Summer X Games

The Summer X Games are coming to Barcelona

This annual extreme sports event will be held in Barcelona at the Olympic facilities on Montjuic hill  from Thursday 16th May – Sunday, 19th May.

These are some of the sports that will keep you on the edge of your seats throughout the heady weekend:

…or a more ‘in your face’ video from 2012…

In 2 weeks time it will be the worlds’ best striving to prove it in Barcelona. What a city for it… and not only for this year, it will be the host for the Summer X Games for 2014 and 2015 as well.

I don’t think you will need reminding about the sports in the X Games, but just incase you do, there are 4 extreme action sports: skateboarding, BMX, motocross rally car and FMX with a total of 17 disciplines. ESPN, the US sports broadcaster controls and arranges the X Games.

“I wouldn’t be where I am, if I hadn’t gone through what I have,” says Mykel Larrin, a strong contender in this year’s BMX pro-riders. The 25-year old Mykel lives and trains with some of the best riders in the world at Camp Woodward, a state-of-the-art skating facility in Woodward, Pa. He’s ridden in the X Games in Asia, Los Angeles, and Foz do Iguaçu and will ride in Barcelona and Los Angeles later this year. This lad seems unstoppable and has the veterans keeping an anxious eye on him. For Mykel, who has worked hard to get where he’s got and has his eye very much on the podium, it’s all “just another day at the park.”

However, 41-year old Briton, Jamie Bestwick, is a strong favourite and cruised to an early lead in the beautiful setting of Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil. “Getting to ride for the fans in this setting, it’s like I’ve already won,” he said before he scored 91 points. And beautiful it was, with the superb Iguaçu Falls as the backdrop to all the fun, challenges and razzmatazz.

And lest you start growling about environmentally unfriendly sports (which is usually the bandwagon I stand on), it’s worth knowing that the X Games have made it a point, since its founding, to stage an eco-friendly event and so they use biodiesel fuel in their vehicles and organize recycling campaigns. It all adds up…

The Barcelona X Games is expected to attract over 150,000 spectators and a global TV audience of over 350 million. You can still buy tickets but I am not going to put a link on here as their website is running incredibly slowly today and might have a glitch. You can find it easily yourselves though – just go to X Games Barcelona and hope it flicks you through to ticket sales without any hitches…

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