On a beautiful but blustery night in Brooklyn, 36 BMX riders put street into the spotlight at the Red Bull Trick or Treat contest. Eighteen teams of two hit a creative course that featured Halloween-themed obstacles from coffin boxes to a tricked- out hearse, and the winning combination proved to be a mash-up between the big contest strength of Scotty Cranmer and street-wise skills of Augie Simoncini.
Over 1,000 fans braved temperatures in the 40s in Newton Barge Park to witness some of the best riders in BMX turn street obstacles into their own fun-size playground. With the athletes donning costumes ranging from Dead Presidents to a Wall Street suit to Hulk Hogan, and the obstacles including a “disco” hearse (compete with rails, smoke, flashing lights and a coffin hanging out the back), it was guaranteed to be a spirited night.
Top honors went to Simoncini, who helped build the course, and Cranmer, who is more widely known for his X Games podium performances than his street skills. Best trick honors went to 17-year-old Bruno Hoffmann of Germany, whose 540 off the hearse brought the crowd down and the contest to a close.
The riders were in an Empire State of grind, with the beautiful New York City skyline as the backdrop for the team-on-team battle that featured brackets narrowing down to a super final with four teams going head to head.
Early rounds saw a mix of technical tricks like Corey Martinez’s icepick down the hearse rails, and pure fun, like Pat “Big Daddy” Laughlin’s 720 off the spine (in a full suit to boot!).
In the final jam, bikes were broken, pumpkins were smashed and general BMX mayhem was unleashed. Simonicini helped his team with his superman drop-ins (pictured below) and Cranmer sealed the deal with big tricks like his grind to 180 out on the “Reaper Rail Sickle,” a flip whip over the spine and icepicks on (and a couple times into) the judges’ tower.
Second place went to Hoffmann and Dakota Roche, and Jared Washington and Mike Brennan rounded out the podium in third.
The event brought out all types of riders, from local hero Edwin De La Rosa, who helped conceive the course, to X Games Gold medalist Garrett Reynolds and many street heroes such as Tom White, Nigel Sylvester, Tyrone Williams, Aaron Ross, Sean Sexton and Nathan Williams.
The team spirit was not lost on Cranmer. “It feels awesome to win,” he said. “It’s definitely outside what I’m used to riding. It’s an honor to win with one of my best friends. It’s something that I can keep forever.”
Something else he can keep forever? His new tombstone trophy, certain to be a mantle-top conversation piece for a Halloween tale worth repeating.
Red Bull Trick or Treat 2010 Results
1st - Scotty Cranmer and Augie Simoncini
2nd - Bruno Hoffmann and Dakota Roche
3rd - Mike Brennan and Jared Washington
Best Trick: Bruno Hoffmann, 540 off the hearse
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