The third Banos jam was held three weeks ago !! A well famous trail, dug on top of the small Banos town’s hill, with its proper handcrafted jumps dig by master Marc.
Our rider Bruno has been on roadtrip with his close friend T for two weeks, the Banos jam was their last stop before coming back to Brittany.
As the CEO of Shape bicycles, I was informed in real time of Bruno’s actions. He firstly validated the main line which is composed of the famous “hip de la muerte”. Then he went to the big line, it takes place diagonally on the trail, which starts and finishes at the same point of the main line, with a very long jump to end. At last but not least, Bruno was really on fire, motivated by Fred and Tim on the Boomrang line, sort of hip/spine/transfer which takes off from a very speedy berm... Unfortunately Fred rolled his ankle while he motivated everyone to validate the entire trail, in order to not let a slate, who knows, knows !!
Below some photos of Bruno, one the finalist of this 2019 Banos cup, shot by Marc and Max.
Thursday, September 5th, I took the road on my own with the Shape bicycles' van, go to Toulouse for the annual pilgrimage for all true trail riders, la Source jam. After 4 hours of driving from the arrow of Brittany, I parked on a motorway area to sleep. Unfortunately, I woke up at dawn due to the cold temperature…
I took the road back on Friday September 6th, weather was sunny, another 4 hours of driving and la Source trail will be in sight ! On site, I joined our Shape bicycles rider Bruno and our friend T, they left one week earlier for a 15 days trip. Several friends were already there, Pef, Flav, Pompier, the young JB, the Tranchée trail crew, English friends, Andoni and his dog Fox... First main change, the field next to the trail has been cleaned to make a parking/camping site, a good choice in order to get less people on the trail. Quick look at the trail, first change, the first berm of Lombric was totally new, also the whole line has been reviewed on its lower part after the Godasse's hip. In the middle afternoon, the first session started with a small crew, which was easier to take its marks. I had some difficulties to ride Lombric, getting used of the first berm, especially after a massive overshoot... Then, I had a good ride on Donut, along with famous local and Shape bicycles' rider Jems Muller himself. The end of this line has been also reviewed, it worked really well now. Several riders warmed up on Frelon and Tac, light went more and more limited, the end of the session was approaching. Fire was lighted up, the pub of la Source turned at full speed, the pre jam night fever was on !
Saturday, September 7th, official day of the jam. Before going to the trail, I went to a DIY skate spot, which enabled me to warm on 4 wheels (thanks a lot to the locals). Back to the trail at midday, everyone was chilling on the official parking, Bruno was cooking, on the other side the final touches were in progress at the trail. Session began slowly, more riders were on site, Tac and Frelon were the famous series of the day. On my side, I followed Flav and a friend from Swiss on Donut, before some rides with Pef on Lombric. Show was launched on the third jump of Frelon, behind the hunt of the trail, more and more riders were following each other. A Spanish rider threw some well done 3-6, a local from the UK Staff trail threw some spin too, much trail style oriented, the young JB was easy on every jump of every line, Titou threw a 3-6 nose dive - beautiful, Bruno rode all line and sent his famous turndown, Bentley was easy too, to make long story short, it was banger ! Session stretched until the night, people progressively stopped riding and started chill, getting ready for the evening concert, close to the BBQ and the pub (warning : this year, they offered soft drink for us and PJ - yes). We were victims of many provocations from the young JB, he made a stunt along with Bruno in a landing of Tac, big laughing ! The evening went on quietly, it was just fun, everyone told his summer trips, talking was about digging ... A real good jam evening !
Sunday, September 8th, early morning awakening and departure for Brittany at 8.30am, a bit difficult. On the road, I thought about this sunny weekend at Toulouse, with friends, a famous trail which keep on evolving, chilling moments while discussing with friends, at least a true BMX weekend : Thanks to the locals and especially to Jems Muller.
Thanks to PJ for the photos, if you want to see the whole gallery, go to Compression BMX
People who follow us on social network have logically seen our new "4 bolts sprocket" to the MTB. We have already developed a same product, a 43T sprocket for the race bike of our rider Bérenger Cordier a few years ago. This time it is a model with the "narrow / wide" teeth technology which is very popular in the MTB realm. Our first 32T sprocket has been tested on Bigwheels' father's bike, in order to validate the product. In the same time, we have drawn other sizes like 34T and 36T, a first batch is about to be produced.
Our rider Jem's Muller was in Paris a couple of weeks ago, in order to take part of the Mowgly's memorial jam, at the Buffalo trail. This second edition went well under the sun, a well sculpted trail by Pafin and the locals, some music shows and a big thought to our friend. Below, some photos taken by Pef !!
We have just added a new page to our website, untitled Media. Our riders gave us this idea to create a page in order to publish photos of our customers’ BMX with there Shape bicycles’ parts; as well as all our videos which have been made for almost 10 years ! Thanks to our super webmaster, this page is online, the first videos published are from our UK trail trip in 2011. Take time to have a look at this new page, at the top of it you could choose from videos or photos (will be added asap).
Shape bicycles is located at the end of the world (meaning of the Finistère state name), as a result we often have several hours of driving to go to every jam organized by our friends. Fortunately, some people dig close to Caen, Normandy, so only 3 hours from Brest where we live, almost our neighbours in fact.
Bruno and I took the road after work on Friday 05/10/19, to Normandy, its Saint Michel mount and especially its Gro trail ! When we arrived, the trail had been riding all day, we recognized several known faces (JB from Anglet, JB from Bordeaux, Irwin and his dog Billy, Marco, Marc from Banos, Antoine and his pony...etc.). We noticed that the trail evolved in the past years; there is beautiful common start, the small line and the hip one have a common end with the "Shark thin", while the big line is being finalized on its end.
After a chilled evening, with a small crew, Saturday, we started the day with a session before lunch, on the small line with the main local, Gilian. We had a second session in the afternoon, this time on the hip line, with more people but still no crowd. Weather was hot and sunny, hydration required, after a late lunch, some displays were installed: Banos distro, Down for life, official merch from Gro trail and Trailife. Then we had our last session, still no crowd, so no queue at the start, very pleasant. This time we rode mainly on the hip line and the big one where a dozen of riders, including our Shape rider Bruno ! This last session was really enjoyable, we rode beautiful jumps, which look big but are truly safe as they said, we really had fun. Saturday night, is obviously THE party of the jam, laughing and remembering the good feeling of all the day long.
Sunday morning, waking up more or less difficult for some. We decided to take the road at midday, thanks to Gilian and the locals, a beautiful trail which is dug by passion people and give ideas to all of us.
We have created a web store some years ago, using the Big cartel platform. We have not used that tool that much, so we decide to update it. You can find all Shape bicycles' products which are available, especially our more famous one (Fusion sprocket, Made in France tee shirt...). So we now have an easy solution to offer you our products. Shape bicycles web store