So you love riding but what do you do when you live a couple of thousand miles away from your nearest BMX team, in a country only marginally more hilly than your average pacific island and you don’t have your own bike? For Wuri Bah the answer was simple, all you’ve got to do is start a bike repair workshop and assemble the country’s first freestyle team.
I met Wuri when I realised that the bike I use back in the UK probably wasn’t the most suitable for West Africa and I needed some help finding a decent bike in the Gambia. Everyone I spoke to told me “just go to the traffic light in the capital and ask for Wuri, he’ll sort you out”. Business interactions are not as swift and impersonal here as they are in Europe and sometimes you have to be ready for the long-haul. We sat down and had an Attayah (local tea so sweet it makes your eyes sting) and bonded over our mutual awe for the latest Danny MacAskill video before he casually mentioned “oh yeah, I started the Gambia’s first freestyle team”.
Located in the heart of the French Alps, with the backdrop of the stunning Bellecôte Glacier, La Plagne offers the perfect playground for every action sports enthusiast with THE URBAN PARK! Plagne-Bellecôte Urban Park is one unique with 2000 square metres at an altitude of 200 metres! This imposing open air park represents what is best for skateboarding, rollerblading, BMX and mtb trials.
The Urban Park comprises two main parts - a street area of
Dirtpark is a new venture that will offer an exciting training area for both beginning and pro level dirt jumpers. Dirtpark will be built on the Skra sports area premises, located at the very center of the city, close to the Politechnika tube station. The surface area (1300m2) will be filled with jumps and other soil obstacles of different sizes and types. Dirtpark provides a completely weatherproof environment, covered with an air-supported tent, so riders can enjoy the sport even in the most brutal Polish weather conditions.
Matt Pingel sent over a bunch of photos of him riding his new secret indoor riding spot. It's an newly created flatland spot. Dry, lit up and it's got a brand new concrete floor in it. Cows used to walk around in this 200 years old place and we sure hope that smell is gone. Matt now has something to ride, also during the wintertime. He called it a secret spot but sent over tons of photos for us to show to everyone. Location?
Last night we got some people together to get the Pony trails in Leende back in shape. A dirt jam is on the schedule for July 3rd and the Reves family could use some help get the place fixed up. Within a couple of hours the place sure looked much better. A few jumps were fixed, some were added a few new little lines were made and the leaves and dead branches are gone. If you want to ride it, come over on July 3rd for the Pony Trails jam. Loofvenne, Leende, NL.
This year we've had some good dirt events in Brabant already. It kicked off with the "Ring Da Bell" jam in Asten-Heusden in March followed by the Mini FAT-JAM in Aarle-Rixtel in April. Things got a little more serious for the Open Dutch Championships at the Helm Trails in May and last week the Dirt jam streak continued at the Flame Trails in Helmond-Brandevoort. Next one on the calendar is the Pony Trails jam, but we've got a little problem here that needs to be solved.
On Sunday 12 June 2011 the Flame Trails jam is taking place in Helmond-Brandevoort. Putting on a jam motivates the locals to get the spot into shape and things are looking good over at the Flame Trails. With a bit of luck the Lake Jump foampit will be ready as well. But check out the new lines in the photos and make sure to come over. Free to ride all day, special session for the under 12 year olds. Car stunt jumping in the afternoon. Starts at 13:00hr.
Nike 6.0 has been doing cool things ever since they stepped into BMX. Things that wouldn't be possible if you did not have the money to finance it. The Nike Pool contest this weekend is one of those cool things. They drawned a pool, built ramps in it, and 10 riders got to invite 3 friends each to ride in it. They'll leave it open afterwards for a while for others to use. We're off to London but we wanted to show