The Godfather's part of the Black Market Family

Metzger already cutting deals on board his new ride.

Last night I met up with one of my hero's and the Godfather of freestyle motocross, Mike Metzger, to hand over the very last .three57 complete. Look for pics in the near future of Metz hittin' the trails at Da Compound in Riverside, Ca.

I love trails!!!!



mmm...flow....

Thomas whipping
Kyle carving the coolest dirt berm ever...


There is nothing better than flowing a beautifully built set of trails with friends and that's exactly how I spent the afternoon yesterday at a secret tropical oasis. It just feels good to do a nice lazy kick out.

Jordie's Peanut Butter Knife Fight...

This is what makes the first jump so tough to dial in.
This is Jordie taking line 25 version II... his yard has sniper lines everywhere and you need to be qualified just to get thru the first 25'. Jordie Is qualified.
Jordie's yard is crazy!!! He built some of the coolest lines I've ever seen and super challenging.
Alex Pro going for a ride courtesy of the G-Out thankfully he was ok and continued to shred cautiously for the rest of the day.

Ryder T-Bog's the hardest jump in the world.
I can't remember this kids name but he was a shredder
Steve Smith carving and
Ripping
So... I get home from Germany on monday to find out that Jordie Lunn's is taking place at his house in Parksville, B.C., Canada. After checking into flights and find I can fly round trip into Seattle for 170 bucks... I'm there!!! Next time I'll do a bit more research. I knew Jordie's was on Vancouver Island but didn't know what was involved in getting there until it was too late. Here's a brief account of my travels just to get to Jordie's. First, wake up and drive to LAX at O' dark thirty in the AM (1.5hrs.). Then flew to Seattle( 2.5 hrs)... rented a car(30min.)... drove to Canada (2hrs)... got caught in a huge line of cars trying to cross the border (2hrs.) got searched at the border(30 min)... missed the ferry to Vancouver Island by 1 minute, This turned out to be a good thing. I was able to meet up and stay with Ian Hylands and his wife, Nicole. Ian took me into Vancouver for the premiere of the new Collective movie, Season's. This movie is aweoms, one of the best I've seen. Next day... got up... took the ferry (3hrs.) then drove north on the island for 3hrs. got caught in traffic on an island for a fatal accident (2 hrs). That was just getting there! Then I managed to smash into the lip of the 4th jump after barely over jumping the 3rd on my first run thru the section. To say the 4th lip was close to the 3rd landing is an understatement... it's basically on the landing and caused many riders to do unexpected back flipping ejections.

Jordie has built a really fun and technically challenging place to ride. It all starts with a pump track section and that leads into the first jump. I watch guys attempt this section all day with varying degrees of success but more times than not ending in a rear wheel in need of truing. My favorite part of his set up was the full length pump track... Jordie had this so wired he could make it all the way to the wall ride and then pump back up backwards and then still get into the jumps... DAMN! The comp was won by Ryder Kasprick followed by Mr. Lunn and I'm not sure who got 3rd. Brandon Seminuk was favored to win after destroying the course in pracice but crashes on the last set kept him from putting together a winning run... but... he was t whipping and 3'ing the first set that most guys struggled to get over in the first place. He was absolutely slaying it!!! Same with Alex Pro but after 2 unfortunate attempts on the last jump and the G out sending him sailing to and fro he decided to play it safe.

As for the rest of my trip... crashed super hard in practice... and 2 more times during the contest... all on the last set... then... back the way I came!!!! Bad idea. What was supposed to be an easy trip turned into an expensive, painful trip. Can't wait to get home and crawl into bed. Planes, boats and automobiles....arrrggh.

Carter

T Mobile Extreme Play Grounds

Turndown flip during the 360 contest... I don't 3 very often and when I do... it's not the best.
The crowd was awesome!!!
Patrick Guimez 20" rider from France flipping the first set in his run.
Damjan dropping the drop
The first rider to hit this spine road off the edge and 15' to the ground and a rail soon followed.
DIRT!!!
OK... Big Dirt!!!


I just got home from and exhausting 4 day trip to Koln, Germany where I was lucky enough to be invited to T-Mobile's first ever indoor slopestyle called the Extreme Play Grounds. By the way the finals were on MTV Europe live with a huge concert... why are we going back to speed stunt trials here in the US??? How's that phrase go??? One step forward.... remember the rest???

The course was pretty good all though the drop was a bit sketchy and short. The drop sent you into a huge wooden berm with a lip at the end to jump out of to a scaffold. The scaffolding was where the 2nd part of the course was built and it consisted of a small landing then a 5' street spine and a 5' quarter. The last quarter was only to get you onto the dirt roll-in 20' above the dirt jumps. Once you dropped into the roll-in you needed every bit of pump to get over the 7 1/2' lip and 20' gap... this jump took out quite a few riders during practice mainly due to the semi-soft conditions that always plague dirt jump contests on freshly built jumps but Bibi and his crew worked their asses off to get them dialed before the show... thanks guys!!!

The format was head to head style which I don't think any of us liked but made the best out of. I won my first round but definitely wasn't riding as good as I was in practice due to nerves. It was very hard to relax and put together a good run on 3 days with no sleep and the worst jet-lag of my life. Paul Basagoitia took me out in the next round but went on to win the whole event 2 runs later. Here's the rider's list and the top 3 finishers. I tied for 5th place overall. Paul also won the 360 contest with a clean 3 whip... Paul was also the only rider to actually trick the drop... he 3'd it in his final run.

