Wow, the summer really does fly by when you’re having so much fun! We’re soaking up all the summer sun we can while it’s here, but we’re pumped about coming back to the U.S. and Canada with more live shows this fall. In the meantime, we’re busy getting our next TV special ready to air on NBCSN on September 12 (yeah, after NASCAR!). Then, we also have some new digital series in the works for you all — more to come on that soon! — and, don’t forget, our picks for our top 5 favorites things from Nitro and the crew from this week:
Watch Gregg Godfrey Jump a Semi Over 160 Feet
It really doesn’t matter why he did it, but it’s fun to imagine that Gregg Godfrey is a long-haul trucker who’s late to pick up his next load when you watch this video of him jumping a semi more than 160 feet (video captured by Clinton Moore). (Watch it here)
By the way, after we finish up in the U.S. and Canada this fall, we’re making our way back to Europe, starting with Stockholm on Jan. 23, 2016. Click here to find out when we’ll be in a city near you! And, keep up with all of our adventures with our last WildWeek, and come back next Friday.
This year, Nitro Circus Live is making its return to North America. We kicked off the first leg of this tour back in May, hitting nine U.S. states in a single month, and we brought one lucky contest winner along for the ride. This is Part 3 of the adventures of our contest-winning tour reporter, Ben Edwards. And, don’t forget, tickets are already on sale now for when we come back to more than 20 U.S. and Canadian cities this fall.
The morning after my first show, Travis Pastrana himself woke me up. From what I remember on such little sleep, he said something like, “Get up, we’re going skydiving.” (Whaaat?!) I stepped off the bus and we were at Skydive DeLand! I was so excited; I’ve never jumped before. I’ve bungeed and done some pretty crazy stuff, but this was still on my bucket list.
Walking into the building, we spotted a cafe. It was early and we had half the day before the show to get some jumps in. A bunch of people were getting breakfast at the bar. The only spot open for me was right next to Travis.
He really is just a regular guy, so this should be no big deal.
So I sat down. As the group finished eating, people gradually left for other areas of the complex. Before long, it was just me and Travis. We ended up talking for a good 45 minutes about the adventures we’ve both had. It was an amazing conversation. Later, some of the TV crew told me that Travis must like me. “You guys talked each other’s ears off — for a guy he’s known less than 24 hours, that’s incredible.” I was so pumped on that, but I tried not to show it too much. Life was good, and, sure enough, it got better when they threw me out of a plane at 14,000 feet.
And, just like that, it was on to the next show.
Orlando was an awesome stadium. For those who haven’t seen a show, well, you’re missing out. You know it’s going to be explosions, adrenaline, and aerial maneuvers on dirtbikes, bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, and so many other crazy contraptions. But the way these guys fly through the air is on another level when you see it in person, and there isn’t a bad seat in the stadium.
Speaking of seats, where was I during the show? The best one in the house: on the lander! Cheering on my friends, I watched as they soared through the air. When they’d land I’d come barreling down the ramp, tackling them into the air bag. As I got more and more comfortable, I tested the waters by doing everything and going everywhere I could. I was riding trikes and bikes from one end of the arena to the other. On the roll-in, the knuckle, everywhere — I was literally in the show!
Our next stop was the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, the biggest arena on this tour. I got up extremely early to watch them set up the Giganta ramp and landers. I was standing on the 50-yard line about 10 feet from the Falcons logo. I looked up and around, but all I could really do was smile. I worked so hard for this opportunity, and every hour I put into getting this job was more than worth it. Before I knew it, it was showtime, and it happened to be a holiday: Mother’s Day. In Nitro Circus-style, playing it by ear, halfway through the show Travis brought out his mom and thanked all the mothers in the crowd. Then all of the athletes went into the crowd to give out flowers.
One of the Crew had a particular reason to shine: Pro skateboarder Beaver Fleming had his mom in the crowd. That day Beaver seemed to try harder than ever to land a double backflip. As the tour went on, Beaver and I became really close. He is one of the most genuine and kind people on tour, and I’m truly blessed to have met him. The double backflip on a skateboard has still never been landed, but even though he couldn’t ride away that day, I know Beaver will land it soon! And when he does, I hope I’m there, catching some of the light coming off him.
This is the Part 3 of a series following Ben’s adventures on tour with Nitro Circus. Learn more about how he landed his dream job in Part 1, and go behind-the-scenes of his first show in Part 2.
It’s been more than 10 years since we started out filming stunts and hawking DVDs from a garage in Utah, and sometimes we just can’t believe how quickly the time has gone. And, now here we are signing a major deal with NBC Sports!
We just announced today that we’re teaming up with NBC for a brand new show called Crazy Train and a bunch of epic TV specials. None of this would’ve been possible without you guys, and we’re so excited to share it all with you.
We’re kicking things off this Thursday, June 4 when the first two episodes of Nitro Circus Live will air on NBC Sports Network. You can watch the entire Nitro Circus Live season 1 on NBCSN as episodes air every Thursday night this June. Then, tune in on July 12 for Nitro Circus: Revolution Day, a 90-minute special following the ongoing competition between BMX superstars Jed Mildon and James Foster as they try to make action sports history with the world’s first quad backflip.
For these and so much more, check out all of the details below!
NBC SPORTS VENTURES ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH NITRO CIRCUS
Multi-Year Partnership to Present Nitro Circus Programming on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
90-Minute Special Nitro Circus: Revolution Day to Air July 12 on NBC
Nitro Circus: Revolution Day to Feature World’s First Attempt to Land a Quadruple Backflip on a BMX Bike
Eight-Episode Reality Series Nitro Circus Crazy Train to Debut Thursday, October 15 at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – NBC Sports Ventures, a division of NBC Sports Group, and Nitro Circus, today announced a multi-year strategic alliance that will feature Nitro Circus programming to air across NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra. In 2015, the content partnership will include the launch of a new series on NBCSN, and two 90-minute specials that will air on NBC and NBCSN. In addition, all Nitro Circus programming will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.
NBC Sports Group’s coverage will begin on July 12, when NBC will broadcast Nitro Circus: Revolution Day, a 90-minute special chronicling the ongoing competition between BMX superstars Jed Mildon and James Foster as they attempt to make action sports history by landing the world’s first quadruple backflip. Following Revolution Day, On September 12, NBCSN will broadcast Nitro Circus: The Biggest Trick Ever In Action Sports, a 90-minute special detailing freestyle motocross athlete Josh Sheehan’s recent attempt to complete the first ever triple backflip on a motorbike.
On Thursday, October 15 at 9 p.m. ET, NBCSN will debut Nitro Circus Crazy Train, an eight-part non-scripted reality series that will air on Thursday nights. Each one-hour episode of Crazy Train will feature a regular cast of athletes and signature stars from the Nitro Circus stadium tour, and give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the daily lives and journeys of the Nitro Circus team. Crazy Train cast members include action sports icon Travis Pastrana, along with freestyle motocross star Adam Jones, groundbreaking female FMX and BMX athlete Jolene Van Vugt, and BMX champion Chad Kagy.
“We are excited to launch this partnership with Nitro Circus,” said Rob Simmelkjaer, Senior Vice President, NBC Sports Ventures. “The skill of the athletes and the excitement of their stadium shows is remarkable. Revolution Day, Crazy Train and our other Nitro Circus programming will give viewers an exclusive look into the lives of these super star athletes.”
“We are thrilled to team with such an iconic company as NBC Sports Group. This is a fantastic home for Nitro Circus as we open this exciting new chapter for our brand,” said Michael Porra, Nitro Circus CEO and Creative Director. “NBC Sports’ impact on sports television is undeniable, and this partnership offers other fantastic opportunities that will introduce us to an even wider audience. This is a game-changer for us, as well for action sports.”
Since 2010, nearly two million people have attended Nitro Circus stadium shows and performances. In 2015, Nitro Circus will hold 37 shows in North America and nearly 100 shows across the globe. Nitro Circus tours annually feature more than 40 different athletes.
We’re still reeling from the insanity of airing our first TV special on NBC, but if you thought we’d take this opportunity to slow down and take it easy, then you don’t know us very well. Things are just going to get crazier from here with another TV special airing in September and more live shows coming to the U.S. and Canada this fall — but we’ll never be too busy to share our favorite things with you. Check out the five things that happened this week that you shouldn’t miss:
Still haven’t gotten enough about the quad? Check out this exclusive interview with Jed and James from BMX Transworld. Then, get caught up on all of our adventures with our last WildWeek, and come back next Friday.
