Just prior to the era of being fully clipped in, X Games welcomed Downhill BMX into the scene. The jumps were massive, the invites were stacked and chromoly frames were your best bet for getting through the track unscathed.
Watch the full ABC “World of X Games: Real BMX 2020” show, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the X Games all-video BMX contest, featuring Simone Barraco, Erik Elstran, Lewis Mills, Julian Molina, Garrett Reynolds and Nathan Williams.
X Games Real BMX 2020 videos drop at on the X Games YouTube channel on August 17. Invited athletes include Simone Barraco, Erik Elstran, Lewis Mills, Julian Molina, Garrett Reynolds and Nathan Williams, all debuting a new 90-second edit of footage.
With the exception of a few vert riders, most of the mid-school BMX professionals from the 1990s and early 2000s have moved on from X Games competition. Not Ryan Nyquist though. Ryan started competing at X Games in 1997 and still gets invited. He's not getting invites based on legacy either; he's still progressing his skills on BMX Dirt and Park at a remarkable pace.
A true BMXer from a young age, Pat Casey stormed the competitive BMX world with progression and innovation across dirt, park and minicamp riding. Then he turned his aim to riding backwards, and opened up a completely new realm of technical park riding, never losing sight of the fun he was having along the way.