Middleton’s Cool Moves BMX riders show off their talents most weekends

Published on September 12, 2017

The Cool Moves bikes put on a daring demonstration of jumps at CFB Greenwood for Wing Day on Sept. 9.

©Wendy Elliott

GREENWOOD, NS – Talk about trust. BMX bike coach Chris Hiltz lies down on the pavement in Commercial Street in Berwick and let three bikes soar over him.

BMX coach Chris Hiltz lay down during the Berwick Gala Days parade as three of his young riders jumped over him.
Wendy Elliott

The BMX Cool Moves bike show was in Berwick for Gala Days and on Sept. 9 the bikes were at CFB Greenwood for Wing Day.
Hiltz watched carefully as the young cyclists demonstrated various moves and showed off custom bikes. The weekend demonstrations hone manoeuvres and help raise funds for the group, he said.
Based in Middleton, Cool Moves is a closed group. Hiltz commits to coaching 30 cyclists at a time in the sports program. Five-year-old Sam Hiltz is the youngest member.
Safety naturally is a definite priority, he says, so that’s why he keeps the numbers down. They practise in rented facilities and at Hiltz’ home.
Each cyclist has to practise to learn air awareness, Hiltz suggested, and then learn how to make corrections. They also have to know how to fix problems like flat tires.
“We practise a lot to get the basics. Once they get consistent jumps, then they can do the tricks.”
The coach notes that four older riders act as mentors to the younger ones. Hiltz paid tribute to Josh Clayton, Dan Hardy, Brandon Scott and Trent Guilbeaut
The BMX group spent years supporting the Heart of the Valley BMX/Skate park in Middleton and now are frequent users.