X Games heads to Munich
For the fifth stop of X Games in 2013, the Global X tour headed to Munich for the German debut of X Games. BMX disciplines represented in Munich included BMX Park and Big Air, and riders invited included X Games Barcelona gold medalist Gary Young (bike pictured here) as well as almost 20 other professional BMX athletes.
BMX Park moves inside
Last month in Barcelona, several events were postponed due to rain. Heading into X Games Munich, under the threat of bad weather, some disciplines, including BMX Park, were moved to indoor venues. This decision proved worthwhile as rain plagued the weekend. Fortunately, BMX Park went off unhinged.
Barrel gets fast planted
Typically, BMX Park is dominated by flairs, tailwhips, 360s and transfers, so when Scottish invite Kriss Kyle decided to keep it stylish and fast plant the purpose built barrel on the Park course, everyone took notice. Kyle didn't make it out of the first heat, but sometimes, style trumps contest placings.
Daniel Dhers wins BMX Park
After disappointing finishes in Brazil and Spain earlier this year, past BMX Park gold medalist Daniel Dhers put it all together to return to the top of the podium at X Games Munich. Dhers' methodical, no hold barred approach to the Park was a return to form for the seasoned pro from Venezuela.
Morgan Wade's double tailwhip
GoPro BMX Big Air suffered a few hang ups due to rain and wind, but once the competition got underway, it was on for all of the competitors. Morgan Wade's approach to Big Air has leaned more towards the "big" side this year, and his double tailwhip air at 19 feet, 4 inches on the MegaRamp quarterpipe had the entire crowd on the edge of their seats. Wade earned a silver medal in Munich.
Andy Buckworth's no-handed double front flip
Three years ago, Andy Buckworth earned a bronze medal in BMX Big Air at X, but since then, he has suffered injuries and been unable to compete when X Games came calling. He made a triumphant return in Munich, and landed two no-handed double frontflips over the gap portion of the MegaRamp. Buckworth finished in 7th place, but showed a renewed comfort on the ramp that sometimes bites back.
Chad Kagy wins BMX Big Air
Veteran competitor Chad Kagy returned to the top of the podium during BMX Big Air at X Games Munich. Kagy landed a cliffhanger backflip over the gap portion of the MegaRamp, followed by a flair tailwhip at 14 feet on the quarterpipe portion of the ramp to earn a score of 87.00 in Round 2 of competition. "It's been a few years since I've been on top of that podium, and it's refreshing to get back up there," Kagy said.
Mountain Bike Slopestyle debuts
For the first time in X Games history, mountain biking slopestyle athletes competed alongside their fellow action sports pros in the traditional summer X events such as RallyCross, skateboarding, BMX and FMX at X Games Munich. Sixteen of the best freeride mountain bikers in the world were invited for an X Games gold medal in a Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour (FMBWT) Diamond (top-tier) event.
MTB Slopestyle closes X Games Munich
Typically, X Games comes to a close with either a Big Air event or RallyCross. Not so in Munich. Due to high winds, Mountain Bike Slopestyle was delayed until Sunday night, giving the MTB Slopestyle riders the stage for the final show at X Games Munich. So not only did Mountain Bike Slopestyle debut in Munich, it also closed the week down with a high octane finish.
Brett Rheeder wins MTB Slope
Brett Rheeder edged out fellow Canadian Brandon Semenuk to win the first X Games gold medal in Mountain Bike Slopestyle during the final event of X Games Munich. "This is unbelievable," Rheeder said in the finish area. "We've wanted to have slopestyle in the X Games forever and to be the first one to win a gold medal in the event is easily the best result of my career."