Great turnout for 2019 Slam Jam/Ride for Ryley in Quesnel

Bryn Nelson competes in advanced BMX at the 2019 Slam Jam/Ride for Ryley Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Quesnel Skate Park. Nelson finished first in the competition and won the award for Best Send It. Lindsay Chung photo
David Pio competes in intermediate BMX Sunday, Oct. 13 during the 2019 Slam Jam/Ride for Ryley. He went on to finished second in the competition. Lindsay Chung photo
Tyler Simpson competes in the 2019 Slam Jam/Ride for Ryley Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Quesnel Skate Park. Simpson tied for second in advanced skateboard with Robert “Rawbycee” Clark and finished first in beginner BMX. Lindsay Chung photo
Robert “Rawbycee” Clark competes in the 2019 Slam Jam/Ride for Ryley Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Quesnel Skate Park. Clark tied for second in advanced skateboard with Taylor Simpson and also won third place in beginner BMX. Lindsay Chung photo
Bryn Nelson competes in advanced BMX at the 2019 Slam Jam/Ride for Ryley Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Quesnel Skate Park. Nelson finished first in the competition and won the award for Best Send It. Lindsay Chung photo
Rhys Whittaker competes in the 2019 Slam Jam/Ride for Ryley Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Quesnel Skate Park. He finished third in advanced skateboard and second in beginner BMX. Lindsay Chung photo
Everyone watches as Ray Merritt takes Ryley’s turn on Ryley’s bike during the 2019 Slam Jam/Ride for Ryley Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Quesnel Skate Park. Lindsay Chung photo
Mykola Hendricks competes in intermediate BMX at the 2019 Slam Jam/Ride for Ryley Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Quesnel Skate Park. He went on to win first place in intermediate and win the prize for Best Bail. Lindsay Chung photo
Jacob Annis competes in intermediate BMX at the 2019 Slam Jam/Ride for Ryley Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Quesnel Skate Park. Annis finished third in the competition. Lindsay Chung photo
Jacob Lisk prepares for a trick during the 2019 Slam Jam/Ride for Ryley Oct. 13 at the Quesnel Skate Park. List went on to win first place in advanced skateboard. Lindsay Chung photo
Dylan Hamel competes in advanced BMX at the 2019 Slam Jam/Ride for Ryley Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Quesnel Skate Park. He finished second in the competition. Lindsay Chung photo
Jacob Annis competes in intermediate BMX at the 2019 Slam Jam/Ride for Ryley Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Quesnel Skate Park. Annis finished third in the competition. Lindsay Chung photo
Jacob Lisk competes in the 2019 Slam Jam/Ride for Ryley Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Quesnel Skate Park. Lisk went on to win first place in advanced skateboard. Lindsay Chung photo

The rain stopped just in time for the 2019 Slam Jam/Ride for Ryley Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Quesnel Skate Park, and there was a great turnout of competitors and spectators to celebrate community, sport and the impact one young man had in his short life.

The Ride for Ryley honours avid skateboarder and BMX rider Ryley Merritt, who died in a car accident last year at the age of 20.

A mural in Ryley’s honour featuring wings coming out of bike handlebars keeps his memory alive at the skate park where he spent so much time.

During Sunday’s competition, Ryley’s BMX bike was displayed on top of a bike rack. As the crowd and competitors watched, Ray Merritt took a ride for Ryley on his bike right before the BMX competition.

“Ryley was a very phenomenal young man that excelled at every single sport he did,” Crystal Brekke, one of the event organizers, said right after Ray’s ride. “He was a staple at this skate park. Although he is not with us in body, he is with us every single day.”

Throughout the rest of the afternoon, others periodically took Ryley’s bike down from the rack and took it for a turn.

READ MORE: Quesnel skateboard community rallies for fallen friend

Brekke thanked Red Tomato Pies for making pizza on their day off and thanked AUL Industrial Repairs for sponsoring the Ride for Ryley and the West Quesnel Business Association for hosting the skate jam.

“I’m just glad everyone came out,” she said. “Everyone came early to help dry the park.”

This year’s competition featured the youngest-ever rider, three-year-old Hunter Dillabough, who won first place in beginner skateboard.

Brekke says next year’s Slam Jam/Ride for Ryley will be two separate events and will take place in August.

RESULTS

Beginner Scooter

1st: Michael Elgert

2nd: Rhykker Berry

3rd: Sidney Elgert

Intermediate Scooter

1st: Kameron Pinsent

2nd: Leighland Sampson

Advanced Scooter

1st: Kalum Leboe

2nd: Spencer Lust

Beginner Skateboard

1st: Hunter Dillabough

Advanced Skateboard

1st: Jacob Lisk

2nd (tie): Taylor Simpson

2nd (tie): Robert “Rawbycee” Clark

3rd: Rhys Whittaker

Beginner BMX

1st: Taylor Simpson

2nd: Rhys Whittaker

3rd: Robert “Rawbycee” Clark

Intermediate BMX

1st: Mykola Hendricks

2nd: David Pio

3rd: Jacob Annis

Advanced BMX

1st: Bryn Nelson

2nd: Dylan Hamel

3rd: Chance Forgrave

Best Send It

Bryn Nelson

Best Bail

Mykola Hendricks

Kalum Leboe



editor@quesnelobserver.com

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