The TRA (Trail Riders Of America) Double Cross And Dirt Jump contest was off the chain! I had so much fun covering the event and checking out the action. The Dirt Sculpt designed course was amazing! It featured a motocross style two man starting gate, a sick shark fin jump, a “jump on-jump off” garage set, some nice step ups and a sick kicker to enormous step up up to huge, long berm.
The line up of riders was a who’s who of BMX racing, dirt, park and street riders disciplines and everyone was having a ball!
Below are all my photos from the event. I would love to say more about the event but I have to start editing the video action but The photos pretty much tell it all, enjoy!!. Big shout out and thanks goes out to Mike Gentlecore for putting on this awesome private event and for inviting me to witness BMX History!
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TRA BMX is proud to announce the 2014 TRA Double Cross and Dirt Jump Comp, a pro invitational slopestyle trail event that will take place October 4, 2014 at the TRA compound near Bethlehem Pennsylvania, home of Posh and Catty Trails. The event will include over 30 top dirt riders from around the globe including select Red Bull athletes competing for an $8,000 Pro Purse. The course will feature massive bowl jumps and nonstop downhill trail action by Dirtsculpt’s Dave King. With support from Red Bull, Dan’s Comp, S&M, FIT, iON, Odyssey, United, Empire, Doublecross Bikes, Hyper, SNAFU, Soilworks, Blackman’s Cycle, Axlerad Screen Printing, and STAY STRONG, plus coverage by Red Bull Media House, Transworld Ride BMX, DIG, BMX Plus, Can You Dig It, and more, the event will bring some of the top riders in BMX together for an epic event with a backyard vibe and a worldwide reach.
The event will include two contests, the Dirt Jump Comp and the Double Cross – a one-on-one downhill trail race. TRA owner and contest organizer, Mike Gentilcore, explained the motivation behind the new event: “This event is part of TRA’s mission is to bring the pro-level dirt courses from the big TV contests into a setting that the core industry can be part of. It’s an opportunity to promote the core brands that support the sport and include many of the top trail riders you don’t normally see in the larger contests. The Dirt Jump Comp will feature a relaxed rider-judged format where everyone can throw down and have a great time on an epic course you don’t typically see in a backyard setting”
For the Double Cross part of the event, Mike added: “We’re running a head to head race right on the Dirt Jump Comp course. The course will be built double-wide with a line down the middle, 100% trails, nothing more, nothing less. This is BMX racing on trails like riders across America build for themselves every day, the way it should be. We presented the concept to the Red Bull athletes last year and everyone was psyched on it. The course will feature a drop-in right into the first bowl jump to keep the action flowing, and steep lips and landings for big airtime. And since this is a TRA event, you can bet clipless pedals and carbon fiber equipment will be nowhere in sight. We’re looking forward to doing something that’s been a long time coming for both the riders and the sport of BMX, independent of anything else out there.”