The most memorable moments in the contest were…
Daniel was riding the quarter like it was just a normal everyday transition. I mean he was blasting double whips into it then hitting the hip and chucking out a 270 double bar like it was nothing. No wonder he won Best Trick and Best Line, the guy is an absolute machine, straight up!
Hucker. Just Hucker!
Seriously, everything about this guy is fucking awesome! He’s literally the nicest most genuine guy in BMX I’ve met and he just absolutely LOVES IT! When I say that, here’s an example: At one point Hucker the quarter going fast as hell, lands sketchy on his back wheel and laughs about it then his feet blow off, instead of doing the normal thing and slowing down to a stop he hits the HUGE double while sitting down no footed and does a massive superman over it and pulls it! As you can imagine the crowd went wild. He was banging cliffhangers and barspin flips over that huge double too and just enjoyed himself with every launch of that massive quarter. Hucker got the High Air award and with good reason too, when you see the official video YOU’LL KNOW!
Kriss was stylin’ it up throughout practise and on the day of the contest and doing those incredible barrel rolls over the massive double, his riding was insane and it was crazy to see him do some flatground stuff during practise on the take off for the double, he’s crazy talented and yet another very nice guy.
All I can remember is witnessing Morgan nearly killing himself going as high as he possible could, then ditched his bike about 18-20ft in the air and landed dodgy then tumbled over and over down the landing. We were all terrified at the time but he picked himself up, had a moment, dusted himself off and said, “Damn, that’s gonna hurt in the shower!” then went back up those steps and tried again and again. A few more brutal falls later and that was it. Morgan was out, he’d truly broken himself, but jesus did he try hard! Super nice guy and just really unlucky on the day I guess, that thing is an absolute monster and can slay even the best.
Roey was such a genuine, down to earth nice dude who kept everyone laughing and having fun throughout the two days I was there, and watching him style it up and actually pop a little bunnyhop down the roll-in from the wood to the dirt to get more speed, hit the quarter with so much style and land perfectly, do a little skid to correct his speed then smash a lovely little line over the hip was great to see! He killed it on the day.
Tom was such a nice dude, we chilled out a lot during the practise stages and at the country manor. On contest day it seemed like Tom stepped it up a notch and was going higher than the first day. It was great watching him absolutely roast that massive quarter with true style, he seemed to be having a great time and loved shooting the guns for sure!
Connor Hellier aka ‘Kona’ Hellier.
I got on really well with Connor and quickly realised how talented he was when I saw him tearing-ass towards the ramp with no shin or knee pads on, blasting high as F**K into the air and doing stylish tricks like the one above and making them look so effortless. True shredder, one to look out for in the future without a doubt!
Getting to meet Sergio was kind of a fanboy moment for me, I’ll not lie! I used to rock his signature Pantera frame and told him about it when I met him and he was happy to hear it! We chatted for a while and he was pretty sound. Watching him ride was awesome too, plenty of style and lots of air!
At the end of the competition the fans got a chance to come in, get autographs from all of the riders and have a chance to have a bit of a chat with them which was pretty cool. It’s not often you get to be face-to-face with one of your BMX heroes and I could see how stoked everyone was!
Honestly… There were plenty more amazing moments during the comp including shredding from the Quartermaster himself Bas Keep, Kye Forte, Ollie Shields and everyone else who rolled down that beast of a roll-in was absolutely kicking ass on the huge quarter. I’m sure I’ve missed out a few bits but my memory is pretty shit and I guess I’ve blabbered on for too long now anyway. I just wanted to give you guys a bit of a behind the scenes view of what the Quartermaster contest was like from my experiences.
I’ve been to contests in the past but absolutely nothing like this. Meeting some of the guys I’ve looked up to most of my life was a great experience and everyone I met was really sound, down to earth and easy to get on with as I’ve said many times above. I made some great friends and will take away some amazing memories.
Finally I’d like to say a massive thanks to the guys at Red Bull, Ride UK BMX & Revolution Bike Park for everything and just as a little treat for sitting through all of this and reading this until the very end, you can check out this little overspill gallery I’ve created with shots I took on the day.
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