Backflips, rulers and the train will be some of the many freestyle motorcross stunts Tauranga can expect to see this weekend.
Some of the world’s best motorcross and BMX athletes will be putting on a NITRO Circus-styled show at the Wheels for Cure Kids event on January 12.
Organiser and FMX rider Luke Price says this is the fifth year the event has been running and has raised more than $40,000 for Cure Kids, which funds research into cures and better treatments for a wide range of conditions affecting children.
“This event is great because it’s showcasing and making people aware of what talent we have outside of your normal sports like cricket and rugby, and obviously the cause is hugely important,” says Luke.
He says it’s hard to put a finger on how many people turned up last year, but Fraser Cover is always packed.
“Each year we raise about $14,000, and Cure Kids has told us we are one of the highest earners for a six-hour fundraiser.”
The show structure will be much the same, with stars including BMX Quadruple Back Flip world-record holder Jed Mildon Jed Mildon, Jaden Leeming, Paul Langlands, Billy Clerke, Garth and Ellie Chew and Franklin Farm riders Nick Franklin, Alex Bennett, Caleb De Lacy, Carlos Hanlon all doing jumps and stunts off the ramps. Plus there’s a chance to meet the stars, kids’ rides, charity auctions, music, and food.
“One of the most popular stunts we do is a BMX versus motorcross train battle, which always brings crowds, and we get the crowd to vote on who did the best,” says Luke.
There’s also a chance to win a $5000 motorcross bike in a raffle, and there will be more prizes on offer, such as scenic flight available in the audition.
“Unfortunately, Levi Sherwood won’t be performing this year because he’s injured, but he’ll be there signing.”
See the world’s best freestyle athletes perform on Saturday, January 12 at the Worlds End Bar and Restaurant at Fraser Cove Shopping Centre, Tauranga. There will be three ride times: 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.