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Watch Pastrana backflip over the river Thames!

Nitro Circus ringleader and action sports icon Travis Pastrana added another incredible world’s first to his CV Thursday as he successfully landed the first barge-to-barge motorcycle backflip. Pastrana battled high winds and rough waters as he flew between the two vessels floating on the legendary River Thames in London, UK, the iconic O2 rising in the background. This jaw-dropping event celebrated the launch of Nitro Circus’ just-announced 2018 You Got This European tour.

“Landing such a massive trick like this is incredible. Then to do it in such an awesome location, in such an iconic city, makes it even more special,” said Pastrana. “The conditions were definitely a challenge. With the waves and especially the strong winds you get variables beyond your control and that’s where things can really go wrong. But, pushing the limits and achieving world firsts is what Nitro Circus is all about.”

Already 120-feet away from solid ground, Pastrana had only 36 feet to come to a stop before sliding into the Thames. Fighting winds gusting up to 20 miles per hour, Pastrana risked flying off course and missing the 27-feet wide landing barge entirely. Going in, the danger level was already high. Mike Metzger crashed hard during his 2006 attempt, fracturing his L-4 vertebra. While fortunately Metzger made a full recovery, the trick was never attempted again, until now.


Why does Travis Pastrana, a global icon who already has achieved numerous world’s firsts and earned more competition trophies than he can count, continue to put everything on the line? The answer is simple: for him, like everyone in the Nitro Circus crew, progression is everything. “Living means taking risks,” Pastrana explained. “If you have a goal you want to reach or something you want to achieve, first you have to be willing to push it, get outside of your comfort zone and then totally send it. “

The 2018 You Got This tour will showcase that same mettle and determination. In an all-new production, Pastrana and the Nitro crew will send it with the greatest, craziest, funniest show in Nitro Circus history. Featuring Travis along with the best athletes in FMX, BMX, Scooter and Inline, the Nitro Crew will attempt both never before seen tricks and ridiculous stunts in an adrenaline-charged event. This show will be wide open, with more thrills, more excitement and more shenanigans than ever before.

Tickets for Nitro Circus: You Got This are available starting Friday 6, October at Full tour itinerary below:


20, November 2018   Birmingham, GBR   Arena Birmingham
21, November 2018   Glasgow, GBR   The SSE Hydro
22, November 2018   Manchester, GBR   Manchester Arena
23, November 2018   London, GBR   The O2
27, November 2018   Stockholm, SWE   Tele2 Arena
30, November 2018   Paris, FRA   AccorHotels Arena
4, December 2018   Munich, DEU   Olympiahalle
7, December 2018   Zurich, CHE   The Hallenstadion
8, December 2018   Mannheim, DEU   SAP Arena
9, December 2018   Antwerp, BEL   Antwerp Sportpalais

Sponsors of this historic achievement include ’47, exclusive headwear and apparel partner for Nitro Circus and its athletes, Kevlar, Yokohama and Hyper Bicycles. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is proud to be a sponsor of Travis Pastrana’s world’s first event with Nitro Circus. Pastrana’s feat will be featured in next year’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Annual, a collection of extraordinary stories, mind-boggling facts and breathtaking photography. A signed copy of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Shatter Your Senses! — this year’s edition is on sale now—can be won at

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