Riders, are you ready? Organisers of New Zealand’s Farm Jam are now accepting expressions of interest from riders eager to experience the legendary two-wheeled action sports event, scheduled to be held on 1 March 2014.
The BMX, MTB courses and FMX compounds are already receiving a significant number of upgrades for 2014, and with media exposure from previous years gaining worldwide attention and acclaim, organisers Dan and Brett Frew are anticipating a record number of both local and international riders to converge on their picturesque venue at the bottom of the South Island.
Matt Schubring ripping up the freeride kickers 2013
However, due to a sharp increase in popularity and rider attendance over the past few years, the 2014 event will have limited entry spots available across FMX, BMX and MTB. As such, international riders in particular are encouraged to email their expressions of interest as soon as possible for consideration.
“While it’s exciting to see so many excited riders getting behind our event, it’s grown to the stage where we need to start capping entries,” says Brett Frew. “It was a tough call, but in order for the Farm Jam to run smoothly and showcase the best action, it’s a necessary step we need to take.”
In particular, the FMX and freeride competitions are attracting a burgeoning number of overseas riders, causing challenges locating enough motocross bikes – especially YZ250s – for the riders. In order to streamline the process for 2014, a panel will rank the FMX riders who register their expression of interest, with invitations to compete then sent out. If a rider cannot make the Farm Jam, their position will be offered to the next-ranked rider.
The Frew Farm
“We’re really excited at the booming number of international FMX riders wanting to compete, but in the past helping them source bikes has been a challenge,” explains Dan Frew. “This new selection and invitation system will help us maintain an extremely high calibre of riders and showcase the sport to our thousands of spectators, as well as streamline the process leading up to the Jam.”
The Frews are also encouraging the public to both spread the word about the upcoming Farm Jam on March 1, and turn up to watch some of the world’s best riders in action.
“We’ve always had brilliant, solid support from our spectators, and we would love to step the crowd numbers up again next year,” Brett Frew explains. “The bigger the crowd, the better the atmosphere and the crazier things get out on the courses!”
Nick Fanklin on the FMX course 2013
International riders wishing to put forward their expressions of interest or requesting further information must E-mail the below E-mail addresses before Sunday 12 January 2013. :
Here’s the FMX & Freeride action from last years Farm Jam: