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Departure — The Perpetual Lure of Barcelona The lure of Barcelona is almost unavoidable for any BMX rider. It’s become a byword for trips abroad, a standard go-to location, with spots so good you’d think they’d been built just for us. Because of that it’s been easy to write the place off. All too often I’d hear the comments “everything has being done there” or “the bubble has burst with that place” and also not without an element of truth attached. At certain spots, it’s easier to list what hasn’t been ticked off than the things that have. Yet at the same time, it’s this common ground that keeps bringing riders back. If you work all year and only get a week abroad with your bike, sometimes people don’t want to risk it at some new exotic city where there might be a shortage of spots. For pro riders that can be a luxury they can afford to take, but for the average guy, it’s not a risk worth taking. Barcelona is a vast and amazing city. I’m not going to lie, for a while I’d written it off myself, but visiting it again, and this time with riders from Hull and Winnipeg, I was once again reminded why it’s such a common destination within BMX. So to finish up the first volume of The Albion, we kick off issue six in the city where our first picture was taken, in the Departure feature that ran as the opening spread in issue one only this time it’s Canada’s Cory Beal starting things off with this wild rollercoaster to hop out. In a city that’s been saturated with BMXers over the years, this trick on this rail took a long time to happen, even at the well-known spot it’s at. It took one extremely hungover Canadian and some rowdy Hull locals to finally get the job done. Words and photography by DANIEL BENSON

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The Albion Issue 6  

The Albion BMX Magazine Issue 6 Original release date February 1st 2012

The Albion Issue 6  

The Albion BMX Magazine Issue 6 Original release date February 1st 2012

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