Quick edit from Charity Race which was hold for Stephen Murray. I got 3rd place by making nice passing in turn. Happy for that!!
Finally I have found my long-lost twin sister. Unbelievable, just amazing. Simply I'm one with this bike!
2013 RedLine Flight Carbon Pro XL
I got the bike pre-assembled from BIke Alley. I rode to Orange Y to give it a try.
Carbon frame is so stiff that you can push your best in sprints and it doesn't bend at all. Weight is so light, I can't believe it, you feel it right away when you ride! RedLine is doing great job with bikes. At evening I had to take a walk by myself. Look to sky and try to calm down. I have experienced a lot, but this was the best day of my life!
Simply; I'm living my dream. Or not, I haven't even dream about anything like this! Thank you RedLine, thank you, thanks to everyone!
Small bike check; Webco 1975. Old BMX bikes tells their story of history of BMX in California. Everyone understands easily that because you can find old BMX bikes from here, sport has been here for long. But also because you find bikes from vey beginning sport has pretty young history. Actually right today I were thinking that BMX seems to be only way of cycling over here!
Here it is, Webco as it was originally sold at 1975. Best parts of the bike would be cast iron fork (with small bending in the end), stainless steel spokes, square handlebar. Frame, as itself, is well known. Same frame can be found with suspension!
It's the 3rd day going of my journey. Lets go back 6months: to the third day of my last journey to California. It was the worts! I had been freezing and crying all night. Wondering that why in hell I had to do this?! Now I know why!
Okey, video is in Finnish.. but it's saying: "When I grow up, I want to become BMXer". That is a campaing looking for volunteers to help families who are having troubles to take care of their kids.
I arrive at a studio flat in the city center of Lahti, in Finland. Somehow you can say there's a guy living. There is not long johns hanging on the door frames and the flat is one of the neatest which I have visited over the past year. LahtiBMX -board on the wall and a BMX bike on the sideboard tell you who I'm talking about. Everyone knows this man with flowing speaks from BMX events, but who really is TommiDMG?
In addition to the blog TommiDMG is known from hosting BMX events. Tommi would have never imagined to find himself standing up with a microphone. It feels funny to hear when Tommi tells he is ”pretty quiet guy”, that description doesn't go hand in hand with the profile of TommiDMG. Difference between Tommi Rautanen and TommiDMG reminds me about movie Me, myself and Irene. LOL. Presenter role opened for Tommi accidentally. There wasn't anyone to host the BMX jams in Lahti and someone had to do it. And when he once started there have been enough requests. As FI – BMX -forum and Mankeli magazine started to fade away, woke up the idea of blog. For couple of years, before publishing the blog, Tommy had a DMG -facebook group. DMG.fi opened at the beginning of summer 2011. The first year Tommi wrote the blog beside the day work, but at the moment he's doing only occasional gig working in the nightclubs beside the blog. Although Tommi is mainly responsible for DMG.fi appearance, the blog is based on a group of friends. For example, at the beginning Simo Kalatie helped a lot, and the new look of the website is made by Mathias Lindholm.
Photo Jero Köttö
From my own experience, I can say that keeping a blog is surprisingly hard work, even though the amount of work I do is nothing compared to that Tommi is doing. For blogging tommidmg uses 20 days per month. The day starts with creating posts from the existing material. After that, it’s time for replying e-mails, editing films and planning the next day. A lot of time goes into collecting material; browsing facebook and of course, chat is going hot. Small break while Tommi goes to ride BMX, and in the evening starts a new round in FB cos Yanks are awake.
I have to ask; how about racing?
” Probably, if in the early days there had been more people racing or my friends would have done it, I might be more involved in it”, says Tommi. Back in 2000 the only track was in Tampere and it reminded more trails than race track. Tommi has never ridden on track with a racing BMX, but there have been some plans to take part in a race next summer. Tommi tells he has participated in 1.5 freestyle competitions and is not gonna race any more. Pleasure about riding comes with riding in flow with friends. In racing, Tommi didn't find competing to be enjoyable, but that's what the sport is about. Tommi finds RedBull revolution to be nice settlement between racing and freestyle. ”Awesome when guys go super fast and at the same time throw some tricks” praises Rautanen. Normally it is not permitted to do tricks in race. Rules are rules and there is no need to cry about those. ”If there is a rule that brake is requisite, just set brake on your bike and do not use it. That's how simple it is”, is Tommi's advice. Racing is also gonna develop freestyle BMX in Finland. Rautanen thinks that the youngest freestyle riders should go to the track to learn to handle the bike. Probably in the future, young riders from racing come to freestyle and older ones from freestyle start to race. There is no need to make any pick between these two; both build up your BMX skills. For example, in Turku, Finland is an excellent opportunity to take racing practices from the track to the park. Most pro riders have ridden both ones. Level of pro riders is incredible. For the chance to have some pro BMXer from Finland Tommi has a positive opinion:”There is no reason why some Finnish person could not become pro. We don't have a formula track and we have Räikkönen and two Rosbergs".
