Back flips and other insane tricks will be on display September 6 in Centennial Park at the annual Huck’en Berries Bike Jam. The event is in its sixth year and organizer Rory Belter says it’s bigger and better than ever.
This year the event will be a part of the FMB World Tour; riders will receive points for their performances that will count towards other events. There will a higher level of riding on display, and so more fun to watch! Belter explains that people watching the event in previous years commented, “I’ve never seen that level of riding” and that kids are often “blown away” by the riders, having not known the kinds of tricks that can be performed on a bike.
The event is a dirt jump, slope-style bike jam featuring gap jumps, stunts and other surprises. Signing up for the event is not for the faint-hearted, however; it’s a black to double black course in front of a large audience. Interested parties can sign up at Revolution Cycles on Columbia Avenue in Rossland. Those under the age of 18 will need parental consent to participate.
Apart from wicked bike tricks, the event will feature food vendors, music, prizes and a beer garden. The event is meant to inspire to talented youngsters and to help up-and-coming riders gain sponsorship and visibility. Because it’s a volunteer-run event, proceeds will go toward next year’s festival.
Belter and the other volunteers are super excited for this year’s Huck’en Berries Bike Jam and it promises to be a great show! Right now a new line is being built and more volunteers are needed. If you have some spare time and want to help out, contact Rory Belter at (250) 231-1481.