TRA BMX Announces 2014 Double Cross & Dirt Jump Comp – Pro Invitational Event, October 4th

Bethlehem, PA (July 29, 2014) – TRA BMX is proud to announce the 2014 TRA Double Cross and Dirt Jump Comp, a pro invitational slopestyle trail event that will take place October 4, 2014 at the TRA compound near Bethlehem Pennsylvania, home of Posh and Catty Trails. The event will include over 30 top dirt riders from around the globe including select Red Bull athletes competing for an $8,000 Pro Purse. The course will feature massive bowl jumps and nonstop downhill trail action by Dirtsculpt’s Dave King. With support from Red Bull, Dan’s Comp, S&M, FIT, iON, Odyssey, United, Empire, Doublecross Bikes, Hyper, SNAFU, Soilworks, Blackman’s Cycle, Axlerad Screen Printing, and STAY STRONG, plus coverage by Red Bull Media House, Transworld Ride BMX, DIG, BMX Plus, Can You Dig It, and more, the event will bring some of the top riders in BMX together for an epic event with a backyard vibe and a worldwide reach.

The event will include two contests, the Dirt Jump Comp and the Double Cross – a one-on-one downhill trail race. TRA owner and contest organizer, Mike Gentilcore, explained the motivation behind the new event: “This event is part of TRA’s mission is to bring the pro-level dirt courses from the big TV contests into a setting that the core industry can be part of. It’s an opportunity to promote the core brands that support the sport and include many of the top trail riders you don’t normally see in the larger contests. The Dirt Jump Comp will feature a relaxed rider-judged format where everyone can throw down and have a great time on an epic course you don’t typically see in a backyard setting”

For the Double Cross part of the event, Mike added: “We’re running a head to head race right on the Dirt Jump Comp course. The course will be built double-wide with a line down the middle, 100% trails, nothing more, nothing less. This is BMX racing on trails like riders across America build for themselves every day, the way it should be. We presented the concept to the Red Bull athletes last year and everyone was psyched on it. The course will feature a drop-in right into the first bowl jump to keep the action flowing, and steep lips and landings for big airtime. And since this is a TRA event, you can bet clipless pedals and carbon fiber equipment will be nowhere in sight. We’re looking forward to doing something that’s been a long time coming for both the riders and the sport of BMX, independent of anything else out there.”

Video coverage of the 2014 TRA Doublecross and Dirt Jump Comp Pro Invitational will be produced by Red Bull Media House and made available online post-event. For more information, check out http://www.TRABMX.com and the non-profit for Posh and Catty trails at http://www.PAWOODS.com. You can also check out behind-the-scenes footage from Dirtsculpt’s Dave King, the creative force behind some of the world’s largest BMX dirt events including ESPN‘s X-Games, Red Bull‘s Dirt Conquers, and more, at http://www.Dirtsculpt.com.

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TRA BMX 2014 Grindlab Jam and Contest Results

Camp Hill, PA (July 18, 2014) – The 2nd annual TRA Grindlab Jam was held Saturday, July 12th at the Grindlab Indoor/Outdoor Bike & Skatepark in Camp Hill, PA. With great prizes and support from Dan’s, S&M, Fit, Odyssey, Empire, Blackman’s Cycle, Dirtsculpt, Axlerad Screen Printing, SNAFU, Hyper, Soilworks, iON, Shadow, Subrosa, and Standard, the event was a one-of-a-kind amateur jam and comp for riders of all ages.

This year’s format featured 4 contests: Expert Park, Beginner Dirt, Expert Dirt, and 30 & Over Expert Dirt. Event Organizer, Mike Gentilcore explained “we‘ve had lots of requests since last year’s event to add a 30 & Over Expert class, so were psyched to add it to the contest. If the riders want it, we make it happen.“ This year‘s judges included trail staple Matt Stoner and one of Posh trails’ main caretakers, Brian Coleman. Each rider got 3 runs and highest combined score was used to determine the top three in each class. Can You Dig It was on hand to film the action along with Elevated Visuals‘ Troy Zeigler and ECD’s Nilo Hodge. A brief rainstorm passed through early in the day giving the dirt jumps a good wet down and bringing the crowd indoors to witness the action of Expert Park.

