To kick off Halloween weekend in style, 32 BMX riders donned costumes and shredded the street course at the Red Bull Trick or Treat contest in New York City. For the third time in four years, some of the best riders from around the world got creative on Halloween-themed obstacles from a curved grim reaper rail box to tricked-out coffins.
Newtown Barge Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn hosted over 500 fans as temperatures dipped into the low 40s. This year’s new “Live or Die” format featured heats of six riders, with only the top two riders from each heat advancing to a Semifinal and then a Final heat.
With midtown Manhattan in the background, top honors went to Jackson, New Jersey native Scotty Cranmer, who was recently crowned Dew Tour overall Park champion. Second place belonged to the Bronx’s Pablo Nunez, whose first contest ever was Red Bull Trick or Treat. Sean Ricany, a sixteen-year-old rider on the rise, was easily able to hang with the big dogs, finishing in third. Best trick honors went to Zac Costa, whose footjam nosepick on the RIP quarter was the night’s best.
Ricany’s manual to nose wheelie to barspin and his no-handed footjam nosepick on the sub box (pictured at top) made the judges’ minds melt. Dubbed “honeybadger” by the contest MC, Nunez’s 360 tailwhip drops over the hip set the crowd roaring.
Cranmer came ready to ride with his Danny Zuko wig and Grease Lighting jacket. His multiple fufanu moves on the judges tower and tailwhip drop from the sub box with the East River in the background were enough to put him on top of the heap.
“It’s an amazing honor to ride well here and I appreciate getting to participate as a semi-local since I’m from New Jersey,” said Cranmer, Red Bull Trick or Treat’s 2010 and 2011 champion. “It’s not just another contest. Getting dressed up loosens the mood and helps get people excited about BMX.”
The event brought out many more local riders because of a last-minute date change due to weather. All types of riders were represented, from local hero and professional Edwin De La Rosa, who helped conceive the contest, to last year’s top competitors, including Augie Simoncini and Germany’s Bruno Hoffmann.
Red Bull Trick or Treat 2011 Results
1. Scotty Cranmer
2. Pablo Nunez
3. Sean Ricany
Best Trick: Zac Costa – footjam nosepick on RIP Quarter
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