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Bicycling Thu Aug 05 2010

Dirt Jam a Total Success


So the skies opened up last Friday and the Garden Dirt Jam, CAMBR's big party for celebrating the "official-and-legal-ness" of The Garden (3400 N. Rockwell) went off Saturday with few hitches despite the dampness.

For those who don't know, the Garden is located on a long-abused and ignored patch of land behind Lane Tech High School. BMXers and MTB trials riders took over the grounds and built a passel of jumps, berms, and platforms that utilized demolished building foundations and the natural terrain to create a short and fast pump track. Over the past year, volunteers from CAMBR have cleaned up the grounds, removed trash, and made the Gardens into a place where the public can come, ride bikes, and enjoy themselves without fear of a ticket for trespassing.

Saturday was the big party to welcome this thing into being. Races, demonstrations, and lots of sweet jumps ruled the day. Click here for a massive album of photos from the Dirt Jam -- notice the big air and rad hits. The wet grounds were no match for a huge enthusiastic crowd, though the clouds of mosquitoes left everyone quite drained at day's end. Blame the drenching rains, not the tight jumps, for those bloodsuckers.

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