The first major televised contest of 2019 is June 1-2, and the Nitro Circus force is on their way to compete in X Games Shanghai. The contest is an extremely slimmed-down version of a “normal” X Games event but still has all the main features that make up the legendary contest. It is fantastic to see the brand continue its bar-setting efforts at world-class events.
BMX is at the forefront of every X Games and has continually articulated a remarkable story of defeat and achievement year after year. The BMX Big Air competition is where the majority of eyes will be to see if social media icon and multi-threat Nitro Circus veteran Ryan Williams can put another gold medal in his trophy case. He won gold in his home country of Australia last year and has progressed like crazy at the Nitro Circus Live shows.
Andy Buckworth has reached the podium at every contest he has entered in 2019, and now has his second chance at the big ramp. Morgan Wade and James Foster both flew from the Nitro Circus event in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and each have two gold medals already in the discipline. Literally it is anyone’s game as the 75-foot gaps separate the heroes from everyone else.
On the motocross side, Nitro legend Harry Bink will be competing in his first contest since his major shoulder reconstruction. He’s been working incredibly hard at recovering, so expect a good showing as he builds back to 100 percent. Josh Sheehan is invited back in search of another medal and is always a threat. Jarryd McNeil is looking to keep his Best Whip streak alive with three consecutive wins in the discipline.
Beaver Fleming will be throwing insane tricks in Skateboard Big Air. He has been due for years, and this could be the time for him. He’s been competing on large transition contests with Vans all year and could be a strong contender for podium.
All events are televised and will be a great test before the Nitro World Games and US X Games later this year. Check out the full list of invited athletes for X Games Shanghai right here, and stay tuned to the Kicker for all things action sports and for more looks into the major contests this year.