Inside the K-Rob Flips Providence practice sessions
K-Rob Flips Providence
On Saturday, X Games BMX legend Kevin Robinson is emerging from retirement to chase a new backflip distance record in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island. The backflip will be televised live on ESPN at 5 p.m. ET and will re-air on ABC's "World of X Games" on Sunday. Here, XGames.com goes behind the scenes with Robinson as he readies himself for his latest challenge.
Meet Kevin Robinson
For years, Kevin Robinson dazzled X Games audiences with his BMX Big Air prowess, and now the 44-year-old is focused on distance. Instead of pursuing high air, he'll attempt a BMX backflip that surpasses any distance already seen at X Games. And he's doing it on live television.
Keeping it tight
For years, Kevin Robinson has represented Mat Hoffman's Hoffman Bikes brand, and here, Robinson puts some finishing touches on his Hoffman Bikes Condor. For any stunt of this kind, it's good to have equipment you can trust, and Robinson knows this all too well.
Practice makes perfect
To practice for a backflip of these proportions, Robinson used an inflatable air bag that he could safely land on while building up to the distance he wants to clear.
Eyeing it up
Here, Robinson checks the distance from the launch ramp to the landing. And yes, his helmet-mounted camera is recording his attempts to help with the speed and distance measurements.
"It's important to me to do this flip in my great home state of Rhode Island," said Robinson. "This is all about following the continued passion I have to be on my bike and to bring X back to where it started." (The Extreme Games debuted in 1995 in Newport, Rhode Island.)
Here, Robinson reviews one of his jump attempts.
Attention to detail keeps Robinson's bike in tip-top shape.
The need for speed
To gauge Robinson's speed, his team used a radar gun during the practice sessions.
Letting it fly
Here, Robinson throws a backflip attempt into the air bag.
To achieve the speed Robinson needs to clear the distance, he is being towed in by an ATV four-wheeler.
Robinson's bike is a nod to the classic generation of Hoffman Bikes products, with parts such as the reissued Hoffman Bikes Low Drag 2 handlebars.
As seen from afar
On Saturday, this will be the picture in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, minus the air bag.
The face of determination
"I did the height thing, and now I want to do the distance thing," Robinson said. Tune into ESPN at 5 p.m. ET Saturday for the live broadcast.