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The Chase for the Biggest Trick in Action Sports History

June 29, 2015

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.)

Quad Backflip Setup at Pastranaland

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:

Quad Ramp Setup at Pastranaland

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.

Quad Backflip Setup at Pastranaland

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!

The 90-minute special premieres Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. CT, and 1:30 p.m. PT on NBC.

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.