On Saturday 14th of September, the eighth Vollgas Jam took place in Zwingenberg, where it has been held annually since 2012. Under bright blue skies, countless bikers and spectators arrived on the dirt jump grounds of the Bembelbahn Bergstraße. Long before the pro contest, which took place in the evening at floodlight, the bikers showed breathtaking tricks, such as front and backflips as well as tailwhips and 360s. Due to the glorious weather of this year's September, the 48 competitors sweated under their helmets while spectators fetched their cool in form of cold drinks and shadow under the big Red Bull tent.
Shortly after the event’s start, the Kids-Contest took place, where 19 kids ranging from 7 to 14 years could show their skill on their MTB or BMX. Although it was difficult to judge the kids while taking into account their age and the performance on the bike, the judges, which consisted of two crew members of the Vollgas Jam and the currently injured slopestyle professional Max Mey, made up their minds. The comp was won by Jarno Ahnert from Mittelhessen, second place went to Ben Hellmeister and third to Dexter Ballin. Also, it was nice to see Sophie Arndt among the starters of the kids class, who was the only female participant in the Vollgas Jam 2019 and caused loud cheers.
Next, the amateur contest was on schedule, where the riders gave a taste of what should follow later in the pro class. The riders showed rotations and flips in all directions, which led to a full terrain around the Bembelbahn. In hundreds, the crowd cheered for the competitors during their qualifying runs, before it was time for the final of the amateurs. 15 -years-old Lasse Torbohm convinced the judges, who with his trick arsenal got first place and will ascend with great certainty in to the pro class soon. Second and third place in the amateur class were taken by Sven Raschpichler from Gernsheim and Max Lummel, who were also able to show difficult tricks with safe and stylish elements.
When the last rays of sunshine were replaced by the rising moon, it was time for the final of the 14 professionals. With the great support of the Zwingenberger fire department, lamps and spotlights were placed in such a way that nothing could stand in the way of wild tricks with a unique floodlight atmosphere. From technical combinations, over double backflips and 720 rotations everything was shown. Tom Pfeiffer from Schwalmstadt showed the majority of the craziest tricks, which is why he earned the first place and the € 250 prize money. Second place went to Nick Schubarth, who scored with stylish and technical moves, while Friedger Schönberger secured third place on the podium with backflip triple barspins and other combinations.
It was already past 10pm, but the guys on the bike, as well as the loud crowd, were not tired yet. So, the subsequent cash-for-tricks session made riders push their
limits. For announced tricks an additional 150 € were given, with the loudness of the audience’s cheering, that picked the winners. There were bills for Jannik Völkl, Martin Riedl and Tom Pfeiffer. This atmosphere was then brought to the dancefloor, when riding stopped and Leonard Rillig and the crew of Beat Stay Love took over the aftershow party with their finest beats.
The Vollgas Jam VIII was a great success, with many spectators, happy riders and an amazing support by all voluntary helpers involved! We look forward to next year when it will be time again on 19th of September for the ninth edition of the Vollgas Jam!