Here’s the official Ride & Style 2013 video put together by Red Bull. I always enjoy the recap that they put together each year because they take the time to interview the riders, and help fill in the blanks for people who may not know anything about the bike or event. Justin Herman Plaza is one of those places that is on lock down everyday of the year except this one. This is the one day we get to ride one of the most scenic parts of San Francisco. I’ve heard whispers of them moving the event to another city, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Can’t wait until next year.
Mike T. Schmitt and the announcer for the Golden State Warriors were the Master of Ceremonies at the 2013 Red Bull Ride & Style. He kept it real interesting with all the hilarious commentary on the riders. His inside knowledge on everybody over the years definitely payed off that day as he talked about my cat Stella, Devon “the people’s champ”, and how he spent christmas w/ the Santos family one year. I had so many people come up to me after the event and say how much they loved Mike on the mic. Definitely need to have him as an MC next year.
Kenny Arimoto came out the gate with one trick on his mind. He hit the hubba, pointed over at the judges booth, and made his way to the top of the big wallride. I don’t know what he was thinking, but he’s a maniac for hopping into that bank without a moment of hesitation. He really got the crowd pumped with this one. (more…)
Steven Jensen, Jaoa Danaikrit, and Dew Sippawit were all throwing tailwhips at the 2013 Red Bull Ride + Style. Jensen has those ninja kick whips down nice like, it’s a wonder how he’s able to do them on flat. The thai dudes killed it and brought some unique tricks to the table, whips and nose manuals being just a few of them. Check out the photo below of Jaoa doing one on the big box. (more…)
Justin “Congo” Mitchell was crushing shit during the races at the 2013 Ride & Style. Not only did he snap his chain and go OTB at the start of his race against Austin Horse. He also ran someone off the top of the berm and into Zane to make up for a similar incident that happened to him last year. Congo, Addison Zawada and I were the only ones to compete in both events, but congo was the only one to wear his cycle shorts while he competed. On that aerodynamic tip. (more…)
Matt Lingo was out on the course running around with his arsenal of cameras taking photos of everyone at the 2013 Red Bull Ride & Style. Lingo always comes through with the high quality photos. Which makes since why Prolly would ask him to have a guest gallery on his site. Although for being the biggest event of the year, it didn’t last very long on the front page. The shot of me running my hand through the crowd came out too good. Check out the rest of his gallery HERE, or see more below. (more…)
Joshua Boothby brought his bag of arial acrobatic tricks with him to Ride & Style this year. I think it’s safe to say that he has backflips on lock, but his flare attempts were even more impressive. Does anybody know if there’s been a successful flare done on fixed? I pulled all these screen shots from clips that Omar Sebai and Zane Meyer helped me shoot at the event, be on the look out for the video tomorrow. Click “ReadMore” to check out some more screen grabs. (more…)
The homie Anthony Combs pulled off the first superman done in competition on fixed gear at this year’s Red Bull Ride and Style. Without warning he blasted off the big box, kicked both legs behind him and brought them back to pedals perfectly. Check out more of Matt Lingo’s freestyle photo collection HERE. Photo Credit : Matt Lingo
I can’t even begin to put into words how stoked I am to take 1st place in the Freestyle event at the 2013 Red Bull Ride & Style. It was real rad to see so many international riders out here for the competition. This photo of Kenny Arimoto blasting me w/ the cooler came out too good. Definitely a refreshing way to cool down after a hot day of riding in SF. Check out the rest of Zach Franzen’s photo collection HERE.
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There was a slight sense of deja vu at Ride and Style 2013, as both Jason Clary and I took first in our respective events. I don’t know what it is, but I’m beginning to think it might have something to do with the daily commute up and down the steep ass hills here in the city. I was more stoked to take part of the racing event than the Freestyle competition this year. It was intense watching racers go head to head and rack trough turns on the slick bricks down at Justin Herman Plaza.