X Games in Austin, Texas… The Inaugural Event at The Circuit of The Americas (COTA)
Austin, Texas is known for being the Capital of the State of Texas, Live Music Capital of the World, The University of Texas, Keep Austin Weird slogan, Austin City Limits Festival, Formula 1 Racing, Moto GP Racing and now...
The X Games!!!!
The weekend of festivities kicked off with a free skating demo in the downtown area on a vert ramp built in the middle of Congress Avenue. The man, the legend, the bird man, Tony Hawk and some of his friends provided the entertainment.
However, most of the action was taking place at the Circuits of The Americas race track. The race track course and green spaces were turned into a variety of multi-sport venues.
A friend of mine that works with a local technology company lent me two all access badges for the day for FREE. This badge is better than a VIP pass and better than a Media pass because it allows access to all the regular activities as well as all the backstage areas. I enjoy the skateboard, BMX bike and other X Games events, but what I really wanted to check out was the motorsports. I was joined on this little adventure by my buddy Vinny.
This ain't your grandma's Subaru.
There were some team cars set out for display...
Other team were actively working on their cars...
Welding exhaust systems.
Around the X Games grounds there were a number of sponsor exhibits like this Lego tent.
This is my friend Vinny playing with a little remote control Lego 4x4 truck.
Vinny is the type of guy that likes to get his hands dirty and pitch in when needed.
As we were walking around the team pit area, this crew needed a little help pushing their Super Truck back into their pit, so Vinny jumped in to help.
Here he is again, mounting a tire.
Actually, he was just acting like he was mounting a tire… a good photo opportunity.
After all that hard work Vinny needed a beer. He also took time for a different type of photo op with this paddock girl.
No beer, but I was not going to pass up the opportunity to take a photo with this pretty lady.
Under a staging tent the racers waited in the order of their seeding for their heat to start.
And then they were off.
Around sharp corners...
Where the participants often have to put a foot down, pop a wheelie, turn the bike sideways in mid-air and then ride out of the rock pile.
There are log obstacles...
And hill jumps.
Some riders relax before their heat.
But there can be only one winner.
This is X Games gold medal winner Kacy Martinez. Congratulations.
For the guys, there were a number of qualifying heats.
After a number of qualifying heats, it was determined who would compete in the final heat.
It would come down to number 10 Colton Haaker.
And number 111 Taddy Blazusiak
But there can be only one winner.
This is X Games gold medal winner Taddy Blazusiak. Congratulations!
After the Moto X races we walked around the grounds some more and met some other paddock girls.
We made our way over to this monstrosity… the Big Air ramp.
Competitors ride down one steep roll on ramp and hit this huge ramp to fly over a gap.
Then they slide down a second ramp and up this huge half pipe ramp to catch some big air.
Tom Schaar landed a 720 over the gap and a 900 on the quarter pipe to win X games gold. Congratulations!
And these Super Nice Promo Ladies.
The rider that cleared the tallest height and landed cleanly was X Games gold winner Ronnie Renner. Congratulations!
Here are some scenes from the X Games Austin.