Words by Seb Hejna
When NASS announced that they would host The BMX Worlds at their event this year, there were a few questions bouncing around the BMX community. Will they have vert? Will they have flatland? What riders will show? And what will they do with the dirt and park course that will compare to what NASS and The Worlds have previously had? And I’m happy to say that they have all but answered these questions, and answered them well.
The Park course has historically always been good at NASS. FourOneFour, the ramp builders, are responsible for places such as Adrenaline Alley in Corby and have had the NASS contract for a very long time, so they know how to make the most out of the indoor space. And this year won’t disappoint, they’ve managed to somehow push the boundaries again and the course has a great mix of big new BMX park focussed features and a solid array of street for the skaters and BMX street heads.
It’s never easy building a course that caters for different styles of riding, and you can never please everyone entirely, but I really can’t see much to fault with this one, there is something for everyone. There’s transfer lines, straight boxes, big quarters, rails and ledges and the Elvis has still got a place in the course for Ben Hennon to hit the sky again, one of the best moments from NASS last year in my opinion.
The Elvis doesn’t stand alone this year though, it looks like there are multiple lines in, out and even over it, and there appears to be an open loop happening too. These obstacles will source the men from the boys that’s for sure. The rider list is already looking pretty serious though, and with even more names coming as the event gets closer, we’re set to see quite a battle commence for The Worlds title.