Faces of BMX Dirt -- X Games Foz do Iguaçu
Faces of BMX Dirt
After a seven-year hiatus, BMX Dirt made its return to X Games at Foz do Iguau, Brazil. With the exceptions of Ryan Nyquist and Chris Doyle, the selection of riders in the BMX Dirt field were new to X Games competition. What follows is a look at the competitors who made their X Games debut in Brazil last week.
Mike "Hucker" Clark
Mike "Hucker" Clark made his X Games debut in BMX Dirt at X Games Foz. Although the Huntington Beach, Calif., rider did not place well in the finals, his irreverant and fun-loving attitude made an impact on the crowd and fellow riders. En route back to the start hill during the finals, Hucker performed an '80s flatland trick known as a handlebar ride to the delight of the crowd. It received as much praise as the actual dirt riding in the competition.
Australia's Luke Parslow, seen trueing a wheel atop the start deck, has been a longtime competitor in the BMX dirt field outside of X Games, with high placings on the Dew Tour and in Red Bull competitions. Parslow competed in X Games Foz with a broken foot, and although he was unable to walk, he still pulled off a succesful third run to net a seventh-place finish.
Ryan Nyquist is no stranger to X Games BMX Dirt competition, having competed at X Games since the late '90s. After BMX Dirt was eliminated from the lineup in 2006, Nyquist continued to ride BMX Park at X Games events, competing in BMX dirt competitions outside of X Games. When BMX Dirt returned to the X Games lineup, Nyquist was among one of the first riders to receive an invite.
Australian X Games rookie Kyle Baldock arrived on the international BMX competition scene several years ago and quickly acquired high placings on the Dew Tour in both park and dirt. After receiving his invite to X Games Foz, Baldock quickly rose to the top of the BMX Park field, winning his first X Games gold medal Saturday. Just hours later, Baldock rose to the top of the BMX Dirt ranks, claiming double golds in one day of X Games competition.
TJ Ellis is another BMX Dirt competitor who has placed well on the international scene for the past several years. Ellis placed fifth in his first X Games BMX Dirt competition, but many in the Twittersphere, including Moto X competitor Ronnie Renner, believed he should have placed higher. Ellis avoided the discussion and instead focused on the competition, saying that he had fun and was pumped to get support from the Brazilian crowd.
Brandon Dosch has made several appearances in the BMX Park discipline at X Games, but he seemed primed for BMX Dirt at X Games Foz. Dosch stomped all of his runs with authority and earned a silver medal for his efforts. If BMX Dirt stays in X Games in 2014, Dosch will most likely be at the top of the invite list.
Ben Wallace arrived at X Games Foz as the sole U.K. BMX Dirt representative and proceeded to throw down technical lines throughout the finals. Wallace finished just off the podium in fourth place.
X Games BMX Dirt crowd
The crowd at BMX Dirt at X Games Foz was huge, constantly cheering on and supporting each rider competing. Each rider said the crowd was a hugely motivating factor in bringing out some of the best competitive BMX Dirt riding to emerge at an X Games.