Motorcyclist Bruce Cook becomes the first rider in history to land a back flip at the Nitro Circus show.
Canadian freestyle motocross athlete Bruce Cook completed an extraordinary first during Nitro Circus Live’s show at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre last night when he became the first paraplegic to land a freestyle backflip on a motorcycle.
“To perform with my Nitro Circus friends again and ride on the world’s biggest action sports stage was incredible,” Cook said. “The energy and support from the fans was unbelievable.”
Nitro Circus ringleader Travis Pastrana said that Cook’s achievement was an amazing feat.
“Bruce Cook is the man,” Pastrana said. “The strength and courage he’s shown is huge. In Nitro Circus, we are all about pushing boundaries and overcoming obstacles in order to reach our goals, and Bruce lives that day in and day out.”
Cook visited Travis Pastrana’s “Pastranaland” complex in Maryland to train for the jump, but Toronto marked his very first attempt at landing it outside a foam pit. Cook’s bike was modified to secure and support his legs, and once seated on the bike, Cook could not bail out during the jump if something went wrong.
“This is now officially the biggest moment in Nitro Circus Live’s history,” said Michael Porra, Nitro Circus CEO and Creative Director. “Bruce Cook is part of the Nitro family and to see him back on the bike doing what he loves is tremendous.”
Cook’s world’s first is the crowning achievement in a huge comeback over adversity, according to Nitro Circus. Just over a year and half ago, Cook was living his dream. Already an acclaimed FMX athlete, the Kelowna, Canada native had been touring the world, performing for thousands of fans at each tour stop. He made his X Games debut in 2012 and was riding with one of his longtime idols, Travis Pastrana. Cook was also going to try to rock the action sports world by attempting the world’s first double frontflip. Cook under rotated on the double frontflip landing and crashed hard, breaking his T-11 vertebrae and damaging his spinal cord resulting in paralysis from the waist down. Just 10 months after his accident, Cook was back on a dirt bike.
Cook will appear with Nitro Circus Live during the tour’s remaining 2015 North American shows. A full list of 2015 North American tour dates is below. For tickets and tour info go to nitrocircus.com.
Nitro Circus Live Fall 2015 North American Tour
October 15 Ottawa, ON, Canadian Tire Centre
October 16 Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
October 18 Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena
October 21 Chicago, IL, United Center
October 22 Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
October 24 Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
October 25 Fargo, ND, Fargo Dome
October 28 Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
October 30 Saskatoon, SK, SaskTel Centre
November 1 Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
November 3 Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
November 4 Portland, OR, Moda Center
November 6 Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
November 7 Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
November 8 Fresno, CA, Savemart Center
November 11 San Jose, CA, SAP Center
November 13 Glendale, AZ, Gila River Arena
November 17 Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
November 20 Salt Lake City, UT, EnergySolutions Arena
November 21 Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Arena