BMX Dirt Jumping will be heading to historic Goodwood Park in West Sussex next month for the annual Festival of Speed (11-14 July).
American two-time world champ and X-Games medallist Chris Doyle heads an all-star line-up appearing in the Festival’s GAS (Goodwood Action Sports) Arena that also includes British champions Bob Manchester and Matt Priest and brothers Kye and Leo Forte.
The Festival of Speed is a potent cocktail of cars, stars and motorsport legends, brought together for a four-day celebration of all things petrol-powered. An estimated 185,000+ visitors are expected to flock to the Goodwood grounds this year where, nestled among the manicured lawns, they’ll find the GAS Arena. GAS made its Festival of Speed debut in 2011 when it was an instant hit.
The concept is a simple one – take five different action sports, hand-pick some of the most accomplished riders on the planet and put them together in one purpose-built arena sculpted out of more than 7,000 tonnes of soil. The result is a spectacle that rivals even the historic hillclimb the Festival is built around.
The five disciplines mix petrol and pedal-power with jaw-dropping Freestyle
Motocross sharing airspace with BMX Dirt Jumping while a little closer to terra firma the stars of Motorcycle Trials, Mountain Bike Trials and BMX Flatland demonstrate an almost supernatural sense of balance and inch-perfect precision.
The list of athletes taking part this year reads like an international who’s who of action sports and includes Spanish Flatland legend Viki Gomez plus Freestyle MX stars Petr Pilat (Czech Republic), Luc Ackerman (Germany), Brode Wilson (USA) and Steve Mini (Australia).
The best of British talent will be led by 12-time world Motorcycle Trials champion and Goodwood favourite Dougie Lampkin, with back-up from the likes of home-grown FMX athletes Jamie Squibb and Dan Whitby and MTB Trials champ Chris Doney.