Last night, several riders who will be competing in the 2010 Red Bull Motocross of Nations this weekend at Thunder Valley MX attended a media kick-off event at the famous Grizzly Rose honky tonk bar in Denver.
Red Bull athletes Andrew Short (USA), Marvin Musquin (France), Max Nagl (Germany), Ben Townley (New Zealand), Jonathan Barragan (Spain), Rui Goncalves (Portugal), Tanel Leok (Estonia) and birthday boy Tony Cairoli (Italy) got a taste of Western culture, even challenging "Widow Maker," the bar's mechanical bull.
In the spirit of not injuring any of them on the eve of the international competition, Widow Maker was more like Ferdinand the peaceful bull, but regardless still managed to buck the riders off in impressive fashion. Note Cairoli's graceful "off" in the photo at left.
Denver Broncos football player Lonie Paxton (pictured below with Cairoli and Musquin), a huge moto fan who is friends with several U.S. riders, came out to meet the international riders and watch the Red Bull TNT freestyle show that took place outside the Grizzly Rose.