Top BMX riders from around the globe will once again descend on Gorge Road Jump Park in Queenstown, New Zealand, next week for the renowned dirt competition Red Bull Roast It. Six years in the making, the highly sculpted jumps at Gorge Road were hand-built in a unique Escheresque layout, making it one of the world's most iconic dirt parks. Competition starts March 2.
American riders Mike “Hucker” Clark, Brandon Dosch, and Anthony Napolitan will return to battle with international stars like Australia's Corey Bohan and the UK's Kye Forte, along with the best talent from New Zealand including Jaden Leeming, Jed Mildon, Paul Langlands and the Bolter twins.
Always a crowd favorite, Hucker (pictured above at Red Bull Roast It 2012) is sure to provide some entertainment both on and off the course. “I'm so stoked to be coming back to New Zealand, I had such a blast last year!” he said. “The trails are so sick and I'm looking forward to roastin' it with all my buddies.”
Langlands is also excited to defend his 2012 “Best Rider” title in this year's event. “This comp is put on so well, there are just so many good lines at Gorge Road and it’s so much fun riding with your friends,” he said. “I'm really looking forward to it.”
Mildon -- who recently threw a first-ever tailwhip double backflip on Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus Tour -- is returning to roast Gorge Road after earning the “Best Trick” prize at Red Bull Roast It 2012. Mildon is known for landing the world's first BMX triple backflip, making him a global BMX hero for trick progression.
Red Bull New Zealand athlete Jaden Leeming, 19, has also been hailed as a rider on the way up and will be competing for the first time after withdrawing last year due to injury.
“It's just so cool to have riders this big in New Zealand, and to ride with them down at Gorge Road is going to be amazing," he said. "I'm really looking forward to the challenge.”
Competition on March 2 will see 10-man heats, with the riders themselves judging the heat before theirs. The top five from each heat will move on into the 20-man, hour-long super final. Prizes include “Best Rider” at $5,000, as well as “Best Line” and “Best Trick,” earning $1,500 each. Stay tuned for photos and video from the event!
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