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FMX riders, the bad guys of the Motorcycle World. The tough guys who don’t need to watch what they eat or exercise. This is what most people think about when they think FMX riders. This is far from the truth. Most days of the week you will find professional FMX riders sweating it out in the gym, eating healthy and performing recovery exercises so they can do it all again tomorrow. To be at the top of the sport these days you need to be thinking about everything, including what you are eating, strengthening the right muscle and recovery to keep your body loose and ready to go.
Food – this day an age where there is so much processed food and it is as easy as stopping off at the local fast food restaurant to grab a bite to eat because you’re running late or to tired to cook. Eating the correct food helps FMX riders to maintain energy throughout the day during training in the gym or training at their FMX compound. It also helps there body to recover after long days of training day in and day out. Without the correct diet you tend to become complacent and lethargic. FMX riders can not afford to feel like this. This is why FMX riders choose to eat as healthy as possible when training and traveling around the world.
Exercise – have you seen the tricks the professional FMX riders are performing today. You watch them throw the bike around like it is as light as a feather, and move their bodies around the bike like a child playing with a toy. To perform such tricks whiles upside down or hanging off the side of the bike by one hand, FMX riders need to be strong and calculated. You won’t see these guys lifting heavy weights every day in the gym but you will see them running circuits, higher receptions with lighter weights and maybe doing some movements you would not see the normal gym user do. This is so they can strengthen all the little muscle that you do not normally use. Let’s face it, how many people can say they hang off a motorcycle by one arm upside down flying up to 75 feet throw the air? This is why you will find the top FMX riders sweating it out in the gym.
Recovery – is it really that important? Absolutely! As I have described above, FMX riders put their body through a lot of hard work and stress both mentally and physically. After a session in the gym and up to 4/5 hours on the bike in one day, physically the body is in need of some recovery. You will find most FMX riders do pilates, yoga or some sort of low impact activities to stretch and help the body recover from all the extreme movements. FMX is a mind game. Imagine getting on a motorcycle riding at a ramp and jumping 75 feet. Now imagine doing this while performing a back flip and while your upside down through your legs off the bike, hang on by just your hands than returning to the start position to land. There is a lot going through a FMX riders mind when you see them perform tricks that look like they could do in their sleep. There are years of hard work to get to that point where all the spectators watch and compliment on how easy they make it look. This is why you will find FMX riders love riding in the hill’s, or more natural terrain riding. You might find them cutting laps on a motocross track or goofing around on a little jump. This is how FMX riders continue to have fun and cool off after a hard season of training for a competition.
There is huge amount of commitment to reach the top of the FMX world. It is not as easy as some may think. But if you have a passion for the sport, balls of steel and prepared to OneUp yourself you just might make it.
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Gone are the old days of FMX where all the riders would ride hard and play harder. If you were to talk to some of the more mature riders who have been around FMX since the beginning. They would be the first to tell you how much the sport has progressed. When FMX first started out, riders would usually race Motocross and do a bit of Freestyle Motocross on the side for fun. Freestyle was not a mainstream sport when it first started and was mainly used as entertainment during half time breaks from racing. This would give the track officials time to go do a bit of maintenance on the track for the next races. While the machines were out preparing the track, some of the racers would come out and hit a ramp usually aimed for the finish line landing ramp in the middle of the track. They would perform tricks and show off for the crowd.
Now days FMX has progressed to a new leave. With most professional FMX riders now performing back flips and back flip combinations in every show. FMX is now its own sport on the world stage with competitions such as Red Bull XFighters, which is were every competing FMX rider would like to compete. To compete at this level the rider has to be riding FMX full time. Most of the competitors at this event will train utilising a foam pit to practise the more difficult tricks into. This lowers the risk of injury when training. Professional FMX riders will train up to 5/6 days a week. Perfecting there every trick and working on new tricks never performed before. FMX is all about progression and pushing the limits to the max. It is not a sport for the faint-hearted and takes a lot of hard work and dedication to rise to the top. It is not impossible to reach the top of the sport, you need to train hard and prepare to OneUp yourself to compete on the world stage.
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A landing ramp is what FMX riders land on. It is either a big mound of dirt or now days they can design a landing, roughly the same size as a dirt landing. It is built out of steel so it can be transported on the back of a truck or trailer. Most FMX riders will prefer to land onto a dirt landing. This is what they are most comfortable with, dirt landings are what most FMX riders will build to practise onto. There for the more time spent riding it the more comfortable
they will feel. Dirt landings will also have a smoother transition from the landing to the ground (level surface). When looking at a dirt landing you will notice a huge mound of dirt shaped like a pyramid almost. The peak will be a few metres wide and the bottom will most likely flair out to double the size. Visually this looks safer for the rider, it also helps in case something was to go wrong and the rider was to make an unplanned landing down the side.
Portable landings are a lot sharper edged. There is no cushion in case of an unplanned landing down the side. Portable landings, visually look a lot narrower due to no pyramid effect. Most portable landings will have a big airbag attached to the front of it. This is in case of a rider, not having enough speed or mechanical error forces the rider to not make the distance, the air bag will cushion the impact. Portable landings are also difficult to build and to perfect the correct angle, where the riders will land.
