Simpel Session '09, live from Tallinn, Estonia, is now in its ninth year of operation, and throughout the past decade, has grown to become Europe's largest BMX competition of the year. You can find out more about the comp, the after parties and the film festival that accompanies the comp on the Simpel Session site. In the meantime, I'm going to take some time to speculate on the coming year and Garrett Reynolds' trail of domination so far.
I should begin by saying that Garrett Reynolds isn't unstoppable. Kink's Sean Sexton proved that last September at X-Games Mexico City, where Garrett took second. (But the results were very, very close.) So it's going to take a lot to keep Garrett Reynolds out of the first place spot in the year to come. But what I find so great about Garrett's wins is that it doesn't seem to affect his outlook on riding. He rides the comp like he normally would ride any day of the week, and when the results are announced with him in first place, he smiles, shrugs his shoulders, accepts the award and then goes directly back to thinking about when the next chance he'll get to ride his bike is. In simpler terms, Garrett's unaffected by the hype that is supposed to come with being an unstoppable competitive force in BMX, and that's why I don't mind seeing him in the top spot. It's still early in the year though, so anything could happen... - Brian Tunney