25th Anniversary King of Flatland
It’s hard to believe 1987 was 25 years ago. My father drove me up to Manchester, NH for the first “King of Flatland” contest that year, and from there I made it to most of the series until it ended in 1993. The contests the Cote family put together were instrumental in growing flatland freestyle in the Northeast and beyond… riders came from all over, so that influence was undoubtedly global. I could write thousands of words about what that contest series did for the scene, and freestyle in general, but fortunately Kieran Chapman has already done it in book form. Kieran made the iconic New England ‘zines Radazine and Wire during the late ’80s and early 90s (it eventually became the web site eWire, one of the first BMX content web sites). For the 25th Anniversary of King of Flatland, Kieran collected all of his historical coverage into one great book, complete with a DVD of seemingly endless footage. It is a must have for anyone who went to the series, and you can buy it here.
I couldn’t miss going to the 25th Anniversary contest, after all, I’m still doing this little bike stuff all these years later. So I packed things up and flew out from Oregon. 3000 miles for a parking lot, and it was worth it. I rode a bit, took some photos, and caught up with some old friends, some of which I hadn’t seen or heard from in 20-some odd years. There were plenty of KOF legends who made it out, including former Hutch riders Darren Pelio and Greg Macomber. Pro class winner Jim Cavanaugh (above) was a staple at the early KOF contests, and he’s still progressing to this day.
Check out the photos below. The horizontal photos can be expanded by clicking, and I’ve put a link to a full-resolution version of the group photo at the end of the post for anyone from the crew who wants to download it.
For anyone who wants a full-resolution version of the group photo for personal use, click here.