J Bone hit me up a while back about an idea he had for a interview series revolving around trail builders who have heavily impacted the scene around them. It should go without saying that I was immediately onboard with the idea, especially when he told me that the first person he had in mind to interview was the Beltway Trails’ Denny Ward. Denny may not have started Beltway, but since he took over the reins a few years ago, he’s built both the trails and the scene around them up to a level that I don’t think anyone could…
This jam shouldn’t have happened! It was only through the extreme perseverance of the Beltway Trails locals that the place was able to run after a cold and rainy week leading up to the jam. I’m not going to lie, even I wrote it off and made other plans for the day. Though I ended up being bummed out that I didn’t go up and catch some laps with my friends up north, I am stoked to see that they pulled it off and had a solid day of shredding.
Chris Bird headed down to good ol’ Austin, Texas a couple of weeks ago to join up with Justin Kimmel, Brandon “Pucker” Grimm, Denny Ward, and Joe Orsini who were already down there on A trailcation. Together they hit up damn near every set of trails in and around the greater Austin area, and Chris had his Contour* running for their stops at 9th Street and Eastside. And yes, that means you get a POV view of his crazy ass Speedball crash!
I was stoked to open up my email and find this Beltway Trails edit from Greg Marshall! Though Beltway is only about an hour north of me, I unfortunately don’t get to make it up there all too often. This year things really started to come together for them. They had a solid crew and that translated into a whole lot of dirt being moved. I can only imagine how much the place is going to evolve over the winter! We’ll have to wait until spring to see that, but for now check out how things shaped up last season.