about vegans. Initially I thought it extreme but I started to read more about it and watched some documentaries (Two of my favorites are ‘What the health’ and ‘Cowspiracy’ both on Netflix) I became super interested in living this life and becoming the best version of myself as well as reducing my impact on the environment so I dove in head first and I’m still going strong 4 years later.

How do you find eating plant-based when on the road?

I love food and never miss a meal so I’ve always been able to find something to eat. It definitely requires a little bit more thought than when you eat meat and dairy but so many restaurants and supermarkets have tons of vegan options now that it’s getting so much easier.

Photo: @camerasloth
What was the worst city to find vegan food and how did you survive?

Surprisingly it was kinda difficult to find good vegan food in Hiroshima, Japan. They use a lot of egg and fish so when I ordered food I would just ask them to make it without the egg and fish and substitute it for tofu if that was available. Thankfully you can use the google translate app even without wifi so this made communicating my food requests much easier. I’m sure there is good vegan food everywhere, you just need a good tour guide!

What’s your post-training meal usually like?

I love vegetable curries, stir-fries, and soups. But if I could pick a favorite meal it would be a burrito, with extra guacamole!

Do you bring any vegan snacks when you’re on the road, if so what’s your go-to?

I often take breakfast with me when I’m traveling, usually, Wheatabix which is an English cereal with Alpro Oat milk. Snacks in between meals are usually dried mango or these fruit and nut bars by a company called Nākd they make an amazing blueberry muffin flavored one and as far as I know most of them are vegan and just made from pure fruit and nuts no additives.

@kkaochao wants to know how you managed study life, working life and BMX life? 
My study life is on hold at the moment as I am riding full time but I’m hoping to return to it in a few years. As for working life, I’m fortunate enough to get my income from riding bikes so BMX life is 24/7 right now.

Photo: @adamlievesleybmx
British Cycling has had a pretty controversial history when it comes to athlete support - what’s your experience been like with them?

I don’t know about any controversy in the past but so far my experience has been really good with British Cycling, they have catered to all of my needs as an athlete, we also have a physio called Rachel who comes with us to world cup events, she’s awesome and always finds time for us in between contests if we have any aches or pains.

Are you getting any support, if so is it enough?

British Cycling are able to financially support me, help me attend all of the contests that I need to and is able to cover entry fees, etc so they really are the reason I get to where I need to go.

Hows the scene in the UK, is it growing for the ladies?

It’s been a while since I rode in a UK competition so I’ve yet to see any fresh faces but we have the National Championships coming up soon so it will be interesting to see who comes out for that.

Who’s someone to watch for 2024?

There are some really talented girls out in Columbia, I haven’t met them yet but I have been following them on Instagram for a while. They haven’t come out to any world cups yet this year but if not this year then I'm sure we will be seeing more from them coming into 2024. Instagrams @bmx_queensaray and @lizsurley_bmx_18

Photo: @jonathan.ogsto
What’s your story for wearing a full face instead of an open face helmet?

After about a year or two of riding BMX I started doing wall rides and this one time I cased my back wheel when coming back into the ramp and fell face first to the concrete and chipped my front tooth. After that, I just feel way more confident when I have a full face helmet on.

What’s the model you’re wearing and why that particular helmet?

I’m currently wearing a Giro Disciple 2017. I had the 2016 version for over a year and loved it! They’re super light and I love the clean design. Also, the new editions have MIPS inside which is a small bit of plastic technology that moves inside the helmet to reduce and distribute impact shock. Anything to keep my head safe sounds good to me!

Who are your sponsors and what’s one awesome thing about each that we should know about?

I have two sponsors currently, Hobson Cycles which is my local bike shop, the guys who run it are awesome, have always supported me and my riding and are super knowledgable about BMX, they have taught me a lot over the years. They also have the best wheel builds in the northwest so check them out!

Then there’s British Cycling who have made traveling the world possible and allowed me to live the best life with my BMX, we have a really rad group of people involved in the team. Our coach Jamie is always keeping us on our toes and our team manager Rich handles all of our logistics and makes sure every one of us is taken care of.

Lastly, what’s the year going to be like for you, like what competitions are you hitting up + where can the fans go to follow you?


It's going to be a busy year for sure, I’m heading to FISE Montpellier next and then I’ll be at Woodward East in Pennsylvania in the summer. I usually keep my Instagram updated so I can be found at @emmafinneganbmx for all the latest!

Photo: @55naoking

FISE Montpellier Registeration

Wednesday, May 15, 2019


If you plan on competing in the Fise Montpellier World Cup, registration closes Tuesday, May 21st, at 12h00 CET. You will not be allowed to register on site. Last year there were some ladies that showed up without signing up and were turned down to compete. So don't forget to register!

To register click HERE

See everyone soon! <3


UCI BMX Supercross World Cup - Papendal 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Photo: Craig Dutton
This past weekend, we saw Judy Baauw take round 3 and current UCI World Champion Laura Smulders take round 4 in Papendal. This is Judy's first World Cup win, also on her home track!