Expert Park was six man battle with tons of action that had the crowd cheering for more. 3rd place went to Jason Schmuck with big airs on the quarter pipe and multiple tire stall attempts on a window ledge 15 ft above the floor. After going down so close to pulling it a few times, Jason tried one more time after no believed he could get up and do it again – a man of pure determination for sure. 2nd place went to Todd Higer. With solid runs and a variety of tricks, Todd showed the judges why he deserved to be in the top three. 1st place went to Grindlab’s own Jordan Prince. Originally slated to judge, Jordan entered the contest and blew minds. With huge transfers over the center box combo, big airs and whips at height, plus lines that utilized the entire park, Jordan set the park on fire with unbelievable runs and a big smile.

After the rain passed the dirt jumps were untarped and ready for action. Beginner dirt had riders ages 5 through 12 throwing down on the Dirtsculpt-designed mini pump track. 10 year old Rider Delfino took 1st place by riding like the big guys, linking flowing airs though the rhythm and carving berms at speed. 2nd place went to 12 year old Sawyer Sorrells who served double duty helping TRA set up for the contest along with contest co-organizer and mom, Diane Sorrells. 3rd place went to 12 year old Nick Suhr who laid down some great runs to round out the podium. One of the highlights of the class was 5 year old Garrett Hawkins who rebel-ran the entire course backward every time.

The day ended with great action in both Expert and 30 and Over Expert Dirt. In 30 and Over Expert Dirt, Chuck Ware took top honors with solid runs and clicked turndowns that had the younger guys giving props. 2nd place went to 41 year old Jon Arrigoni with great moves like x-up one footers and no-BS trail style. Mike Brensinger finished out the top 3 with smooth tables and flowing, consistent runs.

In Expert Dirt, Jordan Prince blasted huge airs and an insane variety of tricks to add another win to his Expert Park win from earlier in the day. Jordan dropped jaws with smooth no handed 3’s, multiple tailwhips, and 360 tables so clicked and high that Brian Foster would have been proud. 2nd place went to last year‘s TRA Grindlab Jam double-winner, Evan Smedley. With smooth one footed tables and pure moto-whip trail style in every big air, Evan’s riding is always top notch and a pleasure to witness. 3rd place went to James Hawkins who edged out big brother Brad for a podium spot with tricks like x-up toboggans and clicked unturndowns. A big thanks goes out to 4th place rider Brad Hawkins who did and amazing job resurfacing both the jump line and pump loop before heading off to Colorado to join Grindlab course designer and builder, Dave King, and his Dirtsculpt team on their non-stop 2014 tour building courses for some of the world‘s largest BMX events.

For full event coverage check out on http://www.TRABMX.com and visit Grindlab skatepark at http://www.grindlabskatepark.com. You can also check out http://www.dirtsculpt.com for behind-the-scenes footage from Dave King the Dirtsculpt crew including the 2014 Austin X-games, Red Bull Dirt Conquers, Red Bull Berm Burners builds, and more.

TRA Grindlab Jam – July 12th, 2014 Results:

Expert Dirt:
1. Jordan Prince
2. Evan Smedley
3. James Hawkins
4. Brad Hawkins
5. Julius Greene

30 & Over Expert Dirt
1. Chuck Ware
2. John Arrigoni
3. Mike Brensinger
4. Brandon Rhoack
5. Jason Schmuck
6. Tony Slow

Expert Park:
1. Jordan Prince
2. Todd Higer
3. Jason Schmuck
4. Jeremy Smith
5. Tony Slow
6. Chuck Ware

Beginner Dirt:
1. Rider Delfino (10)
2. Sawyer Sorrells (12)
3. Nick Suhr (12)
4. Landon Rhoads (8)
5. Garret Hawkins (5)
6. Dale Suhr (10)
7. DJ Livingston (12)
8. Chase Delfino (6)
9. Rylee Sorrels (9)
10. Grant Brensinger (7)
11. Bennett Williams (8)
12. Henry Copeland (7)