This year, Nitro Circus Live is making its return to North America. We kicked off the first leg of this tour back in May, hitting nine U.S. states in a single month, and we brought one lucky contest winner along for the ride. This is Part 2 of the adventures of our contest-winning tour reporter, Ben Edwards. Learn more about how he landed his dream job in Part 1. And, you can buy tickets now for shows coming this fall to more than 20 U.S. and Canadian cities.
So there I was. The official USA Nitro Circus Tour Reporter. Everything was happening so fast. I started imagining the experiences I might have and what I should do in specific situations. You have to understand: I won a contest. Yeah, of course everyone was going to be nice to me and welcome me to the Nitro family, but to me that wasn’t right. I wanted to earn their respect. These athletes have been doing this their entire lives — it wasn’t handed to them. My plan was simple: Be respectful, be open to anything, and show them I’m not just some guy who won a freebie, that I know my stuff, I’m a hard worker, and if they give me the chance, they won’t regret it.
Before I knew it I was in Jacksonville, Florida, at our first hotel. Walking in, I knew to be ready; things were about to get insane! I went up to my room and got my head in the game while I soaked it all in.
A few hours after I arrived, I was standing on my balcony (yes, my room had a balcony! I was living the dream, my friends) and a U-Haul pulled up. When the doors opened, I saw that it was some of the Nitro Crew. I could only make out Jolene Van Vugt and Matty Mac, but they were greeted by other very familiar faces from inside the hotel. This was the moment it started to set in. I knew I couldn’t stay in my room, but I also knew I didn’t want to just walk up to these people and say, “Hey, I’m Ben, the DreamJobber. We’re friends now.” Honestly, Nitro Circus is made up of the kindest, most welcoming people on the planet, but I didn’t want to do it that way. As I said before, I like to prove myself with actions.
Or couldn’t you tell?
In the hotel lobby I ran into one of the many people who play major roles behind the scenes on the Nitro tour: Kelly McCormick. And, crazy enough, I already knew Kelly! I graduated high school with her younger brother and she was close with some of my other friends. It was insane that we were on tour together, and I was so thankful for her. She ended up inviting me for drinks in the lobby, which was crawling with Nitro athletes. Wheelz, Crum, Streetbike Tommy, R-Willy, you name it. Kelly introduced me to a few people. That night I went to bed a bit more comfortable and ready for whatever came next.
The next day I met my partner in crime: the AmBADASSador himself, Coby Toland (or, as we all knew him, “Red Beard”). He looks tough, but he’s a teddy bear … a teddy bear that could kill you, but a friend nonetheless. He introduced me to a few more athletes, and before we knew it we were at our first arena. We were in the underbelly of the Veterans Memorial Arena, which is the hallway system under stadiums that viewers never see. These are the tunnels where I’d spend most of my days on tour.
The tunnel is always a complete circle that goes around the stadium and includes everything from dining halls to locker rooms. I got to watch the setup of the Giganta ramp, athletes building bikes, and crew, catering, and staff running around everywhere. It was like an ant colony (except some of the ants are five-time X Games gold medalists). As we headed to our spot, I got my first look at the legend, Travis Pastrana. Red Beard even made a quick intro. I played it cool, shook his hand, and was off before I knew it.
The main people I would be working with were the TV crew, people who do all the filming, including the segments for the new show on NBC. This crew is the real deal. They’ve been filming for Nitro since the beginning, and they were some of the people I wanted to impress the most. Why? Because as hard as the world-champion athletes work, these guys work just as hard in their fields. And sure enough I would learn more than I could have ever imagined from them. They told me to take in the first show, don’t do too much, just get acclimated.
With that they threw me some Nitro gear, and I was off to explore. I met a ton of the athletes, and I shot more of the behind-the-scenes world. Many of these photographs are courtesy of the other photographers on tour, but I did get to shoot Travis doing an interview with CNBC. Later, CNBC asked for some of the shots so they could use them on their website. That definitely boosted my confidence!
Next, we had a first tour meeting, led by Cam Coghlan, Nitro’s athletes manager (who really watches over the Crew), to give out lanyards and passes for all access. Mine didn’t have a funny saying like the rest of the crew’s did, but hey, I’m the new guy, no big deal. Then the show started. It was insane and awesome! I thought: “And we’re getting paid for this? Talk about a dream!”
Watch R-Willy pull the world-first triple backflip on a scooter at the Jacksonville show!
At the end of the show, I was blown away! This was Day 1, and it was even more insane than I imagined. I stayed up late celebrating with the crew. Traveling with these guys is like touring with a band. In other words, it was a long night. When it was time to leave, they put me on one of 12 buses (there are also a few semis — this show doesn’t travel light). Each bus has two flat-screen TVs, two couches, a kitchen, a bathroom, and 12 bunks. Would you believe I slept in the bunk above Travis Pastrana?! Yea … remember, play it cool.
Well, how was your week? Ours was stacked! We’re gearing up for the second leg of our U.S. tour, which will be here before you know it, and in the meantime there’s just way too much going on. Luckily, we rounded up the five most important things that happened this week, just for you. Enjoy!
Watch AmBADASSador: SCRATCH GLOATER Coby Toland may have won the golf game in the last episode, but will the Crew really let him get away with all the trash talk? Well, if we’re talking about Josh Sheehan, the nicest guy in FMX, the answer is: probably. (Watch it here)
Watch Tommy & Crum: CROCODILE TEARS Crum and Roner go neck deep in a pond of crocodiles, which is as close as Crum has come to bathing in a while, so we’ll take it. Apologies to the crocs, but desperate times call for desperate measures. (Watch it here)
After finishing up the Helsinki show, the Nitro crew jumped on the tour bus and headed north for Svanstein, a small ski resort on the border of Finland and Sweden. The thing about Northern Scandinavia this time of year is that the sun doesn’t set; it stays up 24 hours a day and just circles around you.
So with endless daylight on our side, two quads, mountain bikes, two of the fastest jet skis I’ve ever ridden, a Razor, and an entire ski area, including an empty lodge, to ourselves, we set out to leave our mark on Svanstein.
When we first showed up to the desolate lodge on a cold mountain in the middle of summer, it felt odd … and we made a lot of references to The Shining. But over the next two days we explored, rallied, jumped, and crashed the quads and Razor all over the Svanstein mountain. We raced the jet skis at over 90 mph across the local lake and even forged our way up raging rapids of one of the rivers emptying into the lake.
After two days of constant charging, we really saw the beauty and uniqueness of the area. It’s a magical place, and we were all grateful for the experience. But after zero sleep and nonstop action, everyone started getting a little delirious. The whole “sun never setting” thing can be tough to get used to, and with our crew, if the sun is up someone is ready to get out there and send it.
Make sure to check out everything that went down in Svanstein on our new TV show Crazy Train, coming to NBC Sports Network Oct. 15.
ERIK RONER Erik originally joined us for the Nitro Circus Live MTV show and travels around the world trying the most unthinkable stunts. He’s been published in over 30 magazines worldwide, starred in 10+ major ski films and participated in many shows on Discovery, National Geographic, NBC, Showtime, Fuel TV, and more. (Read more)
MATTHEW MCFERRAN – PHOTOGRAPHY Matty is currently one of Australia’s top Freestyle Motocross riders performing over 150 shows each year throughout Australia with the Showtime FMX freestyle team. He currently tours with Nitro Circus Live both as a performer and professional photographer. (See more)
Wow, where do I start? Since my experience touring with Nitro Circus ended, so many people have asked, “What was your favorite part?” But that’s a tough one, because there’s just so much to say. I’m going to take my best shot, though, and give you all the details of my experiences and my thoughts as I toured across the good ol’ USA with the craziest people on the planet. (Come watch them live, you won’t regret it!)
So we’ll start from the beginning. I’m from Chicago, 22, with an associate’s degree, in a time of my life where I feel I need to seize the chance to be everything I have ever wanted. So I started traveling and doing what I love: action sports. I was back and forth between jobs, trying to make enough to continue living my dream, when I happened on an amazing opportunity while browsing Facebook. Nitro Circus was looking for a tour reporter. A company called DreamJobbing was hosting the search. The show was headed to New Zealand, and all I had to do was make a one-minute video application.
As you can guess, I thought I was the perfect fit. Unfortunately, I found out about the contest when there was only six days left to enter! Hundreds of applications were already online, and there was some stiff competition. I put together the best video application I could in a short amount of time, one I was proud of. I was stoked when the video quickly moved through the ranks.