Unlike freestyle where qualification is split between two days and finals is on Sunday, there are actually two World Cups at every stop, meaning two days where a racer can make podium over a weekend, and depending how many racers there are... a long day of qualifying for each day. Full recap below.

11 May 2019 - UCI BMX Supercross World Cup - Round 3 NED - Papendal Results


Round 3 Top 16 Results for Elite Women:

1 BAAUW Judy NED
2 WILLOUGHBY Alise USA
3 SMULDERS Laura NED

4 CHRISTENSEN Simone Tetsche DEN
5 HUISMAN Ruby NED
6 STANCIL Felicia USA
7 SMULDERS Merel NED
8 MECHIELSEN Drew CAN
9 MAIRE Camille FRA
10 SAKAKIBARA Saya AUS
11 HATAKEYAMA Sae JPN
12 VALENTINO Manon FRA
13 WALKER Sarah NZL
14 VAN BENTHEM Merle NED
15 SHRIEVER Bethany GBR
16 REYNOLDS Lauren AUS

12 May 2019 - UCI BMX Supercross World Cup - Round 4 NED - Papendal Results


Round 4 Top 16 Results for Elite Women:

1 SMULDERS Laura NED
2 WILLOUGHBY Alise USA
3 STANCIL Felicia USA

4 REYNOLDS Lauren AUS
5 BAAUW Judy NED
6 VALENTINO Manon FRA
7 CHRISTENSEN Simone Tetsche DEN
8 SAKAKIBARA Saya AUS
9 HATAKEYAMA Sae JPN
10 AFREMOVA Natalia RUS
11 PAJON Mariana COL
12 STEVAUX CARNAVAL Priscilla Andreia BRA
13 BULDINSKA Vanesa LAT
14 MAIRE Camille FRA
15 PRIES Nadja GER
16 BOLLE CARRILLO Gabriela COL

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Monday, May 13, 2019

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Tires Recommended

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
 Alise Post with the IRC # SIREN. Photo by: Steve Diamond Elements
You know, there are so many products out there to choose from,  so we thought we'd try to help you out by focusing on tires today. We reached out to some of your favorite riders to get their recommendation! To make your life even easier, we grabbed photos and specs from these companies for you to look at too! Where to find these products? Well, we can't help you there but your local shop would be a good start!

Photo by: Steve Diamond Elements
Rider: Alise Post - Willoughby
Discipline: Racing
Tire recommendation: IRC #SIREN signature Sam Willoughby Tires
Why? Years of development went into the rebirth of the IRC #SIREN and the finished product is the fastest rolling tire on the market. It is also “tubeless ready” if people choose to run adequate tubeless rims with them.
Preferred PSI: The SIREN tire can withstand extremely high PSI, but I usually like to run about 80 PSI.

IRC Siren Pro aka now the Sam Willoughby Signature Tires.
From IRC Tire: Designed by former World Champion, Olympic silver medalist and G.O.A.T contender Sam Willoughby, the Siren Pro offers BMX racers unparalleled performance on any track. Lightweight and fast-rolling, the 120 TPI, tubeless-ready tire rails turns, smooths out technical straightaways and provides insane grip on the gate and out of corners.
  • Tubeless Ready: The Siren Pro performs great with or without tubes. It’s Tubeless capable rigid sidewalls give you the ability to run up to 100 PSI but you may want to bump that gearing up because your going to be cruising along Quicker than ever with those higher pressures.
  • High-Pressure Casing: With a Kevlar bead and high-pressure casing, the Siren can be inflated up to 100 for ultra-low rolling resistance on smooth surface riding. The reinforced sides keep the casing from flexing as you corner, and allows you to track a perfect line. The Supple center tread conforms to the riding surface, smoothing out bumps. Combined with a high-rebound compound, this gives the Siren an incredibly low rolling-resistance.
  • 120 TPI: Supple 120 TPI shaped casing allows for minimal ground contact when rolling in a straight line. 

Photo by Naoki
Rider: Ellie Chew
Discipline: Freestyle
Tire recommendation: Demolition Momentum Tires
Why? I run the Demolition Momentum tires with white walls front and back in size 2.20. I like them because they are light and fast rolling but strong enough to not get flats too often. Also, white walls are super cool.
Preferred PSI: I run 80 front and back

Demolition Momentum Tires: Lightest wire bead tire available! Our new high pressure (110 PSI), lightweight, wire bead tire. Featuring low profile rectangle tread pattern for grip on any terrain.

