An American motorcyclist who currently holds a record for the duration of his professional career, as well as the number of competitions in which he participated.
Today the Internet is replete with ratings of the best extreme sportsmen, and if there is one in which the name of Michael Larocco is not mentioned even once, then we can immediately conclude that the author is not only not familiar with the topic, but did not read a single article on this topic. One can also be so unambiguous here because over the 19 years of his professional career, Mike has become a living legend, the author of a huge number of new tricks and figures, and also a teacher for several generations of motorcyclists at once.
Mike Larocco was born on February 12, 1971, in Michigan City, Indiana. Like most other athletes, he had a passion for extreme sports since childhood, which sometimes frightened parents and teachers at school, who were used to seeing boys interested in standard sports – football and baseball. Fortunately for us, all attempts to convince him to abandon his unusual hobby did not lead to success. Continue reading
The world-famous athlete Matt Hoffman – a representative of the extreme discipline BMX – at the age of 14 was already known as a popular personality among colleagues, and at 19 he was officially recognized as “his” in professional sports.
By the age of 18, Mat became perhaps the most popular rider in the world, not only speaking at competitions and supporting other young people, but also making films and creating computer games. So, in 2001, the first series of the popular game ‘Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX’ was released. Together with other athletes, Matt made several films, including ‘Keep Your Eyes Open’, ‘Ultimate X’, as well as several episodes of the popular American show ‘Jackass’. Continue reading
Freeride. We are already used to this term, although no one is able to say what it is exactly, even the riders themselves. The word “freeride” is usually understood as free descent along an unfamiliar slope outside the laid tracks at the maximum possible speed under the given conditions. In a sense, this formulation is probably suitable. But this is only a miserable attempt to choose terminology, to drive into a narrow framework of the formula an absolutely immense concept, which includes philosophy, attitude to skiing, to oneself and perception of the Mountain … Perhaps the attitude to the Mountain is what distinguishes a rider from a beautifully skiing expert? That’s right, to the Mountain – with a capital letter, because all the people whom we call freeriders (they prefer to say something about themselves like “well, we know how to ski a bit”) have great respect for the Mountain. Otherwise, it’s simply impossible, Continue reading