Bikers jump into spring with a few additions to the infamous dirt jump track
The Wam Bam Dirt Jump Jam has become a fixture in the community, and this summer riders have a lot to look forward to.
With help from the community, Dylan Siggers and Paul Genovese are volunteering their time to expand the Fernie Mountain Bike Club’s (FMBC) jump track.
“We’re trying to switch it up so we can have a different set up for the Wam Bam Dirt Jump Jam at the end of the summer,” Siggers said.
Donations from Ski Base, Fernie Alpine Resort, Giv’r Shirts and Straight Line will be put towards building three new jumps — new features that will bring some diversity to the park's current setup.
Siggers says the park has had the same dirt jumps since 2008.
The young men decided they wanted to make some changes in the park last fall and began finalizing their plans in mid winter.
Because the new jumps require a lot of maintenance including sifting all the dirt, packing and watering the dirt and squaring off the jumps, the project will take about two weeks, Siggers says.
But Siggers and Genovese say their efforts will be worthwhile in the end.
“If we have nice jumps there’s going to be definitely more kids riding bikes,” Genovese said.
“That’s kind of all that really matters.”