Travis Pastrana - Attempting the American Roll 13

Travis Pastrana has conquered motocross and rally racing. He's taken on off-road trucks, NASCAR and now -- freestyle MTB. This week, he attempted a double back flip full twist, a trick no one had ever landed before.

"I've been doing this trick for four years into a foam pit," Travis wrote to last month. "An Australian kid started doing it into a foam pit and named it the 'Aussie Roll.'"

Aussie Roll? Travis isn't having any of it. Since learning of the Australian, he's been on a mission to land the trick and name it the "American Roll." This week, a day before heading into shoulder surgery, Travis tried it out.

"This was the practice set up for the Plymouth Nitrocross event this weekend," he said. "It looked like the perfect place to attempt the 'America Roll.' The timing couldn't have been better, since I had shoulder surgery scheduled for tomorrow anyway. Unfortunately, Hubert took the 'rezi' landing cover with him, and bicycles don't roll well in mulch!"

Credit: Red Bull
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13 comments
  • mp

    10/11/2012 9:24 AM

    Is this sport heading towards gymnastics? That's what this looks like to me.

  • SpokeApparel

    10/11/2012 9:48 AM

    heh. i see how you can say that. but it's kind of a sweet trick if you watch it a few times.

  • mp

    10/11/2012 9:58 AM

    Definitely sweet. To my eyes though, once you have so much going on in a trick, you can't even see what's going on and it becomes something else.

  • SpokeApparel

    10/11/2012 10:02 AM

    a level of purity and fluidity in movement is lost the busier a trick becomes.

  • Pinetree

    10/11/2012 6:08 AM

    First one to land it, gets to name it. Once the Aussie kid rides it out, then it can be called the Aussi roll. Til then it's still up for grabs!

  • TimBud

    10/11/2012 4:53 AM

    Would be so great to see Travis on the FMB tour... even if he just cameoed at Crankworx

  • Yuroshek

    10/10/2012 9:33 PM

    Hey Joe, read this part "I've been doing this trick for four years into a foam pit," Travis wrote to last month. "An Australian kid started doing it into a foam pit and named it the 'Aussie Roll.'""

  • thebyker

    10/10/2012 9:29 PM

    "I've been doing this trick for four years into a foam pit," Travis wrote to last month. "An Australian kid started doing it into a foam pit and named it the 'Aussie Roll.'"

  • joe.allerton

    10/10/2012 9:07 PM

    Screw him! If an Aussie invented it then let the Aussie name it! That's what you get for trying to steal someone else s trick!

  • SpokeApparel

    10/10/2012 6:37 PM

    I'm from Maryland. Love this guy and the whole local crew, but it doesn't count unless you ride out. Regardless, SICK trick. He'll nail it soon enough.

  • Albe23

    10/10/2012 2:40 PM

    Had that been a proper landing, I think he would've had it.

  • sideshow

    10/10/2012 2:03 PM

    Holy shit...count it? haha

  • jroy

    10/10/2012 2:13 PM

    i'd say, looks as though the landing was way too soft

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