BMX Expert Defies Gravity In A Stunt That Would Give The Average Rider Fits


BMX traces its roots to early 1970 in Carolina when kids started racing and riding their bicycles on dirt tracks. Also called BMX freestyle, bike stunt riding was born as an offshoot of traditional BMX, which involves bike riders racing each other in a dirt track. BMX freestylers perform stunts on their bikes, some which can get pretty complicated. Practice tricks and stunts on a BMX bike not only looks cool, but it also feels great to practice the stunts until you feel comfortable.

With the popularity of the X Games growing more every year, BMX stunt riding has gotten more attention and popular riders now even have their own video games. This is a far cry from the humble beginnings of the sport in the 1980’s. Freestyle BMX is a broad discipline within BMX stunt riding, and there are a few categories to it that have their own differences.

Basically, there are no set rules for BMX stunt riding, except maybe, “don’t die.”

Besides that, there are no clearly defined rules or structure. The essence of BMX stunt riding is to express a set of aesthetically pleasing moves that an individual is making.

As such, emphasis is often placed on certain qualities of the rider, such as skill development, originality, creativity and riding style among other things. BMX stunt riding can be broken down into a few categories as listed below. In most cases, a rider will only focus on one but most people who like BMX stunt riding will try a couple.

Vertical riding – If you have seen the X Games, then you know what vertical riding is all about. The vert looks like a half a pipe with vertical extensions on the upward end. This is what gives it the name “vert” and is often used in BMX competitions like the X Games. Here, riders go back and forth on the ramp, hitting heights of 10 feet or more off the end of the ramp. They do tricks in the air ranging from hopping off the pedals to a backflip 180-degree twist.

Park riding – This is one of the oldest methods of riding a BMX bike and has existed since the 1960’s. It uses ramps and transitions to perform high-flying bike tricks. Different parks have different types of transitions and ramps. For instance, concrete is usually seen in ramps with bowls.

Flatland riding – This type of BMX stunt riding is very different from the rest. While other BMX stunts involve midair twisting and flipping and jumping, this type of stunt is done on the flat ground. As such, it involves a lot of spinning and manipulation of the body to keep the bike stable.

Away from BMX stunt riding, let’s now look at one of the institutions that have played a major role in harnessing talent in BMX stunt riding and X Games – The Woodward Academy. An educational co-educational college, Woodward Academy is the largest day school in the United States. The institution offers students the opportunity to challenge themselves in different sports, bike stunts being one of them. This way, they help build leadership skills and characteristics, while cultivating self-discipline, teamwork and responsibility.

Boasting of professional trainers and some of the best resources and innovative facilities in the industry, Woodward Academy has become a centre of excellence for aspiring athletes and professional athletes as well.

Who said BMX stunt riding is only about the rider holding the handle of the bike while doing his stunt? Well, the video below states otherwise. This guy defied odds by doing a stunt that looks practically impossible to most of us. Relaxed and compose, he starts by jumping over what looks like a ramp with his legs firmly on the handlebars as he carefully directs the bike past obstacles, all this time his hands raised in the air for balancing. The video was taken in Woodward Academy and points out the level some people can go to pull a stunt. Think you can try that? Well, it is one of the things that needs adrenaline and, of course, lots of practice.

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