When: Wed 20th of February 2008
Where: Bareges, French Pyrenees
Bareges / French Pyrenees 20-26 January. Words and photos: Peter Lundström.
After the usual hassle with Air Chance, lost luggage, missed flights, bomb threats and whatnot, we were back in Bareges / France. We, as in a decent size of Dragon Optical's European team and myself. The Dragon Jib Bunker idea was supposed have taken place last year, but was cancelled last minute due to the lack of snow that plagued many resorts in Europe last winter.
The set-up was basically a number of transitions and step-ups on the bunker/resturant located on the mountain. The first day of slush and bluebird was spent hucking up on the roof, which you made with the use of 2 step up kickers, and then launched off the back to a landing down below. Chris Sörman had a sweet combo of frontside 180 up to switch backside 5 down. You could also make your way down from the top of the roof using one of the two rails that unfortunately were put in a somewhat awkward angle from the inrun.
Second and third day was wallride day, with two wallrides in different directions where Gulli Gudmundsen from Iceland was throwing down applauded combos. Due to a viscious game of football during the evening between Scandinavia and the rest of Europe, the level of energy was at an all time low the following morning. The shredding was left until sundown, and when the slush had turned to ice, Paul Lambersen from France started working on one of the wallrides which was now fitted with an evil gap for extra flair. Miraculously, no one got hurt, except for Andreas Gidlund who banged his hand into his artsy fartsy table jib, soon to be seen, somewhere.
When the last day came and pretty much every corner of the bunker had been filmed with some kick-arse wire-cam action and shot by dozens of photographers, some riders started pulling out new combos on the gargantuan concrete jibstacle. This, of course, resulted in some of the meanest slams the French Pyrenees has ever seen. Christian Weber's one-footed wipe-out backwards in to the concrete wall only to mention one. We managed to get off the mountain with all limbs still intact, with enough energy to be ready for yet another draining encounter with Air France the following morning.
Thanks to Bareges resort, Iker, Eric and the rest of the folks at Dragon who made this shindig possible.