HARO UK TOUR Day 2
From Leeds to Liverpool
Being on tour is good fun. Hanging out with friends is great. We exchanged stories in the hotel room till 4am and got up the next morning leaving for Liverpool, home of the Beatles and Ruff Ride BMX park. We had two sessions planned for day two. A private photo shoot during the afternoon and an open session with the locals at night.
The brand new park (BMX only) has HARO and Premium logo's everywhere so that made the place a perfect spot to shoot some ads. Photographer of choice was Chris Woodage whose Saab looked like a low-rider with all the photo and flash equipment he was carrying with him.
The park looked great and had a contest set-up feel to it. With practically noone around, the riders enjoyed the afternoon session even more. Hennon flipwhipped the box on Woodage's demand until he had the perfect shot. Ben Shenker fufanu-d the rail one-handed and Pill did plenty of handplants on the quarterpipe and tailwhips to manuel and whips to fakie. Ryan was still riding the stock Nyquist Pro although his bike was on its way from Birmingham airport to Liverpool. Ryan likes doing flairs better than regular airs and he did plenty at Ruff Ride. Ben Manuel is the vert wall king going higher than anyone. Never mind the 18 stitches he had in his knee..... OBG rode the spine mini and Senad whipped the quarterpipe and did barspin to nosepicks on the take-off of the jump box. He loved the spine though and spent plenty of time there.
When the crowd was let in the park it was good to see the amount of little kids riding 16 inch wheeled bikes. It shows that BMX has a future and with a BMX-only park like Ruff Ride they have a place to go too. The evening session didn't last 3 hours like the night before. The 3 hour afternoon session had taken its toll on the HARO team. Some interviews were given and Moore Large gave away another HARO bike to one of the locals.
It was back to the Liverpool hotel, get a shower, some food and start celebrating Bart's "25th" B-day which started at the hotel with some Stella's and a few Tequilla shots. We found a happening bar on a Wednesday night (wasn't the Beatles' place) and I wish I could tell you more but later on in the evening my memory went blank after the boys bought me too many drinks. Cheers for that.