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This is our most recent project we just completed. We were asked by Toyota to construct a mobile skatepark based on a design presented to us.  The task was that it had to be able to travel with minimal trucking, It had to be a quick install and it had to be an even quicker breakdown and venue clear out. Plus we only had 18/19 days from start to finish to pull this off. This is the first park of its kind that has been designed and built to accommodate wheelchair athletes.

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Toyota is the main sponsor of the 2020 Olympic games so considering BMX, skateboarding and wheelchair athletes are a part of this seasons Olympic program they decided to celebrate that fact at their recent 2017/18 product launch in Copenhagen at the Bella center venue. We are going to ROME in the new year with this set up to install it permanently into a local skatepark there donated completely free of charge by TOYOTA!!..Respect!

DK: 20171128, København, Danmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Foto: Lars Møller UK: 20171128, Copenhagen, Denmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Photo: Lars Moeller

Every platform height was accessible by the wheel chair athletes that came to perform. Its actually pretty scary watching them drop into ramps. Wild and respect!!

 

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We at Ramp-Riders did not design the park but we did design it structurally, we designed how it would be broken down into components that were easily transportable and assembled quickly. We also tweaked a few radius dimensions to suit certain functions.

DK: 20171128, København, Danmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Foto: Lars Møller UK: 20171128, Copenhagen, Denmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Photo: Lars Moeller

The park features a 10 meter wide mini ramp @ 1.8 meters tall. It also had a 3.8 meter wide jump box @1.5 meters tall with a 2.5 meter tall quarter pipe and roll-in parked in front of it to allow for some speed to be generated for it.

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There was a 3.8 meter wide 4.5 meter tall free standing vert wall with plexiglass installation. 2 small roll-ins for the mini street section along with a ledge and a rail.

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(Below) Grind rail built for everybody but more intentionally for the wheelchair athletes. One thing that we did discover on this journey of ramp building and functionality was the difference between wheelchair geometry and what we are used to catering for. Wheelchair sports in this field is at its infancy. The transitions that we normally use don`t actually suit these guys or suit their current equipment. There is still a lot of research and development required to push this sport to its fullest potential. Sergio Layos(Pro BMX rider) and I discussed the failings in the equipment as a starting point. Their centre of gravity is too high on the current chair set ups. This needs to be redesigned and developed radically to improve its functionality and feel. Once that has been achieved then perhaps the standard transitions we use for all will suit them also.

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(Below) The wheelchair crew were a great bunch of people.

DK: 20171129, København, Danmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Foto: Lars Møller UK: 20171129, Copenhagen, Denmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Photo: Lars Moeller

(Below) Jacob Nedler throwing down a huge 360 no hander over the box jump.

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(Below) Jason Phelan sending a perfect flip to fake on the mini ramp.

DK: 20171129, København, Danmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Foto: Lars Møller UK: 20171129, Copenhagen, Denmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Photo: Lars Moeller

(Below) Sergio Layos sending a flair on the mini ramp.

DK: 20171129, København, Danmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Foto: Lars Møller UK: 20171129, Copenhagen, Denmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Photo: Lars Moeller

(Below) This guy was doing these hand plants all day on the quarter pipes. I would`t know where to start trying to figure out how to do this.

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DK: 20171129, København, Danmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Foto: Lars Møller UK: 20171129, Copenhagen, Denmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Photo: Lars Moeller

(Below) The skateboarders put on a great show that day also.

DK: 20171129, København, Danmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Foto: Lars Møller UK: 20171129, Copenhagen, Denmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Photo: Lars Moeller

(Below) Jason Phelan with a quick foot jam tail whip on the box jump landing ramp.

DK: 20171129, København, Danmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Foto: Lars Møller UK: 20171129, Copenhagen, Denmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Photo: Lars Moeller

(Below) Martin Jessin boosting some nice height on the vert wall.

DK: 20171129, København, Danmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Foto: Lars Møller UK: 20171129, Copenhagen, Denmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Photo: Lars Moeller

(Below) Bmx crew and myself having a quick chat about it all on the test ride.

DK: 20171129, København, Danmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Foto: Lars Møller UK: 20171129, Copenhagen, Denmark: Toyota Wheel Parks - Bellacenter Photo: Lars Moeller

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The ramp arrived on site raw. Painting and graphics had to be done at the end.

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We had 3 days to complete the install which was great but considering the tight window to pull this whole thing off in the first place we had issues that had to be dealt with constantly until the very end. But we never fail no matter what those issues happen to be.

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(Below) the vert wall was the last thing we put together. Its a 15mm thick acrylic  translucent plastic we used in the end. It was going to be 18mm but the weight difference was too much to justify it.

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(Below) Paint crew wizard the lovely Nina enjoying a sip of champagne on the show day while taking it all in.

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We got the truck count down to 3 in total, 2.5 to be more correct but thats still 3. 3 open  bed articulated trucks carrying their own crane arms. So we had the 3 trucks roll in at the same time and loaded everything all at once as there was a very tight trucking schedule at the venue due to there being so many vendors at that event that required trucking, loading/unloading time. We had it all loaded within an hour.

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(Below) translucent vert wall section breakdown. This thing was heavy so it could`t be manhandled into place. 2 fork lifts either side with a bit of rigging made light work of it though.

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The venue itself was the worst venue I have ever worked in. The security was constantly resisting you. Doors for loading and unloading very never allowed to be open it seemed and when they were we had to be really quick about what we were doing. Very difficult circumstances to try install a skatepark within.

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The in-house fork lift guys were great though!! They always made themselves available without any drama! Respect!

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The breakdown took us about 6 hours I think. It could have been faster but we celebrated the night before so that had a slight impact, plus everybody was truly busted and wore out anyway at that point.

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A giant thank you goes out to all the unsung heroes that are ramp builders who normally never get a thank you or any appreciation in this industry, except from me, All you guys and gals are awesome thank you so much…these folks are.

Jonas Møller, Gene rosmarin, Allan Dean Russell, Konstantine dragun, Magnus, Per skafte, Torben Banke petersen and Nina Yazgur.

A gigantic thank you goes out to all the BMX riders that jumped on board this mission to perform on this set up and choose to kill it for the shows. Very much appreciated guys!!…These dudes are.

Sergio Layos, Jason Phelan, Jacob Nedler, Martin Jessin and Marcus diemar.

 

And of course a big thank you goes out to Thomas Skou for taking on the MC responsibility and doing a great job at it also.

 

The Skateboard and wheelchair athletes were not a part of our contract but thank you guys for doing an amazing job also.

 

ROME here we come in the new year with this park to install somewhere permanently!!

 

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