Dare­devil jumper set for Thames record at­tempt

Ni­tro Cir­cus’ Travis Pas­trana will ex­e­cute a 75ft back­flip be­tween free float­ing barges

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T he Thames will pro­vide the back­drop to some high­oc­tane thrills at 12.30pm to­day (Thurs­day) as ac­tion sports icon and Ni­tro Cir­cus ring­leader Travis Pas­trana at­tempts a 75ft motorcycle back­flip across the river.

A world first, the stunt will see Pas­trana leap be­tween two un­moored float­ing barges op­po­site East In­dia Dock basin. The jump fea­tures a com­pro­mised run-in of 150ft to ac­cel­er­ate to take­off speed and just 36ft to come to a stop – or face crash­ing into the river.

Pas­trana must also con­tend with un­pre­dictable wa­ter send­ing the tar­gets off course and high winds buf­fet­ing him mid-air, both threat­en­ing to make him miss the 27ft wide land­ing barge al­to­gether.

The stakes are high – dare­devil Mike Met­zger crashed dur­ing a 2006 sim­i­lar stunt in Long Beach har­bour, frac­tur­ing a bone in his back. While he made a full re­cov­ery, no-one has at­tempted a jump of this type since.

The stunt cel­e­brates the an­nounce­ment of live Euro­pean tour Ni­tro Cir­cus: You Got This, an ac­tion sports col­lec­tive that de­liv­ers dare­devil tricks, crazy con­trap­tions and record-break­ing feats to au­di­ences around the world.

Travis said: “Ni­tro Cir­cus is turn­ing me loose with You Got This – I’m putting all of my best, and worst, ideas into one huge show.

“Ev­ery­thing I’ve ever wanted to see live, we’re tak­ing on the road. Ex­pect big­ger, brand-new ramps and even more ridicu­lous stunts.

“It’s go­ing to be un­real. Look out, though. There might be a few rough land­ings.”

Tick­ets for the show, which comes to The O2 arena on Novem­ber 23, 2018, go on sale to­mor­row (Fri­day).

Ev­ery­thing I’ve ever wanted to see live, we’re tak­ing on the road – it’s go­ing to be un­real Travis Pas­trana

Wa­ter sports­man: Travis Pas­trana’s ve­hi­cle is pic­tured at var­i­ous points in his 269ft jump over Rain­bow Har­bour in Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, as he breaks the world record for dis­tance jumped in a rally car in 2009

Travis Pas­trana will at­tempt to jump the Thames on a motorcycle

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