Texas Toast day 2
Odyssey's Texas Toast 2013 Jam returned for Day 2 in Austin, Texas, on Saturday. In between street and dirt qualifying, riders spanning the globe took their chances on the Gauntlet of Death obstacle course and caught up with old friends before attending the premiere of the Markit Zero video. Here's an inside look at the action on Day 2 at Texas Toast, including Zack Gerber's monstrous wall ride to 540.
Shadow Conspiracy rider Johnny Devlin enjoys a nomadic existence, but appears every now and again to remind the BMX world of his skills. Here, Devlin gaps to grind on the street course.
Can-can tire grab on Mat Hoffman's personal vert ramp. The ramp was driven to Austin from Oklahoma City specifically for the comp and will stay through the Fun Fun Fun fest for the pro demos in November. Tabron and Dennis McCoy will be back in Austin for those demos as well.
Many people assume Aaron Ross is just a street rider, but he can ride whatever is in his path. Here, Ross drops his first ever backflip over a double on the Texas Toast dirt course.
Former Austin, Texas, transplant (via the U.K.) Bas Keep downside whips a dirt set during dirt qualifying.
A 360 turndown from Free Agent/Rockstar rider Heath Pinter.
Throughout the weekend, BMX personalities such as Darryl Nau (left) and Steve Crandall manned the microphones during competition times, adding obscure facts, amusing tidbits and the occasional nonsensical diatribe.
Gauntlet of Death entrance
The entrance for the Gauntlet of Death obstacle course attracted all types of riders, including X Games BMX Dirt pro T.J. Ellis (pictured on the left).
GT rider Rob Wise with a Utah trick staple, the vertical smith stall to 180. Credit Utah legend Matt Beringer with bringing this trick to the masses. Wise also has a brand new section in the Markit Zero video, which premiered on Saturday night in Austin.
X Games Barcelona BMX Park gold medalist Gary Young traveled to Austin and proceeded to blast one-handed tabletops out of the satellite dish on the street course. Young qualified fifth in street and was also the first rider to successfully make it through the Gauntlet of Death course.
An unidentified Austin visitor hucks a flair at height out of the Dig BMX satellite dish.
Broc Raiford qualified first in street with moves like this tailwhip into the street course at speed.
If you remember the Odyssey video that was released a few years ago, then you remember Gary Young's attempt at a curved wall ride gap to curved wall ride. Well, Young finally got to complete that task on the Gauntlet of Death obstacle course.