That's two for etnies New Zealand's George Bolter!
With the largest number of rider entries since the days of Vancouver’s Metro Jam, the second Canadian Concrete of the year was the biggest to date. Although we may say that after every jam happens, it proves that BMX is growing bigger, stronger, and more riders are out there having more fun every year.
We had over 80 people show up ready to ride in Canada’s largest and longest running “non-competitive competition”, not to mention all of the spectators, families and parents in attendance as well. Lafarge skatepark is located in a gigantic park facility, with football/soccer fields, volleyball courts, fitness facilities, etc. However, on this long weekend in BC Canada, BMX reigned supreme, drawing more people than all of the other areas combined.
There are 3 amateur classes you can enter at Canadian concrete contests: 13 and under, am-good, and am-great. We definitely bump up the sand-baggers to next class up if they are killing it, and the top 2 places in am-great were a result of this happening. Taylor Ross and Owen Dawson got the nudge to the next level, and they absolutely tore the park a new one. Both of them were airing just as high as the most of the pro class, and they are still in their teens. Being smooth, stylish, and having little to no fear, gives the young guns an edge in blasting the big quarter there. Young Nathan Royes, won the am-good class at Kirkstone park earlier this summer, showed up a little late, and because the am-good class had already started when he arrived at the park, he had to get bumped up if he wanted to shred. He earned himself fifth place at lafarge, with no practice time, and very little warm-up. Nathan continues to kill it, while having at the same time, one of the best attitudes in BMX.
As far as Pro class? Another big win for Macneil’s George Bolter, as he did smooth and dialed tricks like a feeble on the huge sub to down-side whip back into the bank. Second went Brandon Van Dulken, who strangely resembles a younger, smaller Dave Osato. He didn’t have a front brake, and we’re not sure if he can rip phone books in half like Dave, yet he still absolutely shredded the place. Well worth the 4.5 hour drive down to ride for Mr. Van Dulken. Third place in Pro went to none other than Rideon’s “Hot Carl" Arnette. Carl has a tattoo of a piece of pizza wearing sunglasses and sprouting arms and legs. Maybe he had a pizza party afterwards with his cash winnings? We can only hope so. We’ll see you at Brookswood park on August 28th for the last stop of Canadian Concrete!