Motorcycle Live – which is taking place this week at the NEC, Birmingham – hosted an official Guinness World Record attempt yesterday by BMX riders Kye Forte and Kona Hellier, with Hellier successfully setting a brand new record for a BMX High Jump, clearing the bar at 6.68 metres.
The two riders went head-to-head in front of an excited crowd in an attempt to beat the existing Guinness World Record for a BMX High jump of 6.38m, held by Forte. The riders were allowed three tries each and it was Forte who was the first to set a new record with a jump of 6.48m.
Hellier then stepped up to the ramp and proceeded to not only smash Forte’s new record but set two further new records of 6.58m, then finally 6.68m to become the new World Record holder for BMX High Jump. The photographs and footage of the attempt will be supplied to the Guinness World Records team for verification and to make the record official.
“I’m still shaking, I’m so pumped, that was awesome,” said Hellier, who is 20 years old and from Newton-Abbot in Devon. “When you’re on the ramp it feels like everything stops. You just tuck in as hard as you can to make it work. It’s scary but fun, I just go white-knuckle and hang on!”
To watch a video of the attempt and an interview with Hellier, click here
Both Hellier and Forte are performing at Motorcycle Live as part of the Crank’d live action stunt show, which takes British superstars from BMX, mountain bike trials, motorcycle trials and road bike stunt riding and blends these pedal and petrol-powered performers together for a battle of the cranks over a bespoke indoor playground comprising dirt ramps, jump boxes, high jumps and flatland sections.
Motorcycle Live 2013, the UK’s biggest bike show, will be at The NEC, Birmingham until Sunday 1 December. Every major manufacturer and 150 other exhibitors showcasing the very best in motorcycle products and services are present, as well as 17 FREE live features and zones – including nine opportunities to ride a bike – to keep motorcycle fans of all ages entertained.
Tickets are £20 per adult, £13 for Seniors and £9 for children aged 6-16 (kids five and under accompanied by a paying adult go free). Bike parking is free of charge and subject to availability. Reduced car parking costs of £8 – subsidised by Motorcycle Live. To book your tickets, call 0844 581 2345 or visit www.motorcyclelive.co.uk