The Toronto International Bike Show has evolved over the years. Like many riders these days, I’ve been going since the La Revolution contest days, seen it transformed to the enormous Metro Jam series, in to the Ricoh Coliseum, and now in to it’s present state as the Toronto BMX Jam. From mega-pros traveling from Europe, Japan, and South America to attend, to Canadian and American riders trekking across the country to get squeezed in to the pro and amateur slots, the event has had it all. I’m not trying to say any specific time period or incarnation of the contest was better than another. They all have had their ups and downs. What does keep me coming back to the show for the first weekend of March every year is the people. After a long winter, the bike show is often the first chance most people have to see each other in a long time, catch up with old friends, make new ones, put faces to names you’ve heard, and for some getting drunk in the stands. I’m not going to try and bore you with a run down of who did what trick, who qualified in what place, or who smashed bottles at the Dance Cave. Those things can likely be found on a number of other sites already (with the exception of the Dance Cave part – those actions go undisclosed). Instead, here’s an offering of photos of some of the people that make attending the Toronto BMX Jam every year what it is.
Albert Krolikowski and Rich Redmond
Brad @ 3Ride – ten years strong
Chris Henry with something in his teeth.
Greg Henry and Harley Haskett
There’s always some action going on at the flatland side.
Jonah @ Black Pony
Fashion icon Paul Berger
Mississauga Rob was getting indecent.
Andrew White and Mark Hoerdt
Mark Losey, Brian Tunney, some other guy, Paul Hoerdt
Chris @ Core
Blurry Drew Bezanson
Mike Heaton makes the whole weekend happen.
Blurry Brian Tunney
Even the amateurs were popping off all weekend.