Blackpool

Ramp City

First of all I need to apologise. I’ve been silent for the past couple of months for a few reasons, the main one being busy at work and not getting out with my camera. Anyway, now that’s out of the way lets get started.

As you may know I like riding bikes, I’ve done blog posts in the past about my cycling outings. Previous posts have all be centred around mountain biking but this one is different, instead of riding my mountain bike I’m out on my old BMX. I headed out with Rob, Jay, Dale and Dom to a place called Ramp City in Blackpool, if you know you know, after work for an evening session. We all arrived at different times but when everyone was together the session really started to get going.

 Rob Vert Wall - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

Rob Vert Wall - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

I rode for about an hour before falling and hurting my wrist. I didn’t particularly mind though because that meant I could focus on getting some pictures. As soon as I got my camera out Rob was boosting the vert wall in the street section, obviously I had to get a picture of his madness. After a short street section session we moved into the mini spine where Jay pulled a big tuck no-hander and an even bigger turndown. Rob mentioned that he had been eyeing up a line for a few years but never actually pulled it off. That line is a transfer from the spine quarter to the big quarter (see gallery below). It took him a couple of tries and 1 slam before he got it right before he moved on to throwing barspins into the mix.

 Jay Turndown For What - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

Jay Turndown For What - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

From the mini spine the guys moved over to the other side of the park to the pyramid box area. As usual Rob was messing about with some odd tricks/lines and trowing some classic lines. After some messing around, Jay calling out tricks and Dom and Rob practising tail whips over the box Dale called out Jay, Rob and Dom do a train over the pyramid. Jay pulled another huge tuck no-hander, Rob pulled a tyre grab and Dom a table air.

 Jay Tuck No-Hander - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

Jay Tuck No-Hander - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

om headed off shortly after this so we all moved back over to the street section where Rob and Jay tried to jump from the wembley gap to the stairs/rollers. Jay gave up after a few attempts but Rob was determined to make it. It took a while but he managed it and it looked SICK. After Rob pulled the gap Jay headed off as well leaving myself, Rob and Dale chilling and riding/skating till the session finished at 9pm. After the camera went away I still wasn’t able to ride properly so I cruised around on Robs skateboard just so I wasn’t sitting around getting cold.

 Rob Wembley Gap - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

Rob Wembley Gap - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

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Rob

Trail Tuesday - Ride The Lights

This week's Trail Tuesday was slightly different and a lot less trail-y. Myself, Rob and Eddie decided to hit up the annual Ride The Lights in Blackpool. The idea behind the event is to close off the main road down the promenade to cars so cyclists can ride the length of the Blackpool Illuminations, we didn’t really know what to expect but knew we’d have fun no matter what.

 Under The Pier - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

Under The Pier - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

We met at Morrisons in Blackpool at about 7pm, pieced our bikes together and set off to the start of the Illuminations. Myself and Rob were on our mountain bikes, Rob on his Specialised Demo 8 and me on my Whyte G-150, Eddie on the other hand was on his Pinarello single-speed road bike. 

We hadn’t anticipated just how many people would be out that night but it didn’t phase us, we took the ride at our own pace and made our first stop under the South Pier for a snack and a drink.

 Fixie Hype - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

Fixie Hype - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

After our break we started to lose the natural light so I grabbed as many pictures as I could before we completely lost it. As we headed towards the tower we manly stuck to the tram lines to avoid the main crowd and having to weave in and out of other people. Our next stop was outside the tower, we stopped here to get some pictures for Instagram and to see what was going on as there was a stage set up and music playing.

 Crew - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

Crew - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

From the tower we headed further on but on a slightly different path, we diverted down the coastal path away from the main road and accidentally ended up in at the far side of Bispam. We promptly turned round and headed back along the road to the illuminations, by this time is was about 9pm and the promenade road was only closed till 10pm to we set off at a rather fast pace. It took us probably 5/10 minutes to get back to the road closure, we carried on our pace most of the way back to were we started.

 The Bikes - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

The Bikes - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

As we made our way back to the tower myself and Eddie were side by side when a roadie came barreling up behind us, we moved out of his way but didn’t expect Rob to be tyre to tyre with him imitating him as they passed. We picked up our pace to catch up but rob gave up the chase shortly after. We sailed past the tower without stopping but did have another snack stop under the South Pier.

 The Tower - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

The Tower - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

After our second snack stop we slowed our pace and had some fun on our way back to the cars. We found some baks that made nice take offs and had a few runs each at them and had a go at some Urban Downhill on a stair set as we passed the Pleasure Beach. By the time we got to the end of the road closure they were just starting to open it up to cars again. We didn’t really hang around and made haste back to the cars where we packed away and parted ways.

Ride The Lights was a welcome break from the usual mud and sweat that comes with Trail Tuesday and all 3 of us said we’d do it again. I highly recommend taking part next year, it an easy ride and extremely enjoyable. You don’t have to be an avid cyclist, or have the fanciest bike, you can take part no matter your age or skill level. Did I mention it is FREE? All you need is a bike and some lights to take part!

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Rob