Dare­dev­ils chase records by land and air in ‘Evel Live 2’

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A year af­ter Travis Pas­trana set three mo­tor­cy­cle-jump records on the His­tory spe­cial “Evel Live,” the ca­blenet re­turns with more record-breaking stunts on a live broad­cast this week.

In “Evel Live 2,” air­ing Sun­day, July 7, Pas­trana and Matt Ise­man are the hosts as freestyle mo­tocross ath­letes Vicki Golden and Ax­ell Hodges seek to put their names in the record books with a trio of stunts they’ll be per­form­ing at South­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s San Bernardino In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

First, Golden, a three-time X Games gold medal­ist, will at­tempt to plow her mo­tor­cy­cle through 13 flam­ing wooden boards, breaking the record of 12 set in 2006. Then Hodges, a six-time X Games medal­ist, will at­tempt to jump 24 bev­er­age trucks to eclipse the mark set by Evel Knievel in 1971 and equaled by his son Rob­bie in 2003. And in the fi­nale, Hodges will go af­ter the all-time record for longesteve­r mo­tor­cy­cle jump, 379 feet 9 inches, set in 2011.

For Golden, her stunt is the cul­mi­na­tion of a long road to recovery that be­gan when she shat­tered her right heel, an­kle and leg in a scary Jan­uary 2018 crash at a Cleve­land freestyle show. Now re­cov­ered but ad­mit­ting she’ll never be back to 100 per­cent, she’ll don mul­ti­ple lay­ers of fire-re­sis­tant cloth­ing, climb on her In­dian Mo­tor­cy­cle FTR 1200 and at­tempt to bar­rel through the flam­ing boards at what she calls the “sweet spot” speed of 30 miles per hour, her hel­met taking much of the im­pact.

“If I go too much faster, I prob­a­bly won’t be con­scious go­ing through these things” she says with a laugh, “so that’s the speed that I think we de­cided that would be safe for my brain . ... We didn’t want to go too slow to where the boards aren’t even go­ing to break be­cause that’s go­ing to suck for me. And then, yeah, to where the boards will break and I’m not just blow­ing by these things and no one even saw me go.”

Also taking the blows and heat will be the FTR 1200, a flat-track bike with a rep­u­ta­tion for dura­bil­ity and solid per­for­mance, which Golden says was mod­i­fied for this event.

“We did a cou­ple of changes to it to make sure that it’s pretty much built to go through fire,” Golden notes. “We changed the front end of it so that way all the de­bris and what­not can kind of be pushed away in­stead of pretty much just be­ing pushed at me. So hope­fully the design we use is go­ing to just di­vert the de­bris away from me. That’s the most im­por­tant thing.”

Ax­ell Hodges and Vicki Golden are featured in “Evel Live 2,” air­ing Sun­day on His­tory.

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