Jake Leiva took home the victory at the final stop of the 2019 Toyota BMX Triple Challenge. Pat Casey finished second, and Andy Buckworth rounded out the podium. Jaie Toohey won the Best Trick contest with his nothing front bikeflip to tailwhip, a new addition to his arsenal that’s fast becoming a signature trick for him.
The BMX Triple Challenge is a three-stop contest series that pairs itself with Supercross motorcycle racing events. The 2019 calendar included two dirt events and one real street set in Anaheim, California; Arlington, Texas; and Denver, Colorado. It is the first open qualifying professional contest of the season and draws great crowds and the top talent. The course featured a large roll-in, into a single takeoff lip with two landings where the rider had to hip one way into a super kicker lip and much, much larger landing. These were easily the biggest jumps ever built. The Dirt Factory crew are the real heroes – they were dealing with an inch of snow at 11 and had the contest started by 3 pm. It was a miracle.
When the mud washed off and the awards were given, Buckworth found himself on the podium for the second time in the series. His double backflips got him a direct placement in the finals and kept him there once again. Second place was awarded to Casey, who won the first dirt event of the season in Anaheim. His brakeless style is unmatched and his dirt skills are thriving. The top spot went to California local Leiva, who held his own among the best in the world. His 720 decade and triple tailwhips were unmatched in the judges’ eyes, and he took home the trophy and check.
Directly after the finals were over, the Best Trick contest started. A 15-minute free-for-all commenced on the course. It was nonstop action with lots of World Firsts attempted, but Toohey stomped his game-changing Toohey-Twister (nothing front bikeflip to tailwhip). It was the second time he won Best Trick in the series and the 18-hour ride home on the airplane must have been more fun with a trophy in his luggage. It was great times, and the riders were stoked on the event.