The SDG Dirt Comp 2008 has come to an end. The Finals were held on the A4 trails, home trails to the organizing SDG crew. Jeremy (MTBpro), Nicky (BMXpro) and Jean Pierre (MTB) won the finals and the overall titles.
Sun, low wind, many dirt loving riders on the scene, a neat little camp fire, a bit of BBQ'ing, great music, happy faces all around the place and not to forget, brilliant riding! Sounds great doesn’t it? Well, let me say it was.
It was a great day, Jeremy doing a nfcc
The most legendary trails of the Netherlands, the A4 trails, were picked to host the finals of the SDG Dirt Comp. These trails are home to the SDG crew who are organizing this competition. It was the wrap up of a fantastic season with many riders enjoying the small scene getting bigger and stronger. It’s amazing to see how many young kids make the decision to start riding a bike instead of playing soccer. This year’s competition contributed to that in a major way.
The SDG Dirt Comp Finals had been postponed because of bad weather. Luckily the weather was far from bad this time – low wind, sun, nice temperature – a perfect day for a sick final!
It all started at 12:00 PM, and from that moment on it was riding without hitting the brakes. The format of this final event had been changed from the last two events. No three runs this time, just kicking birds all day long like the first event in Drachten, jam style.
Nobody had to suffer from Kona Grass Roots riders Roy Groenewegen en Kevin Katinas not being at the finals, (They were at a dirt Jump demo in Italy, during the UCI Road World Championships) as many riders were flowing the most flowable park of the Netherlands in style. About 40 mtb and bmx riders came to ride together. But the riders didn’t drop by on their own. The trails were loaded with friends, family, supporters, videographers and photographers who were enjoying the day in other ways, in peace.
It was the first time that so many bmx riders came to team up with the mountain bikers. Everyone will have positive memories of that for sure, let’s hope they will be back and let’s join them in their events for 2009.
Barry is flying again, tailwhip
The riding was incredible and the level was again higher than the last event in Heerenveen. Joris Ottenschytsch impressed with sick tailwhips, 360 bar-spins and a few great 360 tailwhip attempts. Third place went to Dave v.d. Hoeven. He did some great nfcc’s, tuck no-handers, heelclickers and a sick nfcc one hander. Jeremy was most consistent and showed his tricks with style, great Nfcc’s, tuck no-handers, sick 360 table tops and even a couple of one footed 360 table tops.
360 tabletop by Jeremy Struik
The BMX comp was also very sick, it was my first time seeing the best Dutch BMX riders in action on dirt, it's so good to have them riding with us.
Channon did flip no-handers, a frontflip, and tuck no-handers. Barry had been out for one year, he fractured his leg pretty bad. But he was back with incredible Indian tailwhips and tuck no-handers. Robin Hoogendoorn, without a sound as always but riding hard, it’s always cool to have him around. He did many three’s, supermans, turndown’s and other tricks. Nicky did great too, he got first by doing a sick 360 invert tabletop and a 360 tailwhip, and a double tailwhip that he almost nailed. But he also did many other tricks which gave him the win!
Nicky with a smooth three invert table
Jean Pierre won the MTB amateur overall title. He’s one of the most friendly and relax dudes around. We might see him back next year, maybe at the pro comp. He was doing nice table top’s, tuck no-handers, x-up’s and one handers.
Podium BMX, Robin, Nicky, Barry.
The SDG Dirt Comp winner Jeremy Struik tells about what it means for him to win this competition
Organizer Sjors left, Winner Jeremy right.
: “Jer, congratulations man, it suits you right. Tell us about this past season and what are your plans for 2009?”Jeremy
: “Well thank you, I look back with a big smile on my face. It was a nice year for the Dutch dirt jumping scene, because this was the first DJ competition for MTB (probably BMX too) in the Netherlands. I’d like to thank SDG Bike Sports for that!”
“I never thought that I was going to win this comp, but I discovered that I was one of the candidates after the first event that I won. I also had to shift in higher gear because of the progress that was made by Kevin Katinas and Roy Groenewegen. I was the most consistent rider, and there for I won this competition”.
“My plans for 2009 are to ride a lot of course and to make the scene bigger in the Netherlands. There are many big tricks that I need to learn, so that’s always a good focus point for me!”
“Dirt jumping is an expensive hobby so I really hope to hook up a sponsor deal for 2009. Kevin and Roy are the only (semi) sponsored riders at the moment here in Holland. It would be great for me to be in a similar situation and to go international! Staying in the Netherlands won’t get me where I want to be. My goal is to ride big contest like Qashqai, 26trix and Crankworx”. Sjors de Geus, organizer of the competition looks back at 2008 Dennis
: "Sjors, you’re a sensitive man, tell us about your feelings while looking back at 2008".Sjors - SDG Bike Sports
: "The SDG Dirt Comp started in 2007, but was not a great success due to rain! We needed to cancel it, on the day of the event, and send everybody home. 2008 though was a great success! SDG Bike Sports organized 4 events in 2008, so the risk of canceling it due to bad weather was smaller. We visited Trails across the Netherlands and worked with the local crew".
"It was a big challenge to setup the events and it took a lot of free time and effort to get the SDG Dirt Comp on the road. A lot of friends and relatives stepped up to the plate and helped us make the first ever Dirtjump Comp in the Netherlands. I think everybody had a great time during the events, and I personally learned a lot about getting the scene together and having fun! Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but due to the SDG Dirt Comp we could bring all the Dutch riders together and make the Sport more respected here in the Netherlands".
"For 2009 we have a lot of new ideas to work out. We will make a new selection of Trails that can host the SDG Dirt Comp, so if you think your trails can host a SDG Dirt Comp? Then contact us through our website: www.sdgbikesports.nl
! For 2009 we have a lot of new sponsors that will help us to make the SDG Dirt Comp more professional and make it possible to give away bigger prizes! Also we're going to try-out an International round of the Comp, by hosting a Comp. in Belgium. This is very fresh news and we need to work it out first! The 2009 series will be crazy and I hope to see some new undiscovered rippers that will blow us all away! So everybody, train, train, train and show your improved skills @ the SDG Dirt Comp '09!"
"The schedule for the SDG Dirt Comp '09 will be released January/February 2009, Hope to see you all next year
Here some other pictures of that day, and a short video:
Barry indian taiwhipping, style.
Tuck no-hander by Robin
Joris going big with the 360 tailwhip attempt, sooooooo close that day.
CLICK, Dave heel clicking
another Dave picture, disco can
Flip no hander, Channon, amazing trick
the A4 trails got the flow going
The SDG Dirt Comp. 2008 was made possible by
SDG Bike Sports
Thanks to all the hosting crews and their sponsors.