My video went through multiple voting rounds, but in the final round, I lost. It sucked bad. There’s nothing like putting your heart and soul into something and having it not be enough. I was defeated but optimistic that something else was destined for me.
Then, it happened: A few months later Nitro and DreamJobbing launched another search for a tour reporter, this time for the first leg of Nitro’s USA 2015 tour. With that, a spark ignited. I told myself that this time I was going all out; I was going to win. Not cocky, just focused on putting everything I had into this. Of course I wanted to travel with the best athletes in the world and live a crazy life on tour, but it was more than that to me. I’m blessed to have the opportunities in life that I do — I’m healthy and I’m able. I should take advantage and truly go all out in everything that I do. Not just for myself but for family, friends, and anyone who needs inspiration to push forward.
I painted a freaking Volvo station wagon, for God’s sake. While I was working, I had a leak in my respirator and woke up the next morning throwing up bile. That’s how bad I wanted it.
I spent a month working on my application. I went from waking up on the bathroom floor, eating dried toast and sipping water, to getting up, putting my mask on, and walking right back into my garage. I was willing to give up my energy and health to make it happen. I was determined. After more than a month of work, I submitted my entry.
The day they announced the winner of the contest, I was at my job, an Apple Store. I was checking computers all day, waiting to see the announcement on the DreamJobbing website. After five nervous hours, I saw “Winner chosen” pop up. I froze, grabbed the closest co-worker, and said, “Marisa! They chose a winner, but I’m too scared to look!” Everyone in the store knew about the contest and how much it meant to me. But I didn’t have to look, because at that moment, my phone started ringing. It was a California number, and I knew immediately it was Nitro Circus. I answered the phone, and three representatives from DreamJobbing and Nitro were on the line. They congratulated me on being the next Nitro Circus Tour Reporter! And everyone in the store went absolutely berserk! I was about to ride the biggest wave in my life.
This is the first part of a multi-part series following Ben’s adventures on tour with Nitro Circus. In the next installment, he’ll take you into the underbelly of an arena at his first-ever show!
What a day. After years of dreaming, months of practice, and several missed attempts that racked up injury after injury, the world-first BMX quad backflip has been conquered. As the only two athletes who’d ever landed a triple backflip, Jed Mildon and James Foster went toe-to-toe to make history (click here for the full backstory). Both were capable and both wanted it, but in the end injuries derailed Foster’s progress, and Mildon stuck the BMX quad flip.
Tons of fans got to watch it happen thanks to NBC, but for those who missed it (or those who want to see it again), here it is:
It wasn’t easy. Mildon’s initial efforts to land the quad in New Zealand were sidelined by poor weather and morale. In the U.S., meanwhile, Foster was getting closer and closer to dialing it in, and it looked like the proposed plan of having both riders make the attempt simultaneously wasn’t going to be possible. But in a move that proves what a good-natured rivalry this was, Foster agreed to hold off on his attempt to let Mildon have more time to practice. It was a pivotal decision that may have made the difference in the outcome of Revolution Day.
In the meantime, Nitro Circus went back on tour, and during a show in Australia Foster broke several ribs, benching him while he healed. With Mildon still struggling in practice and Foster out, the future of the quad was in serious doubt. But the moment he was declared fit to flip, Foster was back on his bike and at the top of the ramp, raising hope that Revolution Day was nigh. It was not to be, though, as in his practice attempts he re-injured his ribs again and again, and despite his perseverance, Foster was unable to continue the quest.
After Foster had to step out, Mildon changed location to Foster’s setup at Pastranaland in Maryland and began several sessions of air bag practice that didn’t go well. It looked like the quad might actually be impossible, as some had suggested. But then, a twist: Mildon asked to pull the bag and just go for it, which had more than a few people raising an eyebrow after Mildon’s practice attempts weren’t coming around like they knew he was capable of — and like he would need to execute if he was going to stick it.
The bag was somewhat reluctantly removed, but if you’re imagining an immediate and triumphant success, you are mistaken. Mildon suffered several painful misses without the relative safety of the bag, bone-crunching crashes that had everyone present worrying that he would also have to bow out due to injury, or worse. But the stacks didn’t deter him. His confidence clearly grew after each missed attempt, and with the stakes higher than ever, Mildon found the sweet spot, pulled it around perfectly, and rode away. History was made.
Huge congrats to Jed Mildon for landing the first-ever BMX quad backflip! And, if it wasn’t for Foster’s work on the ramp and the technical details of the trick, history couldn’t have been made that day. Both athletes deserve all the kudos they’re getting. We’re pumped to have these guys as permanent members of the Nitro Crew — we know we’ll be seeing a ton more world firsts from both of them. And if after all that you still haven’t had enough Revolution Day, enjoy a few more shots in this behind-the-scenes gallery:
In just three days, you’ll get to watch James Foster and Jed Mildon go head-to-head to attempt a huge world first: the BMX quad backflip. You can watch it all unfold on NBC this Sunday, July 12. When you talk to people in the action sports community about Mildon and Foster and the quad, the reactions range widely, but everyone agrees on a couple things:
These guys are insane, the trick is near-impossible, and if anyone in the world can stick it, it’s definitely one of these two. Here’s Travis Pastrana:
Nitro Head Honcho Mike Porra, a man whose vision and confidence is much of the reason Nitro exists in its current form in the first place, wonders whether the trick is even possible:
Erik Roner knows what it takes to attempt the impossible, so his approach is more practical. Essentially, prepare to eat some dirt if you want to make history:
Will it be Mildon? Will it be Foster? Will it be both? Or is it impossible? There’s only one way to find out.
The ramp Foster will hit is the original, the one they’ve both been practicing on in the lead-up to the big attempt. We teased you with it back in September. At the time, we didn’t tell you what it was for, but there was a lot of speculation. This ramp is a monster, just over 20 feet tall with a 100-foot roll-in, culminating in a near-vertical angle at the lip. But don’t take our word for it. Here’s Foster:
Mildon’s ramp, built for his attempt on a farm outside of Tokoroa, New Zealand, is no less impressive. With a 250-foot roll-in that peaks at a 27-foot near-vertical angle, this is quite possibly the largest ramp ever hit by a BMX athlete. Check it out:
Entering the transition, Mildon is being clocked at over 30 mph, while Foster has been clocked at about 40 mph. So they’ve both got the speed. They’ve both got the skill and experience. They’ve both got the tools they need, and they’ve both practiced nonstop and are fully capable of landing it to dirt. But who will it be? Find out this Sunday.
Another week down, another bunch of things you need to know about! This European tour is officially over, and even though we’re sad to leave, we’ll be back very soon. And, we’re pretty pumped to focus on some of our other projects while we get ready for the second leg of our 2015 U.S. & Canada tour, which will be here before you know it. But before we get ahead of ourselves, here are the most important things that happened this week!
Watch Tommy & Crum: HOT HOT HOT DOGS
On this week’s episode, Crum and Dov take on Swedish Crum and Dov in a spicy hot dog challenge that leaves Crum numb-tongued, Swedish Crum milk-faced, and Dov even more pissed that he’s lactose intolerant. (Watch it here)
We’ll be back in the U.S. this fall! To keep up with all our adventures, check out our last WildWeek and come back next Friday.
Here’s the twist: Foster will be attempting the quad simultaneously with Jed Mildon, who was the first-ever to land the triple. The lead-up to this unprecedented face-off will take you behind the scenes as these two athletes prepare to make history. Here’s some of the Nitro Crew, including Foster, dialing in the ramp when it was first built more than a year ago:
Foster, a California native, lives for the fast life, especially riding fast bikes and building even faster cars. During what little spare time he has, James loves to customize cars, including building a 700HP Mitsubishi just recently. Now that’s our kind of hobby. He has been riding BMX since he was 10, quickly rising through the ranks after going pro in 1999. His mantel’s got more hardware than a Home Depot, with trophies and awards from X Games, Dew Tour, and Red Bull events, as well as many others. But as far as his proudest moments, he says:
“The first time I landed the triple flip clean, there’s no feeling to describe how good it felt, and that feeling never goes away. Every time I land it, it’s the most incredible feeling. That’s the reason I ride BMX.”
Since that initial stomp, he’s made the triple a regular part of his arsenal on tour with Nitro Circus Live — and he’s the only rider in the world who’s still performing it. Mildon may have been the first, but he’s said that he’ll never do the triple again. Foster has a lot more experience landing triples, a key factor as the two eye the next prize. So who will it be? The pioneer or the veteran? Mildon or Foster?
