Big Air Jam
By: Tasha Crook | Published 04 July 2007, 12:16 | Views: 4,224 | tags: events, freestyle mx, mx, ukfmx, the big air jam, margam park, wales
UKfmx presents ‘THE BIG AIR JAM’ Freestyle motor-cross championship. The aim of the competition is to help raise money for BTCV’s Fast 50 Learning Project which is a community off road bike project, recently in receipt of a grant from the Neath & Port Talbot Community Safety Team. The Fast 50 Learning Project is delivered in partnership with the Neath & Port Talbot Community Safety Team. This project brings the exciting fast action world of biking to the classroom, and allows interested members of the community to gain accredited skills and tackles the issues around off-road illegal riding, Funds raised by the events will go towards developing and expanding the project at a dedicated site in Ystalyfera. On Wednesday 18th July we welcome some of the world's best freestyle riders - including Britain's very own Gary Taylor, Kris Brock, Dave Wiggins, Danny Veale, Jamie Squibb, plus many more fantastic freestyle athletes. They promise an exciting adrenalin-fuelled high flying performance which will leave you stunned. A group of young people from the Fast 50 Learning Project have worked hard at training sessions to enable them to judge the riders' performances, so the riders may find themselves facing their harshest critics yet! Each event will be filmed by the Extreme Sports Channel so a large and noisy turn out is very much expected.The event is being held at Margam Park near Port Talbot South Wales Wednesday evening,18th July. Gates open from 6pm with the action starting at 7pm. Admission is just £10 for adults, free for accompanied children under 16, and free parking thrown in - for a real bargain night's entertainment. If you require any press passes, please contact Mark Thomas on 07814 544244 who will be more than happy to accommodate.
What Is Freestyle Moto-Cross?
Freestyle Moto-Cross is a radical sport designed to thrill spectators with a high-profile packaged form of off-road riding. The riders are pure athletes who have taken the sport of Moto-Cross to the next level of entertainment and perform acrobatic stunts over ramps between 50 to 80 feet long. The machines are modified Moto-Cross bikes with stiffer suspension designed to cope with the hard landings. The motorcycles also have a number of other modifications essential to equip them for the strains and stresses of this extreme sport.
Riders frequently sail between ramps at heights approaching 40 feet. The further the jump and the higher the altitude, the longer the period of “negative G-force” and the more ambitious the resultant antics.
Who Rides Freestyle Moto-Cross?
The riders in Freestyle Moto-Cross can come from a variety of motorcycling disciplines but a background in Moto-Cross itself is the usual breeding ground. An ability to control a bike whilst potentially out of control is a must.
Who Watches Freestyle Moto-Cross?
A wide cross section of fans come to watch freestyle Moto-Cross. The combined experience of sight, sound and smells in a confined space makes for a truly multi-dimensional spectacle.
Freestyle is thrilling and accessible. Spectators are often just feet away from the action as man and machine sail through the air in outrageous attitudes defying gravity itself.
Such is the breathtaking nature of this sport that wild and enthusiastic spectator reaction will often spur the “gladiators of the ring” into even more amazing feats.
Freestyle Moto-X was established in the mid 90’s and in the intervening years has grown into one of the worlds most popular extreme sports with a huge audience world-wide.
It began as a demonstration event at the 1998 Cross Games in the United States and was an instant success. Since then the sport has grown dramatically and attracted many professional Super-Cross and Moto-Cross riders with its glamour and instant recognition factor.
Initially organised on dirt surfaces with man-made dirt ramps, the sport quickly evolved with larger metal and wood fabricated ramps providing a more consistent and dramatic launch platform.
The ease of assembly and transportation of the man-made equipment meant that the sport could be brought to the audience thus maximising spectator attendance.
A Freestyle show can be held in a Supermarket car-park, on a football field or even outside your average high-street shop. The corporate appeal and commercial advantages of this ease of access has lead to Freestyle becoming a powerful marketing tool. In its short life span, the sport has grown tenfold with new and more radical stunts projecting the sport to new heights year on year. The X Games is just one of the many successful Freestyle series now evident around the globe. This infectious sport has caught the imagination of arena promoters and entertainment management companies world-wide. Freestyle Moto-Cross is truly an International spectacle.
The world of true Moto-Cross owes much to Freestyle and the hard work and determination of a few dedicated riders. The once elusive Moto-Cross 360 degree backflip existed only in rider's minds before Carey Hart made history with a near stick at the 2000 Gravity Games.
Now the backflip is thrown at will by a handful of riders and will certainly find itself in the repertoire of more riders in the future.
Freestyle Moto-Cross has become a leading spectator attraction in the past five years, and is now one of the worlds most top crowd-pullers. Many shows have repeatedly drawn numbers of spectators rivalling major football, cricket and rugby audiences. The formula is simple. UKfmx and Freestyle Moto-Cross offers unrivalled entertainment at very affordable prices.
The thrill of athletes jumping 40 feet in the air pulling acrobatic stunts over gaps approaching 100 feet is a sight to behold and challenges the very senses. All this can be brought to your door and is a unique way to stimulate and entertain large or small audiences. The UKfmx team can be seen all round the UK and world-wide. UK travel is second nature to us and we can come to you.
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