Maybe it wasn't a random Saturday, do they even exist when life changes with updated Corona regulations every week? Anyway, on Saturday October 17th several BMX activities took place. We started the day at the Flame Trails. With no real plan but to do some laps and work on the dirt spot, around 15 riders showed up. Everyone knows that with a lot of people with a rake or shovel in their hands, work gets done quickly. The Flame Trails are now in the best shape they've been in months and word spreads fast as the next day even more riders showed up for a dirt session.
Saturday was also the day of the BMX Street session in Helmond set-up by City Legends. BMX-ers gathered at the Train station and hit up several spots including the Warande park and ended at the Helm Trails at the other side of town where a dirt session was happening already with several visitors from out of town.
So many spots need a visit still but there are so many new places to check these days to do them all at once. The pump track in Roosendaal had been on the agenda since the opening over two years ago. Sometimes it just is like that. But time was on our hands (Covid-19!) and the drive was made on a sunny day. Early departure (09:00hr) to avoid the spot being too busy. The pump track location in Roosendaal can be found at the public cycling park. It's free to ride and free to park and on arrival just a handful of kids were using the giant pumptrack. It was made by Velosolutions so the typical red stripe with arrows showed the direction they wanted you to go. It had plenty to offer so going in the opposite direction to create more lines wasn't needed. The aphalt felt grippier than the asphalt in Beesel which was good as long as you stay on the bike. If not, you'll leave some skin in Roosendaal for sure.
It could be me but during the Covid-19 times I've seen lots of trails riding happening. Of course riding trails comes with the hard work of building them but in the nature of trails riding, this can be done away from the masses. If 1,5 meter distance needs to be followed, building trails is perfect. 1) You won't have tons of people around to dig and 2) If everyone builds their own set, there's enough distance in between all people at the dirt spot. The freedom to create whatever you feel like is very attractive; you just need a shovel, some water and dirt to create a dream line.
But rain can destroy the dream quickly if the jumps are not covered up when the water comes down with buckets at a time. The Flame Trails have experienced the feat, and do now need some love again in order to make them run smoothly. The Helm Trails at the other side of town are covered up after every session and even though the heavy rain created some extra work, the Helm Trails are already back up and running.
The Mid-week session took place on a sweet summer night. Not too hot, not too windy, and when the sun went down, the condition was perfect. But that moment doesn't last long and the mosquitos also seem to favour that time of the day to look for some blood. Anyway, we shot some pics for you to enjoy. Check @helmtrails on Insta for session days/times. Well worth it.
City money spent the right way. It's nice when the city council decides to spend recreation money on a pump track. What's even nice is when they spend the budget on a good pump track. Velosolutions are known to build good stuff and the new one in Beesel, Netherlands also ticks a lot of the boxes. Grippy surface, well shaped turns, flowy lines and enough rollers to keep you pumping. The good part of these pump tracks is that they're practically maintenance free. A sweep through the turns from time to time is the only thing needed to get the next session going. Of course everything can be bigger and better but for a town like Beesel, this is money well spent. At the end of our session 10 BMX-ers had shown up for a fun afternoon being outside and active. More please!
Yes, it’s true, The Rye Airfield park and all of the land around it is for sale. Beau Lambert explains: "We were going to make this public on April 13th this year but we also knew that so many of our young customers had already had a rough go with remote learning and massive social changes. Losing what many consider their 2nd home would just add to it. There are so many reasons behind this decision but Covid is unfortunately the final straw for us to make this information public.
1) - Operate with sessions, currently referred to as training sessions with a coach on hand all the time to meet Covid standards, until a sale can be made. This could happen as fast as a couple months or take more than a year. We will stay open as long as we are not going into debt.
2) - If a sale doesn’t take place and we are still covering costs we will stay open until April 13th, 2022. It was always our goal to make it at least 20 years.
3) - If demand isn’t there for us to operate under current restrictions we will close the doors, that could be at anytime. IF sessions sell out we will keep adding them to meet demand.
Amsterdam is getting a new skatepark and it is located on the Zeeburgereiland. Due to the current circumstances, there will be no official opening event. Nonetheless, the park will be open to the public from June 19th, 2020.
It's safe to say that the Flame Trails in Helmond, NL received more love during this pandemic than they received the past 9 months. The fact that kids were home from school and parents worked from home resulted in lots of visits from local riders. Team Afhaak started fixing up the trails 3 months ago and as everyone knows, once the trails run well, people will come over to ride them. And they did.
Afternoon sessions as well as evening sessions became bigger than allowed. Keep in mind, during the corona crisis, 1,5 meter distance needed to be kept at all times. It was even forbidden to be at one
Name of Park: Graceland Bmx Operator: Marcus Christopher Location: Canton, Ohio
It seems like things are slowly opening up again. What's the Covid-19 situation like where you live? Marcus Christopher: Retail businesses and restaurants are slowing starting to open back up although, there still are quite a few regulations. As of now until July 1st, social distancing gathering restrictions and the use of masks are being suggested. Local skateparks are starting to open back up as well.
How did it feel when you were asked to stay home and you could go to the yard to do some riding still? Marcus Christopher: I felt fortunate to have my backyard setup but the weather here in Ohio didn’t permit me to ride as much as I’d like.