After three successful years in Austin, Texas in which Jamie won two Gold’s and a Silver in the event, the new location proved fruitful for Bestwick who narrowly missed the top spot by fractions of a point. Kicking off competition outside the US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis, the BMX Vert competition saw elite riders from around the world treat the notoriously nice people of Minnesota to a little piece of nasty. Riding on a ramp that's 13.5 feet high this year, competitors had a chance to go bigger than ever before on the new design. The free event drew a massive crowd who bore witness to a tight competition and a BMX legend in his element.
Incredibly, at 46-years-old Bestwick was competing against riders half his age, showing them a thing or two in the process — not only talent wise but by way of originality. Wasting no time on his first run, he threw down a Bestwick original with a massive look down flair before charging into a barrage of tricks including a clean alley-oop 540, a downside tailwhip, a flair downside whip, an opposite flair and a huge 540 before finishing with the supremely difficult opposite 540 — a trick that’s almost unheard of on the vert ramp.
“After I dropped in it was like — Ok we’re doin’ it,” said Bestwick in regards to his spontaneity.
Continuing to defy physics as well as his age, the British transplant who now lives in State College, Pennsylvania proceeded to stun his fellow competitors and judges alike on his second attempt floating an alley-oop 540 tailwhip, a front flair, and an opposite flair into another highly charge run.
Officially sponsoring X Games for the fourth year, Monster Energy proudly announces its team of athletes headed to X Games Minneapolis 2017, which makes its debut in the Twin Cities from July 13-16 at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis to compete for X Games gold and prize money. With four days of competition ahead, the Monster Energy team is ready for action. X Games Minneapolis 2017 has an incredible weekend in store, seamlessly blending completion across Skate, BMX, Moto X and Flat Track racing disciplines, as well as a variety of entertainment, music and activities suited for the whole family throughout X Fest, which will be located in the Medtronic Plaza at U.S. Bank Stadium and The Commons across the street in downtown Minneapolis. Monster Energy will feature athlete autograph signings, brand ambassadors, sampling and an outdoor lounge at X Fest.
I have been competing professionally on my BMX since I was 16 years old and that year I made it to the X Games for the first time! Since then I have had some amazing memories and I have learned so many valuable life lessons also. I was able to fulfill my dream of getting an X Games Medal 9 different times and I have a story for each one. So in honor of the summer X Games in Minneapolis being right around the corner I figured I would show each medal and tell their stories. I am so excited to return to X Games this year as a TV commentator and watch the best in the world compete for medals and stories of their own!
On June 9-10, the world’s top athletes took over Rhodes Skate Park in Boise, Idaho to secure their invitations to X Games Minneapolis. Over 7,000 fans witnessed six Men’s Skateboard and BMX athletes and four Women’s skateboarders punch their tickets to Minneapolis. In the final competition of the day, the BMX athletes upped the amplitude in the park with a mix of flips and whips. X Games rookie Nick Bruce surprised the crowd by taking the top spot in front of perennial X Games BMX Park medalists Daniel Sandoval and Kevin Peraza. Bruce qualified first in the elimination and rode that momentum all the way through the final. Sitting in second place behind Sandoval, Bruce threw a run highlighted by a huge downside flairwhip in the final run of the competition to seal his spot
Real BMX, the all-street X Games BMX video contest, is back. Videos drop, and fan voting begins, on Wednesday, June 14. A full behind-the-scenes "World of X Games" show on the making of the contest airs Saturday, June 24, on ABC.
The competition schedule for the inaugural X Games Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium is now available at XGames.com. More than 200 elite athletes will compete at the world’s premier action sports event July 13-16, 2017, with live coverage on ESPN and ABC and streaming live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. Additional X Games Minneapolis content will also be available across ESPN digital platforms, including XGames.com, the X Games app, and X Games pages across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and more. The world’s best will battle it out for a podium spot in Skateboard, BMX, Moto and more.
The world’s top BMX athletes have been invited to the Road to X: Boise Qualifier, taking place June 10 at Rhodes Skate Park. The event serves as an official qualifying event for the X Games Minneapolis Park competitions. Twenty athletes will be invited to compete in each of the three disciplines – Men’s Skateboard Park, Women’s Skateboard Park and BMX Park. The top six Men’s Skateboard and BMX athletes and the top four Women’s Skateboard athletes not already invited will qualify into the X Games Minneapolis Park competition.
Ryan Nyquist (Santa Cruz, California) – A 16-time X Games medalist, Nyquist is the second most-decorated BMX athlete in X Games history. Nyquist has two Park gold medals and two Dirt gold medals, with his most recent podium being silver medal at X Games Barcelona 2013.
The world’s premier action sports competition debuts July 13-16 for its first year at the new U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. The event will feature an all-encompassing youth culture experience, including more than 200 of the world’s best action sports athletes competing for medals and prize money in BMX, Skateboard and Moto X disciplines. In addition to the sports, the X Games interactive youth cultural festival, X Fest, and world-class musical performances from A Day To Remember on Friday, July 14, Flume on Saturday, July 15 and Minneapolis’ own Atmosphere will also be part of the event. All three musical performances will take place at the Commons stage, located outside U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Real Series returns to the World of X Games content lineup on XGames.com and ABC, beginning with the Real Ski video competition dropping on XGames.com February 15, 2017. A forum for the world’s best riders and filmers to create premium video content, the Real Series brings together the worlds of competitive action sports and core video parts. Originally launching with the Real Street competition in the summer of 2010, the Real Series has now grown to include six video competitions each year – adding Snowboard, Ski, BMX, Moto and Wakeboard disciplines into the lineup – due its popularity within the action sports community.
The Real Series on ABC schedule for 2017 is detailed below:
As part of the Road to X Games content series, X Games will host the world’s top athletes in a Park Qualifier event on June 10, 2017 as they compete to secure their invitation to X Games Minneapolis. Streamed live from Rhodes Skatepark in Boise, Idaho, the Park Qualifier will feature three disciplines – Men’s Skateboard Park, Women’s Skateboard Park and BMX Park. In addition to the live stream, fans can catch the Boise Park Qualifier coverage on ABC as part of the World of X Games content on June 17, as well as coverage across X Games digital and social