Extreme sports have come a long way to become what is now one of the most prevalent genres in today’s sporting world.
With millions of dollars in prize money offered at worldwide events every year, sports such as snowboarding, motocross and BMX have progressed from being considered ‘alternative sports’ in the 1980’s and ‘90’s to being common sights on sports broadcasts of the 21st Century.
But how have extreme sports such as motocross evolved from its early stages to become one of the most death-defying sports around? The answer is coming to Dawson Creek.
Freestyle motocross (FMX) expert Keith Sayers is bringing the Evolution of Extreme Tour to the Encana Events Centre, welcoming motocross fans in the Peace to take a ride through the ‘storied history’ of FMX.
“What most people don’t know is that FMX is a sport with a rich and storied history, evolving from small off-road events in the 1920’s, to the death defying stunts and pyrotechnic displays we see today,” reads a press release issued by Sayers and the Events Centre announcing the tour’s visit to Dawson Creek Apr. 14, 2013.
The FMX tour, according to the release, “takes fans on an exhilarating ride through the sport’s rise in popularity showcasing the evolution and advances in bike technology and stunt creation, while paying respect to the pioneers that made it all possible.”
Sayers, the self-proclaimed “godson of Evel Knievel” has been riding motocross since he was nine-years old; and is now a member of SCS Racing out of Montana doing FMX demos and competing at shows the world over. He says the Evolution of Extreme Tour is his way of “paying homage to the riders before him, and giving his fans the type of show they truly deserve.”
Sayers has performed at events such as the Calgary Stampede, US Open of Supercross, Evel Knievel Days and Gladiator Games in Prague, Czech Republic. He has worked with X-Games athletes such as Mike Metzger and Heath Frisby.
Metzger is a former FMX X-games champion, and Frisby, said to be the undisputed best snowmobile freestyle rider in history, is known for landing the first-ever snowmobile front flip at the 2012 X-Games in Aspen, CO to win gold for best trick.