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As one of the main attractions at the Toronto International Bicycle Show, to be held at the Direct Energy Trade Centre just inside the east entrance of the Toronto Exhibition Place March 2 to 4, 2007, the BMX freestyle competition will continue its tradition of challenge and excitement as it attracts top riders from across North America.
An expanded amateur rider event will see 120 spots open to those riders anxious to experience the new locally built BMX Park. Qualifiers take place Friday from 4:30 to 8:30 pm for 80 riders, then 40 more riders Saturday from noon to 2:00 pm. The top 40% from both Friday and Saturday move on to the finals on Sunday starting at noon. Entry fee for amateurs will be $30.
The Pro riders, competing for a prize purse of $10,000, will be at the event Saturday and Sunday. Pro qualifiers take place Saturday from 2:00 to 6:00 pm, with the finals on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The entry fee of $60 includes not just the comp, but also a full-on red carpet service.
Open practice for all riders happens Friday from noon to 4:00, Saturday 10:00 am to noon and Sunday 10:00 am to noon.
Catfish (Zack), the voice of BMX events, will provide the live coverage and analysis both days, Judging of the events will be under the critical, experienced eyes of Mike Vincent, Brian Tunney and Mark Losey.
New this year, the BMX Park stays in Toronto. At the conclusion of the event, and the melting of the winter snow, the park will be moved to an outdoor area downtown for the rest of the year where local and visiting riders will be able to “ride where the pros rode” for free. Information on the exact location will be available after the show. The challenging and detailed park is being built by some of the best ramp builders in the city, including Jeremy Karsh and Greg Falconer.
To ensure a spot in these events, please email details to Mike Heaton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include: name, address, age and competition category (amateur or pro). If amateur, register for Friday or Saturday. If pro, list the sponsoring team(s).
Toronto BMX jam will be looking for volunteers to get ready for and run this event. If you are interested in assisting with the construction of the Park now (building from 8:00am to 10pm daily near Eglinton and Black Creek), or helping on one of the days of the event (registration, hosting, site maintenance, scoring), please contact Mike at email@example.com.
Full information on the Toronto International Bicycle Show is available at www.telsec.net/bicycleshow/html_pages/springshow.html Check out the other events included in admission to the show including flatland and dirt competitions.
For full details on the Toronto BMX Jam, visit www.torontobmx.ca Great course, great riding, great friends, great atmosphere – come and enjoy a great experience in Toronto.
With thanks to Mr. Carl Bastedo and the Toronto International Bicycle Show for asking us to orchestrate this event. Michael Heaton