BALTIMORE, April 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, April 28, champion freestyle motocross rider Josh Sheehan will aim for the record books by attempting the biggest and most dangerous trick in the history of action sports – the world's first-ever triple backflip on a motocross bike.
This attempt will take place at Nitro Circus (www.nitrocircus.com) founder Travis Pastrana's "Pastranaland" complex and is weather dependent; there will be a five-day window of opportunity for this world first attempt.
In order to complete the triple backflip successfully, Sheehan will need to reach a speed of 55 mph on a 200 pound bike as he travels up a massive 37-foot tall takeoff ramp. The ramp will be positioned at a staggering 81-degree angle and once airborne, Sheehan will reach a height of approximately 80 feet as he completes and lands on the 60-foot tall dirt landing ramp.
To get a sense of the risk and the danger involved in this daring attempt, check out the following preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_LROzhEqu8
"At Nitro Circus, we are all about progression, raising the bar and claiming 'World Firsts,'" commented Pastrana. "For anyone that's ever done something that no one else on the planet has done, it really is a pretty special moment. I'm excited for Josh. The triple is definitely one hell of a scary trick to pull off!"
Pastrana, Sheehan's fellow Nitro Circus teammate, was the first to ever land a double backflip at the 2006 X Games competition in Los Angeles. Since Pastrana's groundbreaking success, Sheehan has also mastered the trick and is now the foremost proponent of the double, landing four perfect ones in Munich to take the win at the Red Bull X Fighters event in July 2014. Sheehan and Pastrana are currently the only people in the world still performing double backflips, with Sheehan performing them regularly at Nitro Circus Live shows around the world. Completing a triple backflip will be much harder than the double, with Sheehan needing to ride a take off ramp roughly 28 feet taller than the usual nine-foot ramp used to complete a double.
"Trying something that's never done before is always risky. But along with that comes a tremendous once in a lifetime opportunity," Sheehan explains. "I've always loved a challenge. It inspires me to keep pushing forward. I couldn't be more stoked."
As Josh Sheehan aims for history, Nitro Circus Live continues its marathon 2015 world tour. The Australian leg wraps up on April 24 followed by a return to America for 14 performances in first-time markets from May 5-24. An additional 20 US tour dates will go on sale Friday, May 15, and six Canadian shows go on sale Friday, May 22. The action then shifts across the Atlantic for the debut of Nitro Circus – Moto Mayhem, an all-new production, which will play nine European stadiums from May 29 to June 26. Go to: http://nitrocircus.com/tour/ to a full list of tour dates and to purchase tickets.
For additional news, exclusive behind-the-scenes content, tour updates and more, go to http://www.nitrocircus.com. Follow Nitro Circus Live on Twitter: @nitrocircuslive and Facebook: www.facebook.com/NitroCircus.
About Nitro Circus Live
Nitro Circus continues to position itself as the leading youth action sports & entertainment brand on the planet. From humble beginnings, with Jeremy Rawle, Gregg Godfrey and extreme sports superstar Travis Pastrana producing DVDs from a Utah garage in 2003, to a smash TV series which has aired in over 60 countries, Nitro Circus has exploded to global popularity, leaving a burning impression on the minds of young people across the planet. Nitro Circus: The Movie, featuring cast members from the MTV series, was released in 2012 in cinemas worldwide.
In 2010, the TV show was transformed by current CEO and action sports industry guru Michael Porra into a must-see live event, creating the global touring phenomenon that is Nitro Circus Live. Since its inaugural Australian trek five years ago, the show has travelled the globe, obliterating box office records and cultivating a legion of diehard fans. Nitro Circus has now rolled across five continents, blown away almost two million fans and sold-out shows in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan the Middle East and South Africa.
SOURCE Nitro Circus Live