New Zealand’s Jed Mildon is made to land world-first tricks, with eight under his belt since he exploded onto the pro scene. How many BMXers have broken out and gone pro by being the first to land a long-sought-after trick? Mildon did just that in 2011, when a video of him sticking the first-ever BMX triple backflip went viral, and it’s been all crazy tricks and world firsts since. On July 12 on NBC, you can watch Mildon attempt to land the world-first quadruple backflip.
He won’t be the only one attempting it, though, as fellow Nitro athlete James Fosteralso has his eyes on the prize. The two friends and colleagues have total respect for each other, as they should, because they share more than just a spot on the Nitro Crew and a love of BMX: They’re the only two athletes in the world to ever land the BMX triple backflip.
Mildon grew up in Taupo, New Zealand, with what he describes as a good group of mates who coined his nickname, “Warrior,” and brought him into the world of action sports and freestyling. He quickly found that BMX was what truly sparked his creativity. While paying the bills as a welder, he spent his free time honing his skills to try the first-ever triple backflip and managed to convince a local McDonald’s to sponsor his attempt. He stuck it and never looked back.
His dedication has obviously paid off. In the four years since landing the triple, he’s racked up a dedicated fanbase and an impressive roster of world-first tricks, like this double backflip tailwhip:
For Nitro athletes, the quest to land a world first goes beyond the recognition, beyond the moment. As Mildon says, the feeling of walking new ground is something that sticks with you long after the deed is done.
Most of the time, the journey to a world first is a personal one, where your main competitor is yourself, your own psychological and physical limitations. But for the BMX quad flip, Mildon will be facing off against a worthy rival in Foster, which is certain to bring out the Maori warrior spirit that earned him his nickname. Will that be enough to cement him a place in the history books once again? Tune in to NBC’s Revolution Day: The Chase for the Biggest Trick in Action Sports History on July 12 to find out!
Only two BMX riders in the world have ever landed a triple backflip: Nitro athletes Jed Mildon and James Foster. Mildon was the first, but Foster has made the trick a consistent part of his performance arsenal. After initially setting the bar, Mildon swore off ever attempting another triple. Instead, he’s going straight for four. And so is Foster. The world-first BMX quadruple backflip is coming to a TV near you. (And, for fans outside of the U.S., stay tuned on our Facebook and other social media channels on July 12 to find out how you can be part of Revolution Day.)
Back in April, a lucky few gathered at Travis Pastrana’s house on a sunny Tuesday morning to watch Josh Sheehan attempt the world-first triple backflip on a motorcycle. While everyone was looking at his ramp, those of us who were there (or watched the video closely) couldn’t help but notice a certain other ramp, right next to Sheeny’s. At Pastranaland, pretty much every path ends in a ramp, so a ramp by itself isn’t such a big deal. But this one was a little different:
This 20-footer is officially the biggest ramp ever hit by a BMX bike (several BMX bikes now, in fact). These photos don’t do it justice. In person, the thing is massive, and you get a true sense for what these athletes are risking when they hit it. When we first showed it to the world, speculation was rampant about its purpose, but we decided to keep it under wraps at the time.
The ramp, of course, is only part of the story. Foster and Mildon have come a long way in search of this goal, and the journey to get here is as important as the final moment itself. Both have what it takes, both deserve to be the first, but who will it be?
Less than two weeks from today, these men will simultaneously attempt to become the first-ever BMX athlete to land a quad backflip. And thanks to our new partnership with NBC, you’ll be able to watch the battle for this historic moment on NBC’s Revolution Day: The Chase for the Biggest Trick in Action Sports History on July 12.
This world first will truly be a worldwide event. Will it be the American James Foster, the most experienced at the triple? Or will it be New Zealand’s Jed Mildon, who stuck the triple first? Or both? Or neither? Tune in to find out!
When you’re touring the world, you move beyond asking what time it is to mostly being like, “Where are we again?” (The answers lately have been Sweden, Croatia, Switzerland, France, and Spain.) Luckily, we save this space every Friday to recap the most awesome Nitro things from the last week or so, which at least helps us keep track of where we’ve been. And when we want to know where we’re going next, we just head over to the tour page. (And you should too!)
Vote for Nitro’s Josh Sheehan in the ESPY Awards Josh Sheehan has been nominated for two ESPYs! Not only is he vying for the title of best male action sports athlete, but his triple backflip is competing for best play of the year. His fate rests in your hands. We have until July 15 to rally the Nitro fanbase, so tell your friends! (Vote now!)
Watch Tommy & Crum: THE GREAT HIKE FIGHT
In this week’s episode of Tommy & Crum, the guys sacrifice their comfort for an amazing shot, but on the way tensions boil over. Will Tommy see Crum as the indispensible partner that he is? Will Crum finally admit that he can’t hike a tiny hill without Tommy? There’s only one way to find out. (Watch it here)
We’re just wrapping up our European tour, and we’ll be back in the U.S. this fall! To keep up with all our adventures, check out our last WildWeek and come back next Friday.
We’re so pumped that Nitro’s own Josh Sheehan has been nominated for two ESPY Awards, which were announced by ESPN today. He’s up against a tough field for best male action sports athlete, and his world-first triple backflip on a motorcycle is competing bracket-style against 15 other nominees for best play of the year. It’s an honor just to be nominated, of course, but now it’s our job to give him the best chance to take home the trophies. That’s where you come in.
Hit this link right now to vote for Sheeny as best male action sports athlete, as pictured above. Voting ends July 15, so get in there and tell your friends right away. Doesn’t get any easier than that.
Sheeny’s triple backflip is up for best play, and it’s tournament style, with the first round of voting going now until July 1. All we have to do is win three rounds!
Just head to this link, click “view,” and then vote on the next screen:
Don’t forget: The clock is ticking, so get in there and cast your vote. And, of course, share this post with anyone and everyone who loves that action sports are getting so much press these days! Huge congrats to Sheeny and all the nominees!
We’re having such an awesome time in Europe. Fresh off an amazing show in Vienna, Austria, the cast of our upcoming NBCSN show Crazy Train took a detour to film in Croatia, where we managed to combine pirate ships, huge ramps, and an octopus (click here for BTS photos). Then it was off to Switzerland, where Travis Pastrana and Erik Roner’s BASE jumping adventures have to be seen to be believed (and don’t worry, that’s coming soon). But first, some highlights …
Switzerland: known for chocolate and cheese and incredibly useful pocketknives. And now, at least for us, one of the best shows we’ve ever done. Moto Mayhem in Geneva drew an amazing crowd with more than 20,000 screaming fans, with the energy to match the sheer size of it.
Needless to say, we were stoked for the show and each and every rider brought it, as you’ll see in this great little highlights edit (above) that has the perfect mix of sticks and stacks. Before you check out the rest of these photos, head over to our tour page to see when we’ll be in a city near you (hint: soon!). Geneva has set the bar high, so we’ll be looking at you Nice, France and Madrid, Spain.
For more footage and photos from our tour through Europe this summer, check out our show in Budapest last week.
After our live show in Vienna last week, we took off for Eastern Europe to continue filming our upcoming NBC Sports Network series Crazy Train. Game of Thrones isn’t the only intrigue-heavy TV series rolling out the cameras in Croatia. We took to Dubrovnik, Croatia like only the Nitro Crew could, renting a pirate ship and heading off in search of some sick cliffs where we built our own ramps and launched BMX bikes straight off into the ocean.
Travis Pastrana was on hand, of course, as he is for most of our craziest ideas.
No pirate ship we’ve ever heard of comes with a safety rail, but we figured it’s probably for the best with little Addy on board. Anyway, a safer boat ride sort of balances out the “ramping bikes off of cliffs” thing we were about to get into, right?
What a week! It’s tough even to find the time to recap what’s been going down. That’s how wild it’s been. But we’re doing this for you, every week, so you won’t miss a thing. We just wrapped up our shows in Budapest and Vienna, and now we’re taking the tour bus to Geneva, Switzerland. Check out our tour page because we’re coming to a city near you.
