2013 Winter Mountain Games…..Vail puts on a winter action-packed show.

The Vail Valley FoundationVail Resorts, Eddie Bauer and Go-Pro got together and created a fantastic opportunity for winter snow-sport athletes and more to show their stuff at the 2013 Winter Mountain Games. The event was held February 8th-10th and featured ice climbing, ski mountaineering, and some testy snow-cycling events. Demos and a gear village were highlighted by incredible competition all weekend.

Saturday’s events were all about big air as both telemark skiers and mountain bikers took to the huge jumps on Golden peak. Practice was held in the afternoon and under ever-changing weather the athletes prepared for their main event, to be held under the lights. The stage was set for a fantastic show and just to add a little more spice to the competition the organizers added fire!

The riders dazzled, the fans cheered and the competition heated up. Garrett Robertson took top honors in the bike best trick with his ultra-slow front flip, dubbed “The lawn dart”. He shared the top step of the podium with telemark champion, Andreas Sjoebeck. Everyone turned out to be winners Saturday night and were rewarded by a heart pounding concert by John Brown’s Body.

Thanks to Plus Size BMX for rounding up some great competitors. More images from the big air may be seen here.

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Summer camp rules…..Avid4 Adventure adds a residence camp.

Avid4 Adventure, based out of Boulder, Colorado, provides age-appropriate outdoor experiences for very fortunate participants. Their mission:

To inspire life-long active outdoor lifestyles and environmental stewardship through experiences that provide personal development and memorable family adventures, while addressing the logistical needs of parents.”

Avid4 Adventure offers year-round opportunities for young people to explore new and  favorite activities. Instruction includes rock, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and outdoor education. Each activity is experienced in safe and fabulous surroundings.

The newest addition to Avid4’s incredible offerings will now include an unbelievable residence camp in conjunction with Windy Peaks Outdoor Education Laboratory School. One and two week sessions beginning in the summer of 2013 will provide campers education, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. The camp is located at 8,00 feet near Bailey, Colorado.

Bring on the kids!

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With a little help…..Brighton Jumpspot is the real deal.

What started as a dream for an industrious young man has now come true. With the help of the city, some local experts, a flock of volunteers and the support of family, the Brighton Jumpspot is ready to go. Come out and check out this awesome new spot and don’t forget to thank those that made it possible.

A 17 year old Junior at Brighton High School, Logan Holland, is the driving force behind the Jumpspot. He tells his story of the process that took his idea to reality.

“I have enjoyed riding for several years. After traveling to parks, like Valmont and Frisco Adventure Park, I felt the need to find a place closer to home to build my own jumps. I tried to pull favors or find any property with water near by with solid dirt. Months later, after many failed efforts, Dan Schmatz built a line of seven wood to dirt jumps less than 5 minutes from my house. Not knowing him yet, I pursued meeting him to get a hook up to ride and build on the private property.

After meeting Dan, he introduced me to more riders and friends. I got more and more into the sport and began to ride every day. Soon after, my long time friend, Toby Heidt, (whose dad is a Brighton City and Recreation Manager) who knew about my drive to pursue a place to build my own jumps, came to me and said that the city has too much dirt. Another friend, Peter Phibbs, has been pushing a bigger bike community in Brighton for a long time. With bikes on the city’s mind, and too much dirt for the city to handle, I jumped on the opportunity.

After the first three meetings of feeling like a big shot, explaining dirt jumps and the whole language of what a hit, hip, table, gap, fruit cup, wall ride, or spine are, the vision of the parks true potential began to develop. I started to create drawings of what we could do on the half acre, but nothing really helped. However Dan Schmatz then called in a favor with his friends at Plus Size BMX. With all the different skills that the awesome Plus Size BMX crew had, we had a legitimate drawing that could be approved by the city and by the insurance. After this, we realized that it would take a lot of favors and money to have a decent park.

Between the city, Dan, Plus Size BMX, Casree Holland, (another person who has been an immense help towards the creation of the park) and countless volunteers the park came together within a span of about three weeks. I feel very blessed that the park came about the way it did and I am grateful for the opportunities and thankful for all of the learning. Thank you for the opportunity.” Logan Holland-Brighton Jumpspot Mastermind.

Way to go Logan!

 

Get up off of your seat…..Highlands Dance Studio tap/jazz class really move their feet!

Highlands Dance Studio, located on Tennyson Street in Northwest Denver is The place to go for girls and boys, young and old to learn how to better get their dancing groove on. Classes include a variety of different focuses with wonderful instructors providing all involved the opportunity to reach their dancing dreams. Participants learn what it takes to master skills, work together and perform.

Our highly trained and qualified instructors use their talent and creativity to make it fun to learn, while at the same time teach the technical skills required to dance. We strive to create a fun, safe atmosphere to instill the love of dance, as well as provide the challenge to excel and the opportunity to perform. We also offer adult classes as an outlet for the “rusty” dancer to stir their passion once again as well as for those who just never stopped dancing.” -Heather Lee, Owner.