T-Mobile 26' Riders List:
Paul Basagoitia 1st
Lance Mcdermott 2nd
Phil Sundbaum 3rd

Marius Hoppensack
John Cowan
Grant Fielder
Carlo Dieckman
Damjan Siriski
Timo Pritzel
Carter Holland
plus 4 wildcard riders from Germany's Homegrown Tour


Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this event happen and showed us around... specially the Mountain Bike Rider Magazine staff... Frank, Pierre, Sabrina and Tull. Until next year!!!

Carter

Your builds...

This is from Max Schoeler and he's from Gotha, Germany
Logan Holmes' Vancouver Mob...
Sam Warner's got my vote for best photo so far. Sam's from Vashon Island, WA.
I can't find your info...
or yours...
Here are a couple of sick builds I haven't had a chance to put up yet. Feel free to send your comments to carter@blackmarketbikes.com, thanks.
Carter



Adam Hauck's signature grips in stock now

Adam testing his new grips for Aaron Chase's camera.
China Banks Boost... pic... Rob Rebholz
270 T Bog....

Adam's new signature grip is here and ready to ship. These grips offer great durability combined with a soft feel even your girlfriend would love. Get to your local bike pusher and tell him you need some new rubber.

carter

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Holla for ya Dolla photos...

JD stylin'... profilin'



Jim Tharp newly BlkMrkt mounted & killin' it... 1 foot euro 270... Photo Carter
Looking back... SD was dope!
A-Rev sticks um up. Lisa clicked it.
Joe Perrizo flair transfer type thing... it's Joe... that's all there is to it.
Jim Tharp puts out for Lisa.
Thomas is almost 100% and on the gas! Happy to have you back!!!

Last weekend was the Holla fo ya Dolla jam which was a joint effort headed up by San Diego rippers JD Swanguen and Rick Nolte. Here's a few of the photos shot by either Lisa Myklak or myself. Fun was had by all... Thanks for the good times.

Carter

A whale's vagina....


Powell traveled a long way by mule to whip this over foreign soil.

Lisa gettin' clicked...

Here's a few photos from a quick trip I made to San Diego with Lisa Myklak. We rode Legacy and a secret spot in El Salvador that Chris Powell does not want me to reveal... I will say it's fast and deadly.

Shock Therapy

Pointy toes...
This is Tyler Harris mid double whip... mid first time riding in almost 6 months due to snow in the hometown of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox not to mention the 16 hour bus ride to get here. He crashed in practice trying this and seriously almost gave himself a trake with his brake lever.
Joe no can for the hometown crowd....

Me flipping the box after sprinting on 2" of foam padding and Astroturf.
Gerald Dale spins in basketball shoes...
Joe Perrizo siting in Wa. woods... lock your doors.
uh... yeah... then he did this... watch the clip!
Beacon Hill's DS
Steven Bafus and his go to trick


Last weekend I went up to the NW to ride with Steven Bafus and Joe Perrizo in the Spokane Shock, an Pro Arena Football team owned by NFL great John Elway.

But the weekend was looking bad for me from the start. I made it to Washington fine as did my bike but for the next 3 days all I could do was hurt myself in some stupid way. How you ask??? For instance, I see a hat I want to buy for my fiancee hanging from the ceiling but when I step onto a bench... as I'm reaching for the hat... the bench flips completely upside down an I fall onto the frame of this metal death bench on my right thigh. Then to the skatepark. Here I managed a tire slide to right thigh(again) smash as I washed out on the insanely slippery Idaho concrete and ended up casing a concrete rollers with my body. Now I've been here an hour and I can barely walk and have a case of swellbow going.

After that Joe Perrizo took us to his local stomping grounds where he has learned to ride basically on his own. Joe is truly one of mountain bikes hardcore mountain men... not quite Grizzly Adams though. Joe rides at a place called Beacon Hill in Spokane... this place is rad!!! They have built a small wilderness area into their own public bike park complete with a new dual slalom course, drops, jumps, ladder bridges, the whole shabang. Joe completely owns and shreds this place. If you don't believe me check the pics... and the whole time his bike is falling apart... Joe is very hard on his bike but not who worries about things like chains falling off as he's pedaling to flip a road gap and his guide is loose. Gnarly.

The next afternoon was the half time show. The show was put together by a trio of wakeboarders known as 3 Fine Fellas who have started a non-profit demo team and also put on events like a wake board rail jam in a parking lot 100 miles from the nearest water or the Pita Pit Half Time Jump Demo. Steven & Joe have been involved with these guys for a couple of years and asked if I wanted to ride in front of 10,000 screaming football fans??? Hell yeah... sounds fun. The box jump was really good, the Shock Dance Team was hot and the crowd was nuts!!! I have never ridden for that kind of crowd... specially one that's enclosed and surrounding you from all angles. The show went great and only one rider down and it wasn't me this time. Enjoy the pics and hopefully we'll see you at the San Diego Jam this weekend.

I want to say thanks to Matt and to Jamie at Pita Pit and Steven and Joe for taking me around.

Carter

PS: Feel free to e mail comments to carter@blackmarketbikes.com





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