the third time, Barre from Menen decided to share his love for flatland
with his colleagues by opening a sports hall (in which he is allowed
to ride from time to time), to the public.
The entrance was free, and some fresh hip-hop beats were provided
by local dj’s and friends of barre: Dj’s Oxes and Rahfen.
When me and Manu (who hurt his shoulder which resulted into not
riding much) rolled up to the sports hall Saturday afternoon, there
were already a lot of people ready and representing.
lot of guys from Lille, including the master of track stand variations
Mike Bureaux (who whooped everyone’s ass in the unofficial
stupid trick contest which took place near the end of the session
that day). Melvyn from Brussels and Tom from Ghent who took a break
from studying to get some riding done, as well as the famous three
from Amien: Pierre-Alex, Eric, and Gauthier. All very cool guys
and up and coming riders!
And last but not least the guys (and one girl: Eelke) who decided
to take the trip from Uden, Holland, to have a relaxed session.
session went on until about 9pm, but a lot of people who lived further
away went home earlier. When everybody was tired, we wrapped things
up and showed the Amien crew what Belgian fries are all about. It
was amazing to witness them eat their meals at an extremely slow
rate (especially Pierre-Alex)! Afterwards we went to play some pool
at a local bar and watched a lot of flatland DVD’s at Barre’s
place until 4 in the morning.
The only problem
was that the floor was kind of slippery and you had to watch out with
carving tricks. I got used to it pretty fast but it was still pretty impossible
to do some links the way you wanted them to.
a bad night’s rest (thanks to Manu’s extensive
snoring) I woke up kind of dizzy and tired but a good
cup of coffee and some breakfast fixed that soon enough.
At around 11:30h, two guys from Antwerp called us to ask
when the hall would open because they were already there…
Talk about hardcore! Alex Jumelin came all the way from
Paris together with his wife and son to come ride in Belgium,
and he took Jimmy Petitet along for the ride. Unfortunately,
Alex broke his seatpost after only half an hour of riding.
But Manu went on a mission to fix the problem and found
a file somewhere to cut a piece of his seatpost (it wouldn’t
fit in Alex’s Psychopower with small seattube).
He wasn’t able to ride much anyway, so he just took
some pics instead.
There were less people this day but we still had a very
good time (at least I did!) and everybody rode hard. Bram,
Sytse and James from Holland were planning to come too,
but James’ car broke down that day. Bummer!
Jimmy looked kind of bored sitting behind his table selling
Stereo Panda gear, maybe he should have brought his bike
instead of his nice lacqué shoes!
On Sunday, Ken a.k.a. Kemo came by to film and take some photographs.
Check out his website for the result www.kemo.be.
All by all, this jam was a success once again. Thanks go out to Barre
for organising the whole thing by himself, Dj’s Oxes and Rafhen
who were spinning the decks for two full afternoons (FOR FREE! Big props),
and of course everybody who came over to Belgium!
See you next jam!
of January 2006 - Alexis Bracke