Mtn. Slopestyle…..Go Pro takes over the Vail Mtn. Games

This summer Go Pro took over the Vail Mtn. Games and the result was an unbelievable show of skill, excitement, and adrenaline as well as some serious bumps and bruises. The event fell a week after the Outlaws of Dirt comp in Lyons, Colorado and many riders had their tricks dialed in. It was a very full day with wind, rain, dust and sun.

A highlight of the slopestyle contest had to be the “Open Loop”, with its high-risk-high-reward, the loop was a question mark for the competitors and judges alike.  A few brave souls attempted the daunting feature through practice rounds and qualifying and even fewer used the feature in their final rounds. Others opted to get creative with lines and some huge, crowd pleasing, transfers were put down.

Riders and fans all seemed pleased with the course and layout and, with the introduction of the “loop”, the bar was definitely raised. Now it’s only a matter of time before these guys begin to “trick” it!

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E.T., the Alamo Drafthouse & Plus Size BMX….. A show that is out of this world!

The Alamo Drafthouse, on south Santa Fe Drive, has a fabulous free summer outdoor film series going on now. Tuesday’s feature was Spielberg’s classic, E.T. and a crowd came out in force to watch under a beautiful Colorado night. Before the show, guests were treated to an extremely exciting bicycle stunt show, put on by the talented team from Plus Size BMX.  Riders jumped, spun and flipped to the awe of the hundreds on hand and a couple of lucky fans got to get an ants eye view of what high flying jumpers can do. There was even a special appearance from Eliot and E.T. who took a wild ride over the jump. Prizes were liberally distributed to the screaming throngs and autographs were happily signed.

Participants had the opportunity to win prizes galore. The young one’s could create an E.T. communicator and attempt a Reese’s Pieces pick-up, complete with alien gloves. The Humane Society of the South Platte Valley sponsored an E.T. look-alike contest for those that brought their dogs and of course the “Draft House” had to hold a beer chugging contest for those old enough.

Giant Bicycles was on hand to provide a bike corral for those that opted to ride to this fantastic, family-friendly event. Be sure to check out the Alamo’s schedule for their remaining summer features. They are events not to be missed!

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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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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!

 

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.

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.