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Lazy Boy

Added on August 28th, 2011 by ecfmx @ 12:56 pm


How it’s done:

The rider lets go of the handlebars in the air and lays on his back across the seat and extends his feet past the handlebars.

Sick Trick!

Superman Double Grab

Added on August 26th, 2011 by ecfmx @ 10:32 pm

How it’s done:

Take both hands off the bars and grab the side plates whilst doing a superman.

Crazy Trick!

Phill’s (ECFMX Team Leader) 2011 Write-up

Added on August 24th, 2011 by ecfmx @ 11:18 am

After a long wet winter building the new portable landing and take-off ramps, the good weather finally arrived and it was time to quickly test the new equipment out and hit the road to the 1st show of 2011 organised by our good friends and long standing clients at Ace Café on Brighton sea front. We all arrived a little nervous as the new equipment had only been previously tested by Jon R for an hour or so the week before.

We had been booked to provide 2 shows during the duration of the event itself which was billed as a custom car show. We had done quite a few bookings for the Ace Café in previous years and we knew that whatever the they organised would be an awesome event to be at. Both of our demos went great, the weather was excellent all day with no wind the crowd was really loud which really encouraged Jon R and Danny Veale to put on a great show, we worked alongside the Fuel Girls and Belinda Challis in her drift car in the arena for the last slot of the day which went down great with the public who had made the trip down to Madera Drive to watch us perform. With great feedback from the riders about the new ramps we packed up and headed back home to prepare for the our next show booking.

Our next event meant a return trip down south to Dunsfold Park, the place where the BBC program Top Gear is filmed for the “Dad’s day out” charity event organised by the Children’s Trust, we performed there last year and kindly got asked back again for 2011.

When we arrived our show area was a lot smaller than we had asked which meant we couldn’t run the ramps at the 70ft gap we usually jump them at, never the less we provided the event with 2 demos through the day, we spent a while between shows talking to the public handing out posters etc. which is always a winner with the kids and it also gave them the chance to take a closer look at the bikes and have photos taken with the guys.

Next stop on the calendar was the British FMX championship at Rougham airfield, the guys had a few weeks to prepare for the competition which was organised by Andy Godbold and Bolddog team.

With all the top riders traveling from different areas over the UK all aiming to take home the 1st official title on offer in years the guys knew they had to practice hard and dial their tricks in to be on top of their game. It was also a great chance for everyone to get together and ride, something that rarely happens as we are all away doing our shows over the year its always been hard to get everyone in the same place on the day. With Birch taking the pro class title, Danny coming in 6th position, Jon R winning the am/up and comers class alongside our good friend Stu Macey following Jon R home in 2nd. We packed up and rode the current east coast practice area for a jam and BBQ the following Sunday before everyone left for the journey home.

Once the Bolddog championships had been and gone it was the start of the Air Devils arena tour, we had been hired to provide the pro FMX segment at each venue of the tour which was financed by Scott May and his Daredevil Stunt Show.

The tour kicked off at Stoke Arena then onto Coventry followed by Aldershot and finishing off at arena Essex. We took along Ryan Pasch, Frazer Swanson, Jon Ritchie and Chris Birch to each event that spanned the majority of the UK over 4 weeks. And watch some awesome up and coming riding from Ben Robinson, Stu Macey, Chris Crouch and Jack Braniff who spent the tour riding Scotts own landing. These guys are getting so good and getting better on a weekly basis.

The Air Devils Tour gave us a brilliant chance to get British FMX out there in front of a good size crowd each weekend while at the same time getting to see other forms of stunt work which was put on by the Scott May crew.

We then packed up our equipment late that final night at arena Essex and travelled down Hastings way over night to do a show for our friends, Broke FMX at the European grass track championships, I’d never seen grass track before and it really did open my eyes, those guys are simply nuts!!!!

Last week we were back working with the Ace Café at Brent Cross Shopping Centre for the Street Fighter event. It was another brilliant fun event with all the familiar faces of the Ace Cafes event team, we also had the chance to experience the Street bike Freestyle Championships which was pretty cool to see.

I now have a few days free before August shows kick off where we will be visiting North Devon, then down on the South coast and then right up into Scotland – it’s gonna be another hectic month!! We are also now starting a new project working together with Chris Birch and his new show ready for 2012; we’ll be at the Showman’s Show promoting with him in October ready for next year.

Well that pretty much sums up the 1st half of 2011 for us, I’ll write in with some more news later in the year!!!

Jon Ritchie’s first blog of the year!

Added on August 23rd, 2011 by ecfmx @ 2:25 pm

Hey everyone – this is the first blog of 2011… a little late in the year, I know, but here’s a little update of what I’ve been up to so far this year.

The year started off kinda slow, the winter was a long one and thinking back, I can’t remember even getting the chance to ride at all between November ’10 and March ’11. So the year really started when I got a call from Phill to test out the new East Coast FMX landing one or two weeks prior to our first show. It was a good chance for me to dust off the cobwebs and get a little practice in before the first show. Practice went well, we had a little issue with the landing, but nothing major and we were all set for Brighton.

