The Animal WD-40 Action Sports Tour mixes the incredible skill, control and balance of trials riding, with the spectacular aerial style of two of the world’s most exciting jump riders from MTB and BMX. Keeping the riders under control is our ringleader and MC, plus keep your eyes peeled for our special guest scooter rider throughout the year.
Animal’s amazing mobile rig has expanded in 2014 to scare both the crowd and the athletes, this will be kept running super smooth and clean by our title sponsors WD-40, with new team members Skullcandy making sure the speakers are pumping out awesome music.
The Action Sports Tour crew are going to be the coolest/cleanest/loudest ever!
As well as the bonkers riding there will be opportunities to win some limited edition Action Sports Tour gear, plus loads of Animal, WD-40 and Skullcandy goodies. Make sure you follow Animal on Facebook and the team Twitter to get all the latest news.
Since inception in 2002, we’ve performed in front of over 700,000 people, undertaken over 2,300 shows and travelled over 350,000 miles to events such as Goodwood Festival of Speed, T in the Park and British Formula 1.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
The Animal WD-40 Action Sports Tour features Blake Samson and James Jones, two of the world’s best jump riders from MTB and BMX, and Ryan Mcnamara who is one of the UK’s hottest young scooter riders.
Behind the scenes there is a crack team making everything happen; James Thorne the MC bringing the Tour to life on the mic, Robin Kitchin the Tour manager keeping everyone in check and capturing the images and finally the promo crew looking hot and running the comps.
The show runs like a traveling circus and lives like a big family for the 50 days of the tour. When the shows started in 2002 the set up took 45 minutes for two people, the show has grown every year since and it now takes our six person crew three hours to build the huge rig!
Check out the team and the rig below…
Martyn is one of the countries highest profile riders & the godfather of bicycle trials. In his 17 years as a pro he has been British Champion, World Champion & held the Guinness World Record for high jump.
Martyn suffered a life changing accident in 2013 but remains a figurehead for the show that he helped create and for the last 10 years has kept pushing to new levels of excitement.
Zimbabwean born dirt jumper Blake Samson fully earned his place on the Bike Tour in 2009 as he whipped up a frenzy with his super extended tricks and riding passion.
He has trained hard and for 2014 will be cutting loose with the biggest, baddest moves he has dialed in at competitions around the world – it is a huge year for Blake and the Tour!
Introduced to the show in 2013 Welsh BMX star James Jones instantly blew the crowds minds so for 2014 we new he had to be a permanent member of the tour.
His passion for both the sport and the show provides inspiration for all and some of the wildest tricks you will ever see attempted – a rider not to be missed.
In 2013 the tour showcased scooter rider Ryan McNamara; as one of the countries best athletes in a sport that has both exploded through the world’s youth population his skills were loved.
When you put a scooter in the hands of a teenage pro you get a mind bending concoction of backflips, frontflips and spins that has astounded the other riders and the crowd.
It’s usually the riders that are the sole stars of the show but anyone who’s seen the Bike Tour and witnessed James our MC in action knows that with his microphone turned to up to 11 he is a fundamental part of the show!
James is also the distributor of all the goodies from Animal, WD-40 and Skullcandy so show some support for the action and he might sort you out with some cool new stuff!
Robin is the one at the Action Sports Tour either DJ’ing from the Skullcandy decks or leaping around the rig with his camera capturing all the action.
As Tour manager Robin works with the athletes to create equipment to constantly test their potential and then searches out the best events across the country to showcase the skills on tap.
Roll-In & BMT
The Roll-In height has been extended for 2013 to provide even more speed for the Jump Box; ascending it will be a challenge, descending it will be terrifying, but the affect will catapult the riders to the next level of extreme!
This new elevated platform will also provide Martyn’s launch point for the Bar of Mental Torment, a balance beam that will now be higher and longer making this element of his show even more ridiculous to both attempt and behold.
Hangman Bars & Jumpbox
The Hangman bars showcase Martyn and Luke’s incredible control and skill, accessed from either the jump up ramp or from the BMT, these bars provide a lethal playground for the guys to test the shows mind blowing insurance policy.
Below the bars sits the Jump Box, which has also been extended for 2013 to cope with the riders new turbo speeds. This has been done by adding a resi style landing to the box, which will enable Blake to attempt his biggest banger tricks with a broad grin on his handsome Zimbabwean face.
Quarter & Ladder
At the bottom end of the show sits this medley of trouble; the quarter pipe provides a skate park style transition to the jump box run where the athletes will show how someone ‘extreme’ turns around!
The ladder provides not only a great introduction to the world of trials riding, but will for 2013 also support a new piece of equipment that will test the riders long jump capabilities. If you’re down this end of the show you may need some rad deflectors to survive the onslaught of action.
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