Who do you allow on the ramps for a session for the time being?
Mark Stanway: As of right now Kyle, the owner of the ramp, is allowing friends in limited numbers to come out and ride the ramp on weekends or when available just along as we keep numbers low and stay our 6ft apart.
The size of the ramps including the spine are of a decent height. Did you have an example in mind when you built the ramps?
Mark Stanway: The quarter to banks are 9ft to 10ft banks with 8ft walls on both sides of the 9ft quarters as well as on the other side of the 9s we have 6ft quarters with a 6ft spine in the middle. Sean McIntyre and Kyle Wachter built it, keeping the legacy of Shake the Lake going and turned it into #WOLFMACBMXJAM
Is the weather questionable where you live? How often do you get to ride outdoors?
Mark Stanway: The weather is always unpredictable up north here in Alberta. It could be sunny and calling for it all day and within an hour start snowing. Most days we get beautiful weather in the summer but it can change within the blink of an eye as well. As the ramps are on the prairies, wind is always a factor while riding those ramps. Usually winter ends outdoor riding for the season. We have pretty hard winters, they are pretty rough up here.
Have you ever thrown a jam at the ramp set-up?
Mark Stanway: Sean McIntyre and Kyle Wachter built the backyard set up out of the original box jump line used in the final Shake the Lake contest held in Sylvan Lake by Sean McIntyre. Some sponsors fell through and it looked like the contest wasn't gonna happen so in a last ditch effort they turned it into #WOLFMACBMXJAM and held it at Kyle's place. We are hoping to host another big one at the end of quarantine to celebrate.
Can you give us an idea of what a park like yours costs, including transport and labour?
Mark Stanway: The ramp the way it is would be approximately 30k to build again. The brand new rig matting is expensive but we needed it for a nice flat surface to build off.
Do you have an idea when the Covid-19 situation will be over?
Mark Stanway: Word of mouth here is that we should start opening back up within the next few weeks. We have already started opening dog parks and small businesses with restrictions on how much people are allowed inside or doing business at once.
Thanks to: Kyle Wachter and Sean McIntyre for building the ramps and hosting everyone in these years and for creating such a powerful #WOLFMAC for all of us in Alberta and to everyone who has come out and done NBD tricks and just came out to shred and make this ramp as special to Alberta as it is!
Photos provided by Mark Stanway