Watch Clinton Moore Dominate the X Fighters World Tour
Huge congrats to Clinton Moore on his second consecutive win at X Fighters! This round he bested a strong field in Athens, Greece. Tom Pagès took second. Back in March, Moore also won the Mexico City event, with Nitro riders Pagès and Levi Sherwood finishing second and third. Next, X Fighters heads to Madrid in July. Can Moore go three for three? (Watch and learn more here)
Watch The New High: Extreme Sports Featuring You-Know-Who
A new documentary, The New High: Extreme Sports, premiered last night on CNBC with an awesome segment on us! CNBC says: “If extreme sports has a hero, it’s Travis Pastrana, X-Games legend and now ringleader of the enormously popular arena show Nitro Circus.” Very cool. The whole documentary is worth watching if you’re an action sports fan at all, so if you missed it be sure to check your TV listings. It re-airs tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET, twice on Sunday, and more throughout the week on CNBC! (Watch a preview clip)
We just wrapped up in Vienna, and now we’re on our way to Geneva in Switzerland! To learn more about our adventures this summer, check out our last WildWeek and then come back next Friday.
Thursday we hit Vienna, and then we’re bringing the Moto Mayhem to Geneva, Nice, and Madrid before we come back to the States this fall to close out the year strong. We’re totally pumped about these Moto Mayhem shows because we’re using our new, one-of-a-kind winch system for hurling non-motorized vehicles faster, higher, and further than we’ve ever been able to before. Picture a human slingshot, but a lot more dangerous. Or don’t picture it, just check out these photos.
Speaking of one-of-a-kind, have you seen what Matty and Emma McFerran have been up to lately? They’ve become the first-ever brother-sister tandem FMX performers, creating a bunch of crazy new tricks that require one bike and two riders. There’s not likely to be a second set of tandem riders quite like this … maybe ever. All that is to say, if you want to see this live, you can find out when the next show near you is happening and to snap up your tickets.
We know it’s sometimes hard to keep up with all our shenanigans, and it’s been a heck of a week over here. So every Friday we’re going to give you a rundown of all the highlights from the last seven days or so. Here’s our highlight reel from this last week:
Watch Ethen Roberts Battle the Blob for a World Record
Last year, Ethen Roberts attempted a frontflip world record off a floating air bag, which didn’t go exactly as he or his face planned. This week, he went for a second attempt, and we have the video. (Watch it here)
We’re Coming to You on NBC and NBCSN
We’ve come a long way from hawking DVDs out of a garage in Utah. We’re teaming up with NBC to bring you even more Nitro madness, including an all-new TV show called Crazy Train, premiering this fall on NBCSN, and epic TV specials on NBC primetime — the first 90-minute special airs July 12! (Read all about it here)
The AmBADASSador: TINDER, TAYLOR SWIFT, AND TATTOO FAILS
On this week’s episode, Coby asks the hard-hitting questions: Which Nitro athlete has the most embarrassing tattoo? What’s up with Beaver Fleming’s Taylor Swift T-shirts? Did Wheelz really get kicked off Tinder? The answers may surprise you, but probably not. (Watch the full episode)
Where Are Tommy & Crum Now?
On this week’s episode, Tommy & Crum test drive a Ferrari 458 and live out their wildest Fast & Furious dream on location in Abu Dhabi. In one of the wealthiest and most expensive cities in the world, they order up a luxury racecar like it’s takeout food. (Watch the full episode)
Watch Nitro Riders Represent at X Games Austin
Our riders showed up big at X Games Austin: Jarryd McNeil, Bilko, Levi Sherwood, Sheeny, and Tom Pagès all took home some hardware. A podium sweep for Nitro riders in the FMX quarterpipe competition ain’t too shabby, but more than a few of our athletes deserve a shoutout. (Read more and watch the videos)
We’re having an awesome time in Europe after performing in Finland and Denmark, filming Crazy Train in Sweden and then Ethen’s stunt in the south of France. We’re heading to Budapest and Vienna for our next shows, and we have a lot more shows planned in the U.S. and Canada this fall!
Back in September, Ethen Roberts was in New Zealand looking for an answer to that age-old question: “What kind of badass stunt can we do with two huge rugby players?”
Seriously, though, while we were on tour in Auckland, he decided to try to break the world record for consecutive frontflips off a floating air bag. It’s quite a sight to see when Ethen gets launched off the blob and out over the harbor by these two muscle piles (who were very nice blokes, by the way) jumping down off a crane. How could anything go wrong?
OK, well, I guess it did go pretty wrong when he hit the water so hard that he busted an eardrum and gave himself a bloody nose. The thing with Ethen, though, is when he sets his mind to a world first, it’s not a matter of if… just when.
Some would be happy, maybe even downright stoked, with four and a half frontflips off the blob, which technically beat the previous record of four. But if you know anything about the Nitro Crew, you know that’s not how this story is going to end.
Since his first attempt, he has made his peace with rugby players, blobs, cranes, and whatever godforsaken laws of physics can somehow turn liquid into concrete when you’re crashing headfirst into it. It was time for another attempt, and yesterday in Nice, France, he faced the blob again.
Count ’em! He didn’t even need any rugby players to send him off. Well done, Ethen.
X Games Austin wrapped up over the weekend, and when the dust cleared, several familiar faces were left with a bit of extra hardware after a fierce competition. Huge congrats to all the medalists, and a special shoutout to the big finishers who we consider our co-workers.
Those familiar faces include Tom Pagès, Levi Sherwood, and Sheeny, who took the top three spots in the moto x quarterpipe competition, a podium sweep for past and present Nitro riders. Check out video of their winning runs here: gold, silver, bronze.
Other big winners include Jarryd McNeil, who earned himself a gold medal for best whip. Bilko brought home a silver for speed and style, an event Adam Jones just barely missed the podium in. James Foster’s fraction-of-a-point fourth-place finish was another Nitro near miss in what was an epic BMX big air competition. Better make some room on the mantel, boys! Well done.
Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams
And don’t forget: All these riders and many more are touring with us and will be appearing in live shows in a city near you. Click here for info and tickets.
Nitro Circus is on television all over the world. In the U.S., we have just partnered with NBC to bring you the biggest and baddest stunts ever witnessed. Our new television series Crazy Train starts in October on NBCSN. Nitro Circus is taking over your television.
For current TV listings in your country, click your region above. If we’re not airing in your country now, we will be soon. If you’re in Africa, Asia, Oceania or South America, sign up now to hear as soon as the news breaks.
Nitro Circus Live’s latest creation takes things to a whole new level, as the best athletes in freestyle motocross (FMX), BMX, skate and more unite for a spectacular all-new production. Starring 17-time X Games medalist Travis Pastrana, the tour will feature unbelievable new tricks, record-breaking feats, insane stunts and the craziest contraptions ever, plus a whole new repertoire of daredevil fun.
“We’ve had a blast touring the world this year and can’t wait to bring this all-new tour to Europe,” says Pastrana. “With each show everyone is pushing one another to go faster and jump farther than the night before. By 2016 it’s going to be unbelievable! Plus, this stage set is so over the top. Fans will be blown away.”
Pastrana will lead an elite team of athletes showcasing a star-studded FMX line up that includes the world’s first triple backflipper and reigning X Fighters champion Josh Sheehan, Australian X Games gold medalists Blake “Bilko” Williams and Cam Sinclair plus American superstar Adam Jones. On the BMX side, show attendees can expect to experience a cavalcade of never before seen madness led by James Foster, the only person currently performing the BMX triple backflip, plus a host of other big names including “The Warrior” Jed Mildon, X Games medalist Andy Buckworth, and plenty more. Fans can also look forward to seeing Jolene Van Vugt, the most daring woman in action sports, and groundbreaking wheelchair motocross (WCMX) star Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham.*
With this star-studded lineup, combined with a host of outrageous new contraptions launched from the jacked-up, bigger than ever Nitro Gigant-A-Ramp, this is truly a visual experience never seen before.
To top it all off, for its latest event Nitro is going really retro, with the entire performance choreographed and styled as a 1920’s three-ring circus featuring elephants, bears, clowns, trapeze artists, flame throwers, lion tamers and much more. Painstakingly developed over the past five years, this stunning new set and Nitro-composed soundtrack will transport you into the past, to an eerily haunting, abandoned, derelict Big Top. With mind-blowing new lighting and an explosive pyrotechnic display, the new theme provides the perfect backdrop for the most spectacular show in Nitro’s history. “Believe us when we say, you have never seen a circus like this before,” says Pastrana.
Fans looking for the ultimate Nitro Circus experience will want to get their hands on the all-new Nitro Club VIP package. These exclusive passes include the best seats in the house, as well as a chance to get up close and personal with Travis Pastrana and the stars of Nitro Circus during an exclusive Q & A session. Nitro Club pass holders will also receive a souvenir lanyard and electronically signed A2 Nitro poster, as well as a chance to win cool Nitro swag.
