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:
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
1. Jordan Prince
2. Todd Higer
3. Jason Schmuck
4. Jeremy Smith
5. Tony Slow
6. Chuck Ware
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Jason Schmuck, all crossed up with some classic trail style. (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)
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)
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)
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.
TRA owner and contest organizer, Mike Gentilcore, announced the action for the day. (Photo: Nilo Hodge / ECD)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.