Watch Josh Sheehan, Jackson Strong, and Luc Ackermann aim to land the first-ever three-rider double backflip train at Caerphilly Castle.
At 11am today the gravity-defying Nitro World Games are back on welsh soil, a momentous world first stunt attempt will take place at the spectacular, medieval castle at Caerphilly, Wales to promote the 2020 Nitro World Games in Cardiff. The visually stunning display will see 3 FMX athletes attempt a synchronised double backflip train which has never been done before.
One of the most difficult and dangerous tricks in FMX, only a handful of top level riders can perform double backflips and they are rarely seen at competition level. Not ones to shy away from a challenge, Nitro World Games are pulling out all of the stops to attempt this never-seen-before display with the UK’s second largest castle at Caerphilly in Wales, forming the stunning backdrop.
More than a decade after action sports icon (and Nitro World Games co-creator) Travis Pastrana stunned the action sports world with the first double backflip on a motorbike, it remains a very difficult – and highly dangerous – trick.
In the spirit of big air progression that is at the heart of Nitro World Games, Sheehan, Strong and Ackermann will aim to become the first to land this daunting feat. To do so, they will each need to launch their 220-pound bikes into the air just inches apart, timing their two rotations in precise synchronization both so that they do not collide in flight and also so that they each put both wheels down successfully on the landing ramp. While either over or under rotating would have severe consequences for a solo rider, with three athletes so close together if even just one of them crashes it could be catastrophic for them all
The Nitro World Games is the biggest action sports competition in the world with 100 athletes competing in a range of disciplines including BMX, FMX, Skate and Scooter. It’s arrival in Wales marks a major step for the games as they leave the US for the first time to take place at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff on 23rd & 24th May 2020, cementing Wales as the no.1 action sports destination in the UK.
The skill level and difficulty of this attempt means that the riders taking part are amongst the most successful, top FMX athletes in the world. Just this week, one of the confirmed riders had to withdraw from the attempt following an injury he sustained at this month’s Nitro World Games in Utah
You can watch this extreme stunt live via the Nitro world Games website Coverage starts from 11am.