The world’s biggest live action sports show will visit 11 first-time markets such as Chicago and Denver as well as six Canadian stops, making it the most extensive run that Nitro Circus has ever undertaken.
Nitro Circus Live’s latest creation takes things to a whole new level, as the best athletes in freestyle motocross (FMX), BMX, skate and more will unite for a spectacular all-new production. Starring 17-time X Games medalist Travis Pastrana, the tour will feature unbelievable new tricks, record-breaking feats, insane stunts and the craziest contraptions ever, plus a whole new repertoire of daredevil fun.
Pastrana will lead an elite team of athletes** including the World’s First triple backflipper and reigning X Fighters champion Josh Sheehan, along with a star-studded FMX line up that includes X Games Gold medalists Australians Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams & Cam Sinclair and American Adam Jones.
On the BMX side, you can expect to see a cavalcade of never before seen madness, led by one of the most decorated action sports athletes of all time, Chad Kagy, along with the only man performing the BMX triple backflip, James Foster and a host of other names including ‘The Warrior’ Jed Mildon, X Games medalist Andy Buckworth, and plenty more.
Jolene Van Vugt, the first female ever to backflip a motorbike, will go for another groundbreaking World’s First as she attempts to land the first ever BMX double backflip by a woman. Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham will show what defying limits is all about by hitting Nitro’s infamous fifty-foot Giganta Ramp on his wheelchair. In a breathtaking display of strength and skill, three-time X Games Gold medalist Daniel Bodin will backflip a 400lb snowmobile ramp to ramp. The show will also feature quad bikes, minibikes and other motorized monstrosities. In all, there will be more than ten World firsts, never seen in the USA before.
When you combine that with a host of outrageous new contraptions launched from the jacked-up, bigger than ever Nitro Gigant-A-Ramp, you truly have a visual experience the likes of which has never been seen before.
And to top it all off, for its latest event, Nitro is going really retro, with the entire performance choreographed and styled as a 1920’s three-ring circus featuring Elephants, Bears, clowns, trapeze artists, flame throwers, lion tamers and much more. Painstakingly developed over the past five years, the stunning new set and the Nitro-composed soundtrack will transport you into the past, to an eerily haunting, abandoned, derelict Big Top. With mind-blowing new lighting and an explosive pyrotechnic display, the new theming provides the perfect backdrop for the most spectacular show in Nitro’s history. Believe us when we say, you have never seen a Circus like this before.
“We can’t wait to bring this all new tour to North America. The stage set is over the top and will definitely pump up the crowd,” says Pastrana. “That energy fuels us to push ourselves to the limit and put on an amazing show. You never know what could happen.”
Fans looking for the ultimate Nitro Circus experience will want to get their hands on the all-new Nitro Club VIP package. Just $99 each*, these exclusive passes include the best seats in the house close to all of the action, as well as the chance to get up close and personal with Travis Pastrana and the stars of Nitro Circus during an exclusive Q & A session. Nitro Club pass holders will also receive a souvenir lanyard and electronically signed A2 Nitro poster, as well as a chance to win cool Nitro swag.
Nitro Circus Live made its American debut last January, blowing away audiences coast-to-coast and selling out arenas nationwide including legendary Madison Square Garden. Now with fans can expect even more adrenaline-charged excitement.
For all of our Nitro Circus superfans out there, we have another exciting world first to tell you about! (And, no, it isn’t the first moto quad backflip — Sheeny just made history with the triple, so give us a chance to catch our breath, will you?)
We just released the first Nitro Circus mobile app on both iPhone and Android. This app is a new home for Nitro Circus fans to connect, follow us on the road, and watch some of the most jaw-dropping footage we’ve ever brought you. Download the app now to watch Josh Sheehan land the biggest trick in action sports history, follow Travis Pastrana and the Nitro Circus crew on their tour around the world, and start unlocking exclusive experiences online and at the live shows.
You can download our free app now and join our global community of daredevil fans. Just search “Nitro Circus” in your app store or click here:
Today, we’re hosting a Q&A in our new Nitro Circus app with none other than the AmBADASSador himself, Coby Toland. Want to know what it’s like to tour with the Nitro crew? Or, what it’s like behind the scenes? He knows, and he’s going to be answering your questions TODAY at 5:00pm EDT (UTC-4). Just download the app — it’s free and available on iOS and Android — and post your own selfie video with a question and tag it #AskNitro. Then, check out what everyone else has been asking and vote for the questions you want answered the most!
For those of you who haven’t heard of this newest member of our crew… A little while back, we teamed up with DreamJobbing to find an Official Tour Reporter for the New Zealand leg of our 2015 global tour. Nearly 200 insanely awesome fans sent in their applications, but there could only be one winner — and (spoiler alert!) it actually wasn’t this guy.
Not that you’d know it by looking at him.
Meet Coby Toland, the new Nitro Circus AmBADASSador. The thing is: we loved his application so much that we decided to make him our “Ambassador of Badass” instead. We couldn’t resist teaming him up with our DreamJob winner, Christian Gallen, to see what kind of trouble they could get into together in New Zealand.
You’ll remember how Christian took you on tour through his home country, documenting all the action both during and after the shows in New Zealand. Well, we asked Coby to give you a behind-the-scenes look at all things BADASS about Nitro Circus.
“Whether it’s a behind-the-scenes look at life on the road with these guys or if it’s interview questions that are maybe putting them on the spot a little bit — if it’s badass, then I’m gonna bring it to you.”
In his new series, you’ll meet the guys and see what it’s really like to go out on the road with the Nitro Circus crew.
And maybe you can tell us why they just ended up calling him “Red Beard”.
Nitro Circus Live, the action sports spectacle that is a global phenomenon, will bring an all-new high-octane show: Nitro Circus – Moto Mayhem to European stadiums for the very first time in 2015.
Headlined by 17-time X Games medalist Travis Pastrana, Nitro Circus – Moto Mayhem will feature over thirty of the world’s greatest extreme sports stars riding FMX, BMX and every conceivable action sports contraption. Starting May 29th in Helsinki, Finland, the tour will hit ten cities across Europe, all but one that Nitro has never visited before, before wrapping up in Madrid on June 26th.
The incredible lineup of freestyle motocross riders will include Pastrana, plus double backflip master and current X-Fighters champion Josh Sheehan, plus X-Games gold medalists Adam Jones, Blake “Bilko” Williams, Cam Sinclair and many more. The show will also include snowmobiles, quad bikes, tandem FMX, minibike madness and other motorized monstrosities. If it has an engine, it must fly.
BMX fans have not been forgotten, since Nitro engineers have spent years developing a proprietary double winch system that will hurl riders like Nitro stars Dusty Wygle and Ethen & Gavin Godfrey into the air higher, farther and faster than ever before. This technology will also help double sidehacks and a host of crazy contraptions such as wheeled water coolers, bathtubs and lazyboy recliners achieve liftoff. Fans can expect more outrageous shenanigans from the stars of the original Nitro Circus series as well.
To add to the excitement, several Nitro athletes will attempt World’s firsts and unbelievable new stunts during the tour. Jolene Van Vugt will go for a world record distance jump on a motorized version of her signature Barbie car. FMX star Matty McFerran and his sister Emma will be the only duo on the planet performing tandem freestyle motocross, on the same bike, and Ethen Godfrey-Roberts will attempt the World’s first double backflip on a minibike.
“We are so stoked to bring this brand new show across the Atlantic,” says Pastrana. “Our production guys really upped their game here. With all of the bikes, quads and cars it’s going to be massive. And I’ve always loved touring Europe – the fans are always insane, so we can’t wait to get there.”
“2014 was a landmark year for us, touring America for the first time and getting a huge response” said Managing Director/CEO of Nitro Circus Michael Porra. “2015 looks even bigger with our brand new European tour a major highlight, and close to 80 shows across the globe scheduled in for the next calendar year.” Porra added, “We’re always looking to give action sports fans something they’ve never seen before, and with Nitro Circus – Moto Mayhem, prepare to be blown away.”
Fans looking for the ultimate Nitro Circus experience will want to get their hands on the Nitro Club pass. These exclusive passes include the absolute best seats in the house, access to show rehearsal with a behind-the-scenes look at rider practice and a Q&A with Nitro Circus stars. Nitro Club pass holders will also receive a souvenir lanyard and electronically signed A2 Nitro poster, as well as a chance to win cool Nitro swag.
