First triple backflip on BMX bike
Jed Mildon's history making triple backflip (Photo sequence: Shayne Rice via Unitriders)
The evolution of the human body as measured by how fast we can run or how high we can jump is glacially slow, despite vastly improved knowledge of human physiology, diet, and training techniques.
By contrast, the rapid evolution of extreme sports has seen regular quantum progress as barrier after barrier falls. Indeed, in the world of stunts, things not thought possible quickly become commonplace once they are achieved.
Yet another such "four minute mile" fell recently when Jed Mildon performed the first triple backflip on a Unit BMX bike. Jed wore a ContourHD helmetcam for the stunt, so if you want to know what it's like to watch the world swirl 1080 degrees in 1080p in two seconds...
Twenty-four year old Mildon landed the Triple Backflip at a free-to-the-public BMX show (entitled the Unit T3 Mindtricks BMX Jam) in Taupo, New Zealand, his home town. Mildon used a 20m (66ft) high super-ramp and a 3.6m (11ft) high super-kicker to achieve the feat.
"Even though I had the trick dialed perfectly into the foampit and onto an airbag set-up, I was still really nervous rolling in for my attempt, but once I was in the air it felt like time stood still and I could see each rotation perfectly", said Jed.
"Landing with both wheels on the downramp was the most amazing feeling in the world!"
"The impact and implications hasn't sunken in yet, but I'm so pumped to have aimed for something once deemed impossible and made my dream a reality."
A Guinness Book Of World Records official was on hand to witness the deed.
Not satisfied with one world first for the day, Mildon also attempted the world's first Double Backflip Tailwhip later in the day, but cased the landing. He walked away unscathed.
Check out Mildon's amazing feat in the video below:
About the Author
Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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Oh this is insanely outstanding!!
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How on Earth could you spot your landing after doing that many?!?! A single back flip requires a lot of physical and mental coordination. Now that BMX has done it it\'s time for the FMX boys to step up. Seems like we follow BMX trends.
How do you learn to do that and not die?
I was frightened just from the look of the upramp... =^.^=
What a wicked crazy stunt :-)
If I were going to attempt something like this, I would build the ramp I was going to use and practice triple backs into the water, or a foam pit. I would then use photagraphy similar to the photo at the very top paired with Autocad or the likes...practicing untill I could pull a triple with consistant speed and rotation. I would then use the cad program to design the precice landing ramp hight and location to catch me at the desired point of travel. I was a gymnast when I was young, I was awarded second in the state all-around, and I can only speak for myself, but I could never time and control that landing. I beleive the landing needs to be designed for the rider's well rehersed flight path.
Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You're the Greatest BMX biker man!
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