Toronto International Bike Show recap

The Toronto BMX Jam raised the roof at the Spring 2012 Toronto International Bike Show.

Toronto International Bike Show recap

Photos by Jamie Rosenthal
Story by Tammy Thorne

Bikes! Bikes! Bikes!

That’s what it was all about all weekend long (March 2 - 4, 2012) at the Better Living Centre on the Exhibition Grounds here in Toronto for the International Bicycle Show.

dandyhorse magazines that were delivered via Wike trailer to a selection of our sponsors on Friday -- Opus, Sweet Pete’s, The Cycle Shoppe, MEC -- were nabbed up quicker than you can say “Passing on your left!”

For the 13th year in a row the Spring bike show was a big success for retailers, manufacturers, bike tour operators, non-profits and, of course, those BMX and MTB riders itching to get outside to ride ...but instead, got to show off their skills inside.

Mike Heaton, event organizer for the TorontoBMX Jam, put on another amazing contest this year.

dandy friend and upcoming contributor, Justin Soares, placed second in the senior amateur category behind Brandon Webster. Pro winner was Drew Bezanson, followed by Daniel Sandoval in second. Our dandy pal and Sour Fever rider Ian Christison (featured in our winter issue here) was feeling some pain when we saw him on Sunday, after riding Saturday's qualifiers. Full results list can be found on the TorontoBMX site here.

BMX riders wait to 'drop in'.

Photos by Jamie Rosenthal.

Heaton’s ramps from the TorontoBMX Jam have been used as part of a Freestyle BMX Park at Wallace Emerson community centre at Dufferin and Dupont. (Read about this park in our first issue of dandyhorse, here.) Ramps were located on the outdoor rink just south of the community centre and there is also a 500 foot clay and dirt track at the west end of the Wallace Emerson park. The ramps are on loan by Heaton to the riders of Toronto for the summer months. Toronto BMX has the mandate to “build more bike parks” and is involved in spearheading the creation of new parks in Toronto and has been organizing the annual spring Toronto BMX Jam at the bike show from the start.

Flatland BMX riders don’t need ramps to put on a good show, but they came from as far away as Japan. These Japanese riders below put on a particularly graceful show.


Flatland BMX photos by Tammy Thorne.

Our friends from the Bamboo Bike Studio partnered with artist Alberto de Ciccio won 3rd best booth this year.

A bamboo bike, above, and our friends at Wike, below, showing one of their trailers with a kayak attached.

Photos by Tammy Thorne.

The guys from YNOT selling bags made right here in Toronto, below. Photo by Jamie Rosenthal.

We had a great time coming back again on Sunday with dandy “wing man” Amanda Beattie tweeting about the talent. Follow us on twitter @dandyhorse for more fun.

Read our dandyhorse archival story from issue one about Wallace Emerson BMX Park here.

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