2014 Red Bull Dreamline
Red Bull brought Anthony Napolitan's Dreamline contest to the East Coast for a stop in Asheville, North Carolina. Out of a field of 32 invited riders, 12 finalists lined up to ride the course on Saturday. Despite the threat of rain, the contest went down successfully, with veteran BMX dirt rider Ryan Nyquist taking the win. Here, riders gather during qualifying at the top of the course, where downhill jumps are twice the height of those at typical BMX contests.
A native of North Carolina, Kink BMX rider Chris Doyle made the finals and placed fifth with moves like this turndown 360 at height. It may have helped that Doyle had a hometown crowd in attendance to cheer him on.
Coming back from a recent knee injury, SE Racing's Kris Fox failed to make the finals, but all eyes were on his clicked nac-nacs during qualifying. Fox's riding is the definition of race-influenced BMX style.
S&M Bikes pro Clint Reynolds is no stranger to big dirt jumps, but he kept it mellow during qualifying and chose stylish lines, such as this one-footed 360 tabletop.
Yup, Chris Doyle had a cheering section.
Haro's Dennis Enarson can ride anything you put in front of him, from street to parks to huge dirt jumps. Here, Enarson 360 tailwhips the "sharkfin" jump at Dreamline en route to sixth place.
The Australian contingent on hand at Dreamline included Jaie Toohey, who went huge with moves like this no-handed frontflip. Toohey finished 12th in the finals.
James Foster's past MegaRamp experience may have helped him claim second place in the Dreamline finals. Here, Foster throws a huge no-handed backflip during the finals.
Zak Earley did not make it to the finals, but he certainly figured out how to boost high during Saturday's qualifying.
Cory Nastazio, left, and Zak Earley train through a section of the Dreamline course on Saturday.
Kyle Baldock corks a 720 en route to third place in the Red Bull Dreamline finals.
The Red Bull Dreamline approach to contest judging is simple: The riders who don't qualify for the finals are picked to judge. And the riders recognize both style and tricks. Here, Matt Cordova seat grab nac-nacs en route to 11th place.
Frontflip tailwhips are insane over normal-size dirt jumps, but that didn't deter New Zealand's Paul Langlands from throwing them during the finals. Langlands finished in seventh place.
Former North Carolina resident Ryan Nyquist, who turned 35 this year, showed the stable of up-and-coming BMX riders that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank with this backflip en route to first place.
The champ speaks
"To be here in North Carolina and win is epic," said winner Ryan Nyquist. "The fans were awesome. One of the best feelings all day was after one of my runs when I ran the entire fence line and just did high fives with the fans. It's cool having that support. Everybody came out and stuck with us through the rain. It cleared up, and we had a beautiful day."
From left: James Foster (second place), Ryan Nyquist (first) and Kyle Baldock (third).