X Games Austin 2015 course descriptions
The medals for X Games Austin this year are inspired by local artist Todd Sanders' iconic Greetings from Austin postcard mural on South First Street.
Moto X Step Up
Kicking off X Games Austin this year in a prime downtown location is Moto X Step Up, which will take place at 11th and Congress Streets in downtown Austin. Six riders will each have two attempts to clear the bar as it goes higher and higher. Last year, Ronnie Renner won gold by clearing 34 feet, and he holds the record for highest leap at 47 feet (set at X Games Los Angeles 2012). Can he go higher this year? See for yourself on Thursday, June 4 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Another new discipline at X Games Austin, Harley-Davidson Flat-Track Racing will kick off X Games Austin on night one. The event will feature 24 top riders racing high-performance motorcycles in close proximity around an oval track at speeds up to 130 miles per hour. Tune in Thursday, June 4 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Skateboard and BMX Vert
At last year's inaugural X Games Austin, the vert ramp was located in front of Austins capitol building. This year, Vert will take place with the rest of the X Games events at the Circuit of The Americas. In BMX, Jamie Bestwick will be going for his 10th consecutive gold, and in Skateboard Vert, youngsters like defending champ Jimmy Wilkins will go up against veterans like Bob Burnquist, Bucky Lasek and Andy Macdonald. Watch both BMX and Skateboard Vert on Friday, June 5 starting at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3.
Skateboard and BMX Park
The world's best skateboarders and BMXers will take to the park course at Austin's Circuit of The Americas in a heated contest for gold. In skateboarding, five-time gold medalist Pedro Barros will be looking for a back-to-back win, and in BMX, Austin local and defending gold medalist Chase Hawk will be the fan favorite. Watch BMX Park on Friday, June 5 at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN3, and tune in for Skateboard Park on Saturday, June 6 at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.
The 24 male athletes and 12 female athletes of Enduro X face no easy route to the finish line. The track, which the athletes will lap six to 10 times, is filled with logs, rocks, jumps, tight curves and more. In the men's field, look for defending champ Taddy Blazusiak and up-and-comer Colton Haaker, who enters X Games Austin leading the AMA points race. In the women's race, last year's gold medalist Kacy Martinez will have her work cut out for her when two-time gold medalist Maria Forsberg returns after a maternity leave. Tune in to watch on ESPN on Friday, June 5 at 9 p.m. ET.
Big Air and Big Air Doubles
Skateboard and BMX Big Air -- as well as the debut of Big Air Doubles, which pairs skate and BMX athletes in teams -- will take place on the legendary MegaRamp. Athletes will start at the top of an 88-foot-high drop-in ramp, soar over a 50-foot gap, land, then launch 20 feet in the air above the quarterpipe. Tune in to watch on ESPN: Skateboard Big Air will premiere live on Friday, June 5 at 9 p.m. ET, BMX Big Air takes place Saturday, June 6 at 9 p.m. ET and Doubles debuts Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
Rally Car and Off-Road Truck Racing
During the rest of the year, Austin's Circuit of The Americas track is used for Formula 1, Moto GP and more. But in June, the track gets transformed into the X Games epicenter. Rally Car Racing will feature 18 riders from a diverse background whittled down to the fastest of the bunch. Off-Road Truck Racing, which debuted last year, stars 16 drivers ranging in age from 15 to 58. Watch Rally on Saturday, June 6 at 3 p.m. ET on ABC and Off-Road Truck Racing on Sunday, June 7 at 3 p.m. ET on ABC.
The men's Skateboard Street field will be smaller in Austin, now featuring 12 riders, down from 20 at recent X Games. The field includes Nyjah Huston, winner of five of the last seven XG Street gold medals, and four-time Street gold medalist Paul Rodriguez. In women's Skateboard Street, last year's champ Lacey Baker and young gun Alana Smith will be the ones to watch. Women's Skateboard Street airs Saturday, June 6 at 3 p.m. ET on ABC, and men's Skateboard Street airs Sunday, June 7 at 3 p.m. ET on ABC.
BMX Dirt returns to Austin with a global field on Saturday, June 6. All eyes will be on defending Aussie champ Kyle Baldock, but look out for the U.K.'s Ben Wallace and Austin transplant Brandon Dosch, who both medaled in Austin in 2014. Tune in Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN3 for the dirt showdown.
Moto X Speed & Style
In Moto X Speed & Style, the winner is the rider who has it all -- from speed around the track to technical, stylish tricks in the air. Two riders are pitted head-to-head and each receives a style score, which is the average of three lap scores, in addition to a speed score. Mike Mason will return after winning gold in Austin last year, but he has a stacked field to contend with, including veteran Nate Adams and former gold medalist Lance Coury. Watch on ESPN on Saturday, June 6 at 9 p.m. ET.
Moto X QuarterPipe and Best Whip
Moto X QuarterPipe is a new discipline at X Games Austin 2015. Eight freestyle motocross riders, including perennial contenders like Jackson Strong, Tom Pags and Taka Higashino, will attempt a trick off a single quarterpipe feature. Each rider will have two runs, with his best score counting toward a final ranking. Moto X Best Whip is a six-minute jam session, where fans vote to determine the winner. Watch both events on Sunday, June 7 at 3 p.m. ET on ABC.