Guest Post by our Junior Video Editor, Thom
Photos by our Photographer, Neil
We were lucky enough to be at the Mongoose Jam @ Rush Skatepark earlier this month. What a great event! This event saw BMX riders come from as far as the USA and Australia to compete against one another for the chance to win a cut of the $15,000 prize fund.
Rush was the perfect location, an indoor 40,000sq-ft skatepark in Gloucestershire, made up of 3 key areas for competing: Bowl, Street, and Park.
The event was held over 2 days, the first covering all Am competitions. This contest saw loads of local talent take to the stage for a once in a lifetime opportunity; to compete with the Pros the next day! Several Am riders caught our eye including 16 year old local Ross Domanski who made it onto Mongoose Pro rider Kevin Peraza’s team the following day!
Sunday was the day for the Pros. Each Mongoose team rider put together a team of their favourite riders to help them battle it out at winning some of that $15,000 prize fund, along with the Mongoose Jam title! The Bowl Jam saw an early lead for Tom Isted’s team largely thanks to James Jones who took the overall win. However as the weekend went on there was no stopping the force that is Team Peraza (who’ve won for the previous 2 years) who went on to take overall victory and $4,925 for the team!
Although Mongoose Jam has been running for 5 years now, this was the first time it’s head over the pond to the UK, and what a huge success it was! Don’t worry; Mongoose will still be hosting their usual Jam at Woodward West, August 1st-5th, where the teams will continue to battle it out for the 2016 title. It will certainly be one to watch!