Nitro Circus Rider Accomplishes #TheUnthinkable!

Josh Sheehan Sequence Shot 1TGPR sends a big congrats to Josh Sheehan, one of the many awesome and fearless riders from client Nitro Circus Live! He just accomplished the most dangerous trick in action sports history, by successfully landing the world’s first triple backflip on a motocross bike!

MR1_2312Josh’s spectacular “World’s First” took place at Nitro Circus founder Travis Pastrana’s “Pastranaland” complex in Maryland. Check out the incredible footage here:

To stomp the biggest and most dangerous trick in the history of action sports, Sheehan reached a speed of 60 mph on his 200-pound bike and traveled up a massive 37-foot tall takeoff ramp. The takeoff ramp was positioned at a staggering 81-degree angle and Sheehan reached a height of approximately 80 feet in the air.  Previously considered as impossible as climbing Mt. Everest, swimming the English Channel or running a four-minute mile, the triple backflip is a groundbreaking milestone.

MR1_2382“It was an exhilarating ride and to be the first person to ever have done this was definitely a defining moment in my career and a dream come true,” Sheehan said.

Pastrana, Nitro Circus founder and Sheehan’s fellow teammate, was the first to ever land a double backflip at the 2006 X Games competition in Los Angeles. However, completing a triple backflip was more difficult, requiring much greater speed and strength as the take off ramp was roughly 28 feet taller than the nine-foot ramp needed to complete a double.

“Seeing Josh achieve this is so awesome.  I know firsthand just how much commitment something like this requires.  With the ludicrous amount of height it takes to pull around the rotation, the slightest misstep may well have meant death. Josh is one of the gutsiest guys on the planet for even attempting this, let alone nailing it,” Pastrana said.  

Following Sheehan’s momentous accomplishment, Nitro Circus will continue its marathon world tour. First, Nitro Circus Live returns to America for shows tomorrow through May 24 while 20 additional US dates will go on sale Friday, May 15 (and six Canadian shows on Friday, May 22).  Then Nitro Circus – Moto Mayhem, an all-new production, will play nine European stadiums from May 29 to June 26. 17 more European shows in 2016 have also just been announced.  Head to http://nitrocircus.com/tour/for a full list of tour dates.

-Dan Grody, TGPR