I’ve been to Jamaica for a week. Sorry about that. It was work. Honest.
I did a lot of things. I rode a lot of trails. Most* of which you’ll be able to read about in the next issue of Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine.
But while the Winter Olympics are still on I thought I’d mention something relevant.
Remember the film “Cool Runnings”? Improbable but (fairly) truthful depiction of Jamaica’s first Winter Olympic bobsleigh team. Well, there a bunch of folk in Jamaica who want to do the same thing again – but with BMX.
How brilliant would that be?
One of the things I witnessed during my time on the island was the Jamaican Bike Bash. Loads of young people thrashing around and messing with bikes of all shapes and sizes. It was a great combination of genuine competitiveness and open-minded un-snobbery. Ride what you brung. There was some seriously impressive bike handling skills and speeds. With some decent – or in fact ANY – facilities you can only imagine the potential that could be unleashed.
I’m now heading off to the bookies to place money on Jamaica winning some Olympic medals in BMX.
Posted on: February 22, 2010 by Ben_Haworth