Battle for Granville

Words/photos courtesy of Ken Paul

In the 20 years that I’ve lived in Vancouver, I can’t ever recall a BMX jam taking place downtown with the main drag closed, flanked by Sunday shoppers on both sides of the street. On August 14, that all changed when the Battle for Granville took place on a spectacular summer’s day in the heart of downtown. With the help of a few friends, Wade Lajlar built the roll in and two jump sets on his homestead up on the Sunshine Coast of BC. Trucked everything down on a ferry and set up shop early in the morning to get the battle going. A set of heats eliminated the riders down to five for the finals with a quiet Brandon van Dulken taking first place and $1,000 back home. It was a comp with the majority of spectators stumbling out of stores, unbeknownst to what was going on, but excited to stick around and catch some good riding.

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