two different lines: a monstrous big line of three sets and a more human line, existing of 4 sets.
Right next to these main lines is the kiddy line, which was already in full effect on Sunday morning. The variety in lines and difficulty not only gives the trained Amsterdam locals a place they feel at home, but the local ‘Osdorp’ youth felt right at home immediately. On bikes of all sorts they work their way through the kiddy line. Great to see is the attendance of the entire Leende crew, who have progressed incredibly since Red Bull came to their town for the first leg of the Backyard series.
Ten-year-old Richard got wind of the event through a friend of his. Next to the Red Bull Hummer, on which DJ Dirk Diggler was at it once again, Richard is going through a Red Bull dispenser unit, looking for a Red Bull light. He exclaims enthusiastically: ‘Yeah, I’m gonna get a BMX now! I think I’ll start off with the small jumps and maybe after that the bigger ones. I live right around the corner, so it’s really easy for me to come out here and practice.’
The official opening of the ‘020 trails’ is done by Achmed Baâdoud, of local council of city suburb Osdorp, responsible for sports and sport venues. In his speech he mentions how proud he is of this Red Bull supported event and exclaims his hope to turn this spot into a place that schools as well will endorse and take up in their school program: ‘Next to traditional sports, there should be a place for sports that really appeal to the youth. This course gives room for these kinds of innovative sports.’ With the help of local initiator Barry Kohne, who is temporarily out with a broken leg, he symbolically smashed a bottle of champagne against one of the two diggers.
MC Mischa FSO proceeds to announce the demo in a way only he can, after which a selected group of riders attack the biggest line of the course. Some riders such as Maityn and Bas Brouwer are having a hard time clearing the first set. Patrick Guimez has an obvious explanation for this: ‘The jumps are still fresh and soft, that’s why you loose a lot of speed. Within a week the jumps will be even better than today and everyone will get through the big line easily.’ Standout riders this day are without a doubt Patrick Guimez and Mark Vos, thirteen-year-old local rider Jonas agrees with me. Jonas his knowledgeable judgment: ‘Mark Vos was definitely the best rider today, but that flip whip by that crazy French guy was awesome as well!’
After a day of intense riding, the festivities are brought to an end with an appropriate BBQ for all people who helped out. But this didn’t hold anyone back to keep riding the course. When the darkness of the night sheds it’s shadows over the jumps, organizer Michiel Verberg decides to bring out his car and lighten up the last set, which is sessioned deep after the night kicks in. Long live the 020 trails!
Text: Hoite Polkamp | Photos: Rutger Pauw
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