Jordan Prince owned the 2014 TRA Grindlab Jam with big airs, huge transfers, and great moves like this 360 table for a double win in Expert Dirt and Expert Park.  (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Jordan Prince owned the 2014 TRA Grindlab Jam with big airs, huge transfers, and great moves like this 360 table for a double win in Expert Dirt and Expert Park. (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Last year's double winner, Evan Smedley, took a strong 2nd in Expert Dirt with smooth runs and moves like this clicked one-footed table.  (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Last year’s double winner, Evan Smedley, took a strong 2nd in Expert Dirt with smooth runs and moves like this clicked one-footed table. (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Expert Dirt Podium: 1st place Jordan Prince (middle), 2nd place Evan Smedley (left) and 3rd place James Hawkins (right).  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Expert Dirt Podium: 1st place Jordan Prince (middle), 2nd place Evan Smedley (left) and 3rd place James Hawkins (right). (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Blue skies and perfect weather after brief rainstorm made for a perfect day of riding at Grindlab.  (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Blue skies and perfect weather after brief rainstorm made for a perfect day of riding at Grindlab. (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Can You Dig It was on hand to film the action including this no hander by Evan Smedley.  (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Can You Dig It was on hand to film the action including this no hander by Evan Smedley. (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

 You can never have too many shots of Jordan Prince's 360 tables.  He had as many outfits for the contest as he did tricks including everything from no handed 360's to tailwhips.  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

You can never have too many shots of Jordan Prince’s 360 tables. He had as many outfits for the contest as he did tricks including everything from no handed 360’s to tailwhips. (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Chuck Ware ripped to 1st place in 30 & over Expert with solid runs and moves like this classic turndown.  (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Chuck Ware ripped to 1st place in 30 & over Expert with solid runs and moves like this classic turndown. (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Expert Dirt and Park winner Jordan Prince with a no-handed 360.  (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Expert Dirt and Park winner Jordan Prince with a no-handed 360. (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

James Hawkins edged out big brother Brad for a spot in the top 3 in Expert Dirt with moves like this x-up toboggan.  (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

James Hawkins edged out big brother Brad for a spot in the top 3 in Expert Dirt with moves like this x-up toboggan. (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Evan Smedley with a big whip over the United banner.  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Evan Smedley with a big whip over the United banner. (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Expert Park Podium: 1st  place Jordan Prince (middle), 2nd place Todd Higer (left), and 3rd place Jason Schmuck (right).  (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Expert Park Podium: 1st place Jordan Prince (middle), 2nd place Todd Higer (left), and 3rd place Jason Schmuck (right). (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Jason Schmuck, all crossed up with some classic trail style.  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Jason Schmuck, all crossed up with some classic trail style. (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Hanging out in the judges tower.  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Hanging out in the judges tower. (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

If you think this table by Brad Hawkins is smooth, you should've seen the smooth surface he created over the entire dirt park in preparation for the event.  Thanks Brad!  (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

If you think this table by Brad Hawkins is smooth, you should’ve seen the smooth surface he created over the entire dirt park in preparation for the event. Thanks Brad! (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Blasting big air - another killer 360 no hander by Expert Dirt winner Jordan Prince.   (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Blasting big air – another killer 360 no hander by Expert Dirt winner Jordan Prince. (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Contest judge and Posh Caretaker Brian Coleman takes a break from judging to catch some air.  (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Contest judge and Posh Caretaker Brian Coleman takes a break from judging to catch some air. (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Evan Smedley with a clicked turndown over the second set.  (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Evan Smedley with a clicked turndown over the second set. (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Matt Stoner takes a break from judging for a tie-dyed table.  (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Matt Stoner takes a break from judging for a tie-dyed table. (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Todd Higer gets some airtime on the dirt jumps after placing 2nd in the Expert Park comp.  (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Todd Higer gets some airtime on the dirt jumps after placing 2nd in the Expert Park comp. (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Big bikes, little bikes, the TRA Grindlab Jam has something to ride for everybody.