March 19th – showed up in Brighton for the Ace Cafe / In-Car-nation event. The weather was perfect and I had a good feeling that this was going to be a good start to the year… probably helped by the fact that the Fuel Girls were there as well ; ) The demos we did went really well, the crowd were enthusiastic and it was good to get some positive feedback while signing autographs at the end. Be sure to check out our “New Pics” section, there’re a few awesome shots from the demo!

April – with no shows booked in this month I took the opportunity to revamp my practice facility near to my hometown. A few changes needed to be made to the landing, run-in and a general tidy up was in order. After I don’t know how many man hours, what is probably now thousands of pounds spent and the headache that has gone with this project, it has all been worthwhile. A big thanks to my buddies that have helped get the place in order, they know who they are. Thanks.

May – another show this month, this time for Dad’s Day Out which was held at the venue where TopGear is filmed. The show went well, we had some trouble with the arena being smaller than preferred. The only solution was to run a slightly smaller gap which makes it a little more difficult to trick but considering the cross wind as well, it was probably safer to run a smaller gap. Danny rode well as always, where I felt like I struggled… maybe it was down to the conditions but I came away with motivation that I wanted to improve. It was good to see the crowd getting involved and once again the feedback we received was all positive! I know that I probably signed more posters that day than I had in the whole of 2010!

June – my main focus this month was on the Bolddog FMX Championship at Rougham Airfield where I competed in the first ACU affiliated Amateur FMX Competition. My run went okay but I was a little disappointed with my last jump. I was planning to do the biggest ‘deadbody’ I’ve ever done but I caught my feet as I went through the bars, looped out as well then caught my feet again coming back. Not how I wanted to end my run but I guess it was enough to get the win. Big props to my buddy, Stu Macey who is killing it this year, and he took home 2nd place. The event itself was really good for our sport and the small scene in the UK, hopefully things progress and we have a full series in 2012.

July – was a busy and good month for sure. Having returned from a weeks holiday surfing in Hossegor I was motivated to get some good riding in. With 3 big shows on the horizon for Scott Mays Air-Devils Tour I needed to get some much needed bike time, especially as we’re jumping a 21m gap at these shows. The weekend before my first show in Coventry, I spent all weekend getting used to jumping 21m at my home setup. Albeit my ramp is a 9m radius and the shows were being done on an 8m radius, it was good to just get the feel for the bigger gap.

First show in Coventry went incredibly well, I was happy with the way I rode and was a good confidence builder for the next two stops as well for the rest of the year.

The next shows was in Aldershot, we were a little unlucky with the weather, it had rained all week prior and we were riding in a field this time, not concrete like the week before. Come showtime, you guessed it, it rained. The run-in was slippery and kinda dangerous so we chose to run a slightly smaller gap, keep things safe and put on the best show we could considering the conditions.

The final stop was at Arena Essex for the first floodlit show of the tour. To date, I think this is the best show I’ve been involved in. There was a good buzz from the crowd and this is a major factor in the influence on how we ride. When the crowd are loud and genuinely enthusiastic, it makes things that much easier… things just seem to flow. The night was topped off by Chris Birch backflipping from ramp-to-ramp on his final jump of the “Best Trick Competition”. The crowd went nuts and he easily took the win! Arena Essex 2011 is one I will definitely remember!

To finish off the month, our final show was again for the Ace Cafe, this time near Brent Shopping Centre, London for the Streetfighter & Stunt Festival. It was nice to be back riding for the Ace Cafe, they always put on a good, well organised event and the other attractions on the day included the Street bike Stunt competition, Drift Car demonstration and of course, the crowd (guys) favourites… the Fuel Girls! We performed two demonstrations on the day, the first show went well but I felt a little sketchy for whatever reason, it was a little windy at times so maybe that had something to do with it. The second show went a lot better, the crowd showed their support and I was happy to go away knowing I’d been able to pull of all my tricks. I look forward to 2012 and the next Ace Cafe event!

For the rest of 2011 I plan to spend as much time on the bike as possible, learn some new things and hopefully start 2012 on a high.

Thanks for reading and hopefully catch you again soon.

Jon Ritchie


Added on August 17th, 2011 by admin @ 12:23 pm

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“Frankie Bee” goes global

Added on August 12th, 2011 by ecfmx @ 12:05 pm

With the year coming to a close, frank packed up and shipped out to see the new year in with our old friend and EC O.G Joe Stevens, who moved abroard a while ago now and is currently a living in Australia, here’s a few pictures from his recent adventure.

Grant makes changes for 2010

Added on August 12th, 2011 by ecfmx @ 9:38 am

With the ‘09 season been and gone, EC rider/racer, Grant has switched from they z450f to the kxf450.

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