Traveling is a part of BMX. A big part. Meeting riders at their home turf is always interesting. Where do they ride? What do they eat? How do they get around? How many riders are there? Iceland was a new terrain for me. Expectations weren't high simply because I didn't know what to expect. Anton Arnarson has always been the contact for foreign riders who wanted to explore the island. On this trip the request came in through the UCI. The first Icelandic BMX Freestyle Championships were on the program and a request came in for some help in setting up the contest, judging and in general be introduced to BMX Freestyle in Iceland. As explained, new countries to visit is always interesting and Iceland had not been ticked off so off we went.
On arrival Erla picked me up and we went to Mountain Dew to pick up some drinks for the contest. After checking in and a little tour we went straight to the park where we met up with Johann Borgthorsson, the sports director of the BFH club. The first impression was good. The park was indoors, had some fun obstacles and I could picture a good comp taking place here the next day. The BFH club is the only indoor ramp park in Iceland and set up to get the kids into skateboarding and BMX. Anton Arnarson, Ari Ranveigarson and Sindri Hauksson were instrumental in building the park which is a mix of flatbanks and transition ramps with a small mini, rainbow wallride, rail, hips, box, ledge and everything else they could fit in the former fire patrol station. It's not the biggest indoor place on earth, but if you only have 4 months with decent daylight, you will be happy to be able to turn on the