The longest running annual BMX jam (23rd edition) took place in Aarle-Rixtel last weekend. It was one to remember for sure as we had set some goals for this one. Not only were the trails running well, but we had some street ledges, a flatland area, the Snafu 8.6 race and a rail jam on the agenda for the day program. After getting warmed up for a few hours the trails were the place to be if you wanted to win a goodie. Paul got on the microphone and made everyone happy with prices from
If the walls at OJA could talk, there would be some stories. Enough to fill a party encyclopedia. As with most parties, “you should have been there” to relate to the stories. The Mini FAT JAM afterparty deserves a little chapter in the OJA books. The night kicked off slow and the 2 bands did their thing. Not all too impressive but they can mark OJA on their list of places they played at. It wasn’t until Joeri got on stage and the Dire Straights tunes came out of the speakers when the night really kicked off. By that time the Bavaria stock was looking
This was the 22nd FAT JAM in Aarle-Rixtel, that's a long reputation we've built up over the years and it doesn't look like things are slowing down either. The Sugar Hills locals had built a complete new trails section so it was a challenge for eveyone to make it through the jumps and find new lines. With the help of some water, hard working diggers and a baking sun, the jam really took off in the afternoon.
Since there are 30-40 locals in the Laarbeek/Helmond area the starting hill was packed already before people from out of town arrived. Riders from Belgium, Germany and as far as HB found the trails and it was a bit of a reunion at the same time, catching up with Albert Moonen, Rene Hofman, the orginal A4 crew from The Hague, Kalle Arnoldi, Steven Maier, Peter Fastinetto, Kay Clauberg, Andy Zeiss and the likes. So good to have everyone in one place for a relaxed day of riding, BBQ and bullshitting.
The outside line challenged loads of people. I think Desmond