Industry News 4/29/2015

B$Z: Nitro Circus Live's Josh Sheehan Conquers Most Dangerous Trick in the History of Action Sports

Josh Sheehan achieved a landmark feat today by becoming the first person to ever land a triple backflip on a motocross bike. The spectacular World’s First took place at Nitro Circus ( founder Travis Pastrana’s “Pastranaland” complex in Maryland. 

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. 

“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 fourteen shows between May 5 and 24. 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 for a full list of tour dates and to purchase tickets.

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