We've got it ... and, these are the people you can thank for the help they've provided.
From the left:
Kyle Schulz - the broom may be taller than he is ... but, he's down with helping out. Not only is Kyle having a "killer time", he's also showing great political sensibilities for a young man his age. Vote for Pedro !!!
Steven Palumbo - I'm sorry you didn't have a chance to hit up the track on Saturday, you can see the kid is full of power, and, though we've had some good riders take laps, Steven looks like the kind of kid that is ready to make all our jaws drop when he hits it up.
Krystal Schulz - Brian, you and Tammi have some really super kids -- Krystal has a quick wit and works really hard.
Brian Schulz - Yeah, he's a dad, like me ... with a big honkin' BMX Jones that he lugs around with him. Brian is working on opening a track of his own in the Kenosha area ... and, I can't wait to help with that one too.
John Mittelstadt - Keep us moving along, T/O.
Dana Mittelstadt - Don't ever forget my words of advice ... well, at least until you are on your own. if your dad tells you you are leaving at 7 ... get some sleep that night ... dad's never let their kids off the hook because they got to bed late.
Curt Zizzo - Snackbar has been tearing it up all year for Direct Link ... but, took a few hours to swing up and help us move forward. If you don't like the roller double out of the second corner, you can blame Curt ... right, Mike?
Mike Froh - Told me a bunch of times that if somebody would step up to run a track, he'd be happy to build it. Mike, meet John Mittelstadt ... John, meet Mike. Mike is the difference between a track and a great track. Volunteer with us for one day and you'll see what I mean.
Craig from Pro Electric - You don't see him in this photo ... but, you do see his equipment. Skid steer rental is costly, but essential when building a track. Craig has very graciously allowed the use of his loader on four weekends. That is a killer donation.
Todd Zimmerman - Todd is just about world famous for his volunteer efforts on BMX tracks. In fact, I think he's lined up to help form jumps in Seoul in 2008. This picture is from a couple of weeks ago.
Fred Yanke - I couldn't talk Fred into being part of this image. He said he would "when it's done". So, anyway, here is Fred's incomplete work providing a design element to our start hill. Fred and Mike are both landscapers in current and previous lives, respectively ... and make the rest of us look like absolute klutzes with a rake in our hands. This picture is from last weekend.
Also helping Saturday, but not pictured, Jason Leikam (a friend for 20+ years), Troy Kasper (T/O from Winnebegoland), Tammi Schulz (Brian's wife who cheers really loud for him during races and does an excellent job with the video camera), and Theresa Palumbo (Steven's mom who jumped right in to help after getting roped into giving Steven a ride to the track). Also, for their past help, props to Tim Eiring (Direct Link 28X who is setting the world on fire), and Bryan Dickerson (Direct Link 36+ X who has built and run several tracks during his, ahem, 30 years of involvement with BMX).
On the Clock:
We received this e-mail correspondence from Dickerson last week:
I will be hosting a BMX time trial event at my local practice track on the 5th at 1pm and am wondering if any of you were interested in helping. I would like to put on a speed show.
The track maybe too small for RB.
This is a non-sanctioned event that will run timed laps around a BMX practice facility constructed by Dickerson in a park in Hartford, WI. It's a totally cool little riding spot that my 6 year old Dane and I have hit up a number of times. The jumps are small, but super fun, and the total track length is about 800 ft. I'll get some directions up for those of you interested later this week.
That's it for now ... stay cool everyone.