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My Trails: Another day, lots more jumps

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So yeah trail dawgs, another update here. It’s been awhile since I posted any pictures or updates surrounding my trails. Holes have been dug, people have come, 360s went down, and LOTS and LOTS of Monster Energy was consumed.

Development. That sums up the change at the trails since the last update. Not many more actual features have been built, but just about everything there has since seen a rebuild .. for the better, I add. The lack of rain has left the site battered. I know it’s summer, and everyone luuuuurves the sunshine, but jumps NEED water; my trails especially. The grey soil sucks. Ollie “lamdawg” (who’s now a regular builder :D) and I have started to sand/clay everything (yellow/gold colour). It’s a proper bitch to do properly, but it’s the only way the trails will survive any stretch of sunshine.

So yeah, until the rain and sand/clay goes down, they won’t look (or ride) their best, but regardless, it’s always good for a session :). I’ve got a bit of an end-of-summer trail jam planned too, so that’ll motive us to buff everything out. Most of the hard work is done, just gotta dial ‘er in buddaaaaaaaay!!

The captions will elaborate:

The in-run: main line on the left, small line on the right.

The in-run: main line on the left, small line on the right.

An overview: you can see how the jumps are starting to look a bit battered. NEED MORE RAIN. NEED MORE SAND/CLAY.

An overview: you can see how the jumps are starting to look a bit battered. NEED MORE RAIN. NEED MORE SAND/CLAY.

The latest main line jump on the left. The trick stepup on the right. The bigger jump isnt finished yet - Itll be shorter, steeper and taller once finished :D.

The latest main line jump on the left. The trick stepup on the right. The bigger jump isn't finished yet - It'll be shorter, steeper and taller once finished :D.

Same again. As you can see more easily now, the main line jump isnt finished.

Same again. As you can see more easily now, the main line jump isn't finished.

The 180 berm. Not finished yet, will be taller and steeper once finished. But still rides well ;).

The 180 berm. Not finished yet, will be taller and steeper once finished. But still rides well ;).

Same again, another perspective.

Same again, another perspective.

A good view of the trick step-up landing. Its like a resi landing :P.

A good view of the trick step-up landing. It's like a resi landing :P.

A bit of a close-up.

A bit of a close-up.

A good angle to show the transfer lines between the main line and small line ;). Fun fun fun.

A good angle to show the transfer lines between the main line and small line ;). Fun fun fun.

Lamdawg carving Man Jump into the new jump.

"Lamdawg" carving "Man Jump" into the new jump.

Side-on of the trick step-up.

Side-on of the trick step-up.

Exit to the 180 berm. Rollers following from it.

Exit to the 180 berm. Rollers following from it.

Another view of the trick step-up and new jump.

Another view of the trick step-up and new jump.

Although the new jump isnt finished, me and Lamdawg decided the hit it anyway. This would be me riding it.

Although the new jump isn't finished, me and "Lamdawg" decided the hit it anyway. This would be me riding it.

Lamdawg

"Lamdawg"

Lamdawg again

"Lamdawg" again

Feel free to post any comments :).

Take it easy,

Happy trails!

Written by Adam Pollard

September 1, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Esher Shore Jam ’09: Photos

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Ok, so ONCE again, I procrastinate… Just like most of the media I create, by the time I publish it, it’s out of date :). Regardless, I thought I might as well post.

So these are shots from the Esher Shore Jam 2009. The jam was super sick, loved it. Wasn’t too gnarly, wasn’t too hyped, just nice and chilled, got to see lots of people I knew and didn’t knew – it was a good day out :). I was riding half the time, and shooting the other half, so naturally, I wasn’t expecting any properly decent photos to come out. And just as predicted, I got a whole bunch of very average ones. But still, they document the event, so it’s all good in the hood, as I say. Props gotta go to Ryan Nangle and Tim Peckham for sure. They were the two riders who really threw down. Tim especially. O yeah, and Monster Energy sponsored the event :D. I should probably plug them, given that I had like 5 free cans during the day :P, hehe.

Anyways, here are the photos from the day. Some of the photo credit has to go to Andrew Fletcher too, who took hold my D70 when I was riding. Got some pretty nice shots considering it was his first go with it.

