There are some exciting alternative goings on going down, literally, at Ramp City in Blackpool. I caught up with Woody, who runs Big Woodys Skateboard shop based at Ramp City, to find out more and discover how people can get involved. If you are not aware, Ramp City is usually targeted at skateboarders so the opportunity to use it for BMXs is a good one. Its not just for the riders either, if you enjoy extreme sports you are welcome to go and watch and take in the atmosphere and there is an awesome café just next door to keep your energy levels up.
The event is organised by Zach Shaw a prolific rider who has a stream of accolades against his name. With a professional career spanning some twenty years, Zach has also been coaching BMX for over ten years. Zach has entered every major extreme sports event including the International X-Games and the Dew Tour making the event even more golden. Blackpool’s Ramp City is lucky enough to be holding The UK Vert series and Blackpool is leg one, I found out more:
Q: Tell me about your forthcoming event.
Woody: This is the second year of the Vert Series. We have riders of all ages from three years old right up to forty years old. Riders from Europe often travel to compete in the Pro Class and the level of riders is broad from X-Games athletes to World Champions to first time on the Vert ramp amateurs.
The schedule for the 30 March is as follows:
10am – 12.30pm Rider registration at Vert Ramp
12.30pm-1pm Vert Squirt Practice
1pm-1.30pm Vert Squirts
1.30-2pm Amateur Practice
2pm-3pm Amateur Competition
FULL PIPE JAM 3.20pm-4pm (this is a real must as it should really fantastic to see BMX’s take on the full pipe)
4pm-4.30pm Pro Practice
4.30pm-5.30pm Pro Competition
6pm-6.30pm Results/Prize giving
Q: Will the event being held to raise money for a charity or just to raise awareness in general.
Woody: Just to raise awareness of BMX and vertical riding and get people involved. People not riding should also get a really good event to be involved in as we are expecting a really good turn out.
Q: When is the event and how do people get involved?
Woody: May 30, 10am to 9pm. Just turn up on the day and enjoy.
Q: Is there an entrance fee?
Woody: Yes – £10 all day which includes entry to the competition. Spectators are free.
Q: What do you hope to achieve?
Woody: Everyone to have a great day, and see some amazing riding. And anyone is welcome to come along and spectate. You should also note that Ramp City has the only full pipe of its kind in the UK so this is going to a unique experience. Get down early to ensure admission.
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