Big bikes, little bikes, the TRA Grindlab Jam has something to ride for everybody.

TRA owner and contest organizer, Mike Gentilcore, announced the action for the day.  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

TRA owner and contest organizer, Mike Gentilcore, announced the action for the day. (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Now this is a jam session.

Now this is a jam session.

Jason Schmuck came so close to pulling this back flip attempt and he kept going for it until he hit the ground.  Add this to multiple window sill tire stall attempts at 15ft in Expert Park and he may very well be the most determined rider of the day.  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Jason Schmuck came so close to pulling this back flip attempt and he kept going for it until he hit the ground. Add this to multiple window sill tire stall attempts at 15ft in Expert Park and he may very well be the most determined rider of the day. (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Mike Brensinger lays down a table for 3rd place in 30 & Over Expert Dirt.  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Mike Brensinger lays down a table for 3rd place in 30 & Over Expert Dirt. (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

James Hawkins, unturndown.  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

James Hawkins, unturndown. (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

41 year old Jon Arrigoni with an x-up one footer on his way to a 2nd in 30 & Over Expert Dirt.  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

41 year old Jon Arrigoni with an x-up one footer on his way to a 2nd in 30 & Over Expert Dirt. (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

30 & Over Expert winner Chuck Ware throws down a crossed up one-footer for the cameras.  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

30 & Over Expert winner Chuck Ware throws down a crossed up one-footer for the cameras. (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

At 14 years old, Julius Greene showed he could hang in Expert Dirt with moves like this nac nac.  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

At 14 years old, Julius Greene showed he could hang in Expert Dirt with moves like this nac nac. (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

30 & Over Expert Dirt Podium:  1st Place Chuck Ware (Middle), 2nd Place Jon Arrigoni (right), and 3rd place Mike Brensinger (left).  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

30 & Over Expert Dirt Podium: 1st Place Chuck Ware (Middle), 2nd Place Jon Arrigoni (right), and 3rd place Mike Brensinger (left). (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

10 year old Rider Delfino layed down some smooth runs for 1st place in Beginner Dirt.  He even carves berms like the big guys.  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

10 year old Rider Delfino layed down some smooth runs for 1st place in Beginner Dirt. He even carves berms like the big guys. (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Beginner Dirt Podium: 1st place Rider Delfino (center), 2nd place Sawyer Sorrells (right) and 3rd place Nick Suhr (left).  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Beginner Dirt Podium: 1st place Rider Delfino (center), 2nd place Sawyer Sorrells (right) and 3rd place Nick Suhr (left). (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Dirtlab's Sawyer Sorrells rode to a strong 2nd in Beginner Dirt after helping the TRA team set up banners all morning.  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Dirtlab’s Sawyer Sorrells rode to a strong 2nd in Beginner Dirt after helping the TRA team set up banners all morning. (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Rylee Sorrells looked stylish as usual in her pink and black gear.  Never mind that she was the only girl in the comp, she'll throw down anywhere there are jumps in front of her.  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Rylee Sorrells looked stylish as usual in her pink and black gear. Never mind that she was the only girl in the comp, she’ll throw down anywhere there are jumps in front of her. (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

5 year old Garrett Hawkins was the youngest competitor of the day.  He got everyone in the rebel mood with backward runs, on purpose, every time!  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

5 year old Garrett Hawkins was the youngest competitor of the day. He got everyone in the rebel mood with backward runs, on purpose, every time! (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Big air from 8 year old Landon Rhoads.  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Big air from 8 year old Landon Rhoads. (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

6 year old Chase Delfino is right on big brother Chase's heals.  Another Foster brothers in the making?  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

6 year old Chase Delfino is right on big brother Chase’s heals. Another Foster brothers in the making? (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Nick Suhr threw some manuals in between his airs to a 3rd in Beginner Dirt.  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

Nick Suhr threw some manuals in between his airs to a 3rd in Beginner Dirt. (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

