Ramp building is something a lot of people can do. But when it comes down to designing and building in a short period of time, you will be able to decide the men from the boys. Currently a crew of ramp builders have made it to Amsterdam to finish up the course for the Red Bull Framed Reactions. Instead of starting from scratch, the crew had a lot of ramps available already as all the Red Bull Skylines ramps had been transported to Amsterdam a few months ago. But the ramp set-up in the Westerpark next week won't bee the same as the
way the Grand Palais looked in Paris back in November. New ramps are added, new features are made and the whole course will be painted a different colour. Bjorn Eulink is one of the BMX-ers who was hired to do that so give him a pet on the back when you see him on Saturday 8 June.
Back on Monday we took a little visit at the NDSM warf and the vibe was chill. Aaron Bostrom even had time for a chat where normally he is too busy to drink a coffee when things are getting close to the deadline: "We've got it. For the first time I'm not stressing we're not getting it done." But you know how that works, just when you think all is going well, something will come up, resulting in 16 hour days and very short nights. Let's not hope so.
The pre built ramps still have to be transported to the event site a few kilometers down the road. The changing obstacles still need to be completed and tested before the big day. And the clock is ticking. But they'll get it done so the thousands of people will get to see some amazing riding on June 8th on some good working ramps.