Paul Basagoitia First to Land Mountain Bike Double Backflip on Natural Terrain

Apr 30, 2012
Outside Magazine


After a number of tries, Paul Basagoitia became the first mountain biker to land a double backflip on natural terrain in Page, Arizona. Teva released the below video today of their sponsored athlete pulling off the trick.

“It felt great when my wheels touch the ground because I don’t think my body could have handled another hit,” Basagoitia said in a press release. “It wasn’t easy, I knocked myself out a couple times but I finally accomplished what I’ve been trying to do for years.”

Other mountain bikers have landed double backflips on manicured dirt jumps and Travis Pastrana gained additional fame when he landed the first double backflip at the X Games on a motor bike.

"The double back flip isn't the most technical trick but it takes a lot of airtime and even more commitment,” Travis Pastrana said in a press release. “Once you leave the take-off, there is no turning back and no way to bail out. Paul has guts and it's great to see that he's pushing the limits.”

--Joe Spring

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