Jed Mildon Performs World’s First BMX Triple Backflip [Video]

He thought he was going to die but instead Kiwi BMX rider Jed Mildon made history with the world’s first triple backflip on two wheels.

New Zealand BMXer Jed Mildon has created action-sports history by landing the world’s first Triple Backflip at the Unit T3 Mindtricks BMX Jam in Taupo, New Zealand. 24-year-old Mildon stomped the three rotations perfectly during the free-to-the-public BMX show in his home-town at the weekend despite believing he was going to die doing it.

A representative of the Guinness Book Of World Records was on hand to witness and approve the ground-breaking trick that is sure to send shockwaves through the two-wheeled action-sports industry. “This is the perfect result to three intensive months of practising and training for this moment,” said a thrilled Mildon.

“The impact and implications hasn’t sunken in yet, but I’m so pumped to have aimed for something once deemed impossible and made my dream a reality. Landing with both wheels on the downramp was the most amazing feeling in the world!”

He also added that he thinks his best is still to come – although having completed the stunt he doesn’t have anything left to prove. He told a New Zealand television channel: ‘In my mind I’ve started planning the next project but I definitely 100 per cent know the world isn’t ready for it.

“I could handle going that fast (60 km/h) so I’m pretty sure we can make it bigger and better. I think you’re going to see pretty crazy things in the near future and I think this is only the beginning.” Following his feat Mildon also attempted the world’s first Double Backflip Tailwhip but crashed on landing. He walked away unscathed.

The Unit T3 Mindtricks BMX Jam in Taupo was held at a public recreational park, with Mildon carving an 20m (66ft) high super-ramp into a hillside that flowed through a 3.6m (11ft) high super-kicker to Jed’s purpose-built Mega-Megabox landing.

Unit founder Paul Everest congratulated Mildon on his amazing feat. “Jed has proven himself to be one of the world’s best BMX riders and we salute him for having both the drive and ability to change the face of action-sports,” he said. “He has shown the world what is possible if you take your dream and single-mindedly chase your goals without being distracted or listen to the critics and naysayers,” he added.

An estimated 2,000 people were on hand to witness the stunt as well as some of New Zealand’s best BMX riders. Other stunts at the event included a Harley Davidson motorbike rotated in mid-air and a wheelchair backflip. The Unit T3 Mindtricks BMX Jam was made possible with the help of Unit, Bikefest and Taupo District Council, MB Century, McDonald’s Taupo and others. [via The Telegraph (UK) and Daily Mail (UK)]

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