Eat Concrete – The Benelux Championship 2018

Eat Concrete starting line

This year, from 10th to 13th of May, Eat Concrete will host the Benelux Championship of Downhill Skateboarding. Belgian, Dutch and Luxembourg racers will compete for the title of their own country. As a surplus there is also an international open competition for any nationality to attend.

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Furthermore,  girls, groms, classic- and streetlugers get their separate stage. The road is 3 km long with 3 corners but is not super hard to skate. This means that to win the Championship you have to skate almost technically perfect and push as hard as possible from the start. Choosing your line and moments very carefully during the race will give anyone an advantage.

This will be the first year that we will host the Benelux Championship. It’s quite the step forward in comparison to only the Belgian Championship. We want to support our neighbouring countries and got this question to expand the competition many times. Well, this will be the year. ~ Jasper D’haene

In addition the crew is also supporting the start-up for the Dutch Championship in the future.

Additional information

The camping headquarters are placed 10 km away from the track, in Graide, Rue de Naomé. There attendees will find a mini ramp, bar, music, chill-out zone, indo boards, slacklines…From Thursday untill Saturday the crew also organised performances and DJ’s.

If you come to our event we do not want you to worry about anything, we provide all you need. Including insurance and medical aftercare, if anything happens there is a medical team with ambulance present to take you to the nearest hospital. No medical bills because we cover this. We have a professional catering team to give you a taste of our Flemish Cuisine. ~ Jasper D’haene

The organisers describe the event as a good mixture between competition and recreation, suitable for any skill level. With a four day race and two days of freeriding, the rider’s limit is set to 240 total, with 60 spots available for freeriders.

The Early Bird tickets are already sold out, but the registration for Eat Concrete 2018 will open on February 18th via the their website at www.eatconcrete.be.

The return of Eat Concrete with 2017 edition

Eat Concrete 2017

After a year of pause,  Eat Concrete returns to Gros-Fays in Namur, located close to the Belgium-France border.

Held between the 25th to 28th of May 2017, this event is know for it’s relaxed atmosphere, vibrant nightlife and a mellow road that offers plenty of fun for beginners and pros, who want to practice their racing technique.

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An areal winter shot of Gros-Fays in Namur, Belgium. Photo by Sam Van Lier.

The first edition of Eat Concrete was organised back in 2013 as the first Belgian Championship Downhill Skateboarding race and is now continuing the tradition of bringing stoke to the local and international downhill family.

Eat Concrete event schedule

On the 24th of May, a day before the freeride is set to start, the Eat Concrete crew will open their campsite to welcome the riders and give them a chance to find the perfect camping spot, get situated and have a cold beer before the next day of skating.

The next three days will be reserved for freeriding and are not limited to only longboarding, but open their arms to all downhill sports (Classic / Street luge and  In-Line are allowed).

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2015 Open winners: Per Pjax Christner, Sebastian Hertler and Alex Dehmel.

On Friday afternoon, May 26th, the Belgian Chamipionship race will take place which will last until the 28th of May. This means a total of 3 days freeriding and 4 days of racing.

The crew’s plan is to provide as many runs as possible by starting the day at 9 a.m. every day and ensuring fast shuttles which take only 4-5 minutes.

The track

If your are new to racing or even a pro who wants to fine tune his technique, this is the perfect event to make it happen.

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Drafting is the name of the game at Eat Concrete. Photo by Newtons’s Shred.

At Eat Concrete, drafting is the name of the game with the addition of fun pack runs with friends and other racers.

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The technical tight “Red Bull” corner. Photo by Newtons’s Shred.

The track starts with a big push into a straight that leads into a flowy S curve that follows into the first 90 degree corner.

This is also where the crew will set up a chill out place for spectators and riders where they can get their one free meal and drink a day, while watching the skating go down and sway to the music provided by a DJ.

After gripping or sliding the so called ”Red Bull corner”, the flow develops into a longer sweeper section where the race starts to get interesting.

With a heated game of drafting that last around 500 meters, this section will determine how good someones racing and drafting  skills are.

After this pick-up speed section, the track turns into the second left corner just before the finish line.

Campsite and night life

The campsite is located 12 minutes from the track and offers all the amenities you need to get comfy.

The race camp was a real camping site at a river. It was fully equipped with nice bathrooms, showers and some really nice long time campers. Alex Dehmel

In the heart of the campsite a big circus party tent will be set up where riders will be able to enjoy the company of fellow skaters and shed off some extra energy on a mini ramp.

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A fun mini ramp session is also on the schedule.

With some time to practice their skate tricks, attendees will also  be able to participate in a mini ramp contest scheduled for Saturday, May 27th. The winners will enjoy their glory with a new board, hoodies and other goodies.

To keep the party going, the crew set up the evening entertainment with 1 – 2 live bands, followed by a DJ that will keep the party rocking until the early hours.

Purple Haste groove master, Florian Fellner is also set to provide some sick beats during the event and take the party to the next level.

Do you want to join the Belgian party?

The registration for Eat Concrete 2017 has already started, but you still have a chance to join the party until midnight on May 21st, 2017 via their official website.

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