Riding dirt jumps is one of my favorite things to ride on a bike that I rarely get to do. I finally got the chance to ride the upgraded pump track in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and I was not let down! The track may only have a few jumps but I could ride it all day.
Antwerp City Drops took place in the weekend of 23/24 September and once again the weather cooperated to make the Urban sports festival a success in the middle of the city centre of Antwerp. This year, next to dirt, a flatland contest was added to the program. While kids rode the dirt pump track all weekend long, the Dirt jumps were used for an Open Qualification contest, a Primus High Air comp, Best trick contest and the BMX Dirt Invitational. The Flatland contest was held on a 144 square meter podium which attracted a huge crowd.
The 8 meter high roll-in got the riders up to speed in no-time for the two big jumps. The first dirt jump was angled in a hip with the second one sending you to the moon if you wanted to. On Saturday Tom van den Bogaard (NED) cleared 7,80 meters in the Primus Haacht Beer high air contest winning a keg of beer and €500 for his efforts. Qualification on Saturday sent the best riders to Sunday's finals where Konrad Szabo (HUN) delivered his triple whips and front flips to please not only the crowd but the judges as well for first place. Tom van den Bogaard styled to second place with height while German Simon Moratz grobbed third with barspins to tailwhips and flip variations. Joe Baddeley (GBR) double flipped to 4th while home favourite Kenneth Tancré claimed 5th place.
Best Trick on Dirt went to Joe Baddeley with a bad-ass double flip on the first hipped double jump. He's got that trick on lock. Antwerp got to see plenty of them over the weekend and Joe liked throwing them to please the Belgians.
Lords of dirt were back for their 13th edition. Riders went wild one more time and gave the best show ever to the crowd. Timothe Bringer grab the best trick crown with an insane flip triple whip followed by a cashroll while Anthony Jean Jean made it again by winning the pro comp for the second year in a row.
It was around 1999, we were diggin’ hard at our trails in Capelle aan den IJssel (RIP) and I was having another knee operation. Thinking a lot about my comeback and the winter that was coming I was searching, within the Rotterdam area, for a new location for trials that would be dry and rideable all winter. We did build some jumps under the “Brienenoord”bridge, but this place was terrible for side wind blowing under the bridge. The big pro was that it was dry all the time. Looking around on crutches I stumbled into the bushes under the flyover for the tram near the Sint Franciscus hospital. There was a perfect place hidden between bushes, covered by a flyover but…. There were bums living there, hence the name, JunkTrails.
Gerrit Koornwinder, Rene Hofman, Jeroen Hoogaerts (RIP) and more people started building. The dirt was actually so dry the water would just run off and would not penetrate the dirt. We got pumps in and at the end and made a starting hill, three doubles and a bank to wallride. All dirt. Fast-forward to December 2014, by now the reader understands that this is an oldschool rider talking, so old that I rode bmx before “bmx freestyle” was invented.
Our old crew with new additions, Paul Lemson and Sven den Toom, likes jumping but we are very
Forgotten clips from a BMX session at Keyko Trails circa 2015. Shot by Thad Allender and Jon Lynn. Edited by Jon Lynn. Song by Dense and Pika "Colt" Riders in order of appearance: Thad Allender, Shawn Real, Paul Cvikevich, Russ Barone, Yoda, John Superfly Skvarla, Jon Lynn
The Flame Trails in Helmond Brandevoort are calling for a get-together on Sunday 9 April. If you've always wanted to ride some dirt but never picked a day to actually do it, this is your chance. The dirt spot in Brandevoort has lots of rollers, and a line with some small doubles that take you around a full lap without pedaling once. For the little kids, or those who don't want to roll down the container for the first time, a little kids track is right there where you can warm up or get the skills down for the real deal. Lots of transfer lines are possible so even the most skilled BMX racer will find a challenge at the Flame Trails.
At 13:00hr the session will start. Around 17:00hr the session is over. No big deal if you're late as there's no real program. We'll make sure the spot is in good shape on April 9th for y'all to enjoy. Spread the word, tell your friends, load up that car with bikes. Helmond-Brandevoort Train station is a 5 minute pedal away if you want to max out that NS card on Sunday. Location: Sportpark Brandevoort, Kaldersedijk, Helmond, NL.
For those want to have a session prior, every Tuesday from 18:30hr - 20:00hr it's time to ride together and work on the jumps. Everyone welcome.
Back in 1990 we were surprised to get a dirt spot in Aarle-Rixtel. The elevated dirt oval received some shovel love right away and in April the first jam was held that turned into the Mini FATJAM. Transfer to 2017, 27 years later, and that spring jam is still alive. And guess what, the Sugar Hills trails haven't looked better over all those years. The rain has helped to fix the place up and the sun's out all week to finish it off. And yes, you're welcome to test the jumps and get a headstart on the others who are coming over on Saturday next week for the annual jam.
We've collected some prizes again, donated by our awesome sponsors, which will be going out around 15:00hr so for those who only ride dirt once a year, you've got 2 hours of practice because the jam starts at 13:00hr. Visitors who want to stop by Paul's Boutique on 1 April, Paul's shop is open from 11:00hr - 13:00hr only.
The dirt spot has something to offer for all ages and all skill levels. Even if you're not a frequent Dirt rider, you've got something to conquer in Aarle-Rixtel. We've got a small table/roller line and of course the Killer Jump for the big boys and everything in between. The two new starting platforms look absolutely fabulous and will get you ready to pull the entire outside line or the middle line as well. It's going to be good so don't miss out. It's free to ride, it's free for spectators. Free parking as well and you can bring your own food and drinks. No security either. The free spirit is alive on 1 April.