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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Bethlehem, PA (August 8, 2013) – TRA’s first event went down Saturday, August 3rd at the Grindlab Indoor/Outdoor Bike & Skatepark in Camp Hill, PA. Featuring an outdoor pump track with a jump line as well a full indoor skatepark, the event was a fun, action-packed day for riders of all ages and skill levels. With great prizes from iON, Shadow, and Subrosa, the jam had something to ride for everyone and attracted over 150 riders and spectators from several surrounding states.
Dave King’s Dirstsculpt-designed course featured two separate pump track areas and a jump line laid out so that riders could share the entire loop even when the contests were running. Add in the indoor/outdoor setup and everyone had plenty of room to ride. TRA founder and event organizer, Mike Gentilcore explained, “We accomplished what we set out to do with this event – there was something for everyone and you could ride all day and have fun with a relaxed vibe. We had hardcore trail riders sessioning the same venue with 40 year old dads and their 8 year old kids and everybody was cheering each other on. And a bunch of young riders who’ve never competed before got a chance to rip it up. It was really cool to see.”
While the morning rain storm may have kept a good number of riders from attending, the sun came out and the weather turned out perfect for riding. The course was untarped and some great action went down.
There were four contests: Beginner Park, Expert Park, Beginner Dirt, and Expert Dirt. The panel of judges included Catty Trails’ / Axelrad’s Matt Trieval, Catty’s Kyle “Abe” Abraham, and Posh trails’ main caretaker and Red Bull Stomping Grounds / Dreamline contest judge, Jay “J Bone” Lonergan. Each rider got 3 runs and highest average score was used to determine the top three in each class. Mike Gentilcore announced the action with 70’s and 80’s metal blasting over the PA while Jami Braafheart, Grindlab owner and all-around good soul, served up the grill and kept everyone full of tasty goodness. iON was on site to demo their HD Sports camera line and iON’s Alaine Gordon presented a brand new HD camera to first place Expert Dirt. TRA VP, Dave King added that “My iON camera works awesome and gives a clearer picture than other cameras I’ve tried. I’ve used mine at Catty for a while now and it rules. We’re psyched to have one as a prize for this contest.”
Beginner Park had the crowd cheering when 4 year old Loukas Slattery took to the course for 2nd place with an ear to ear grin. He used age to his advantage as he inched out his 8 year old older brother Brandan who took third with some nice lines of his own over the box hip. First place went to 13 year old Xavier Dellinger who launched big airs to flat off the edge of the wedge ramp.
Expert Park was a throwdown with 11 riders and 11 distinctly different riding styles. Matt Stampski took third after the judges had to decide a tie-breaker over the solid runs of Dan Depre. Don Pirwitz blasted some big airs out of the quarter for a strong 2nd. 1st place went to Grindlab’s own Evan Smedley who had the park wired with high speed lines and big tire slides over the top of the vert wall. Some big moves went down, including Jeremy Smith’s picnic-bench handplant attempts into the mini that had the crowd on its feet.
In Beginner Dirt it was a refreshing site to see boys and girls from ages 8 to 14 competing in their own dirt comp. 12 year old Nicholas Suhr took the first place spot with clean flowing lines in the table rhythm while Anthony LaCroix (11) and Sawyer Sorrells (11) took the 2nd and 3rd place spots, resulting in a clean sweep for team Dirtlab. Special mentions include 8 year old Rylee Sorrels as TRA’s first female competitor and 14 year old Steven Dates who proved that Autism is no match for his passion for BMX.
At the end of the day,16 riders lined up to compete in Expert Dirt. After a last-minute watering, Ekim King guinea pigged the course for slick spots, the Motorhead was turned up, and the action was on. New York’s Andrew Fable ripped it up with solid runs including a one footed cross up 360 for 3rd. Maryland’s Dan Depre clicked turndowns at height and showed his own style with tricks like his tire grab whips for 2nd. But in the end it was a another win for Eric Smedley who took the iON HD camera first place prize with flowing big airs, tons of moto whips, and effortless tricks like his no footed toboggans. Two wins in one day was not bad for a guy who also shot photos, helped to promote the contest, and also maintained the jumps leading up to the event. Other notable mentions included a last minute entry by 45 year old Mike Gage who ripped it up after camping out in a tent Friday night and Jacob “Clipper” Pudlinger’s all-in riding style with a backflip over the last set that had many thinking he had a shot at the podium. At the end of the day, prizes were awarded and the top three riders received great prizes from iON, Shadow, and Subrosa that were presented by TRA’s Mike Gentilcore and iON’s Alaine Gordon.
