The Whitelines Battle of Britain contest went off at Freeze Festival over the weekend. The switch from a kicker comp to a rail jam not only gave the Brits a chance to shine (Jamie Nicholls went on to win the international comp later that evening!) but also made the atmosphere closer and more intimate than in previous years.
The nature of rail jams means you get to watch riders repeatedly trying new stuff ’til the stick it, which gives the crowd a real chance to get behind them. And with MC’s Scott Penman and Lucas Bramall hyping the crowd, the vibe was (as Andy Nudds puts it) “pretty intense” – massive cheers erupting every time someone stuck something sick.
The nature of rail jams means you get to watch riders repeatedly trying new stuff ’til the stick it, which gives the crowd a real chance to get behind them.
Pretty much everyone was upping their game for the occasion. Sparrow Knox looked particularly strong, as did Ollie Dutton, Gaz Andrews and Andy Nudds. Ross Needham unfortunately dislocated his elbow, which left him unable to ride in the finals, but Neil Campbell stepped up and took his place with ease.
In the end the judges reckoned Nuddsy’s consistently solid style was worthy of the win, and put Gaz and Ollie second and third respectively.