The iconic Gorge Road Jump Park in Queenstown, New Zealand, painstakingly crafted over the last six years, provides one of the most unique BMX dirt-jumping set-ups in the world. Only a rider-judged contest like Red Bull Roast It, featuring 45 competitors from around the globe, could do it justice.
The second running of Red Bull Roast It awarded titles for Best Rider, Best Line and Best Trick, and with their own peers voting them into the top spot, the winners knew their awards meant something special.
“It’s an honor to be with all of the best dirt jumpers from around the world,” said Best Line winner and New Zealand native Jed Mildon. “To pick out the best line, land it, and then take home the prize is unbelievable. I’m on cloud nine right now.”
The relaxed jam format at Red Bull Roast It allows the riders to feed off of each other, producing amazing tricks and brand-new transfers as the competitors get psyched up throughout the day.
The Best Trick award was shared between New Zealand’s George Bolter, who spun a 360 over a brand-new transfer line out of a large berm, and Australia’s Brandon Loupos, who landed a very risky cash roll onto the Dragon’s Back, a wooden roller structure in the center of the course.
“Riding in Red Bull Roast It today was awesome,” Bolter said. “It was the best time ever. I’m really surprised but so stoked to be sharing the podium with Brandon -- he was so sick!”
California’s Mike Clark was on fire throughout the day, dominating the course in both his heat and the final and walking away with the Best Rider award. Nicknamed "Hucker," Clark is known for combining some of the hardest tricks in the sport with a wacky and entertaining sense of humor.
“I came here injured and just planned on just staying safe and having a good time,” said Clark after his win. “It’s a dream come true.”
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