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Have you ever wondered why FMX bikes have such high handle bars? FMX riders will have higher handle bars to help move there body around the bike and through the handle bars easier. Some FMX tricks like the (dead body shown below) you will notice the rider slides completely through the handle bars and lays there feet out in front of them.
With lower handle bars this trick would be a lot harder to pull off. The higher FMX handle bars gives the rider room to be able to squeeze there legs through without making contact with the handle bar pad. Once the rider has extended the trick the bike tends to move around under there arms. Having all of your weight over the front of the bike is a very unusual way to fly through the air. Once the rider has extend the trick they than want to return back to the start position as fast as possible. The higher bars help the rider to slide straight back through the handle bars to there foot pegs for a safe landing.
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The Jack Newton Celebrity Golf Classic, has been running for 36 years organised by the famous Newcastle golfer Jack Newton (who lost his arm and eye in a tragic accident) and his wife Jackie. They raise funds for the Jack Newton Junior golf foundation and Diabetes.
Each year people dress up in costumes, just to add to the fun of the day. Andrew Stewart, Jo Mathers and Corinne Mathers thought they would wear our Oneup shirts to support Oneup Unltd and be a part of remembering Tyrone Gilks.
Awesome work guys!
From left to right: Drew Meads, Pro Golfer Nick Flannagan, Andrew Stewart, Jo Mathers, Corinne Mathers and Celebrity Ben Mingay from Wonderland and Phantom of the opera.
From left Andrew Stewart, Brad from the Block, Drew Meads
Have you ever wondered why FMX riders have such small seats? With what looks like no foam to sit on? What is that big hole that exposes their air filter? Why do they cut big holes in the side of their bike?
The holes are what FMX riders call Grab Holes. The ‘Grab-Holes’ are what FMX riders will use to hang onto the bike when performing tricks such as the Superman Seat Grab, Heart Attack, Double Grab Heart Attack and a heap more. There are no exact measurements FMX rider will make before cutting Grab Holes. It is as simple as drawing a line with a marker and cutting the air box until the Grab Hole feels comfortable. The FMX rider can test and adjust by cutting the hole bigger if needed. From there most FMX riders will wrap grip tape from the top of a skateboard, around the Sub Frame which is the metal that is exposed. This gives the rider more grip when grabbing the bike.
The seat is similar to the Grab Holes. There is no exact measurement the seat needs to be. The FMX rider will simply cut the seat down to where they feel comfortable. FMX riders all differ, some will like bigger Grab Holes while others like smaller. Some riders like hardly any foam on there seats and others like a bit of cushion in case of a bad landing where they would land sitting down which is not recommend. Once the FMX rider has cut the Grab Holes and removed the required amount of foam from the seat, they will then begin testing. You will notice there are certain tricks where the FMX rider will completely let go of the bike grabbing the Grab Holes just in time before they fly away. These are the tricks where the rider must have complete faith in where he has cut his Grab Holes. Having the correct amount of foam in his seat so he can fit his whole hand around it, to pull himself back onto the bike before landing.
FMX Back Flip Levers
Have you ever watched Freestyle Motocross on TV? You might notice FMX riders have funny looking levers they flip up above there hands before performing certain tricks. These are called Flip Levers in the FMX world. FMX ridders utilise these Back Flip Levers to help leaver the bike when performing tricks whilst upside down (backflip combinations). The Back Flip Levers have a soft rubber wrapped around the end for the riders comfort. Below as you can see, the Back Flip Levers have an Up/Down position.
Back Flip Levers Down Back Flip Levers Up
Think back to your school days, when you would love to play on your local Flying Fox at the playground. Remember hitting the end of the ride and your momentum would push you past the brake stop. You would fly up as the ride came to an end, than you would be jolted back to the position you started. Back Flip Levers work similar to this. As the rider leaves the ramp and pulls backwards his feet also leave the bike (when performing backflip combinations) as the bike begins to spin away from the rider, the Back Flip Levers which are in the up position will than make contact with the riders wrists. Once the wrists make contact with the Back Flip Levers the rider will than lean against the leavers like hitting the end of the Flying Fox. The rider will than apply pressure to pull himself back onto the bike into his starting position. All while completing a 360 degree rotation backwards.
OneUp Unltd FMX Rider Morgan Gilks – Photography Jade Gale/Johnny Bonnar
FMX is the abbreviated way of writing or pronouncing Freestyle Motocross. FMX is an Extreme Sport which participants ride custom Motorcycles and perform acrobatic style maneuver’s whilst in the air. The most common distances jumped in FMX are 75 feet, meaning from the beginning of where the rider leaves the ground to where the rider will land. There are multiple ways FMX jumps or ramps can be built. The most common being a steel ramp where the FMX rider will take off from. A huge dirt pile called the ‘landing’ is where the rider will safely land on the downside reducing the impact.
During the time the FMX rider is airborne, they will perform certain tricks by throwing them self around the bike either up the right way or upside down. The rider is scored and evaluated on the extension, style and difficulty of the trick performed. A rider can create a new trick that no one else has ever performed to get a higher score. Or they can extend or improve an old trick, so it looks more impressive to the judges.