2012 Round Up – Adrian Hogan

Ady Hogan is your man when it comes to advertising in the mag. He’s done his 2012 round up for us, as with Joe Bailey’s he’s focussed on the KFAD Jam in Leeds. It’s a special time for anyone from that neck of the woods.

What one rider stood out for you in 2012?

Alex Kennedy. I expect this will be the choice for a lot of people, especially after seeing Talk Is Cheap. Packed with an uncountable number of NBD’s, AK’s opening section is a mind-blowing introduction to one of the best full-length videos in a long time. Coupled with the fact that this was AK’s first full-length video section made AK the stand out rider for me in 2012. Alex has gone from his hometown of Croydon, South London to being undoubtedly one of the most progressive street riders in the world. I think I also watched AK’s iphone edit more than any anything else this year, and to top it off AK is one of the most humble guys you’ll ever meet.

ak/iphone/cro/ldn/w/11 from alex kennedy on Vimeo.

What one event stood out for you in 2012?

King for a Day, Hyde Park, Leeds. I actually had a free trip to the Worlds in Cologne the same weekend but had to decline the offer so I could go to Leeds for this. King for a Day is the only time the various characters of the Leeds BMX scene from over the past 10 to 12 years come together to remember our friend Charles Prow and ride bikes, drink beer and jump over fire… just the way Charles would of liked it. I wouldn’t miss this day for anything. Chris Jenner taking the cover of issue 167 riding at the jam, and then proceeding to win Cover of the Year at the Ride UK awards was unbelievable and really special for anyone who knew Charles. Follow this link to our mug shots post..

King For A Day 2012 from Ali Hutchinson on Vimeo.

What one moment stood out for you in 2012?

Apart from Jenner taking the cover of the year, planning and seeing the Ride UK Warehouse Project come to fruition stands out above anything else for me. From the initial concept and getting a sponsor on board, then working with Ant Ramsey to find a warehouse, build/source the ramps and obstacles, each team riding and finally seeing the finished Warehouse Project issue was almost one whole year. As with any new project, we learned a lot of lessons the hard way that will translate into lower stress levels for the next one we do! I couldn’t be any more psyched with how the whole project worked out in the end.


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