SOURCE: Red Bull

June 09, 2008 17:28 ET

World Record Attempt in Central Park, New York City

4 Days Until Lift Off!

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 9, 2008) - On Thursday, June 12th 2008 in the heart of New York City, BMX legend Kevin Robinson will attempt to soar into the world record books by clearing the height of a six story building on a BMX bike, in the next Red Bull Experiment.

Kevin is the winner of seven X Games medals, including three gold. He will make his attempt on a never before built Super Quarter Pipe.

This feat is experimental in many ways -- from the construction of the ramp, to the speed it will take to break the record, the g-forces on his body and ultimately what will happen when Kevin leaves the top of the ramp for the first time. Will he come back to earth safe? Will he own the world record?

Kevin will hurl himself down a 60ft high roll-in and up the 27ft Super Quarter Pipe and attempt to soar over six stories high against the backdrop of the world-renowned New York City skyline. The current record of 26.5ft is held by BMX pioneer and Kevin's mentor and sponsor Mat Hoffman.

The Red Bull Experiment will take place in Central Park on Dead Road (east side of Sheep Meadow) starting at 7pm on June 12th.

The jump will be broadcast live on MSG and webcast live and exclusively via ESPN's twenty-four hour action sports destination,, and ESPN's signature broadband network at 8pm ET.


A BMX legend, he is one of only a few athletes that has competed in every X Games since the inaugural event in 1995 and since then has grown into one of the most respected action sports stars of his generation. There has been no more deserving winner of the "Most Outstanding Athlete" award than Kevin in 2007. Kevin, a committed family man with two kids, trains as hard of as any elite athlete in the world and even works out with football star Junior Seau. He also sits on the board of Junior's foundation. It is Kevin's confidence, hard work and dedication that allow him to attempt a feat such as this.


Hoffman first set the record in 1992 by being towed into a 21ft high ramp and soared 23ft above that, putting him 44ft above the ground. He has since improved on that record several times and the current mark stands at 26.5ft above a 24ft ramp, 50.5ft above the ground. Kevin's Super Quarter Pipe will be 27ft high, meaning he will have to soar over 54ft above the ground and 27ft above the top of the ramp to break the world record.


As a follow up to the Red Bull Experiment, Kevin will invite a collection of the world's top pros to ride the ultimate Super Quarter Pipe and compete in the iconic setting of Central Park on Saturday, June 14th. Kevin's vision for the Kevin Robinson Innovational was to select the best riders to compete in an environment that would stimulate the innovation and progression of BMX. The rules of what is possible on a BMX bike will be changed at the Kevin Robinson Innovational.


The Red Bull Experiment is the world's best athletes attempting world first experimental sporting feats.

The mission of the Red Bull Experiment is to give the world's best athletes the opportunity to push the boundaries of what might be humanly possible and push the progression of their sport to unfathomable levels. In the first Red Bull Experiment, motorcross star Robbie Maddison set his own world record for the longest jump on motorbike by jumping a football field in Las Vegas on New Years Eve, 2007, clearing a distance of 322ft.

The Red Bull Experiment provides these athletes with the tools necessary to realize their dreams and put them on show for the whole world to see. In success or failure these experiments are poised to change the way the world thinks about what is possible.

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