  • Lightest wire bead tire available! 
  • High pressure (110 PSI), lightweight, wire bead tire 
  • Threads Per Inch (TPI): 60 
  • Low profile rectangle tread pattern 
  • Grips on any terrain 
  • Available sizes: 2.20 & 2.35 
  • Weight: 19 oz. (2.35 tire)


Rider: Laura Smulders
Discipline: Racing
Tire recommendation: Tioga FastR React
Why? Almost no rolling resistance, but still grippy in the turns! They're fast tires!
Preferred PSI: Depends on the track, between 4.5 and 5.5 bar. (65 - 80 PSI)



Tioga FastR React: Sharing same state-of-the-art features as the FASTR, the FASTR REACT adds distinctive rows of paddle-like serrated shoulder treads designed to better “lockdown” the tire during hard acceleration to more efficiently transfer the power of each pedal stroke into forward momentum. React faster out of the gate with the FASTR REACT.
  • Grip-Pods: Pressure: sensitive traction system featuring sticky bristle knobs encased within a recess enabling and ultra-low tread profile with traction coming alive through applied force. GRIP-PODS activate automatically with natural riding motion for on-demand traction with minimal disruption to forward momentum.
  • Ultra-Low Profile Tread: Smooth tread profile - minimum rolling resistance - quicker top speed. Tried and true, no design is more efficient at maintaining velocity than a smooth tread.
  • Serrated Tread Structure: Uniquely arrange shoulder knobs designed to "lock" the tire down, enabling the tread to instantly engage under hard acceleration so your pedal power is transferred to your forward momentum with minimal energy loss.
Photo by Naoki
Rider: Maca Grasset
Discipline: Freestyle
Tire recommendation: Maxxis Grifter Folding Tire 2.10
Why? I use them because they are light and not too big, they are good for park and they don't wear out too fast.
Preferred PSI: 90-100 PSI


Grifter Maxxis Tires: The Grifter is our most popular freestyle tire, and for good reason. The tread pattern rolls fast to help you keep your momentum and the high-volume casing softens landings. The Grifter is available in 20" and 29" sizes for BMX and urban assault.
  • Lightweight Freestyle Tire
  • Fast-rolling tread design 
  • High-volume casing 
  • BMX and urban assault options
Photo by Naoki
Rider: Minato Oike
Discipline: Freestyle
Tire recommendation: Maxxis DTH in the front, Total BMX Killabee in the rear
Why? Light tires are recommended, it's easier to do the trick and you can fly high!
Preferred PSI: The front has 5.5 and the back has 6.0 pressure (79 - 90 PSI)


DTH on the right, Killabee on the left
Maxxis DTH Tires: While originally designed as a BMX race tire, the DTH has found success beyond the track including street riding, pump track, skate park, and slopestyle. The grooved slick maximizes rolling speed by minimizing drag. The DTH is available in 20", 24", and 26" sizes.

  • Grooved slick tread design
  • Lightweight casing
  • Skinwall option available on select specs

Total BMX Killabee Folding Tyre: Kyle himself, Alex Coleborn and Chance Brejnakowski are some of the top riders to run the tyre for many months in testing. The feedback has been great, the tyre is fast, light and grippy and has been very durable. We are delighted to offer this high-end high-performance signature tyre.
  • Foldable light weight kevlar bead
  • Low rolling resistance centre tread to make the tyre fast
  • Micro knurling to the sidewalls for great contact grip on turning and cornering
  • 120tpi construction
  • 110 PSI max pressure rating
  • Weight- 440gms for the 2.1”

What tires do you ride and what part do you want us to cover next? 

Button Packs Now Available (Only 20 Made)

Monday, May 6, 2019
Includes 3 x 1" buttons shown here and random stickers so that you can show us how much you love us. Only 20 made, once they are sold out, you'll never see these designs together again.

Button packs will be shipped out May 20th 2019.


FISE Madrid 2019 Results

Sunday, May 5, 2019

"Today is the last day of FISE Madrid and these are also all the finals of the competitions. The girls are in shape, they will be 8 to compete in the Wizink Center in BMX Freestyle Park, several countries represented France, Germany, England, and Spain. Charlotte Worthington and Lara Lessmann are really tight in their scores, and the judges are struggling to decide between them. But it's the Englishman, Charlotte who will make all the difference with a clean and unpredictable tail whip which puts her at the top of the podium with 93.33 points. Lara Lessman, the German, finished in second place with 91 points with a perfect and fluid run. 
Then it is the turn of Jennifer Wohlrab and Teresa Fernandez to decide, they also pulls the wad in the ranking and again, judges must make choices. It will be Jennifer who this time will take the third place with 63.33 points against 61.67 points for Teresa. Finally, the win goes to England, the level is always more impressive among women." -FISE


1st Charlotte Worthington 
2nd Lara Lessmann
3rd Jennifer Wohlrab
4th Teresa Azcoaga
5th Emma Finnegan
6th Daniela Moran
7th Magalie Pottier
8th Laury Perez

Video : Megan Vu Builds Up a New Bike

Wednesday, May 1, 2019




"Megan Vu is the youngest of the Vu clan and she's no stranger to riding bmx, She can shred a miniramp and is progressing with her older brother Max Vu. Megan usually gets Max's old bikes to ride but this time she got to build up a custom painted Cult 18 inch bmx frame with a bunch of custom components such as a special made 8 tooth freecoaster hub with custom shortened cranks. Shes only 12 and who knows she could be the future of womens bmx! So click play and check out 12 year old Megan Vu build up her bike at Epic Bmx located in Westminster California. You can check out more of the shop on instagram @_epicbmx or online at www.epicbmx.com!"  -Dylan Stark