Red Bull have announced the much-anticipated Red Bull Empire of Dirt event will be back in 2008. The event will be held on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th July, on a farm near Newton Abbot, Devon, England.
Red Bull Empire of Dirt, the world’s first BMX dirt slopestyle contest, is the brainchild of UK rider Kye Forte and Red Bull, and combines influences from each of the BMX styles.
Last year, the innovative – and downright scary – course took more than a month to build and featured a huge dirt superpipe, ridiculous twin wall rides, a 300-metre steep slope as well as incorporating doubles, berms, wooden obstacles and rails. The course, which swallowed thousands of tons of dirt, sent shockwaves through the BMX world, and attracted a veritable who’s-who of international riders – including Brian Foster, Gary Young and Corey Bohen.
Unfortunately, organisers were forced to cancel the event on the day, after unusually heavy rain damaged the course beyond repair. In an overwhelming show of support, all riders vowed to return in 2008 to do justice to the monster course.
“The freakish summer weather put us down, but not out, last year,” says Empire creator and top UK rider Kye Forte. “It’s only going to make everyone more keen to show the world what Red Bull Empire of Dirt is all about.”
Stay tuned for course design, official website, rider list, and event info….
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