Having a large backyard has always been a dream of me. Not for the space, just to be able to build your own dirt spot, they way you want it. On 20 square meters you can't build much but luckily we've got some dirt spots close by which works. The Bensink family over in Voorst do have a dirt jump park built in their backyard and Philip and I paid a visit last Saturday. Unfortunately Niels wasn't present himself as he was racing in China so the big jumps did not see any riding but still the pump track section of the spot was good fun. Building and maintaining a dirt spot is hard work. You've got to love it otherwise it doesn't make sense having your own spot. More time is spent with the shovel in hand than the grips of your handlebars riding it. But then again, you are in control of what you're
The Park Finals on Sunday afternoon brought a decent crowd to the indoor park at the Nass Festival. After three days of heavy partying in the heat, the indoor place wasn't exactly a place to chill. It was hot and people were drained, but the 12 finalists wanted a piece of the Pro Purse. 2 runs each of 60 seconds per run with the best run counting was th format, and the riders went for it.Nick Bruce's first run was killer but he crashed on his last trick. That shot Justin Dowell in the lead which he never gave up. Justin tricked on every ramp he hit for 60 seconds straight to win Park at Nass in 2018. After a few years of absence a posessed Jack Watts was back like he had never left. Riding at Southsea on the daily sure has helped him get back at it. James Jones showed why he's part of team
With Dirt, Vert, Street and Park on the program at Nass, Sunday was the day to see the best riding. All NASS Invitational finals were held in Somerset and it all started off with DIRT at 11am. Pretty early for some, but it actually wasn’t the worst time of the day as the temperatures were only on the up afterwards. 12 riders made finals with Seth Murray just missing out which indicates the level as Mr. Murray is killing it. Qualification had two runs with the best run counting. The Dirt section consisted of a roll-in to double, double, to small step-up platform to quaterpipe to turn around followed by a small drop, little roller to small step-up as the last jump. The reason why the dirt jumps weren’t huge is that it gets windy at Shepton Mallet so even with a bit of wind, the riding could still happen. Qualification was done in n-time because the England – Sweden game was on an hour after Dirt qualification started. Needless to say, the qualifying job got done and people moved to the big screen on the main stage soon after.
Sunday’s final brought the riders back to the dirt jumps for 3 runs of which 2 would count towards a final score. Unfortunately Joe Baddely over rotated a double flip on the first set which ended his riding at NASS. A speedy recovery is wished from this side. Also Del Shepherd and Joe Ferguson did not have the best of luck but the Brits are hard as nails and always get back up. Lots of riders were doing double or even triple duty at Nass. Kaine Mitchell, and Kieran Reilly took part in pretty much everything including the Silverline ghetto ramp challenge. The top 3 also had a busy program ahead of
Australian Saya Sakakibara has moved up to the Elite ranks and so far it has been a smooth transition making podiums at UCI BMX SX World Cups and such. The Red Bull rider is aboard a DK bike with custom Michram sprocket that weighs in at 8.4 kilograms. We've got the parts list for you. Philip took care of the pics at Papendal.
Name: Saya Sakakibara
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