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Ride UK just released a "Sneak Peek" of the cover of their next issue. Paul Ryan gets it doing a curved wallride to whip. Eisa balanced on the bin to get the shot. #197 has a bunch of articles and of course some road trips were involved. The Eclat crew went to Alicante. Paul Ryan went to the new BMX destiny called Malaga and the Federal crew went to Madrid. Escaping the bad weather needs to be done and it doesn't have to be California. RIDE UK catches up with Ruben Alcantara (in Malaga) and Bruno Hoffmann (in Madrid). Kris Fox answers some questions in the Flat Out article and The Junkyard gets explained. England has so many indoor parks these days that it was time to look into them a bit more. Park's Not Dead is the article that shows the transitions of the UK. Joe Embrey gets an interview and that wraps up the specials of #197. The regulars are always there so be ready for the news, the products, the questions, info, contents page, etc with fresh new photos.
The 2015 Winterjam was supposed to take place a couple of weeks ago but snow on the roof caused a leak and the event was moved to Saturday 28 February. Peter Geys and his crew have added more wood to their park which is connected to The 900 Shop to form a nice place to ride, especially when it's cold and wet outside. Doors to the park were open at 16:00hr and the little fun comp started at 18:00hr. With Peter's own riders forming the judging panel and Peter on the microphone things got underway with a decent line-up. Everyone got two runs each followed by a best trick contest on the spine, box and the street section of the park.
Throw Jimmy van Belle, Kenneth Tancre, Daniel Wedemeijer, Bram de Laat, Niels Mertens and the other riders in one park and you'll get a good session. The vibe was fun and riders were calling out tricks for others to do resulting in some nice attempts, crashes and pulled tricks. When it was time to ride the park all you by yourself the good tricks came out. Some pulled clean runs till the end while others wanted to pull that one trick that they had in mind.
Back in 1990 we were happy to see that the local council had given us a place to ride our bikes in the dirt. That place at De Valkendijk needed some work and in April we invited over some friends for a session to open up the outdoor season. That turned out to be the first Mini FATJAM, the little brother of the summer edition of the annual FATJAM that started a few years before that. Anyway, fast forward 25 years and the dirt spot at De Valkendijk is still there being used by the BMX locals all year. Two days out of the year it's time to prepare the jumps a little better for the visitors. This year the season opener will take place on March 28th, the 25th edition of the Mini FATJAM.