The day ended with an all-age jam till sundown. With a great reception from the riders, spectators, and many good times going down, expect to see Grindlab on the TRA contest schedule again for 2014. See you there!
Keep an eye out for future events on http://www.TRABMX.com and http://www.Grindlabskatepark.com and be sure to visit the event sponsors at http://www.ioncamera.com, http://www.sparkysdistribution.com, http://www.theshadowconspiracy.com, and http://www.subrosabrand.com.
TRA Grindlab Jam – August 3rd, 2013 Results:
1. Evan Smedley
2. Dan Depre
3. Andrew Fable
4. Chuck Weir
5. Jacob “Clipper” Pudlinger
6. Dan Pirwitz
7. Matt Maloney
8. Brian Coleman
9. Mike Gage
10. Ekim King
11. Mike Her
12. Brad Hawkins
13. Jon Arrigoni
14. Josh Noll
15. Mike Breinsiger
16. Eric Seifert
1. Evan Smedley
2. Dan Pirwitz
3. Matt Stampski
4. Dan Depre
5. Jason Schmuck
6. Jon Arrigoni
7. Josh Stair
8. Josh Thomas
9. Jeremy Smith
10. Michael Mahin
11. Jeff Gentry
1. Nicholas Suhr (12)
2. Anthony LaCroix (11)
3. Sawyer Sorrells (11)
4. Dale Suhr (9)
5. Dominic LaCroix (9)
6. Jamie Gilbert (13)
7. Xavier Dellinger (13)
8. Zayn Dellinger (13)
9. Steven Dates (14)
10. Rylee Sorrells (8)
11. Grant Raum (13)
1. Xavier Dellinger (13)
2. Loukas Slattery (4)
3. Brandon Slattery (8)
The rain has past and the skies are clearing. The dirt held up really well and the tarps are coming off. Jam is ON both indoor and outdoor and it’s going on all day. C’mon out!
The dirt course is tarped and the dirt is shale to handle wet weather, so get ready to fit a contest in between the raindrops, we’re going to have a good time. Right now the weather is clearing up here at Grindlab. Don’t forget we have an indoor park and contest too, so rain or not, a great session will go down. If you are competing, please arrive early in case the contest schedule changes due to the weather.
Things are shaping up for a fun event at Grindlab in Camp Hill, PA this Saturday, Aug 3rd. Please keep an eye on the weather – if rain is evident we may need to move the dirt comps to earlier in the schedule and run the indoor park comps later in the day. iON cameras will be on-site doing free demos along with cool prizes from Shadow and Subrosa. See you soon.
Press Release: Dave King and Mike Gentilcore expand Dirtsculpt, launch Trail Riders of America, and announce TRA Grindlab Jam August 3rd.
Bethlehem, PA (July 4, 2013) – It’s been a busy year for Dave King and the Dirtsculpt crew. After bringing Mike Gentilcore on board to help out on the business side of things, Dirtsculpt designed and built dirt courses for ESPN’s X-Games Brazil and Red Bull‘s Dirt Conquers in Mexico, as well as other projects across the U.S.
Mike and Dave are now launching a new events organization, TRA: Trail Riders of America. Mike explained the motivation for the new project: “It’s awesome to be a part of some of the world’s biggest BMX dirt events. Everyone we‘ve worked with has been dedicated to producing the best pro-level contests possible. At the same time, we‘ve also recognized the need to do something for the core of the sport with amateur contests and jams that every rider can be a part of. TRA is our outlet to run events independent of anything else out there and create contests for riders of all levels“.
TRA’s first event is Saturday, August 3rd at the Grindlab Indoor/Outdoor Bike & Skatepark in Camp Hill, PA. The facility features a 15,000 square foot dirt pump track with a 6 pack jump line designed and built by Dirtsculpt. The will be an all-day open jam, beginner and expert classes for both dirt and park, and cool prizes from Ion, Shadow, and Subrosa. Ion will be on-site providing camera demos and the 1st place expert dirt rider will receive a brand new Ion Air Pro HD Sport Video Camera. For more info, check out www.TRABMX.com and www.Grindlabskatepark.com. Also be sure check out the event sponsors at www.ioncamera.com and www.sparkysdistribution.com