The year in BMX at X Games 2013
The year in BMX at X Games 2013
The X Games 2013 series, which included four stops in Brazil, Spain, Germany and the United States, was a huge year for BMX firsts, spanning BMX disciplines that included BMX Vert, Park, Big Air and Street. Things kicked off early in the year in Foz Do Iguacu, Brazil, with one of the most scenic vert competitions to date in front of the world renowned waterfalls in Foz. And Jamie Bestwick wasted no time grabbing his seventh consecutive gold medial (an XG first) in BMX Vert at X Games. Here, Bestwick launches a one-footed invert at height over the scenic Foz waterfalls to kick off the year at X Games.
X Games, meet Kyle Baldock
After breaking onto the U.S. competition scene in 2011, Australia's Kyle Baldock was a force to be reckoned with on the Dew Tour, and in BMX Park at X Games. In 2013, Baldock arrived in Brazil with a no-holds barred approach to the two disciplines he was invited to compete in: BMX Park and Dirt. Three hours after the completion of both events, Kyle Baldock was a double gold medalist, earning a coveted spot alongside BMX legends such as Dave Mirra and Jay Miron.
Zack Warden earns gold
And then there was Zack Warden. Zack Warden had a promising finish in BMX Big Air at X Games Los Angeles in 2012 (he earned silver), but many argued that he should've earned gold. Warden remained unfazed, and continued to hone his MegaRamp skills. After arriving in Brazil, and enduring a hectic Big Air final in which Kevin Robinson was injured, Warden threw his signature "Iron Lotus" over the gap and walked away with his first X Games gold medal. It signified a changing of the guard in BMX Big Air, and kicked off a huge year for Warden.
Jamie Bestwick brings new tricks
It was no secret that Jamie Bestwick made X Games history with the first eight-peat ever at X Games in BMX Vert. But for the hardened BMX fan, that aspect of Bestwick's time in Barcelona took a backseat to new vert tricks that Jamie laid down during his runs, including the very first seatgrab nac nac 540, with the added Bestwick height and style for good measure.
Chad Kagy lands frontflip flair
In 2006, Keith McElhinney was invited to compete in X Games BMX Vert Best Trick, and landed a frontflip flair. At X Games Barcelona, Chad Kagy brought the trick back with a new technique that allowed him to air higher, land smoother and combine the trick into a dream run. Kagy's second run, which included the frontflip flair, amid other near-impossible BMX vert tricks, didn't earn him gold, but it was definitely a BMX first as far as back to back vert tricks go.
Zack Warden's continued domination
At X Games Foz, Zack Warden toyed with the backflip bike flip to late tailwhip over the gap during BMX Big Air. He never landed it in Brazil, but arrived in Barcelona with the trick on lock, landing it early in the finals, followed by a perfect triple tailwhip air on the MegaRamp quarterpipe. For the diehard BMX fan, it was the run of the competition, and it earned Warden his second gold medal of the year.
Gary Young claims gold
For years, Gary Young has competed in BMX Park at X Games, and has placed first in qualifying more than once during that tenure. Young always seemed to feel the pressure of landing the first-place spot in qualifying, though he never won a gold medal. That changed in Barcelona. Young rose to the occasion during the finals and won his first gold medal for his efforts.
Morgan Wade goes big
Morgan Wade, on the other hand, has decided to go for height during BMX Big Air competition. Wade's airs at X Games Foz were topped in Barcelona, where he managed to clock in a height of 23 feet, 3 inches. To date, it is the highest air any BMX rider has been able to achieve during X Games BMX Big Air competition.
Garrett Reynolds repeats
And to close out on X Games Barcelona, Garrett Reynolds took yet another gold medal in BMX Street. Winning BMX Street isn't anything new for Reynolds, but the fact that he has won every BMX Street event at X Games since the discipline was introduced is not only a first, but straight up amazing. Next stop, X Games Munich.
Dhers reclaims Park gold
Following a disappointing finish at X Games Foz and X Games Barcelona, BMX Park gold medalist Daniel Dhers' future at X Games seemed uncertain. Whereas in past years, it was easy for Dhers to drop in and claim gold at the drop of a hat, 2013 presented new challenges, more difficult courses and surprise wins for Kyle Baldock and Gary Young. And then X Games Munich arrived, and Daniel Dhers catapulted himself back to the top of the podium. BMX Park was not contested in Los Angeles, leaving Dhers as the final BMX Park gold medalist at X Games in 2013.
Chad Kerley wins BMX Street
Garrett Reynolds' BMX Street domination ended in Los Angeles, and he took it in stride. "It's an honor to be beat by this guy and I'm honestly surprised that it hadn't happened earlier," said Garrett Reynolds after Chad Kerley bested him for the win in BMX Street at X Games Los Angeles. "He's going to be the next big thing. He already is. ... Now there's going to be a kid who watches him and follows him, and that's how the sport progresses."
Kevin Robinson retires
At X Games Fox do Iguacu, veteran BMX Big Air competitor Kevin Robinson dropped in to kick off another year of competition, only to be carted off the MegaRamp in a stretcher, suffering from a mild concussion. Robinson recovered from his injury, but remained off the bike for X Games Barcelona and X Games Munich, choosing instead to man the microphone at both events during BMX events. As X Games Los Angeles approached, Robinson slowly made the announcement public he was retiring from X Games competition following one last go in L.A. With runs pre-approved by his wife and doctor, Robinson dropped into the MegaRamp at Irwindale Raceway and finished the competition in one piece. It was a graceful bow out for one of the sport's most progressive BMX Big Air legends. Robinson now focuses on anti-bullying rallies at schools throughout the New England area.