Flatland BMX champions and Red Bull athletes Jorge “Viki” Gómez from Spain and Matthias Dandois from France are slated to welcome biking enthusiasts at the PhilBike Expo 2015 and a series of activations from Sept. 30 to Oct. 5, 2015.
Gómez, who turned professional back in 2000 at age 19, is a two-time World Championship Series winner who defines flatland biking as a “fight between mind, gravity, and physics combined with movement inertia; a way of surpassing the limits of your imagination.”
Throughout his 15-year career, the Spaniard has gained global recognition by claiming multiple championships at some of the most prestigious Flatland competitions: European X Games, Asia Championship, and the Red Bull Circle of Balance – styled as the sport’s version of the Superbowl. His participation in competitions and exhibitions has brought him to more than 45 countries in Europe, Asia, and North America.
Born in Paris, France, Dandois has been involved in the sport since 2002. Back then as a 13-year-old, he was first into street riding until he saw another biker practicing flatland at his local skate park. Interest piqued, he decided to shift to the new discipline. Six years later, he was declared the best flatlander in the world.
Since then, the Red Bull athlete has added his signature touch to BMX by blurring the lines between street and flatland riding. His attempts to push the boundaries of the sport have been rightly rewarded with titles from some of the best gatherings of international BMX talent: the Dew Tour Ocean City, VANS rebeljam, FISE World Montpellier, Arnette O’Marisquiño III, and BMX World Championships.
The PhilBike Expo opens to trade and media visitors on Oct. 2 and to the public on Oct. 3 and 4 at the SMX Convention Center, Halls 2-4. Aside from gathering favorite cycling brands, the three-day event will also feature several competitions and activities for beginners and advanced riders alike.
To be judged by Gómez and Dandois and sanctioned by the Asian Extreme Sports Federation of the Philippines, the winner of the National BMX Freestyle Championships – advanced category will get the chance to represent the country in international competitions.
Other events include: MANILA FIXED GEAR Harabas Criterium; Mountain Bike Time Trial and Tricks; Pinoy Mt. Biker Rat Race; Fastest Fold; and bike lessons hosted by the National Bicycle Organization. Cash prizes and special items await contest winners.
For booth or ticket inquiries, please call (02) 671-5528 / 0912-327-2351 / 0926-673-0781 or visit www.philbikeexpo.com. For additional information about the ‘#BMXplore with Viki Gómez and Matthias Dandois’, please visit bit.ly/bmxploremanila.