Is it really a holiday if you didn’t bike with Hoder and Hobie? Following our loose tradition of riding with these dudes on holidays, we met up with Hoder and Hobie (plus Begin) for a New Years Day session. With a lineup like that, you know they kicked the year off right. Roll up 2021.
Shop name: Circuit BMX Shop Location: Pawtucket RI Years in business: 15 Best year yet: 2020 Worst year yet: 2009
What were your first thoughts on Covid-19 when it hit? Victor Bettencourt: Personally I thought, oh shit. This is it, we are shutting down and we will be struggling for a little while. It ended up being quite the opposite.
When's the last time you took your new bike to the track? Jayce Cunning: I was actually at the track yesterday doing some coaching but I didn’t ride a lot. Before that the last time I took it would have been the start of December as we have had plenty of rain around and I also hurt my shoulder so riding hasn’t really been on the agenda the past month.
Has Covid made riding your bike difficult? Jayce Cunning: At the beginning of covid I didn’t ride at all as the tracks were completely closed. Fortunately our beaches were open for activities so I was able to go surfing everyday to keep sane. Although, once the tracks opened towards the end of the year I rode more than I probably ever have. I was loving being back on my bike, filming for my “Cunno’s World” YouTube videos and taking ramps to the BMX Tracks to change it up, have fun and entertain the youngsters.
Shop name: Signature Bmx Location: Vantaa, Finland Years in business: 15 Best year yet: 2010 Worst year yet: 2020
What were your first thoughts on Covid-19 when it hit? Signature Bmx: A bit worried if we can keep the shop open.
Did you take any action from the start or were you thinking this would be over in a few weeks? Signature Bmx: We stocked some sanitizers and disinfectants immediately. It was pretty obvious this will take some time. Finnish people keep distance naturally and don't socialize too much so it's been quite easy. We're definitely not a hugging nation.
Even though 2020 was full of craziness, I still had some of the best moments of my life this year. I accomplished many goals and had many races that made this year successful in my eyes. The year is over and I'm ready to move on to bigger and better things. I'm looking forward to an even better 2021!
After big plans for filming a full length video, the Villa Road troops soon realised that 2020 had an ace up its sleeve, and none of them would be travelling. When you've got such a wild set of trails right at home though, it was always going to be a good year, despite the lack of new sights and experiences. This is 2020, via Villa Road - and damn did it look like a hoot.