Sunday 22 October 2017

Watch this breathtaking motorcycle backflip over the Thames

It’s the first time the stunt has been attempted in 11 years.

Nitro Circus ringleader and American professional motorsports competitor and stunt rider Travis Pastrana performs back-flips on a motorcycle between two floating barges in the River Thames
Nitro Circus ringleader and American professional motorsports competitor and stunt rider Travis Pastrana performs back-flips on a motorcycle between two floating barges in the River Thames

By Kameron Virk

Travis Pastrana has made a name for himself as the extreme sports superstar willing to go that bit further than most of his peers.

Whether it was becoming the first person to complete a double backflip on a full-size motocross bike or backflipping into the actual Grand Canyon, the 33-year-old has achieved a lot over his storied career.

His latest stunt came on the River Thames in front of the O2 as he completed a flip between two barges.

Pastrana had just 45.7 metres in which to reach take-off speed and just 11 to come to a stop before the barge he landed on turned into the Thames.

In flipping over the 23-metre gap, Pastrana became the first person in 11 years to try the trick.

The last person, Mike Metzger, fractured a vertebrae when attempting the same thing between two barges in Los Angeles.

The multiple-time X Games champion was in London to promote Nitro Circus, his collective of extreme sports personalities, who are touring in Europe this winter.

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