: Looks like Jason Bird and Toes talking. I
: didn't know Bird went to Toes MX Park. Capes
: originally built that landing ramp, with
: help from Toes and others. Maybe Bird's
: launch ramp wasn't as steep as Capes' and
: that could explain why he came up short. I
: don't know the relationship between Bird and
: Toes, or if Bird was allowed to shave off
: dirt to make the landing appropriate for the
: launch ramp.
: This is a small insight into the difficulty
: of being a distance jumper. You need people
: on your side. Doing it all alone is just
: impossibly difficult. Without money and
: resources, you are relegated, like Bird, to
: living in your van by the ramps in the
: desert. Jumping is a hard life. It can only
: work with a network of hard-working and
: influential people who believe in you and
: have plenty of resources.
: Freestyle has the money behind it. Distance
: does not. With freestyle, you almost don't
: even need to bring your own bike. With
: distance, you need everything. With
: freestyle, many jumping tours worldwide are
: already in place. Venues are booked far in
: advance. TV, marketing, sponsors are already
: locked in. Everybody is afraid of distance.
: It could be so great.
: --Previous Message--
: The comments below the article are a
: Someone claiming to be a dyslexic Bird is
: talking smack, and gets shot down by someone
: named Toes(?).
: The picture in the article is one of those
: weird panoramic/stretch shots, so it's hard
: to tell from just that.
: Looking forward to the DVD.
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