Marcelo Gutierrez Takes Tocancipá Win

Marcelo GutierrezLegend has it that Marcelo Gutierrez first rode a bike at the age of three and was taking part in BMX races by the age of six. Eight years later he had cast aside the humble BMX to immerse himself in the adrenaline-fuelled world of Downhill, making his first big impression at the 2007 UCI MTB World Championships taking 12th place in the Juniors.


Thanks to our friends at EpicTV you can watch Gutierrez bag a truly impressive win at the Columbia National Championships at Tocancipá.


Hold on and enjoy… (and then head over to for more ridiculously exhilarating videos.)



Parkour Ride Comes to London

Parkour RideCycle sports and entertainments company, FACE partnership, have launched Parkour Ride, a unique urban cycling event which will pit different ‘tribes’ of cyclists against each other in a race through the iconic Tobacco Dock in London on October 4.


Parkour Ride sets two competitors from across the BMX, mountain, fixed-gear and road bikes disciplines against each over a specially designed eleven story circuit, which has jumps, pinch points and chicanes and will be accompanied by a unique audio visual experiences. Male and female amateur riders will line up against the Parkour Pros, which include former World BMX Champion, Liam Phillips, multiple Tour de France stage winner, David Millar, five-times British and European Trials MTB Champion Danny Butler and Sam Pilgrim who will be riding on behalf of Parkour Ride event partner, Swatch.


James Pope, managing director of FACE Partnership and promoter of Parkour Ride, says: ‘The concept for Parkour Ride came from a desire to create something completely unique in cycling and unite different types of riders in a big melting pot of racing and entertainment. It’s not just a bike race but a festival, party and food feast!’


Members of the public will be able to track riders through a specialist Parkour Ride map and each rider will be fitted with a Go-Pro to bring the public closer to the action. Parkour Ride spectator tickets can be purchased online at an early-bird cost of £15 with participant entry available for £20 at Potential riders can register here.

Featured Features

Matti Hemmings Interview

Matti HemmingsMatti Hemmings is a professional Flatland BMXer, double Guinness World Record holder and founder of the UK Flatland BMX Championships, which brings all levels of riders together to ‘…show off their skills.’ Clearly living the dream, Cyclo caught up with Matti at the end of a busy and successful year to talk world-records, inspiration and plans for the future…


Cyclo: How and when did the cycling bug bite?


Matti Hemmings: The cycling bug really started to bite at a young age. Living in a village in Wales near the Brecon Beacons gave me a good place to start with mountain biking. Then, while watching the Extreme Sports Channel, I came across BMX Flatland and decided to give that a go. I’ve been riding ever since…


Cyclo: Can you explain what Flatland BMX is exactly?


Matti Hemmings: Flatland BMX is the ultimate – and by far the hardest – discipline to master in urban freestyle. It could be described as breakdancing on a BMX. It takes on more of an art-form than any other style of BMX disciplines with an emphasis on creativity, style and originality as riders create their own tricks and combinations.


Cyclo: What was you first bike? 


Matti Hemmings: My first ever bike was an Apollo – I don’t think I need to say anything more here…  (smiles.)


Cyclo: Who inspired you to ride?


Matti Hemmings: My parents gave me a lot of support and inspired me to keep pushing my progression in BMX.


Cyclo: When and how did you realise that riding a bike could be a profession?


Matti Hemmings: I didn’t realise that riding a bike would potentially be a profession for me; I just went with the flow and enjoyed riding – at the same time working hard to progress with my own riding and keeping it fun and fresh.


Cyclo: You founded the UK Flatland BMX Championships – can you tell us about that…


Matti Hemmings: The UK Flatland BMX Championships give something back to the sport by organising a free event for riders of all levels to come along and have fun, whilst competing for some amazing prizes from the sponsors. The support was amazing for both 2011 & 2012 event; but due to a busy year with events I couldn’t find the time to organise it this time around…


Cyclo: You run shows and demos for schools too – the kids’ reactions must be hugely motivating…


Matti Hemmings: Yeah, this year has been busy. Visiting a number of schools across the UK to inspire young people to get involved with cycling. The reaction has been awesome – more young people taking up cycling. But it’s not just about inspiring young people to get on their bikes, as most kids are interested in other things too – so it’s trying to get the message across about working hard in school too and in whatever they enjoy doing. Practice makes perfect across the board!


Cyclo: Tell us about the two world records.


Matti Hemmings: Both records were achieved this year for the Guinness World Records I hold. One was for the most Cliffhanger Spins with one foot on the handlebars in one minute, which was 56 and was achieved on February 22. The other record was live on Blue Peter in April for the most Death Truck Spins in one minute, which was 32.


Cyclo: You were also involved with the London Olympic Torch Relay?


Matti Hemmings: I toured with the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay performing BMX tricks to entertain the crowds that came out to support the touch bearers over the 70 days around the UK. It was an amazing feeling, a one-off moment…


Cyclo: What do you consider your greatest achievement?


Matti Hemmings: By far my greatest achievements would have to be my invite to Action Medical Research for Children champion dinner fundraiser; being alongside world class cyclists such as Sir Chris Hoy, Chris Boardman and many more. Awesome charity to be involved with… being able to give something back is incredible.


Cyclo: What advice would you give kids wanting to pursue a two-wheeled dream?


