Lancashire

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

Priory Lane Festival - Night

This is Part 2 of my Priory Lane Festival posts, if you missed Part 1 check it out before continuing.

The day portion of the festival ended at around 5pm and the night portion started at around 6:30pm leaving an hour and a half for set up. I actually nipped home in this break as there was nothing to shoot. The first act of the evening, Adam Williams, started just after 6:30pm and played until 7:30pm. Adam is a local musician who plays in local pubs and open mic nights and performs a mixture of acoustic covers and mash-ups of all genres, usually current and popular music. Adam is supremely talented and really deserves all the exposure he can get. I actually saw him playing at a local pub a week later by chance and his reception there was incredible!

 Adam Williams - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Adam Williams - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Next on stage was Double R Arts, they performed a selection of songs from pervious shows they have put on in the past, mostly from the American Idiot musical. Some members of the group also performed solo, some in duets and 1 trio. All the members are amazingly talented, and all really know how to put on a show both as a group and as individuals. Their performance lasted for 45minutes, from 7:45pm to 8:30pm.

 Double R Arts, O.K. - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Double R Arts, O.K. - Preston, England 01/10/2016

The 3rd act of the night was a local rock band who frequent the Priory Music Project, they go by the name Kings Mould. They are all young musicians who really know how to play their instruments and how to put on a show. They put 110% into their performance playing a mixture of covers and original songs. Their set also lasted 30minute and was a full frontal wall of energy and sound with the typical edgy, aggressive, punk attitude. 

 Kings Mould, Passion - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Kings Mould, Passion - Preston, England 01/10/2016

The final performance of the night was a comedy music duo called Ryan and Craig, who are hilarious may I add. They played a 45minute set, 9:30pm to 10:15pm, full of comedy covers, public jokes and a few inside jokes. They had a huge amount of crown participation and had everyone in stitches the whole time, they serenaded 1 audience member and got another up for an impromptu performance. If I get the chance I will definitely be seeing these guys again and I suggest you do too!

 Ryan & Craig - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Ryan & Craig - Preston, England 01/10/2016

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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

Trail Tuesday - Beacon Fell Round 2

So another week and another Trail Tuesday, back up at Beacon Fell having a laugh and a top quality riding session. This is not a part 2 of last weeks Trail Tuesday Post, we just so happened to go back to the same place.

 Views - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

Views - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

I’d had the day off work so ended up arriving first, to kill some time I took some pictures looking out over Preston and Blackpool, as well as some pictures in the car park of my car and bike. After about 20/30minutes Rob and Bran turned up with Andy, Dale and Lewis only 5minutes after them. Everyone got their bikes and gear ready and we set off up to our first spot.

  Ready To Go - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

 Ready To Go - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

Our first spot was the same as last weeks, the 3 corners. It had been raining in the days prior to us going so the ground was a bit slippery but I always think that makes it more fun. Everyone session’d the corners for about half an hour before we extended the trail over the fire road and down the next section of woodland. Myself and Rob had a couple of races down the full line which left us howling with laughter. We session’d the full trail for about 30/40minutes before we moved on.

 New Line - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

New Line - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

From our first spot we pedalled up and over to behind the visitors centre to a ledge. Now A ledge may not sound heaps of fun but with the crew we had it was tonnes of fun! We found a couple of lines down to the ledge, mixing it up and challenging ourselves. Everyone killed it on the ledge and really pushed themselves, even Lewis who has only been riding with us twice before and was on a new bike he hadn’t been out on before.

 Train It - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

Train It - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

As the sun was setting the season died down and ended with Rob and Bran having a log jump competition. Obviously no one else could get anywhere close to their distance so just sat by and watched as they soared through the air before locking the brakes on as to not hit anything in the car park.

 Go Big Or Go Home - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

Go Big Or Go Home - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

As everyone was getting ready to head back to the cars I noticed the sky looked like someone had pained the cloud on. The only way to capture the scene properly I had to silhouette the trees but I love how the image came out. Shortly after we all packed up our gear and headed back to the cars via the road, packed up our cars and parted ways after another incredible session full of fun and laughter!

 That Sky Though - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

That Sky Though - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

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