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A BMX and NIKE bonanza in Barcelona

The BCN BMX PRO is just round the corner and the teaser videos are out. This is an eagerly awaited event and is guaranteed to be a spectator magnet:

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Paul Ryan was determined to get a sneak trial on the track:

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Barcelona is the venue for an exciting BMX event in July – 3rd and 4th to be exact. 40 of the world’s best park riders will take their place on a course designed by the innovative U.S. wood conjurer Nate Wessel. The line up has been selected via a combination of the following – exclusive invite, top placings at major league events and a riders poll, with three final spots being awarded to the top locals in the Spanish AM JAM which will take place on Saturday morning before the PRO Qualifiers.

The €20,000 will be split amongst the winners with first prize getting €7,000 and cash prizes down to 10th place. There will be a €1,000 prize for the best trick in the competition.

The overall winner will also claim a wildcard entry into the prestigious Nike 6.0 HB BMX PRO held on Huntington Beach in California in August.

Top riders in the line up include Nike 6.0 riders Garrett Reynolds, Dennis Enarson, Mike Spinnerand Jason Phelan who will ride alongside the likes of Gary Young, Ryan Nyquist, Drew Bezanson and Brett Banasiewicz plus many others.

Some great footage here from the qualifying rounds:

Nate Wessel, to the uninformed, is the guy to go to when you want something very special. He has created some of the best skateparks and BMX parks in the world – from Woodward to X-Gamesl. This year, in Barcelona, Nike wanted something just a little bit different and so they called up Nate Wessel who was delighted: “There are so many people out there that design courses and build ramps so it was amazing that they chose to call me.”

The Nike BCN BMX Pro is in the same venue as the Barcelona Extreme last year, but “it is kind of narrow for what I designed especially to have sideways types of lines and transfers. The space is really better for a back and forth set up so that was the only difficult thing to overcome,” he said. “When I am designing a course for someone I keep working on it till everyone is happy with the final product… Street, flow, tons of transfers, or jumping stuff, or a combo of street and flow.”

“On this design the toughest thing was how narrow the space is for the type of course. About 15 more feet side to side would really make this course amazing. But with a few changes I made it work with all of the features that we wanted to keep and I tightened it up. It’s gonna be really sick.”

Nike BCN BMX apark in Barcelona, Spain

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It’s bound to be a humdinger…

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