All the kids in the Beginner Dirt comp enjoyed prizes from the event sponsors including Dan’s, S&M, Fit, Odyssey, Empire, Blackman’s Cycle, Dirtsculpt, Axlerad Screen Printing, SNAFU, Hyper, Soilworks, iON, Shadow, Subrosa, and Standard.  (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

All the kids in the Beginner Dirt comp enjoyed prizes from the event sponsors including Dan’s, S&M, Fit, Odyssey, Empire, Blackman’s Cycle, Dirtsculpt, Axlerad Screen Printing, SNAFU, Hyper, Soilworks, iON, Shadow, Subrosa, and Standard. (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)

The TRA Grindlab Jam is more than just comps and 20 inchers - Erik Williams enjoys some air time on the big bike during the jam.  (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

The TRA Grindlab Jam is more than just comps and 20 inchers – Erik Williams enjoys some air time on the big bike during the jam. (Photo: Troy Zeigler / Elevated Visuals)

Grindlab Skatepark in Camp Hill, PA is an awesome place to ride any time of year for both indoor and outdoor action.  Owners Jami and Ken Braafhart are super cool.  Be sure to check it out at www.grindlabskatepark.com.

Grindlab Skatepark in Camp Hill, PA is an awesome place to ride any time of year for both indoor and outdoor action. Owners Jami and Ken Braafhart are super cool. Be sure to check it out at http://www.grindlabskatepark.com.

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TRA 2nd Annual GRINDlab Jam Video

Big thanks to Troy Zeigler at Elevated Visuals for this edit of the TRA 2nd Annual GRINDlab Jam, sponsored by Dan’s Comp, S&M, FIT, iON, Doublecross, Empire, Odyssey, Shadow, Soilworks, Standard, Subrosa, United, Hyper, SNAFU, Blackman’s Cycle, Dirtsculpt, and AxleRad Screen Printing.

You can check out additional great stuff by Elevated Visuals at:

http://YouTube.com/ElevatedVisuals

http://FaceBook.com/ElevatedVisual

http://twitter.com/ElevatedVisuals

http://Instagram.com/ElevatedVisuals

http://instagram.com/TroyZeigler

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TRA Grindlab Jam 2014

The 2nd annual TRA Grindlab Jam will go down July 12, 2014 in Camp Hill, PA. The jam has something for riders of all ages and skill levels, as well as Beginner and Expert comps for Dirt and Park. Grindlab features an outdoor pump track and jump line as well as a full indoor skatepark. With jumps by Dirtsculpt, support from Posh and Catty trails, and cool prizes from event sponsors including Dan’s Comp, S&M, FIT, iON, Doublecross, Empire, Odyssey, Shadow, Soilworks, Standard, Subrosa, United, Hyper, SNAFU, and Blackman’s Cycle, it’s going to be some fun BMX times. Last year’s event featured over 150 participants and some great BMX action, so come on out and ride, compete, or just hang out. For more info, check out http://www.TRABMX.com and http://www.GrindlabSkatepark.com.

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Red Bull Trail Loop by Dirtsculpt

Trail Loop Web PhotoDirtsculpt’s Dave King built the Red Bull Trail Loop in TRA founder Mike Gentilcore’s back yard. Check it out in the Start section of the Transworld Ride BMX Jan/Feb 2014 issue. Good times were had watching Mike Hucker Clark pull amazing runs including this back flip in to front flip out.

Check out the official footage at http://www.redbull.com/us/en/bike/events/1331621458440/red-bull-trail-loop and behind the scenes photos on http://www.dirtsculpt.com.

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TRA BMX Grindlab Jam Video 2013

TRA BMX Grindlab Jam 2013, Sponsored by Shadow, Subrosa, iON, and Dirtsculpt. Video by Doug Foulke. Check out the contest results on http://www.TRABMX.com or visit the park at http://www.grindlabskatepark.com.

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Can You Dig It – TRA Grindlab Jam Footage

Big thanks to the crew at Can You Dig It for this great coverage of the TRA Grindlab Jam: http://canyoudigitbmx.com/exclusive-video-tra-grindlab-jam/

Check out all the Can You Dig It trail coverage at http://canyoudigitbmx.com/

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