See the best tricks from the fixed-gear track and freestyle event in San Francisco.
Red Bull Ride + Style drew more than 5,000 spectators and competitors from all over the world to Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco last Saturday for a unique event that combined high-level fixed-gear riding in two categories, freestyle and track, with contemporary urban art.
Unique ramps built by Jeremy Witek adorned the site, serving as creative canvases for some of San Francisco’s most dynamic artists, including Chor Boogie, APEX, Max Ehrman and Jet Martinez.
Josh Boothby broke out three separate backflips in each of his runs – landing all on the first try in the freestyle contest.
The backflips were more than enough for Boothby to secure first place. He was followed by Tyler Johnson, from Seattle, in second, and Joe McKeag from Long Beach, California, in third.
We haven't reached a plateau, this is just the beginning...
“I’ve been working on double backflips and flairs and lots of other stuff," said Boothby. "I want people to understand that this is just the beginning.”
In the track competition, 20-year-old Addison Zawada from Jacksonville, Florida, qualified for Saturday's race by coming in first place in the Red Bull Mini Drome. In Saturday's finals, Zawada was up against Walter Brush, of San Francisco.
Zawada bobbled the start of the race and tucked behind Brush to wait for an opening. But Brush deftly held him at bay for most of the race, blocking Zawada’s attempts to sprint past him on the straights.
On the final turn, Zawada pushed hard, and the two connected, with Brush’s foot coming into contact with Zawada’s front wheel. The impact was enough to cause Brush to slide out, giving Zawada the victory.
Brush secured second place and Hernan Montenegro, also from San Francisco, took third.