Nitro Circus always pushes the envelope, raising the bar with daring, record-breaking tricks and heart-stopping stunts, but Moto Mayhem takes it to another level. Fasten your seat belt.
Check out this is very special live broadcast where Travis Pastrana, Erik Roner and Streetbike Tommy attempt to announce the US cities we’re hitting in 2015!
After selling out shows across the country on their inaugural tour of the US in 2014, Travis Pastrana will be bringing Nitro Circus Live back to North America, rolling through 14 brand new cities in May, 2015.
Nitro Circus Live features 40 of the world’s best action sports athletes performing record-breaking tricks in freestyle motocross, BMX and skate. The tour also features hilarious and heart-stopping stunts unique to Nitro Circus using contraptions such as tricycles, snow skis, bath tubs and even a Barbie Car, all launched off the one of a kind, 50-foot high Nitro Gigant-A-Ramp.
Pastrana, the greatest action sports star on the planet, will be back on the bike and riding FMX throughout the tour. Accompanying him will be the stars of Nitro Circus’ hit MTV show and 3D film.
It has been a long time coming for Nitro Circus rider Jarryd McNeil, but the rider from Australia finally won a major “Best Whip” event. McNeil beat out a dozen of the sports best (including five X Games Best Whip gold medalists) this past weekend in Las Vegas to secure the Dirt Shark Biggest Whip Contest win as part of the fourth annual Monster Energy Cup.
“I finally won,” said McNeil. “It takes a lot of practice to nail down the biggest whip, and I was glad that I was able to do it in front of all of these loyal fans tonight.”
Like last year, McNeil was one of nine riders competing in the parking lot of the Sam Boyd Stadium during the day just for a chance to ride in the finals. Not only did Jarryd make it into the night show, he did so qualifying in second behind fellow Nitro Circus rider, Beau Bamburg.
Going into the night show qualified 1-2, Bamburg and McNeil took their talents from the ramp set up in the parking lot to a dirt-to-dirt Supercross triple that was part of the actual race track. Once the finals got underway LIVE on Fox Sports 2, Bamburg and McNeil proceeded to put on a whip clinic.
McNeil took the win with a 91.7. Beau Bamberg turned in a 89.3 for second place and Edgar Torronteras finished third with a 84.7.
You can catch Jarryd McNeil and Beau Bamburg LIVE on the 2015 Nitro Circus Live tour starting this coming January. Sign up HEREfor all tour announcements including dates, riders, and giveaways.
Update: Some light drizzle at the ground which our forecasters are advising should clear. Doors will open at 9:00am as planned.
Update: Forecast for Monday morning postponed show in Dallas remains good. Good tickets still available.
EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS CAUSE POSTPONEMENT OF
NITRO CIRCUS SHOW AT TOYOTA STADIUM
Event Rescheduled for Monday, May 25 at 10:00 AM
Due to the extreme weather affecting the Dallas area, tonight’s Nitro Circus Live show at Toyota Stadium has been postponed to Monday, May 25 at 10:00 AM.
Since this was a planned outdoor stadium show, severe rain storms make it physically impossible to set up and run the event. Given the severe weather conditions currently affecting the region, it is impossible to play the show as originally scheduled. The safety of our riders, athletes, crew and fans is always the first priority at every Nitro Circus Live event.
Tickets for tonight’s show will be honored at the venue on Monday. Per the original terms and conditions, no refunds will be issued for patrons unable to attend the rescheduled show date.
Nitro Circus Live apologizes to all their fans for any inconvenience due to the last minute nature of this postponement.
EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS CAUSE CANCELLATION OF
MAY 24 NITRO CIRCUS SHOW AT TDECU STADIUM
Nitro Circus Live regrets to announce that due to extreme weather predicted in the Houston area over the weekend, the Sunday, May 24 show at TDECU Stadium has been cancelled.
Since this was a planned outdoor stadium show, rain storms make it physically impossible to set up and run the event. The safety of our riders, athletes, crew and fans is always the first priority at every Nitro Circus Live event.
Nitro Circus Live apologizes to all their fans for any inconvenience due to the last minute nature of the cancellation.
Full refunds for all ticket holders can be obtained at the point of purchase or the TDECU Stadium box office.
Nitro Circus founder, ringleader and world-class athlete Travis Pastrana today announced Nitro Circus Live is making its return to North America, kicking off in the U.S. beginning May 8 in Jacksonville, Florida. Nitro Circus Live, the action sports spectacle that is a worldwide phenomenon, features more than 40 of the world’s best action sports athletes performing daring and record-breaking tricks in freestyle motocross, BMX and skateboarding. The tour features hilarious and heart-stopping stunts unique to Nitro Circus using contraptions such as water coolers, rocking horses, a lazyboy couch and more. Pastrana, a 10-time X Games gold medalist in freestyle motocross and one of extreme sport’s biggest names, is bringing back the stars of Nitro Circus’ hit MTV show and Nitro Circus 3D film. The team helped sell out city after city on its first U.S. tour earlier this year.
“We are so stoked to bring the biggest, most daring action sports production ever staged back home where Nitro Circus all started years ago,” says Pastrana. “Our insane group of athletes perform stunts that you literally cannot see anywhere else on the planet. We’re constantly pushing each other to break records and do things that people previously thought was physically impossible. We had an epic time in the US earlier this year, and we were pumped on just how many people came out to see us. Now we’re ready to show a whole bunch of new cities what we’re all about.”
Originally a small DVD series filmed in Pastrana’s Maryland backyard, Nitro Circus grew into a successful MTV show with more than 46 million U.S. viewers and broadcast in 60 countries worldwide. The next step was Nitro Circus Live, which has captured the imagination of fans worldwide with a string of sell-out shows and record-breaking crowds across Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Africa.
Fans can expect spectacular, fully choreographed huge motocross stunts and outrageous feats on an array of contraptions – trikes, snow skis, a bath tub on wheels, tandem bikes, razor scooters, shopping carts, and even a Barbie car, all launched with precision and skill off the one of a kind 50-foot high Nitro Gigant-A-Ramp. The ridiculous ‘Nitro Bomb’ is a favorite across the globe, with up to 20 riders mid-air and upside-down at the same time.
“We are building on the huge global success of Nitro Circus and can’t wait to return to North America in 2015,” said Managing Director of Nitro Circus Live Michael Porra. “We are breaking ticket sales records in Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand and sold out arenas at nearly every stop on our first U.S. tour last year. It’s been a big year for Nitro Circus, and we can’t wait to bring the crew’s crazy antics to brand new cities across the country.”
Fans looking for even more excitement can purchase special Nitro Circus VIP Experience packages featuring an exclusive Travis Pastrana meet & greet opportunity, premium reserved seating with the best view of the action, tour merch not available anywhere else and much more. Don’t wait, however, as quantities are very limited: only 150 VIP Experience passes will be available for each show.
We have an amazing opportunity for one awesome fan! We’ve teamed up with the great folks at Dreamjobbing to find an Official Tour Reporter for the New Zealand leg of our 2015 global tour! The winner will spend three weeks with us in New Zealand starting in January and he or she will have an all access pass, covering all our arena shows and then heading out with the cast and crew to follow all the action we get up to in our downtime. We’re looking for someone with a supercharged personality. Is that you?
Watch this video from Travis on what we’re looking for and how to enter:
Don’t wait! Submit your videos to Dreamjobbing.com/nitrocircus and start spreading the word. The more shares, the more votes, the better chance you have of winning this once in a lifetime opportunity!
The job is open to anybody over 18 with a valid passport who is able to travel to New Zealand. Get on it!
This summer in New Zealand, the greatest Action Sports star on the planet, Travis Pastrana, will unite with the world’s biggest names in FMX, BMX and Skate, including Kiwi riders Levi Sherwood, Nick Franklin and Jed Mildon, in a brand new Nitro Circus Live tour.
The tour marks the highly anticipated return of Pastrana, Nitro Circus founder and 17 times X Games medalist, to the sport that rocketed him to international superstardom, freestyle motocross. The upcoming tour will be the first time Pastrana has ridden in New Zealand since 2011.
Coupled with Pastrana’s return is an all-new show, which has been painstakingly developed over the past five years. In its latest inception, Nitro Circus Live is going ‘retro’, with the entire performance choreographed and styled as a 1920’s, Barnum & Bailey type circus. This tour boasts a multi-million dollar set with unbelievable features and a whole new repertoire of antics, contraptions, dare devil fun and of course the biggest tricks in action sports today.
