Farm Jam tipped to be bigger than ever

Last updated 12:51 25/01/2013
SOUTHLAND MOTORCROSS
NICOLE GOURLEY/Fairfax NZ
AERIAL RIDE: Australian freestyle motocross rider Matt Schubring entertains the crowd during Farm Jam in 2010.

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Top riders across FMX, BMX and mountain biking have thrown their hats in the ring for the 2013 instalment of NZ Farm Jam.

Three-time X Games BMX Dirt legend Corey Bohan will contest the BMX section alongside the likes of always-charging American Mike "Hucker" Clark, and a swathe of Australasia's best 20-inch dirt riders.

The FMX contest has seen unprecedented interest from both sides of the Tasman.

The likes of defending champion Tyrone Gilks, Nitro Circus rider Matt McFerran and Australian FMX legend Matt Schubring are set to take on a host of Kiwi rippers including Nick Franklin and Callum Shaw.

The new-look moto format will incorporate a free-riding contest as well as the conventional FMX competition.

Spaniard Andreu Lacondeguy has put his hand up to ride not only the 26-inch bike, but the FMX competition as well.

While Lacondeguy is established as an indomitable freeride MTBer, he also spends a lot of time ripping up the FMX ramps and has a large bag of tricks to bring to the contest.

Lacondeguy and Czech rider Tomas Zejda will take on New Zealand's Kelly McGarry and reigning champion Conor Macfarlane in a battle for the mountainbike crown.

"We can't believe the quality and quantity of riders we've had voice their interest to ride the NZ Farm Jam this year," organiser Brett Frew said.

"This year we're really ramping things up to push the Jam to a new level.

"We're excited about the buzz that's being built around the 2013 event."

Co-organiser Dan Frew said the Otapiri Gorge brothers had been busy developing and extending the FMX, BMX and mountainbike trails to continue the event's progression on February 23.

"We're always looking to progress the established lines and courses," he said.

"This year we have received sponsorship to make some big improvements.

"On top of that we plan to have a crew of builders on hand all day to ensure the trails are kept absolutely prime."

Farm Jam has continued to flourish as a premier multi-discipline event combining natural-terrain freestyle motocross, BMX dirt and mountain-bike dirt-jumping.

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- The Southland Times

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