Matti Hemmings: Again, practice makes perfect. If you don’t get it first time get back up try it again – keep pushing forward and nothing is impossible. It just takes hard work and dedication.


Cyclo: What’s next for you?


Matti Hemmings: Not sure yet; this year has been an amazing year for me with numerous TV appearances, the Guinness World Records, inspiring kids to get involved with cycling and competing in a few professional level contests. There are plans for another single speed film on my Foffa bike with my good friend Alex Allen from Formulate Media. I’ll just take every day as it comes and enjoy cycling to the max.


Find out more about Matti at and follow him on Twitter @mattihemmings Take a look at the incredible videos below to see just what’s possible on two wheels…




Shanaze Reade Launches New Website

Shanaze Reade Triple UCI BMX World Champion Shanaze Reade has officially launched her new (and much improved) website. Reade who began racing in 1998 at the age of 10 won her first professional race in the Girls Pro at the American Bicycle Association (ABA) ‘Winternationals’ in Phoenix, Arizona in 2006; becoming British National Number One and winning the World Championships in Brazil in August the same year.


Reade has always capitalised on social media – you can follow her on Twitter @ShanazeReade and facebook here – and her new-look website incorporates many of these elements along with an events schedule and the latest news. Reade and freestyle BMX rider Kye Forte are currently offering to put a select number of riders through their paces in Crewe on September 7, for details click here.


Visit the all-new Shanaze Reade website at



Paligap Support Bristol Trails

The mountain biking trails of Bristol’s Ashton Court Estate and Leigh Woods, used by the GB Olympic BMX team as part of their pre-Olympic training, have had their immediate future and upkeep guaranteed thanks to a five-year sponsorship deal with Paligap, the Bristol-based importers of Avanti bikes. The original Ashton Court trail at was rebuilt in 2011 by Bristol City Council, whilst the new trail in neighbouring Leigh Woods was funded by the Forestry Commission and National Trust at a combined cost of £400,000; together they are considered amongst the best in the UK. The estimated 45,000 miles of trail ridden each month have taken their inevitable toll and Paligap’s ongoing support will ensure that the facilities continue to be enjoyed by all.


Managing Director of Paligap Limited David Lane said: ‘The trails are a magnet for people of all ages and abilities, from young children to cycling athletes, providing valuable exercise and enjoyment… We are now sponsoring the cycle trails at Ashton Court and Leigh Woods for five years, putting our money into trail maintenance for the enjoyment of all whilst building the Avanti brand awareness in the UK.’



Reade for Track in Rio?

Having suffered disappointment in BMX at two successive Olympics, Shanaze Reade has told the BBC that she is considering a return to Track Cycling for the Rio Games, saying that Victoria Pendleton’s decision to retire (having taken Gold for Keirin and Silver for Individual Sprint), ‘leaves the door open’.


The 23-year-old triple BMX World Champion crashed out in Beijing and ended competition in London a lacklustre sixth but has considerable form on the track having won two World Chapionship Team Sprint Golds with Pendleton (2007/2008) and Silver in 2009. Jess Varnish took her place next to Pendleton – when Reade’s focus shifted to BMX in 2010 – but the pair were disqualified for an illegal change-over at the 2012 Games in the semi-final against the Ukraine.


Reade told the BBC, ‘I’ll definitely be in Rio, whether track or BMX or both…’



Reade Passes on World Champion

BMX World Championships 2011It has been announced that BMX World Champion Shanaze Reade will not defend her title at the upcoming championships in Copenhagen due to start tomorrow and running through to July 31. The 22 year old triple world champ is recuperating from a wrist injury and is hoping to recover fully in time for the 2012 Olympic BMX trials in Stratford (August 19 & 20.) “It was a tough choice to make as obviously I wanted to go out there and defend my world title. (But) preparing for the test event is the priority for my Olympic ambitions and I don’t want to do anything to jeopardise being ready for that,” said Reade.


In addition to BMX Reade is also hoping to take a place in the Team GB Track squad – she previously won Gold in both 2007 and 2008 with Victoria Pendleton in the team sprint discipline.


For full details of the BMX World Championship’s schedule visit: but not before you take a look at the course via the helmet-cam video below…




Topping Out for BMX

A “topping out” ceremony has taken place at the new National Indoor BMX Arena in East Manchester. Designed by Ellis Williams Architects the £19m arena – the first purpose-built, covered BMX track with Olympic-size ramp in the UK – will form, along with the existing velodrome, the National Cycling Centre incorporating the HQ offices of British Cycling. All of which falls within the wider scheme of London 2012 legacy. 3000 cubic metres of earth and clay excavated in the construction of the site are to be reused to form the base mounds of the BMX track, which will have a maximum capacity of 2000 when fully complete. Funding for the venue was split between Sport England, Manchester City Council and the Northwest Regional Development Agency.


On hand to add her seal of approval to developments at the arena was Shanaze Reade, triple winner of the UCI BMX World Championships and Olympic Track Champion in to the bargain. Pre-Beijing Games Chris Hoy had commented: “If I was going to put my mortgage on anyone winning the gold, it would be Shanaze.” Cyclo doesn’t know if Hoy took the flutter but he would have mad a mint – and we’re certainly looking forward to seeing what Reade can do once things in Manchester are complete…