TEN YEARS OF PHOTOS WITH MATT POHLKAMP
In Keith’s office there are file cabinets filled with some pretty amazing photos that have never seen the light of day. I thought it would be pretty cool to dig them out and have the rider write a little bit about not only the photo, but about what was happening in his life at the time… sort of a visual history lesson for the new school kids written from a Pro’s perspective. I sent some stuff to Matt Pohlkamp and he was down with the idea. Welcome to Matt’s past.
To me, this is the image of satisfaction. This was the year that I finally got it… a Pro title (Monster X Champ). To tell you the truth, the whole weekend was a blur. I do remember that I left with a big red trophy.
Robbie “Xtreme” Miranda and me … These older Am days were filled with carefree riding day-to-day as well as white tube socks. There were no gym memberships or weight belts, just trails and chromoly bikes.
I feel a sense of relief looking at this picture. This was the Christmas race, and if you’re from Ohio, you know that you’ve been waiting all winter to finally ride an awesome indoor track with heat. Early Schwinn days remind me of Bill Grad, too.
The 1993 DK Worlds in Michigan…I was 6’3”, had an inseam of 36″ and race pants that would barely clear the legs of Webster. Back before DK made frames, I was on a 2B frame with Standard stickers that Rick Moliterno gave me and I was psyched. Chromoly bike, open-faced helmet, Jofa… life was good.
I think this was in ’98. This was a good year for Pro BMX racing. Everyone had a sponsor and was making a good living from racing. I love this trick—old school no-hander. I knew that if I stuck it out they would go full circle and be cool again.
I am pretty sure this is Evansville, Indiana… always a great race. The track is always smooth and the turns are the best in the country. I look at this picture and I feel the humidity and heat of summer in Southern Indiana. I also think of Brian Foster… I seem to have a bit of his style in this photo.
Twin Palms. When I hear “Twin Palms,” I think of Dave Clymer for some reason. This photo was from the “How-To Do A Turndown” shoot. I was doing them over a really small set of doubles and Brad McDonald made it look rad. Metal-flake open-face helmet and a flamed-out frame was my weapon of choice.
This is my favorite picture…a full-blooded trail-riding picture, sideways whip with the “clutch” hand just kind of hanging. Red baron-style head gear, Pro-tec and goggles… the perfect combo. This is a perfect fall evening session; not too hot, not too cold—long sleeves, jeans, and the perfect temperature for riding.
This was at Lake Perris (California) the year before I finally won my first Pro title: the Monster X title. I was second in points and had a shot at the title at the time… this was my first experience with the indescribable pressure of a title on the line. I made the main and got 5th. Christophe won the race and the title… the rest is such a blur. I may have blacked out from all of the pressure.