SEVERAL heavy hitters have been confirmed for this year’s Farm Jam.
FMX and free-riding legends Tyler Bereman (United States), Josh Sheehan (Australia) and Jimmy Hill (US), as well as mountain bike (MTB) icon Carson Storch (US), will attend New Zealand’s premier two-wheeled event on Saturday, February 3.
Bereman has never visited Australasia and is excited to come to New Zealand for an opportunity to ride the Frews’ free-riding paradise at Otapiri Gorge, near Winton.
“I’ve watched the Farm Jam videos from the past two events and I’ve been hanging to come down and check it out in person,” the Temecula-based Bereman said.
“I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation and I’m so stoked to have the opportunity to come down, hang with the boys, see how the Kiwis do it, and ride my dirt bike in one of the most beautiful settings in the world.”
Hill grew up riding dirt bikes in a small Californian ranch town and is excited to ride in a similar setting on the opposite side of the globe.
Red Bull X-Fighters champion and multi-time X Games medallist Sheehan’s confirmation will mark his first time featuring at the Farm Jam since winning the contest seven years ago in 2011.
Farm Jam co-organiser Dan Frew said he was excited to have the FMX field bolstered by some of the world’s biggest names in freestyle and free riding.
“We always have loads of interest from Australian and New Zealand riders, but Tyler and Jimmy will be the first Americans to ride Farm Jam FMX, and we’re absolutely stoked to have ‘Sheeny’ back to see what he can bring to the FMX course.”
Meanwhile, Oregon’s Storch will throw down on the sculpted pushbike dirt jumps in his first appearance at Farm Jam.
“I’ve been following the Farm Jam for years. It looks like such an awesome all-round event and I am stoked to be part of it this year,” Storch said.
Farm Jam co-organiser Brett Frew said this year’s MTB line-up was the heaviest ever.
“You’ve got a two-time winner in Matt Jones, three Red Bull Rampage riders with Carson, Ryan Howard and our own Conor Macfarlane, as well as a heap of other top-level international guys,” he said.
“Then there’s the BMX contest, which has a rider line-up that puts Farm Jam right up there with the best dirt contests in the world. We’re so excited to see what happens in a few weeks’ time.”
The Farm Jam combines natural-terrain freestyle motocross, BMX and mountainbike dirt-jumping. The contest was held annually until 2014 (and now biennially) and attracts thousands of passionate spectators and some of the world’s biggest names in two-wheeled action sports to each event.