Extreme sports competition goes global

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Published on June 13, 2019 - Duration: 01:21s

Extreme sports competition goes global

Motorsports legend and stunt performer Travis Pastrana is bringing the Nitro World Games to Wales.

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Extreme sports competition goes global



American action sports star Travis Pastrana is hoping to reach new highs as he takes his extreme sports competition, the Nitro World Games, outside the United States for the first time.

The extreme sports rider, who made history performing a backflip motorcycle jump over a 23-metre (75-ft) gap between two barges floating on London's river Thames in 2017, is back in the UK for a two-day visit to launch the event which will be held in Cardiff, Wales, in 2020.

More than 100 elite sportsmen from around the world are expected to gather in the Welsh capital on May 23 - 24, 2020 for the games Pastrana promised would feature never-before-seen tricks and the biggest and safest jumps in the world.

Disciplines in the event, which was launched in the U.S. in 2016, include Freestyle Motocross (FMX), BMX Best Trick, BMX Triple Hit, Skate Vert, Scooter Best Trick.

Pastrana is known for competing in the X-Games extreme motocross competition and in the U.S. NASCAR motor racing series.

During his career he has broken more than 90 bones and suffered 25 concussions.

Making the 2020 Nitro World Games safer for competitors was top of his priority list.

While the ramps are higher, the event will also feature innovative landing technology.

"World Games allows the athletes to go higher than anywhere else in the world but have the landings that has a little bit more forgiveness.

I'm not saying it's safe, it's still dangerous, it still has that that element 'if you mess up it's going to hurt'.

But at the end of the day our goal is to make sure that every rider walks away from this event," he said.

Helping the rider launch the event in London on Wednesday (June 12) was Australian scooter and BMX rider and YouTube star Ryan Williams, who also isn't a stranger to injury.

"I've actually been pretty lucky compared to a normal person maybe like, they'd be like 'wow, you've hurt yourself a lot' but I've just like fractured my skull, smashed my teeth out, separated my shoulders and then fractured like my ankle and arm.

But, like, that is so good compared to guys like Travis," he said as he demonstrated tricks in a West London skate park.

The Nitro World Games Wales 2020 will take place in Cardiff's Principality Stadium.

(Production: Hanna Rantala, Marissa Davison)

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