The Beginning Tap/Jazz students are busy preparing for their Holiday recital to be held at Denver’s historic Oriental Theater on December 16th.

Brighton Jumpspot…..A dream becomes reality.

What started as a dream for an industrious young man is now becoming reality. With the help of the city, some local experts, a flock of volunteers and the support of family, the Brighton Jumpspot is becoming a reality. Brighton has been home to a super skatepark that has attracted locals to its variety of bowls and features but for young dirt jumpers and freeriders the closest thing was a car ride away. These riders were hungry for something a bit closer to home.

Logan Holland is one such rider. Logan has been instrumental in working with the city of Brighton and soliciting the help of Plus Size BMX and course designers Chris Olivier and Phil Rowe. Over the past five days these guys and a horde of volunteers have moved literally loads of dirt, shaped, watered and formed what will be one of the finest riding opportunities in Colorado. With the slew of young talent that is coming out of the area this new facility is really a dream come true.

Even the hard working volunteers need a break now and then.

Ice Cream & Hula Hooping…..what could be better on a July afternoon?

Little Man Ice Cream, Hoopa, The Stasko Agency and about a hundred eager competitors created quite an event in Denver’s Lower Highlands on a hot July afternoon. “Hoop for a Scoop”, the third annual hula hoop competition, pitted young and old with wiggly hips and colorful hoops in a contest for the ages. Proceeds from the event benefitted The GrowHaus, a non-profit urban farm, marketplace and education center.

Competitors showed their best moves and fanciest costumes to impress judges and win not only life-time fame but also fantastic prizes, which included tickets to Phish, a year’s worth of Little Man ice cream and passes to Waterworld. The day was hot but the competition was hotter. The only relief came from the breeze generated form the hundreds of spinning hoops.

Holy Hooping…..this stuff is fun

Hoopa is at it again, holding classes around Denver, and turning people on to a great workout. The classes are ideal for everyone who wants to increase strength, endurance and mobility. Whether a long-time hooper, pregnant, boy or girl then hooping is a fun way to get in shape. Michele leads a wonderful progression that will have everyone involved sweating and smiling by class’ end.

Schedules and upcoming news may be seen on the Hoopa Facebook Page and at www.hoopahoopa.com, which is coming soon.

BMX Clinics at County Line…..Plus Size BMX teaches kids how to Go Fast!!

Plus Size BMX has teamed with SE Bikes, Joe’s Bike Shop, Black Market Bikes, VP Components and Pryme Protective Gear to create a series of fantastic clinics teaching young riders the fundamentals of racing, street and park riding. The clinics are hosted along Colorado’s front-range and take advantage of the many great places to ride here. Led by local pro-rider Mike Murfitt Jr., each clinic focuses on safety, rider etiquette and fun.

A recent trip to County Line BMX featured racing technique. Participants learned starts, cornering, rhythm and especially speed in this fun and safe environment. Stay tuned for other features from these great clinics.PSBMX CLC DD 001 PSBMX CLC DD 002 PSBMX CLC DD 003 PSBMX CLC DD 004 PSBMX CLC DD 005 PSBMX CLC DD 006 PSBMX CLC DD 007 PSBMX CLC DD 008 PSBMX CLC DD 009 PSBMX CLC DD 010 PSBMX CLC DD 011 PSBMX CLC DD 012 PSBMX CLC DD 013 PSBMX CLC DD 014 PSBMX CLC DD 015 PSBMX CLC DD 016 PSBMX CLC DD 017 PSBMX CLC DD 018 PSBMX CLC DD 019

Grom Clinic….coming together to teach kids cool stuff

On a very hot and sunny Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of Joe’s Bike Shop a new crew maneuvered through cones, learned to manual, worked on their bunny hops and finally got a chance to ride “the box”. If all of this terminology is familiar to you then you must be the proud parent of a Gromet…..or as stated on the Gromspot homepage, “Someone who is young and has skills or A youngin’ who shreds.”

Plus Size BMX, Joe’s Bike Shop and GromSpot came together to host a great opportunity for some local Groms to develop their fundamental biking skills in a fun and safe environment. Instructors Chris Olivier and Mike Murfitt Jr. taught participants the importance or rider etiquette and how to support each other as they learned some new moves.

BMX Champ…..Collin Hudson makes some laps at County Line BMX

In 2010, as a thirteen year old, he won BMX World Championship in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. In 2011, at fourteen, he won another in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2012 he has his sites set on a three-peat in Birmingham, England. Crupi BMX Team rider and Colorado’s own Collin Hudson gets it done to say the least.

This past weekend Collin was making some stylish and speedy laps at County Line BMX in Englewood, Colorado before the track’s first State Race of the season.