The world famous stage was set once again in South Bend, Indiana for the 7th annual “Battle for Midwest BMX” amatuer contest series brought to you by Wonder Wheels BMX and Hoffman Bikes!
The date was 2.22.20 and over 40 riders showed up to stunt in the dead of winter in the park the was built by Brett Banasiewicz and friends. Once notable friend of course was none other than Glenn Salyers. Glenn’s Mother Janice was in attendance for the festivities as we began the contest with a moment of silence for our man Glenn Salyers. (Rest in BMX Heaven)
Yes indeed it is that time of year again for friends and fans of “The Battle for Midwest BMX”! This year marks the 7th year for the Battle Series and boy have we had some fun. We all have met some amazing people from all over the place along the way. Some of those folks will be lifelong friends (or Facbook buds) and each year we get to make some new ones along the path to each contest.
With the closing of Ohio Dreams Summer Camp last year it has become clear that the sport is in a bit of a lul and we will not be handing out summer camp passes this year for the winners of the overall points. This year there will be no overall points, just 3 outstanding contests in 3 different cities to keep the fun levels all the way up!
Notables for 2020:
OLD FOOLS BMX is on board and helping out with sponsorship of the 35+ class that will be classified as “Old Fools” respectively.
A New Points Scoring System using the decimal system to prevent unwanted “TIES”
Plaques will be given out for each stop VS trophies in the past.
A new year end award termed “Your an Ape” will be given to the one who stands out the most with the judges.
Stoked to see all of you for this years finals at Ohio Dreams! Make sure to pack your lunch and pack your BMX tricks also for this is one epic place to ride your bike. We are stoked to rock out the last contest of 2019, see you Saturday!
The stage was set once again in Youngstown, Ohio for the 6th annual “Battle for Midwest BMX” amatuer contest series brought to you by Wonder Wheels BMX and Hoffman Bikes!
Stop #2 in The Battle for Midwest BMX came with a chilly Saturday afternoon inside Wedgewood Ramps. A few of us decided to hit up The Wheel Mill in Pittsburg, PA the night prior to the contest and for those who have not been we highly recommend it for keeping your BMX mind sane!
The day began as it always does around contest time, people getting as much practice in as possible as we prepped the sound system and prepared for the afternoon of BMX mayhem in Ohio!
Click here for the standings from Wedgewood along with the Series Points Update.
Words: Rich Hoppe | Photos: Teddy Pieper – Matt Hakey
The stage was set once again in Fort Wayne, Indiana for the 6th annual “Battle for Midwest BMX” amatuer contest series brought to you by Wonder Wheels BMX and Hoffman Bikes!
This year was unlike many others in the past due to the fact that it was nearly 50 degrees outside in January. Most of the contests here in the past have netted in folks drive a few extra hours to overcome rough road conditions, but today we provided sun and plenty of fun at The Fort Wayne Indoor Skatepark!
The weekend started out pretty smooth for those who made it out for Friday night for a chill BMX only practice. Saturday morning practice came with a chaotic cloud as everyone got super focused on getting time to practice the runs floating around in their heads. We had a slight mishap with the prizes from Hoffman Bikes and had put pull some fast moves with Fedex, but we made it happen so that everyone could enjoy the fresh prizes from the HB crew!
I want to thank everyone who helps put on these contests before we get into the nitty gritty of the day. 1st off my Mom (Mary Ann), my niece (Katie Marie) for helping out all day behind the counter, my Dad (Jack) for manning the grill on a beautiful 50 Degree Saturday to keeps food in everyone’s belly. Bill Nitschke for helping out for many years, & Mat Hoffman & everyone at Hoffman Bikes. Dan Butler (my partner at the indoor) for making an entire day of it with us. Also to all the volunteers that help out regularly at the park. We do all of this without any type of payment (Yes all of it). We do not get cash for payment, but we do get to share all the memories and experiences with all of you!
Riding BMX bikes brings you to a point in life when you must make the decision to simply “Hit the Doubles,” as my 30+ year squadmate Smokin’ Joe puts it. Smokin’ Joe Pinckney has been a staple in midwest BMX for the whole entire time. I don’t see him putting the 2 wheeled machine down anytime in our near future. This song brings me back to the basics of BMX when you just have to man up and send it, cheers to Smokin’ Joe for keeping it original, and of course keeping the BMX spirit alive!
He mentions a bunch of references to the history of the sport itself along with some popular BMX names (Mat Hoffman, Chris Moeller, Steve Crandill, Scott Yoquelet, Ron Wilkerson, Joey Marks, Chad Newman, Barney Rubble, Dave Mirra, and many more)
Take a few top peep this out his Soundcloud with even more BMX related tracks along with some other OG tracks. If you see Joe in real life, give that dude a nice sized “High Five” for me.
Yes indeed BMX fans, it is that time of the year when we start to load up the cannons for the 6th annual Battle for Midwest BMX! This year we are stoked to welcome the Hoffman Sports Association (HSA) as our sanctioning body, and also a brand new sponsor Hoffman Bikes. We are stoked this year to get the winter park season blasting off! Bill Nitschke from Wonder Wheels BMX will be helping out and the mic and other administrative orders once again this year also.
Take a peek at the newly formed guidelines for the series points, and be ready to battle it out for the series winner in each class (excluding open) receives a free week of camp at Ohio Dreams Action Sports Camp.
The Open Class: A Shotgun format, 3 runs overall with the lowest 1/3 removed after each round. Prize or Cash to be given out to each round winner. This will encourage all who are just out for the fun and support of this series, and those in support of pure fun and freestyle BMX.
Take a listen as I discuss how the powers of visualization helps me on an everyday bases to teach myself all kinds of different things in this crazy life. We take certain things for granted, like they just happen to us, I have learned that you can take control of almost any situation and make it your own after making it a part of your everyday life.
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A skydive gone wrong, and then gone right back to right again. This type of experience really does get the heart rate up if you are looking to just simply skydive, well that is pretty fun too!
This is actual video from my 20th Skydive. I jumped from 8,000 Feet with a 10 second delay before pulling my main chute, the camera picks me up directly after the chute opens with a “Line-Over”.
Thankfully due to the successful training by the talented folks at Skydive Fort Wayne, AJ the lead instructor on the Mic as he helps guide me down to a safe landing with the much smaller reserve chute. What you don’t see or get to see is directly before the cameraman locked on. I realized that during the whole mess of the rough opening that the radio channel had gotten switched, all I could hear during until I finally decided to cut away I could not hear AJ until I regained stable flight under the well respected reserve chute!
Spinning out of control at about 65mph before I cut away
Once cut away I went to 120-130mph very quickly and then back to about 35mph in under 3 seconds, what a RIDE!
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