The trail season has been extended this year thanks to our Spanish friends from the Lost trail, Mataro; they organized their first jam last weekend (4-11-17). We never rode BMX so late in the season, until early November, we never saw that as people from Brittany !
Shape bicycles took the road Thursday night, with Bruno and myself. At the departure, the satnav showed a journey of 11h, on the road, Jems Muller invited us for a session at la Source the next day, it will take 4 hours less of driving. After a cold night in the van parked on a highway stop, we arrived in Toulouse in the late morning, where we met some locals (Thomas and Justin), as well as our friend PJ from Bristol and his friend Mark Taylor. It was very nice to be able to ride the trail quietly (in comparison to the crowd during the jam), we took advantage of Lombric line to warm up, then the new Donut, which rides well especially on these two hips at the beginning of the line, very nice !
The next day, November 4, after a pizza party in Toulouse, we took the road to Spain with the same crew of yesterday; despite black clouds in the Pyrenees, we arrived at Mataro with a beautiful sun, early in the afternoon, no stop at the sex center of la Joncquera, maybe on the road back to France!?! At the trail, the jam has already started, with music, BBQ, all the usual trail riders are there from the four corners of France (Urkatu, Pipe et Dog’s, Gro, Pinard…) and foreigners too, including some “pro riders” like Mike Saavedra, Stephan Lantschner...
The Lost trail is surrounded by buildings on one side and church on the other, it is like a free space of dirt that survives from Urbanization. The trail has existed for more than fifteen years, legally on a private land that the locals rent; this is why tee-shirts were on sale to help them. The place is nice, the plants remind us that we are not in France, with view on sea as a bonus !
We took part of the session quickly, we rode the small lines that are in parallel and join for a common end, it is not difficult and we had fun quickly. Progressively, riders were heading towards the big line, composed almost of hips, it is a beautiful piece of dirt art with the over vert berm (or the wave) and the sort of berm / quarter pipe at the end, which allows to link turns to infinity (our friend Antoine from Normandy, got the record…). Everyone took his mark, transfers were sent on the small lines, beautiful inverts and lookbacks on the hips of the big line, the cherry on the cake was the alley hoop of Mike Saavedra on the berm / quarter pipe, very technical.
In the late afternoon, the clouds arrived with thunder too, we joined force to cover the trail. On our side, we went to eat before returning to the trail to enjoy the campfire, when the rain stopped.
Sunday, November 5, we woke up with the sun, chilling morning with a walk in the center of Mataro and especially a swim in the Mediterranean sea, so nice ! A lot of riders left due to the weather, but after some maintenance, the trail was partly ready to ride (start of the small lines and the whole big one). The session started, it was a pleasure to ride with a small crew, no queue at the start and with PJ as official photographer. Everyone warmed up on the small line, Jems rode with the 22-inch BMX of PJ (a Deluxe one obviously) and threw some tricks, along with Mike Saavedra who made the show. We then went to the big line, but the bodies were tired and the rain was around the corner, the session was finally short.
At the end of te afternoon, we took the road back to France, still no stop at la Joncquera, the journey was long. We spent the evening in Toulouse, but soon everyone will sleep.
Monday, November 6, after a walk through the boulangerie with PJ (French culinary art...) Bruno and I took the road back to Brittan, 9 hours of driving, but we made a stop to eat at Clisson, on the site of the Hellfest !
This trip was very pleasant, with a good crew, some beautiful trails and some luck with weather, we have to renew this trip asap !