Welcome to the Lost Bowl
The 2015 edition of FBM's Lost Bowl Jam had a major impasse going against it: Rain. The forecast called for it, and once it had been established that this event had never been rained out previously, it felt even more inevitable. And sure enough, the best efforts to get started early to beat the rain were met with precipitation and much cooler temperatures than was welcome. But somehow, BMX happened, even amid rains actively falling from the sky. Between a combination of raw determination and a transition that was situated under an umbrella-like tree, the window of dryness allowed those in attendance to ride. So consider this a truncated version of the Lost Bowl Jam, beginning with Bob Quirk, who showed up in a windbreaker, rocking a railed seat. Bob Quirk took care of the dry transitions in a flash with a fastplant to tabletop.
It was race weekend in Richmond, which made Conor Mckeon's choice to don a Dale Earnhardt t-shirt a shrewd move to sway the judges. There actually were no judges, but this tailwhip was a winner.
FBM Bikes, organizers of the jam, lit the Lost Bowl firepit aflame and let riders air over the flame. So in this case, FBM might stand for "Fire-Beer-Moisture."
The fluidity of BMX science
You know what always looks good? Tabletops. It's essential BMX science. BMX science also tells us that riding in the rain is a fairly poor idea. (So there are no absolutes.) But Garret Anderson (pictured here) does not stay at home buried in books.
Clever captioning goes out the window when someone just does something nutty, such as a head high flair on a tight transition under a tree in the rain. The elusive and enigmatic North Carolina rider known as Seamus McKeon went upside down... in the rain.
Chances are, if you read about something just beyond the pale of reasonable human activity happening, the setting is Florida. Trey Jones is from Florida, so maybe draw your own conclusions, one-handers notwithstanding.
I let Kyle Hibbard know that all I really wanted in life was a good photo of a tire slide. His enthusiasm and rapid execution left me thinking that I probably should ask for things more often. All photos and captions by Stephen Horrocks.