SOLON, OH (BRAIN)—Solon Bicycle owner Dan Sirkin will be hosting a BMX Freestyle Reunion festival on July 18, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Solon Community Center.
In the mid 80s to early 90s, Randy Loop of Columbus, Ohio assembled BMX Freestyle competitions that were held all across the country. The bulk of his efforts were concentrated in the Columbus region, however. His competitions consistently showed some of the strongest turnouts of any event series going at the time. Over the years, many of these riders ended up becoming sponsored by major bike companies. Some of these riders stuck with it throughout the 90s when the sport died while others just quit riding altogether.
Dan Sirkin, a former nationally ranked flatland freestyle ride, who rode for Haro Bikes, has never stopped riding. Although the actual amount of time spent riding is much less these days, he still feels the same thrill as when he was much younger. Recently, he reconnected with many of the riders from the past and decided to host this reunion, called the East Central Reunion Jam. While many of these riders from the past are now located all across the country, they are quickly booking flights to come out to the event and dust off their bikes in hopes of getting back into the game.
"This is not only a great way for us to catch up on old times, but also to promote a healthy lifestyle through biking," Sirkin said. Expected turnout is about 100 riders.