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Freestyle motocross, BMX, flying contraptions at Nitro Circus Live

August 23, 2017 Updated: August 24, 2017 at 12:53 pm
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Nitro Circus - London, UK 2016

7 p.m. Friday, Security Service Field, 4385 Tutt Blvd., $19-$124; nitrocircus.live.

After Anthony Murray graduated from high school in Cañon City, he scraped together a few bucks, packed up his truck and headed to Temecula, Calif., the country's mecca for motocross athletes and wannabe athletes, and banked on making it big in the sport.

Seven broken bones later, the 26-year-old has toured the world as a performer in Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus Live, a 90-minute spectacle featuring 25 freestyle motocross, BMX, scooter and inline athletes who fly off ramps and skyrocket through the air, all while flipping their bikes or Superman-ing off the end of them. And it's not just bikes.

These guys fit wheels to all sorts of contraptions and fly them through the air as well, including bathtubs, rocking horses, wheelbarrows and shopping carts.

The family-friendly show makes a tour stop at Security Service Field on Friday.

"Not stopping hasn't really crossed my mind," Murray said about the injury-prone sport. He last suffered a compound fractured lower leg in 2010. "It fuels your fire to come back stronger."

He was 11 when he got his first bike and has gone on to win first place at X-Pilots by Monster Energy and fifth place in last summer's X-Games. This is his second year with Nitro Circus.

Murray's most hotdog stunt is a front flip, where he rides a bike off a ramp and does a full forward rotation flip over a 75-foot gap while going 35 mph in the air.

"There's always nerves there," said Murray, "especially the first flip of the day. But we do it so much, we have a comfort level. Once the adrenaline kicks in and we start to ride, we're at a flatline for fear."

Sports legend Pastrana and several others began filming their crazy stunts and producing DVDs in a garage in 2003. Those videos were a hit, and in 2009 Nitro Circus paired with MTV to create one of the channel's most popular series of all time.

"It's great family entertainment," Murray said. "There's lots of pyrotechnics with it. It'll keep you on the edge of your seat if you're an adrenaline junkie."

JENNIFER MULSON, THE GAZETTE, 636-0270, JEN.MULSON@GAZETTE.COM

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