TEAM ROBOT is still undecided on whether petitions do anything, heavily leaning towards “no,” but just in case they make any difference at all you should sign this petition to save the Winchester BMX trails in England. They’re at 10,000, hoping to get 15,000 petitions, so if all five TR readers follow the link, we could really make a big difference:
The trails at Winchester, like everywhere else, are important. Kids need dirt, and trees, and unsupervised spaces where they can make good and bad decisions, and eventually figure out the difference. Kids in 2017 are signed up for supervised programs, where coaches or mentors or teachers or parents or supervisors tell them what to do or where to go. Every second is scheduled, and what gets scheduled out is this thing called childhood.
I didn’t really fall in love with Stranger Things, because it was obviously pandering to nostalgia and because I never want to hear those fake ass synth tracks ever again, but I did love the image of the kids roaming around on bikes getting into trouble. Other than Girl Interrupted, Sam Gamgee, and the bitchy Sheriff, there are almost no parents to be found in the show. Good.
“So, we’ll like, get sucked into an inter dimensional wormhole and battle the forces of evil, but I gotta be back in time for Airwolf.”
As a kid, I remember watching Rankin footage from Winchester and the old Ride UK Bar End Jams with my jaw on the floor. Watching these gods among men blasting nine miles in the air on the big straight four pack, riding a paved highway into the sky at a million mph, I knew instantly that I wanted that feeling. The next week, after intense debate and deliberation, Aaron and I went out to the woods to stack all our lips and landings another foot or two higher. If you ever came out to our trails and felt like you were going into orbit, you can thank the guys at Winchester.
I know these videos are horrible quality. Use your imagination and pretend they’re in HD. Or better yet, don’t, and kill yourself.
The video above was mind-boggling to me as a teen. No one has a helmet on, the jumps are super fast, and everyone is a mile in the sky, but everyone is taking the piss, to use the regional parlance. Basket/streamer/ET guy doesn’t seem too stressed.
The Winchester trails are currently at risk of getting plowed to build 14 parking spots for the town. That’s dumb.