Amateur flat track is spreading around the world, from Russia to Japan, Argentina to India, and now Brazil. We were contacted by Gabriela Hoover who shared news on an event coming up in Brazil, that Jeffrey Carver is a part of. Here's what she tells us. It's not a secret that Covid-19 had 2020 pretty much canceled all over, affecting some of the major events in the USA and abroad, but has also brought people together and fired up new ways for connecting and exchanging ideas.
We featured a pair of modified Hero Hondas built by Herencia Motors, Buenos Aires, Argentina in Sideburn 37. Now the Argentinians are organising flat track races for the first time in their country. They've partnered with friends in Spain to form an alliance to promote Dirt Rookies races. There will be a Dirt Rookies in Argentina on Saturday 9 November and one near Barcelona, Spain the next day. Read about the Herencia Hero Honda flat trackers (below) in Sideburn 37. Or read
I saw the photos above on the UK news site The Guardian, and it obviously reminded me of my beloved flat track. The Guardian wrote, 'Estiven Hurtado [below] is an avid gravity cyclist and has lived in Vallejuelos his whole life. “We live for gravity biking here,” he says, lugging his modified bike behind him, emblazoned with the visage of the drug lord Pablo Escobar, Medellín’s most infamous son. “It’s a way of life for anyone who lives up in the communes.” The article linked
Researching a story on the very new Argentinian flat track scene for the next issue of Sideburn, I came across this cousin of the sport. The name literally means races on an oval of land. The bikes in the first video below are obviously little two-strokes, but the next film, and the bikes in the photos are four-strokes. The riders skim their left feet, like flat trackers, but the tracks are hard, blue-groovy type tracks. Rims are as skinny as a corn snake, and the tyres, we'r