Introducing the Big Rig BMX adventure

Take a first look at our soon-to-be-released road trip extravaganza through the Pacific Northwest.
By Fred Murray

Some plans are looser than others. The Big Rig Holiday came about via one of the loosest; assemble some of the best street riders in BMX, pack them into an RV and drive. The riding would hopefully speak for itself in among all the adventures and wanderings.

The video is set to drop right here on July 28, but in the meantime you can enjoy some of the finest action shots from the man behind the wheel, Fred Murray. We'll let Fred take over the story:

BMX riders Alex Kennedy fighting the heat in Seattle, USA
Alex Kennedy fighting the heat in Seattle © Fred Murray/Red Bull Content Pool
BMX riders Christian Rigal performs a high-speed grind to gap
Christian Rigal – High speed pegs to gap © Fred Murray/Red Bull Content Pool

An element that we had overlooked in planning the Big Rig Holiday was the difficulty in actually finding somewhere to park up at night… It quickly became obvious that none of us were seasoned big riggers. Luckily, though, we all had our roles to play and Alabama's happiest man, Corey Martinez, was on hand with his iPhone to sort out the accommodation every night, even if it did happen to be next door to families who probably weren’t too happy about it!

David Grant and Nathan Williams took care of finding food spots and talking to me, so I didn’t fall asleep or veer off the road due to being on the wrong side and knowing zero foreign road laws.

Matt just sat there smiling for the entire journey.

Christian Rigal was keen on the spot hunt messaging contacts in the NW and directed us to some gems. As for the others, in-between shredding on their bikes, Reed was the hype man to keep everyone going, AK did a lot of sleeping and meditating (and getting left behind at food stops), and Matt just sat there smiling for the entire journey.

 

BMX rider Alex Kennedy lacing a barspin to icepick grind in Washington
Alex Kennedy lacing a bars to ice in Washington © Fred Murray/Red Bull Content Pool
BMX riders Reed Stark and Matt Roe in their camper rig, Washington
Reed Stark and Matt Roe in the rig © Fred Murray/Red Bull Content Pool

In short, the crew was perfect, and despite some of the guys never having met, everyone got on like a house on fire… or an RV on fire, as we nearly found out when using the cooker hob while on the move.

After our short foray into driving south through some of Oregon’s most beautiful towns, we abandoned our route and headed back north for some more Portland street and then onwards into Washington and towards Seattle, hopefully with less attention from our friends in blue. Thankfully our plan worked and our hassle-o-meter went right down to ‘chill’ with little to no trouble thereafter.

BMX rider David Grant taking in some of Washington’s finest forests
David Grant taking in some of Washington’s finest © Fred Murray/Red Bull Content Pool
BMX rider Matt Roe performs a ledge ride to 360 nose bonk
Matt Roe - Ledge ride to 360 nose bonk © Fred Murray/Red Bull Content Pool

We even managed to meet up with Mike Hoder in a super-hot Seattle and rode the famous Garfield School, before cooling off with some swimming in a creek with Darin Reed and some of the locals out there. One of the deciding factors for the whole 10-day trip was the ease and ability we would have to enjoy all that the Pacific Northwest’s nature had to offer, and man was it good!

BMX rider Nathan Williams performs a grind into a hard 180 gap
Nathan Williams – pegs to huge hard 180 gap © Fred Murray/Red Bull Content Pool
The bikes got the luxurious double bed suite inside the Big Rig camper van.
The bikes got the luxurious double bed suite © Fred Murray/Red Bull Content Pool

Once into Washington we managed to stay in state parks and various forest with trees so big they made you feel insignificant. It’s a pretty special feeling to be able to enjoy street riding with your mates all day in the sun and then escape the urban landscape, build a fire, cook food and crack open some cans with the crew. There’s no five-star hotel that can beat that!

Don't forget that you can keep up to date with all the video action from the Big Rig Holiday on the redbull.com/bike Facebook page.

BMX rider Reed Stark performs a super scary curved rail in Eugene
Reed Stark - Super scary curved rail in Eugene © Fred Murray/Red Bull Content Pool
The rig parked up for the night in a forest in Washington State
The rig parked up for the night in Washington © Fred Murray/Red Bull Content Pool
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