|Freestyle motocross, California State Fair|
When you watch the freestyle motocros
s at the California State Fair,
you see the riders and their bikes jump up from a ramp above a hard, concrete, empty pool, yet-another victim of the California drought. In a split second, you see the riders perform acrobatic feats with names like "Superman"; handstands, twists, turns, one-handed, no-handed; and then get back on the bike in time to land on the down-ramp, before returning, to jump again, and again. Three shows a day, at 3 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm,
every day of the fair.
It's loud: the bikes rev and roar. The crowd cheers. One jump is surpassed by the next, and the next. You wonder how the riders do this. There are ski-lift chairs passing close overhead; the floor is close, hard, and the descent is fast.
But take a look at the aeriel ballet that these guys perform...
|Motocross at the California State Fair|
|Watch me, I'm flying|
Many more photos of the Jack-In-The-Box sponsored Freestyle Motocross
in the California State Fair photogallery
(and also in the Motorbike and Motocross
gallery, which includes pictures from the 2015 State Fair). Take a look at the graceful moves... and then remember, they have but a split second to do this, get back on the bike, and land it safely. And realise what an extreme sport this is.
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