Odyssey's Texas Toast Jam Day 1
Texas Toast Jam 2013 Day 1
Odyssey BMX's Texas Toast Jam returned to Austin, Texas, for the third year Friday. Beginning with old-school quarterpipe jams and helmet art exhibitions, Odyssey and fellow sponsors of the Texas Toast Jam hope to add an element of homegrown camaraderie to the BMX scene. Here, old-school quarterpipe judges John Yull, from left, Ron Wilkerson and Dennis McCoy enjoy a moment of downtime.
Texas Toast attracts BMX riders of all ages and origins. Mark "Fids" Findlay hails from Hastings, England, and has been competing in BMX competitions for more than 20 years. He still knows how to blast a mean tabletop air on an old-school quarterpipe. All hail The Fids.
Years ago, Pat Miller rode for Schwinn, competed in BMX Vert at the X Games and called Austin home. Miller returned to the BMX fold this weekend and walked away with the win in High Air on Friday.
Troy McMurray, onetime S&M Bikes pro and longtime X Games competitor in BMX Dirt and Park, traveled to Austin and landed this bike flip foot plant on the old-school quarterpipe. Texas Toast definitely succeeded in bringing some of the sport's legends together.
For years, Leigh Ramsdell competed in X Games BMX Vert and often capped off his runs with a backflip fakie. Ramsdell still manages to own the flip fakie, with style to boot.
Jim Cielencki traveled from Buffalo, N.Y., to Austin via car and proceeded to push the progression of old-school quarterpipe riding. The hand plant on vert has been discussed for years, but few have been able to ride away from the trick smoothly. Jim C. is an esteemed member of that small club.
540s on vert are not something riders can just play around with. It's either all or nothing, just like Mark "Fids" Findlay's riding.
Another perspective on Pat Miller's high air during the old-school quarterpipe jam.
Gauntlet of Death
The Gauntlet of Death obstacle course is a staple of the Texas Toast weekend, and the Oakley sunglasses returned to welcome riders onto the course.
Odyssey constructed a life-sized replica of its popular Thunderbolt crank for the Gauntlet of Death course. Riding across this was no easy task.
Gauntlet of Death
Failure Bikes' lightning bolt structure and an X Games Austin jump to angled wallride were both parts of the Gauntlet of Death course.
Owen Aitken, son of Mike and Trista Aitken, traveled to Austin with his legendary BMX dad and proceeded to ride the Gauntlet of Death course. Could there be another legendary BMX Aitken in the making?
Texas Toast not only encourages BMX progression -- it also reminds BMX riders to keep things funny and irreverent. The Gauntlet of Death course is a perfect example, as are the Sunday Bikes banana and Fairdale Bikes giraffe.
Ring of Fire
Austin musician and artist Tim Kerr loaned his talents to paint the ring of fire on the Gauntlet of Death course. Here, an unknown rider barspins to safety through the ring.
Gauntlet of Death entrance
A sarcastic warning sign marked the start of the Gauntlet of Death course.
Nathan Williams does an icepick on a scaled replica of a popular downtown ledge in Austin.
FBM school bus
For more than 20 years, FBM's crew has managed to travel the U.S. on limited funds and inject fun into any situation it finds. In Texas, the crew touched down in a matte black school bus with tinted windows, which also served as its hotel.
A custom screen-printing center for T-shirts was provided by a fund that helps professional action sports athletes recover from injury. Here, Stew Johnson owns up to his Indiana roots and recreates a Scum Clothing T-shirt.
Bell Helmets auction
Bell Helmets conducted an auction to help action sports athletes who are recovering from injury. The presenters of the auction were not what we expected. Here, Leigh Ramsdell poses as Captain Idiot while displaying helmets.