Administrator for DMG.fi, Tomi Rautanen, found BMX in the beginning of the 2000's thanks to Cedrik Bano. Everything started with friends and that's what keeps bikes still rolling. Since then many other things have indeed changed. While prior guys used to watch VHS movie ”Schwinn American muscle” over again and again, you can find today the latest antics easily online. In the early days tail whip and bar spins were really tough stuff but today you can't find a film without these.
Photo Jero Köttö
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".
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.
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.