“We were just looking for a place to avoid doing homework,” jokes Cameron McCaul. He’s referring to Aptos, California’s, ‘Post Office Jumps’. Though McCaul is an extremely gifted all-around mountain biker with a quick wit to match, he is probably best known for his skills as a dirt jumper. And this is hardly surprising, considering he honed his craft in an “empty lot” across the street from the Northern California town’s post office.
He’s not the only one, either. Younger brother Tyler McCaul, Greg Watts, Jamie Goldman, Ryan Howard and Alex Reveles are all shining alumni of the Post Office Jumps and are winning contests, setting the bar higher and, most of all, riding and flying their bikes in ways most of us can’t even imagine.
The Post Office Jumps first became a proving ground around the millennium and continued to gain momentum until about 2007, when risk-assessment studies threatened to flatten the work that all the young shredders had done.
Interestingly enough, the threat was not sending it. It was crossing the street. Two lanes of traffic had to be crossed to set up for the first jump. Luckily, guardian angels in the form of a local business stepped in and saved the proving ground from the bulldozer. Deals were made, a roll-in that allows riders to stay safely in the jumps’ boundaries was built, and the rest, as they say, is history. This empty lot in NorCal has become the mountain-bike equivalent to such legendary musical venues as CBGB and the Whisky a Go Go. And just like any good music scene, where a handful of trendsetters set the stage for the bands that follow, the Post Office Jumps seem to keep breeding creativity.
“It turned into something way bigger than we ever thought,” says McCaul. “Every time I come back, I’m impressed by some new kid I’ve never seen before.” —From The Scene, Bike, July, 2011