Dawid Godziek: Basking in Barcelona
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In Poland, the winter isn't as nice as it is in Spain, especially for the bike riders. How do you deal with it? When it is snowing, I ride only during the weekends, at an indoor skatepark in Wroclaw. I'll more often visit Warsaw's dirtpark and bowl too. When the weather is nice, I ride locally in a dirt jump set-up in a nearby forest. Unfortunately, I have to wait until March or April to ride my own jumps. What are your trip/contest plans for 2013? I don't have specific plans yet, but my priorities are X-Games and Dew Tour. I'll take care of that, after returning from Barcelona. I'm very happy that there are finally X-Games stops in Europe and that dirt finally came back to it. I saw the 34ride website has published a contest calendar for 2013, I'll try to hit as many international and Polish contests as possible. During the last two seasons, you have progressed a lot, learning new tricks and new combinations. Is there anything you're working on right now? More barspins maybe? Haha, I'm not planning more barspins with 360 for now. I'm focusing on some 720 tricks, but it's usually very spontaneous, so time will tell.
Hi Dawid! Right now we're in Barcelona. This is one of the best places to ride street on a BMX. Is it the same with your main discipline, which is dirt? There are some good dirt jumps – there's La Poma bikepark, but it's a bit difficult to ride there at this time of the year, partly because of the wind but the sun also shines straight in to your eyes. Shervy's (Xavier Pasamonte's) jumps are also pretty close to Barcelona, but you need to know the owner of course. It is in the forest, so it's less weather-dependent. There are also Lacon's (Andreu Lacondeguy) jumps, but they are probably too big for most of the riders. Overall, Barcelona is a really good place to practice before the season, when the weather is completely unsuitable for riding in most of Europe. And how does the street side look compared to being in Poland? There are a couple of spots... haha. Just in Barcelona, there are more places to ride than in the whole of Poland. You've got your own jumps in your backyard, which makes you extremely fortunate, but there are some downsides, like riding alone. How do you manage to progress and be pumped up to learn new tricks? When I'm riding alone, I don’t get too excited, unless I'm jumping into the foam-pit, trying some new tricks. But usually, there's always someone to ride with. When there's nobody around, I generally go off to a skatepark to ride. And what about those jumps at home? Last year, you've rebuilt all of them, making them a lot bigger. Do you think you will change for them for the next season? I think they’ll remain the same this year. Maybe I'll change them in a year or two. I’m thinking of making a more curved line, with even bigger jumps. This year we want to put a lot of sand on the last landing. I also want to improve the quarterpipe, which is at the end, add a sub-box and a vert-wall to it.