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Two New World’s Firsts, Cirque Eyes BMX, and More – WildWeek

July 7, 2017

Hey, a new feature! We’re keeping this intro short so we can get right down to it. We decided to start kicking WildWeek off with a cool video every week for your viewing pleasure. First up: It’s a look behind the scenes as Cirque du Soleil starts implementing BMX into the Wheel of Death. It’s five minutes that you should give up right now if you decide to only watch one thing from this  week’s edition:

>>>IF YOU ONLY WATCH ONE THING<<<

>>>THE NEWSY BITS<<<

Levi Sherwood lands the World’s First double backflip no-hander. Riders are finally building on the FMX double backflip. There are still very few people in the world who can stick a double at all, so adding a no-hander is just crazy. Because the only way Levi could crack the World’s First double backflip no-hander is with a high degree of thigh power, we might start calling this trick the Thigh Master. READ IT

Schmidty’s road to the World’s First double backflip barspin took a left turn. We were lucky to get the madman himself, Brandon “Schmidty” Schmidt, to tell the story of how he took a trick that dogged him in BMX for years and converted it to a World’s First and personal best. It’s a story we can all relate to, because none of us knows which road will take us to success. When in doubt, do what Schmidty does, and send it everything. ADMIRE IT

USA BMX is taking its talents to Tulsa. The home of USA BMX and potentially the location for the BMX Olympic trials in 2020 will be in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Evans-Fintube industrial facility will be converted to a large indoor arena, the only one in the state, so riders can train year-round. We applaud any move to grow action sports. And we know firsthand that investing in improved facilities helps push progression forward and results in better riders overall. SUPPORT IT

There’s a reason Pat Bowden was dressed like the Stig at the Nitro World Games. Call it the craziest “Your Ad Here” billboard campaign in history. FMX star Pat Bowden rocked a near-blank, all-white kit throughout his journey to the NWG podium to demonstrate to potential sponsors a cool place to put their logo. Better get on board soon. Pat’s home may be Australia, but his reach is global. READ IT

Subaru Rally Team USA teammates David Higgins and Travis Pastrana resume their rivalry. Fun fact: The Climb to the Clouds event is one of the oldest in motorsports. The first one took place in 1904, which we are assuming was a decidedly steampunk affair with Jules Verne facing HG Wells and Nikola Tesla officiating. Higgins currently holds the record for the hillclimb, but Pastrana has held it in the past. Nitro’s ringleader will be looking to post a new record time and break Higgins’ streak of first-place finishes. READ IT

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A sneak peek at next week: With X Fighters Madrid this weekend and X Games Minneapolis next weekend, we’ll be keeping an eye on the Nitro athletes who are going big at competitions in cities that start with M all over the world!

Check out the previous WildWeek right here.