NEWS: BMX Battle in Africa | Ultimate X 2018
-pics and story by Eric Palmer-
Ultimate X changed the venue of the contest to Sun City this year and what an awesome venue the crowds and riders were treated to.
Fresh off a big weekend at Fise Montpellier and then down to Cape Town for The Night Harvest. The boys packed their bags and headed to Sun City to take in a slice of paradise, and of course throw down on the Park. All the riders brought their A-Game with huge tricks and original lines in the heart of the African bush to see who could claim that top spot.
It wasn’t long until things got heated on the park. With minimal practice, Ben Wallace, Pat Casey went straight to work. Ben brought his signature bag of tricks out and breezed through qualifiers with huge 360 lookbacks on the spine and clinical perfection. Pat Casey always comes through with a mix burly and tech wizardry earning himself a spot in the finals. If there’s a gap on the park. Greg Illingworth will be one to jump it. Greg’s run started off with this wild table transfer but a bad crash near the end of his run cost him a spot in the finals.
The heavy hitters were also in town at Sun City, Kyle Baldock, Alex Coleborn, Kenneth Tencio, Logan Martin and Alex Nikulin are no strangers to standing on top of a podium and they were hungry for it. Fitting in more than double of the riders in the field. Alex Nikulin stretched some serious cliffhanger flips which always stokes out the crowd and the judges. Alex Coleborn knows what it takes to win a contest. Bringing out all the bangers and tech tricks that blow minds every time. Alex just missed the podium with a 4th place finish. You could tell X Games Gold Medallist Kyle Baldock was on the hunt to take the win. With no remorse, blasting out a 720 whip in the start of his run and doing 540 flairs, spine front flips with ease earned himself in the 3rd place spot just a few points back from fellow Aussie Logan Martin, who was destroying the entire park, making everything look effortless. Young gun Marcus Christopher who surprised everyone with 2 full pull, clean runs packed with ridiculous tricks like a 1080 to start and almost every flair variation possible .
After the finals a 20 minute best trick jam went down, with the boys still warmed up from the contest. Banger after banger went down, making it super hard for the judges to make a decision. A front bikeflip barspin and whip handplant were 2 world’s first and Marcus managed to pull a 900 barspin, but it was Pat Casey who went for what seemed like an impossible trick. One popped tire and a few tries later, he pulled an insane 540 double whip over the spine.
Ultimate X 2018 BMX Winners –
3rd – Kyle Baldock
2nd – Logan Martin
1st – Marcus Christopher
Best Trick – Pat Casey
Local Hero – Greg Illingworth