This past Saturday the Heroes of Dirt comp went down in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The contest was staged and filmed to be one of the final scenes of the movie Accelerate (a film by Eric Bugbee), but was also a legit contest with cash on the line.
You've probably seen the trailer and heard a few things about the movie Accelerate by now. BMX plays a big role in the movie. Joel Moody is the main actor in the film (playing the role of Phineas Cooper), and was on site in Allentown filming some scenes along with Bill Allen (the actor who played Cru Jones in the movie Rad) who is playing Phineas' dad in the film. Vivienne VanHorn (who is acting the role of Jordin Reilly) was also on location.
Dave King, Adam Aloise and some of the Catty Woods/PA crew helped build an awesome contest course. Dave described it to me before I got there as a mini Elevation course. I'd say that was accurate. It featured an upper section with small-medium jumps that curved and hipped along to a shark fin/wave looking berm jump that hipped to a step-down landing. That jump was followed by a huge left-hand hip, and finally a big straight last jump. Despite some equipment and wet dirt troubles, those guys built a rad setup as you'll see in the photo gallery below. There's talk of the jumps staying there, too, so if that happens you might want to make a stop in Allentown if you're rolling through PA.
45 riders signed up for the H.O.D. comp and were broken into four groups for qualifying. Each group got a few runs, and the field was narrowed down to a ten-man final. The final was a jam session that went well past the 20-minute time it was originally set for with guys absolutely shredding the course and going for some wild moves and lines late into the night. Special shout-outs go to Brad Gethard who threw down one of the sickest moves of the comp; an alley-oop 270 no-hander over the berm jump hip, and English Robbo who brought mad steez all day and roasted the berm hip, the big hip, the last jump, and every other jump on the course every time he hit them.
With movie scenes being filmed continually in between qualifying rounds and various times throughout the day and into the night, Heroes of Dirt was a long one, but with the riding that went down and the downhill jumps being as fun as could be, everyone had a kick-ass time.
When all was said and done, it was Pat "Big Daddy" Laughlin who took the win with plenty of crazy moves all over the course. Flips, spins, whips, maybe an x-factor...you name it, Big Daddy threw down. Brian Foster annihilated the jumps with huge tables, 360s, 270 alley-oops, possibly a barspin, and drew new lines in places where there shouldn't have been any. BF took home second place for the day. Alex Landeros had the brightest helmet of the day, and some rad variations to go with it. Alex took third overall.
Word has it Heroes of Dirt may become an annual event, so keep your ears open for word of another one next year. Until then, check out the full results listed here, scroll down for a big photo gallery, and check out the movie Accelerate when it comes out.
For more on the movie Accelerate, go to: www.accelerate-themovie.com
2010 Heroes of Dirt Results:
1. Pat "Big Daddy" Laughlin
2. Brian Foster
3. Alex Landeros
4. Seth Klinger
5. Adam Aloise
6. (English) Robbo
7. Brad Gethard
8. Justin Toye
9. James Hawkins
10. Ronnie Napolitan