Enjoy…

Rory riding the pumptrack, ripping round pretty quick I must say

Rory riding the pumptrack, ripping round pretty quick I must say

Some guy throwing a heelclicker off a super hard-to-trick gap

Some guy throwing a heelclicker off a super hard-to-trick gap

Tim Peckham: If any of you have seen Pinkbike recently, youll know this guy can throw super extended supermans off anything ;). Mega props bro

Tim Peckham: If any of you have seen Pinkbike recently, you'll know this guy can throw super extended supermans off anything ;). Mega props bro

Me ripping round the pumptrack

Me ripping round the pumptrack

Rory styling out the big kicker with a table

Rory styling out the big kicker with a table

Me again :P

Me again 😛

Rory again :P

Rory again 😛

Tim Peckham again: casually taking the feet off for a no footed can (off the big kicker of course)

Tim Peckham again: casually taking the feet off for a no footed can (off the big kicker of course)

And finally, me sending the big kicker :)

And finally, me sending the big kicker 🙂

Feel free to comment on any of the photos, or even the jam itself :).

Take it easy

Written by Adam Pollard

August 24, 2009 at 8:38 pm

8 Short Thoughts

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I’ve been on a bit of a break from blogging. I’ve been working quite a bit, and all my free time has been spent either with my amazing girlfriend, or down the trails digging and riding :). 8 short thoughts…

  • I bought an iPhone … definitely lived up to the hype :).
  • I’ve been toying with RSS feeds on my iPhone … haven’t decided whether or not they are a good idea.
  • I’m officially going to be studying at Cambridge for the next few years … STOKED!
  • Podcasts and Audiobooks are amazing – perfect for when one is digging or on long journeys.
  • Facebook and Google are set to take over the world.
  • Why can’t people accept that buying Apple products for the aesthetics is perfectly acceptable. Tech-whores may love open-source, good value tech, but most of us would rather pay more for a nicer looking, nicer feeling, and more-fun-to-use (yes that is staying hyphenated) product.
  • Tailwhips are 95% technique, 5% balls … it’s a shame I spent 6 months learning the technique, but still can’t man up :(.
  • Karl Pilkington is definitely the most interesting person/thing/entity/(round-headed, bald, stupid, manc) in the world :P.

Written by Adam Pollard

August 22, 2009 at 2:14 pm

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My Trails: An Update

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So, my trails: I thought I’d post an update because my teaser pictures I initially posted got quite a bit of interest.

My building there has been a bit erratic in the last few weeks. I went through a stage of building franticly, and then not digging for a week or so :P. I’m getting a hardtail project bike in a few days time though, so that’ll motivate me to dig more :). But for now, there is 1 main line, 1 medium line, and 1 small/pumptrack(ish) line. None of it is really finished and all dialled in, but I have plenty of time for that :D. A few transfer lines in there too :P, but of course, like most of the stuff there, it’s only half done at the moment. And I’m a bit reluctant to properly buff out everything until I know for sure it won’t get knocked quickly. As of yet, no-one has touched them in the months they’ve been up – not even a dogwalker walking all over the lips…

Anyways, here’s a few images to give you an idea of what’s going down :).

Feel free to post any comments :).

Written by Adam Pollard

July 16, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Posted in Trail Building

Airik Elstracular Spectacular

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OMG, this has to be one of my favorite web edits of all of times. Once you get past the first 30 seconds (I think it’s ironic) it’s truly inspiring stuff. You couldn’t even name half the tricks he does. Just watch it. It’s good stuff :).

http://vimeo.com/5570427

Written by Adam Pollard

July 14, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Posted in BMX

2 Sunny Days and a Garage Full of Wood

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🙂

Impromptu front yard quarter pipe… aaaaaaaahh yeeeeaaahh!!

It was sunny. I thought, “I wonder what wood I have in the garage?”. I had a look. I saw a bunch of wood. I thought, “I wonder how big a ramp I could build out of this stuff?”. 2 sunny days later, lots of screws, some fun with power-tools, and more than my fair share of energy drink, and this is the result :D.

I built it scrap-heap challenge style. Measuring tape was never used, I didn’t plan a thing, I just keep sawing and drilling stuff :P. For example, I didn’t have “thick ply” large enough for the sides, so I improvised and screwed a bunch of smaller pieces together.

Anyways, the thing is super fun to ride :D, and I’ll hopefully post up some pictures of me riding it soon :).

Take it easy

Adam

Written by Adam Pollard

July 6, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Posted in BMX, Trail Building

Whistler Bike Park Video

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Ok, so I have some explaining to do. I was a bit late on editing this video. Me and Mike went to Whistler 12 months ago, and I’ve literally only just got round to editing and uploading the footage :P. This isn’t even all the footage we got either – I just felt a bit guilty not editing it all year, so I knocked this thing together in a few hours. I’ll edit up a few more videos with the rest of the footage later :).

p.s. yes, that is me in the pink panther suit 😀

Enjoy

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July 4, 2009 at 12:11 am

Posted in Mountain Biking