“This new show is the biggest and most audacious action sports production ever staged,” said Nitro Circus Live CEO, Michael Porra. “It’s a truly exciting, adrenaline-charged, live show featuring an insane group of athletes who push each other to new extremes every single show.”
Attracting an ever-growing worldwide audience, Nitro Circus Live has been touring in the world’s most iconic venues, dazzling more than 1. 5 million fans since their last New Zealand stop in 2011.
“Nitro Circus Live sold out the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and Madison Square Gardens in New York. We saw standing ovations there and on every stop during our European tour,” said Porra
The five-city arena tour will see the Nitro Circus crew performing at key venues across New Zealand.
Fans can expect the Kiwi trio of Levi Sherwood, world-first BMX triple back flipper Jed ‘The Warrior’ Mildon, and New Zealand’s original FMX star Nick Franklin star in front of a passionate home crowd.
Palmerston North’s Levi Sherwood, who is one of the top FMX stars in the world, returns to home turf for his first Nitro Circus New Zealand tour in four years.
In addition to the New Zealand natives, the ever-growing cast of action sports super-stars includes: Josh Sheehan, Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams, Adam Jones, Andy Buckworth, Ryan Williams and Aaron ‘Wheelz’ Fotheringham
The audience will experience the world’s only ‘Hole in One’ – innovated in New Zealand on the last tour – where riders launch 50 feet into the air off the Gigant-A-Ramp and attempt to land with pinpoint accuracy inside an inflatable zorb ball.
The show also includes a host of mind-bending new tricks on a cavalcade of ridiculous, never-before-seen contraptions off the jacked-up Nitro Gigant-A-Ramp, which is 10-feet bigger, and will launch riders up to 20-feet further than ever before.
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After a hugely successful 2013 trek, Nitro Circus Live is set to light up cities and towns across Australia once again next year. Travis Pastrana and his team of the world’s best action sports athletes are gearing up for an eight-city Regional Tour.
Kicking off on Saturday, 21 February at GIO Stadium, Canberra, the 2015 Nitro Circus Live Regional Tour will travel across six states and Territories, culminating with an ANZAC weekend spectacular in Darwin on Friday, 24 April.
The tour will also feature shows in Wollongong, Hobart, Newcastle, Gold Coast, Mackay and an outdoor extravaganza in Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval.
Nitro Circus Live has captured the imagination of people wherever it travels and the Regional Tour will be no exception, with spectators given a rare opportunity to experience 17-time X Games medallist Travis Pastrana live in a show that sold out some of the biggest arenas in the world.
Pastrana is the biggest name in action sports and after successful stints in Super Cross, Rally and NASCAR, will return to his beloved Moto for next year’s Australian Regional Tour.
Joining Pastrana will be recently crowned X-Fighters champion and world number one freestyle motocross rider Josh Sheehan, who will attempt the most dangerous trick in action sports, his signature double backflip.
The 2015 Regional Tour will also feature an all-new ‘retro’ themed production, which has been choreographed and styled as a 1920’s, Barnum & Bailey Style circus.
Set on a stunning multi-million dollar set, the retro theme has provided a perfect backdrop for Pastrana, Sheehan and all the stars of Nitro Circus Live to showcase their aerial acrobatic skills to hundreds of thousands of fans around the world.
While FMX and BMX is sure to get pulses racing, a range of new contraptions including a bath tub, rocking horse and penny farthing set to test even the most brazen Nitro Circus Live performer!
The 2015 Regional Tour will see Nitro Circus Live reward its loyal fan bases in Newcastle, Gold Coast, Wollongong and Canberra with return engagements, while also expanding into three new territories – Hobart, Mackay and Darwin.
On Thursday, 2 April, Nitro Circus Live will break new ground when our athletes showcase their death-defying skills at the spiritual home of sport in South Australia, the Adelaide Oval.
“Nitro Circus Live is one of the hottest touring acts on the planet and I’m delighted to be able to give our fans across regional Australia an opportunity to experience a show that has captivated millions of people around the world.” Nitro Circus CEO Michael Porra said.
“We have spared no expense in bringing this show to back to Australia. Fans in Hobart, Mackay, Wollongong and all the regional centres will be able to watch the same athletes that have performed at the O2 Arena in London and Madison Square Garden in New York”
“Five years ago Nitro Circus Live began with a desire to give people in towns and cities across Australia a taste of extreme action sports and I’m thrilled to be able to take this all-new show back to our heartland areas.”
“Tickets are sure to sell out fast in some of our venues so I encourage fans to get in early for this once in a lifetime extreme sports extravaganza!” Mr Porra said.
For Australia 2015 Tour terms and conditions CLICK HERE.
If you’ve been around long enough you may have noticed our website just got a facelift. If this is your first stop through, welcome! We’re really excited to present to you the new NitroCircus.com where you’ll be able to find all the latest updates on Travis and the crew, learn about shows coming to your area and check out our new online series.
Along with the new site, the team has been busy working on the return of our television series to MTV2 (premiering October 8) and prepping a massive global tour kicking off in 2015. In their spare time, they’re out breaking world records and hitting world firsts just because, you know, they can.
Feel free to explore the site and send us your thoughts. We’ll be keeping it updated every week with fresh content from some of the top action sports voices online. It makes no difference whether you ride or just watch, if you’re an enthusiast or merely a spectator, we hope you enjoy our new Nitro Circus community here. And we hope to see you out there on the road!
Interested in seeing the first triple backflip on a mountain bike? We’ve got that and much more in our entertainment hub.
Each week we’ll be featuring Q&A’s with our athletes so you can get to know them better off their contraption of choice.
What was your first…
Dirt bike? Honda Z 50
Award? A participation ribbon for soccer.
Concert? Smashing Pumpkins. I fell asleep.
Place you traveled outside of your home country? I went to South Africa for a race when I was 11 years old.
Celebrity crush? Jenny McCarthy
Ramp you hit? They didn’t have ramps when I was growing up, but we always made them out of 2×4’s and plywood
Vehicle you owned? 1944 International Firetruck. It was bright orange and had a top speed of 44mph. My mom was a flight attendant and my dad had to work, so I would drive myself from school to the track. It was so obvious that the cops never thought of pulling me over.
Broken bone? My foot. I was jumping off my slide with Jim Dechamp when I was 6 years old and missed the pool.
Thing you flipped on purpose? My body off a bridge.
Action sports video you saw? Pro’s at Practice and Play. It was a Gary Bailey video and it was awesome!
CD? Lincoln Park
Job? I worked construction with my dad as a kid, but I never got paid so is that a job?
Freestyle event you rode in? Free Air Festival in Las Vegas
Trick you mastered? No footer. I had those dialed!
What do you put on your hot dogs?
What’s your favorite city to ride in?
Melbourne, Australia or Paris, France. The French are crazy and most of my Nitro friends are from Melbourne.
Best advice you have ever been given?
If you shoot for the moon…at the very least you will be a shooting star.
Who did you idolize when you were growing up?
Matt Hoffman, Doug Henry and Guy Cooper
Is there a rider on tour that never stops surprising you?
If you could pick anything, what would your last meal be?
Steak, beer, ice cream and some fries.
Who is the best roommate to have on tour?
Describe Nitro Circus Live in one word.
What’s the most important thing in your gear bag?
Febreeze… It’s not for your own gear bag, but if Beaver Fleming is anywhere near your area, it’s evacuation without some sort of deodorizer!
You’d think our athletes would want to relax in their downtime before they head out on our most massive global tour to date in 2015. Well it’s tough keeping these guys quiet for long and, frankly, they just get bored if they’re not jumping off something. Travis Pastrana has announced that he’s working on a new film called Action Figures. For all you lifelong enthusiasts, this film will be a callback to the DVDs of old which Trav and his friends grew up watching. Action Figures is like an extreme music video with members of the Nitro Circus family performing some of the most amazing tricks ever caught on tape. The ramps are bigger and the stakes are higher. It’s meant to push the limits of what you thought was possible.
Travis explains it in more detail here:
Keep checking back to NitroCircus.com for updates regarding the release of the film. Trav is actively working on it now but if you can’t wait until late 2014 to see it, you can follow his progress with our online exclusive web series where we get a glimpse at the types of tricks that are going down. Trust us, the most common phrases you’ll see with this film and web series are ‘world first’ and ‘world record’ – it’s that EPIC. For starters, check out the world’s first and second triple flip on a mountain bike:
We hope that wet your appetite. Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel to follow Trav’s progress as he works to bring you Action Figures.