Photo Tommi Rautanen
Competitive sports, like racing is, bring up so called hockey dads. In Finland racing is so young that we can still make huge difference for that. Tommi reminds parents that everything is ok as long as the kid goes to ride bike with a smile on his/hers face and comes back smiling. Same smile should remain for older age even when practicing gets more serious. Advice for riders is pretty much the same; you have to have fun! For Tommi, over 50% of riding is about hanging out with friends. Just ride your bike, do staff with your bike. Practicing doesn't have to mean that you rig out full gear on and look good. You can go to grocery store by your bike and jump on and off from curbstones. Racers should understand that they are BMXers also outside the track. Go to school by bike, Tommi continues. I start to laugh; Tommi's empathy almost made me to excuse that I can't, I don't have any bike at the moment. But this is interview, he is not ranting to me :)
The first time I drew attention on Tommi was, when I saw how well he works with young riders. It seems that Tommi has many fans. Got to say that it seems to me Tommi is handling out things well. I might have seen more Tommi Rautanen who thinks he's dreams are too ordinary to be published. Mentioned in passion a trip to France or bottle of fighting fluid which was found empty after drinking a whole weekend, rather tell the story of TommiDMG. I see a stable man who seems to do what he wants. I suggest, that as you get more publicity you automatically have a celebrity profile and a normal mode.
Photo Jero Köttö
Tommi DMG Rautanen believes he's gonna be BMX rider until the end. Even if he stops riding he still feels that this is his thing. After three hours talking I got one sentence by Tommi in my mind: Those who ride BMX should get away from Finland :D I think I got to follow this advice.
Tommi sends his greetings..
Mom, dad and Teemu. Sekka and other OG GMG-guys, LahtiBMX, Aki & Tuke. DMG.FI – team and all who have sent out material and help with building website. Freestyle gang of Finland, Racing gang of Finland, SignatureBMX, Running Koala, Rähinä Records, HoneyBMX, Simple Sission – Risto & Mario. Jare, Kapa, TPH and other hosts –I have got my skills from you. Darryl Nau for being a great coach and an amazing inspiration.
RESIDENCE: Has been almost always and is now, Lahti
PROFESSION: AV- technician
Why BMX: Friend. The best feeling comes with riding in rhythm. It can be some run with good rhythm or rhythm from music what you carry out with your riding
What DMG: Not an official answer. Many references. DMG used to be name of the team, informally riding group of friends. Links to alcohol are detectable
Philosofy of life: Do whatever you want and don't hurt anyone on the way. This is not a dream, this is the life.
How TommiDMG would make world to be better: By taking all photos of cafe cups away from Instagram and add more photos of naked ladies.
How Tommi Rautanen would make world to be better: There could always be summer in Lahti.
Fastly some words from USA. I started my trip at Thursday from Jyvaskyla at 8.00p.m. Everything were made ready, even packed xmas presents. After few troubles I just were able to make my flight. Still in airport security I were selling Striders on phone and talking last time to my new coach..
Lets forget the kid kicking my seat for all the time. Everything went well to Seattle. Ofcourse they didn't offer any food on flight so I was literally dying.
Then Seattle and customs. "Miss, take this and walk to the end of the hallway and we will have few more questions for you" And then I went.. and from there to an other guy. "Where you gonna stay?" "How you have possibility to stay 6months in year in USA?" And lots of other questions.. Then I had to go get my luggage up there. I was sure that they gonna send me back to Finland!
Finally I get out. I have missed my flight. Henrik from Sweden is waiting me at LAX. I'm hungry and tired. Some flight stewards saw me and took me to their plane. Give me food and take me to LA :)
Outi is a BMX racer. She got serious brain injury in car accident 2004. She has represented Finland in World Champs 2012-2015. Been the first rider from Finland ever been in BMX race World Champs and the only one to make it to final.