X Games Barcelona -- Jamie Bestwick
BMX Vert veteran Jamie Bestwick is the most dominant vert rider in X Games history. This week, Bestwick travels to Barcelona, Spain to defend the gold medal on the vert ramp. Bestwick has won the past seven gold medals at X Games and is going for number eight in Barcelona.
X Games progression
"X Games have already seen that what they have done in China and Brazil have been successful and have worked. This is the next step in their own progression. It gives riders yet another opportunity to fulfill their dreams of riding in the X Games," says Bestwick.
"My competitiveness has always been the same -- and it always will be. I enjoy riding my bike and I get on my bike to live out my dream of being the best I can be and channel my efforts into something so creative as BMX bike riding is to me. I am pretty much my own biggest competitor," says Bestwick.
"Friendships that I have now and have had along the way, whether that is with Simon [Tabron], Kevin [Robinson], Mat [Hoffman], Dave Mirra, Jay Miron, Stevie [McCann], Chad [Kagy], have always been on the same level, and still are to this day. We all have the same goal, and that is to be the best at what we do," says Bestwick.
Winning in Los Angeles
"I have been riding well this year. I am nearly 100% fully fit whatever that means, and always excited about riding new places each year. See you all soon," says Bestwick.
"You can look at a lot of BMX edits and contest runs to see how vert riders and their tricks have given people direction and have had a direct impact on how many park, dirt and street riders choose to link their tricks together. I also like to think that BMX is a huge melting pot and we all have a direct influence on each other," says Bestwick.
X Games Foz
"I came from working a regular job 12 hours a day, six days a week, to being the record-holder for most consecutive gold medals at the X Games," said Bestwick in Brazil last month. "And I think that's pretty special."
X Games Barcelona
Jamie Bestwick will attempt an eight-peat in X Games BMX Vert on Friday at X Games Barcelona.