Burton AM Tour 08/09 rocks Castleford

Mon 24 November 08

Brit Jamie Nicholls does it again and this time back on his own turf.

Bispingen is the past and the Burton AM Tour is on the road with a new mission ... Bring the pleasure of Join, Create and Progress to the British soil! The place where all these intentions should come true was the SNO!zone Castleford in the North of England near Leeds.

After another day in the fridge all shaping and tuning was through and the park was ready to get rocked... Competition day, Saturday the 22nd of November: After the boarding time as the inscription was over, it seemed that only 29 British competitors were about to arrange this contest among themselves. “Fish ‘n’ Chips” without a delicious desert... NO WAY! ... Ferry transports were responsible for the check-in delay of 12 other Dutch riders but finally the table was set and the main menu could be served with the yummy Dutch Chocomel “de Enige Echte”! … But back to business … The waiting paid off and the qualification was tight as expected.

AM Tour 08 - Castleford - Winner Jamie Nicholls
AM Tour 08 - Castleford - Winner Jamie Nicholls
Photo: Ueli Christoffel

In the finals one wicked run followed the other but in the end it was Jamie Nicholls who grabbed the gold medal in the Junior Boys category with some awesome rail action on the Double-Kinked followed by a Cab Underfilp over the Kinked, a Backside 720 and a sick slide 180 on – 180 off on the gas pipe rail. Within the Junior Girls category the main protagonist and winner of the finals became Sophie Bradshaw-Turner. In the younger categories, the Youth’s, it was Gino Rupp and Katie Ormerod who convinced the judges with their skills and celebrated their second triumph on the current Tour.

AM Tour 08 - Castleford - Overall winners
AM Tour 08 - Castleford - Overall winners
Photo: Ueli Christoffel

With the second win on the Tour Jamie, Gino and Katie moved themselves into a brilliant position to become the Overall Tour Winner and snatch the BEO Package provided by the main partner Volvo and Burton.

The second stop of the Tour, a captivating battle between the British and the Dutch was a delightful feast… Yes mam’ we are hungry for some more “international cuisine”. Let’s see what Landgraaf offers on Dec. 6th … Another Swatch TTR 2 Star Event awaits us!

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Snozone Castleford, United Kingdom

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