To get you at least some updates during the USA trip, I’ll try to get you some diary updates from the road. Traveling is a big part of BMX so maybe you can relate and pick up some tips along the way. Mike van de Kerkhof picked me up in the am and drove me over to Düsseldorf airport. That might be tip number one for you. Don’t just check on pricing of the flights in your home country only. Düsseldorf is usually cheaper and for me it’s even closer than Amsterdam.
A few weeks ago we got some new dirt and a digger for half a day at the Helm Trails in Helmond. Time to fix things up and build some new stuff. Dirt is always welcome and a digger makes it lots easier to get the dirt in the right place. Riding trails means working on them as well but the satisfaction in the end is worth it. Trails builders worldwide can relate. It's the same everywhere. You've got those lazy asses who wait until everything is done and then show up. They should be ashamed of themselves. Credits go to those who dig and put their time in.
Camp Ramps are currently under construction for a new skate park in Ratingen (Germany). Camp Ramps has realized a Design which will attract, because of the open style and the versatility, all people who ride Skateboard as well as BMX. The Setup includes a Bowl landscape with various transitions, curbs and a street course with a small rail, a pyramid and diverse gimmicks. Best you check out for yourself grab your skateboard or bike and rock the spot.
Riding trails comes with jump maintenance. It sucks having to repair damage that others caused just by yourself. This upcoming Saturday you can help out at the Helm Trails in Helmond as the place needs some fixing after a rough winter. March 17th is also the "official day of the volunteers" in The Netherlands so if you are still searching for something to do, pick the Helm Trails spot. Bring a shovel and join the fun. It just feels good creating a place that can be ridden instantly.
When I got the invitation to go back to my hometown of La Paz, Mexico to receive a key to the city, and better yet, build a dirt park named after me, it felt like an April Fool’s phone call. Little did I know, it was the real deal and a once in a lifetime opportunity! After more than 13 years since my last visit, I was honored to be asked to bring 2 friends – Dalton Campbell and Jake Kinney – to help me design and help build a dirt park plus get a chance to meet and ride with the local kids in the skate parks of La Paz.
On Friday the official opening took place of the 040BMXPARK in Eindhoven, Netherlands. A few pre-sessions had taken place prior to the opening day but from now on the park has regular opening hours and is open to everyone. Pegs allowed. The crew has worked hard and built a few indoor park with the help of the ramps they got donated by the rebeljam. The separate room on the side and the to be finished bowl are two nice extra's for those who make the trip to Strijp-S. It's € 6 Euros to ride and you'll need to bring your helmet. Wearing one is never a bad thing. The foampit might be soft, but if that bike drops on top of your head you'll thank your bucket for it.
During the opening session Monster Energy came over to flip some burgers and to keep everyone full of energy. It was crowded, but not too crowded so everyone got their runs in. It rules to have an indoor BMX park around that is built for and by BMX riders. Many sessions will follow. Find all the info on the new 040BMXPARK website. You can rent the place for private