This saturday the Dutch BMX site 031BMX will celebrate their fifth anniversary. Again they organized a really cool jam at the Burnside skatepark which always brings the whole Dutch scene together. I was wondering how it goes with the site and what we can expect from the site in the future. This interview will answer these questions but it’s also a good read if you want to start your own BMX blog/site. 031BMX owner Lennard Gols was down to answers the questions, so here it is the 031BMX interview.
1. How are you Lennard? And congratulations on the 5th anniversairy of o31bmx.nl?
Thnx for the congratulations, we are getting old.
Besides that, it’s a platform to connect the Dutch scene.
5. Who started the blog and who are contributing on the blog right now.
As I said we started with Mark, Brendan and myself. After two year Mark decided to leave the team, because of work and other priorities.
We felt like we lost the connection with younger generation a bit. Last week Quynten decided to quit 031BMX mostly because he didnt ride that much anymore.
Brendan and I came together to discuss the future of the site. We decided that it would be a pity to drop the site so it was time for some fresh meat. We searched and screened who fitted well in our profile.
We ended up with Steijn Leijzer, a really talented rider with film/edit skills. He knows a lot of riders and shows up at a lot of contests. Next to Steijn we Added Jio. He goes overseas for BMX and shows up at the 040BMX park a lot. A perfect guy for some travelreports and updates about the progress at the 040 compound. So now it’s Me, Brendan, Jio and Steijn. Next to that we have a lot of guys who contribute by making exclusive videos, graphics and flyers.
7. What kind of projects or exclusive content can we expect in the future on the site?
Well, we are working hard to get things on a roll again with the new members. Jio is working on a BMX trivia sequence and Steijn is always working on some video projects . This saturday we have our fifth “Verre Oosten jam” at burnside skatepark, so that’s going to be dope. At this moment we are talking with some possible new sponsors. This way we can keep the site alive and hopefully travel some more. We are making steps.. but suggestions for projects are always welcome.
8. Do you think that every country should have their own bmx site to keep the scene healthy? What is your experience with it?
Yes! It’s good to have a place where young talent can show their skills. We are a website by riders for riders. We always give people the possibility to contribute.
It’s great that people have a passion and we always support people who want to do more than only ride their bikes. It’s cool to see that people want to do something for their scene just to make it better. I think it’s too bad that there are always people who are complaining about projects in BMX without putting in work by themselves. Sites like TheComeUp created a hate culture in BMX. People who started of their own project in BMX need to be respected. If you want to give them feedback do it in a right way. Don’t say that they suck but tell them what is dope about their project and what could be better. A site like 031BMX exists because people are sending in their videos without the Dutch scene the site wouldnt be interesting.
9. Lets talk about the 031bmx jam. This Saturday there will be a sick jam in Burnside, Deventer. What can we expect?
10. You guys come out with yet another dope tee which people can buy at the jam. Can you give us more info on design, price, amount etc.
Well our good friend and really talented designer Sven Franzen made some dope stickers. We where so stoked about the design that we decided to print it on a shirt.
11. Where can people find all the ins and outs about 031bmx and the jam?
12. Any shout outs?