Everyone who has been involved in getting a spot to ride knows that it can be a long process to make things happen. The Helm trails in Helmond had received some support fromt he local council which was a good start but with the bad dirt and open playground style of location, it needed some help. If it wasn't for Mike van de Kerkhof, not much would have happened. He was the driving force behind getting the Helm Trails back off the ground. After numerous phonecalls and visits the place received an upgrade, and a good one at that.
It takes forever to convince a local council to spend some money on a skatepark. In Antwerp, Belgium it was time for a new set-up and they did it right. They hired Team Pain for the job, had some of them Americans around in Belgium for a few weeks to get the job done and the result is a killer park. Since it's made of concrete you can expect it to be around for a while too so props to the Antwerp council for coming through on this. The place is public, open at all times to bikes as well and basically has a lot to offer for everyone. Seeing someone like Gary Young, Morgan Wade and Alistair Whitton
The Helm Trails in Helmond, Netherlands were plowed with the intention to make it a bigger and better place. 20 truckloads of good dirt were dropped, a container (starting hill) will be placed next week and the opening jam will happen very soon. This weekend shaping the jumps is on the program. Bring your shovel, lend a helping hand, name a take off after yourself, just show up.
They used to be the " GT Actionbike Show team " in the old days, remember? Bernd Froehner and Matt Pingel. These days they finished a neat new concrete bike park in Bayreuth, Germany.
Super smooth to ride and all Banks got transitions on the bottom, so you don't loose speed at the usual bottom kink. A pretty unusual center obstacle is there as well, the curved volcano. All good stuff.
After a few days of "Bizznizz" around the strip in Las Vegas we managed to see the other side of the city. If you stay away from the strip it is a whole other world. Tons of spots, super weather 360 days out of the year and a whole bunch of locals. We wouldn't be surprised if more riders are going to end up living there, especially if they want to escape a harsh winter. Jose took us around and we finished the day at Ricardo Laguna's trails. Patrick Guimez and Alejandro Caro joined Ricardo and Jose for a session.
Ricardo Laguna recently bought a house in Las Vegas not far from his partents' which has a dirt spot in the backyard. When buying a house it was important that there was room for some ramps. Construction has started on a private training ground with resi spine, resi jump box and resi quarterpipe. Check it out.
When it rains you have to go search for a dry place to ride. One of those places is the Sportgarten in Bremen, Germany. Although it is closed in the cold wintermonths (it is covered but still semi outdoors) the roof protects most of the ramps when it gets wet and nasty. The ramps take some getting used to but that is the same at almost every new spot you go to. For sure it is a good place for a session as the ramps that are available should offer something for everyone. It even has a vert ramp, something you do not see around all too often.
This Area 51 spot is a 15 minute drive from where I live. I had never been there until today. The reason is that they don't allow bikes there and I just can't understand that way of thinking. I hate to support anything like it. The Urban Sports week was held next door so I had to peek in. It was hard to explain Philip that he was not
As far as I can remember I started going to the Eurobike show in 1989. The last couple of years on my way there I noticed this little skatepark on the side of the road not far from Friedrichshafen but every time I was either in a hurry, did not have my bike with me or it rained. But not this time. After 7 hours of driving I was treating myself to a little session at Immenstaad skatepark. It's fenced off but open to all who want to use it. I believe they built right; some concrete,
The RedBull backyard digger program helped out three towns this summer and one of them was Zoetermeer. While in the area we decided to check out the venue. It was right next to Snowworld so easy to get to. Once at Snowworld we followed the "Fietscrossbaan" signs and the newly built trails were right next to it. But the track was so much fun that for 30 minutes we did not even check out the trails! Noone was riding the spot so it was hard to see how the spot worked from a little distance. Once closer the jumps were BIG! Some sections are still under construction or need a bit of shaping but the