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Jayo Archer – a small tribute to one of the nice guys 2024

It is with the heaviest of hearts to write this, but Jayo Archer has passed away leaving a void impossible to fill for his friends, family and fans around the world.

While it is early news, we respect the wishes of friends and family and hope they are able to grieve easier without scrutiny during this terrible time.

All I can say right now is, he was one of the best guys I had met in Freestyle MX. His personality, attitude and positivity was infectious. He was so humble, easy to talk too with no ego associated with the level of success he had achieved and the limits he was pushing.

My thoughts are with his family and friends right now. This will be the toughest of times for them but to know that we all respected Jayo so much.

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$40,000 for the First and (last time) Monster Energy Cup happened in 2011 / TBT

This truly was "Best Trick"! Only 1 jump for each rider, make it stick.

And whoever wins takes home $40,000.

Maybe that's why Monster Energy didn't bring this competition back again after the first year in 2011. It was too expensive for 1 jump!

This could be one of the best FMX competitions, but it only happened once!

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Backflips from Rare DVD 'Flipped Out' with Carey Hart, Caleb Wyatt and Mike Metzger and the future

Clint Esposito and I delved into ‘Flipped Out,’ a moto video by Taublieb Films discussing the evolution of backflips in Freestyle Motocross (FMX). The video chronicles historic moments from Carey Hart to Mike Metzger’s advances, sparking a discussion about FMX’s future and inviting fan input.

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2006 was Travis' near sweep of X Games! FMX, Best Trick, Rally and first Double Flip. TBT w/ Clint Eposito

Here it is! The throwback to 2006 when Travis Pastrana only managed to do one FMX run, and it was enough to win on the same weekend that he landed the Double Backflip in Best Trick only one or two nights earlier and then took a Gold medal in Rally as well!

Only 5 riders made it to the final for Freestyle MX which is probably more on account of the gnarly course given and the wind in the background.

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TBT 2007 Kyle Loza – His first time at X Games first jump lands the first VOLT and gets first Gold Medal!

It's crazy to think but in 2007 at X Games Best Trick, it was the first time we had ever seen Kyle Loza at X Games, and he came with a trick that nobody had ever landed. The Body Varial called a 'Volt' which he obviously named.

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Where did Metz and Link go? TBT Live / FMX Riot 2 (Swingarm City)

As we get into the middle of the FMX Riot series of Freeride competitions wayyy back in the old days on this weeks Throwback Thursday live viewing, we were expecting to see a big return from Mike Metzger and as far as Clint Esposito and I were aware as we were watching it live, Metz was on top!

But to our surprise and probably that of everyone, Metz upped and left before the last day of competition, and Larry Linkogle even did a sneaky exit as well. Leaving the battle between Dustin Miller and Mike Mason for the win.

There was so much in this next addition of FMX Riot with new riders and a new landscape that looks more like the moon than earth! Swingarm City hosted the second series and the guys destroyed it with technical hits and big jumps.

Rider line-up included:

Mike Metzger

Dustin Miller

Drake McElroy

Todd Potter

Mike Mason

Mat Rebeaud

Brian Foster

Myles Richmond

Larry Linkogle

Want to watch the full companion on YouTube? Check it out here at Two Wheels to Freedom:

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When the moment arrives TWITCH & METZ rise to the occasion : TBT Live / FMX Riot 1

This weeks Throwback Thursday Live companion was a huge one with the first ever FMX Riot 1 competition held in SoCal featuring some of the biggest names in FMX, Motocross and Freeride!

Clint Esposito and I step back in time when Freeride MX competitions were as rare as hens teeth but with riders who were ready to dominate the landscape they were given. FMX Riot 1 was held in 2 different locations of Glamis sand dunes and Ocotillo Wells (with 2 different days of competition there as well)

In this Riders Lounge Podcast episode, this is after we watched the video and had our discussion on what went down and some of the biggest impacts from the video.

One of the most important things we realised, when no one had landed a Freeride natural terrain backflip before and Twitch was ready to call it out at the start of the competition, that when the time comes and the moment arrives: Twitch and Metz are the guys who are able to rise to the occasion and deliver on something that had never been done before!

A huge thank you has to go to Paul Taublieb who allowed us access to do a companion of this epic series and we will continue every Thursday night 5PM EST with new episodes.

So what was FMX Riot?

8 Riders were invited to the first competition:

  • Busty Wolter
  • Mike Metzger
  • Tyler King
  • Derek Garland
  • Todd Potter
  • Jeremy 'Twitch' Stenberg
  • Graham Gustin
  • Bryan Dowdy

And Tes Sewell hosting the series!

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King of the Whip heats up with more international riders! Companion with Clint Esposito

2023 was a huge year for King of the Whip and not just because more overseas riders made their way down to a very warm South Africa for the Best Whip themed competition.

But returning to Montecasino after last years massive event, it was going to be tough to beat the vibes from the first time it went on the big stage in the centre of Johannesburg.

And of course, LW Mag and Ryan van der Spuy knocked it out of the park! A fully sold out show, an extra 1,300 people were allowed into the venue from last year and made it even more special!

I was privileged enough to be the Host of the show for the second time and I was completely blown away at the increase in level of riding from everyone! Last year was insane, I didn't expect 30 wild South African racers going ballistic on their first attempt at hitting a steel ramp.

This year, everyone stepped it up again with the inclusion of Julien Vanstippen returning to defend his title, Edgar Torronteras the legend coming down to try steal the win. And Marc Pinyol as the international trick master coming to blow everyone's minds on body varials.

I joined Clint Esposito on the Two Wheels to Freedom youtube live video and that's where this clip comes from.

Sit back and enjoy the wrap-up of KING of the Whip plus we deviate so many times on everything from Tech 7s or Tech 10 boots… Amateur comps and anything in between!

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