Place: Fort Adams in Newport Rhode Island.
Hal Brindley and Steve Buddendeck ran the BMX events.
Matt Hoffman on the cover of Ride BMX october 1995.
Leigh Ramsdell. Photo by Brad McDonald.
Todd Lyons: One Jump Check out the one jump madness! Yeah, thats right. Pedal down the roll-in and sprint across the field and blast that ONE jump! Thats how it all began at the first ever Extreme Games.
Dave Mirra on the cover of Orgasmic toaster issue 9.
|Jay Miron, Ride BMX US november 1995: With major corporate sponsors like Pontiac, Mountain Dew, Nike, Taco Bel and Miller lite backing this event, I watched one of my greatest loves blatlantly commercialized. On the other hand, Though, I watched BMX hyped up in national TV as the coolest, craziest thing since the Ginsu. We all also stood To make a lot of money and show big-money sponsors that are worth their money with tons of TV exposure. The free food was very good too. All in all, I'm certain the Extreme Games did a lot of good for the sport of BMX.
www.ridebmx.com, july 2006: The start of it all The Extreme Games in 1995 was a complete circus. Bungee jumping kayakers, a vert ramp with sand mixed into the paint for traction (whose bright idea was that?), downhill luge races, and a bunch of other wacky things including these helmet add-ons. Leigh Ramsdell cashes in with some horns and a Mohawk that Sesame Streets Bert would be proud of. Photo by Brad McDonald
|Jay Miron, Ride BMX US november 1995: THE ATHLETE SECURITY PASSES WHE HAD TO CARRY MADE YOU FEEL LIKE SOME SORT OF ROCK STAR. THE FIRST DAY OF THE EVENT WAS REALLY COOL. ESPN LET US RIDE EVERYTHING, INCLUDING THE STREET COURSE. NONE OF US COULD QUITE UNDERSTAND WHY BIKES WEREN'T GOING TO HAVE A STREET CONTEST, ESPECIALLY SINCE THE STREET COURSE SEEMED SO BIKE-ORIENTED. BUT AS LONG AS WE GOT TO RIDE IT FOR FUN, WE DIDN'T CARE.|
|Jay Miron, Ride BMX US november 1995: The dirt jumping contest rolled around. Although it looked quick and efficient on TV, in person, it was long and drawn out. EACH RIDER HAD TO WAIT ABOUT A MINUTE BETWEEN JUMPS, AND WITH 15 OR 30 RIDERS JUMPING 5 TIMES EACH IN QUALIFYING, NEWPORT'S COLD NIGHTTIME WINDS BEGAN TO TAKE THEIR TOLL. ONE COOL THING WAS THAT AFTER A JUMP, YOU COULD LOOK UP AT THE BIG TV SCREENS ANO SEE THE JUMP in slow motion along with the score. EVEN with the delays, the comp went well. THE JUMP was a really good size-big, but not ridiculously so. The sandy runway gave a lot of the freestylers trouble, but it worked well for most. GREAT crowd RESPONSE and good TV RATINGS made dirt JUMPING A HIGH POINT FOR THE week.
Todd Lyons journal, 1995: I woke up feeling shitty. We went to Fort Adams and rode the street course. The Extreme Jumping Contest started at 8pm. I qualified 4th and the got 5th in the finals. I won $350. 1st- Jay Miron, 2nd-Taj Mihelic, 3rd- Jimmy Garcia, 4th- Jimmy Levan. They showed some of the contest LIVE on TV! Some really dope girl (Amy) was in the stands and wanted to meet me. So I talked to her and then went with her and her friend took me back to the dorms after the contest. We hung out there and drank in our room. A bunch of other riders were in my dorm as well. All the riders finally left and the girls stayed. Then I went and got Robbie Morales and he hooked up with Amys friend and I was down with Amy a bit. They had to leave at 1:30am, so they dropped us off at another party on their way out. We got there right when it was ending. We stole a bunch of beer and left. Came back and we messed with security and they chased us up a tree. It was a good fun night!
DIRT RESULTS: 1.Jay Miron (Schwinn) 2.Taj Mihelich (HB) 3.Joey Garcia (Schwinn) 4.Jimmy Levan (SM) 5.Todd Lyons (Haro) 6.Jody Donnely (Bully) 7.Van Stout (TNT) 8.Brennan Brown (Standard)
|Jay Miron, Ride BMX US november 1995: Something had gone dreadfully wrong with the paint on the bike vert ramp. HOMEVER, IT SEEMS THAT ESPN WAS SOMEHOW INFORMED THAT BIKES NEEDED A GRIPPY SURFACE TO RIDE ON. SO THEY MADE A VERT RAMP JUST FOR THE BIKE EVENT THAT HAD SAND MIXED INTO THE WAY TOO-BRIGHT BLUE PAINT. THE RESULT WAS A RAMP THAT BLINDED YOU AND RIPPED OFF YOUR PADS AND SKIN WHEN YOU CRASHED THIS MADE THE RAMP QUITE DANGEROUS, AND ALL 0F THE VERT RIDERS A BIT ENVIOUS OF THE BETTER MASONITE SKATE RAMP. NOT TO WORRY, THOUGH, THIS WOULD SOON BE REMEDIED.
Jay Miron, Ride BMX US november 1995: VERT was HYPED UP ALL weekend AS THE MOST EXTREME thing. It was TO THE POINT where THE ANNOUNCER would SAY THINGS LIKE, "YEAH, THESE SKATERS ARE GOOD, BUT wait TILL YOU SEE THOSE BIKERS." while ANNOUNCING A SKATE CONTEST. THAT'S JUST PLAIN rude. ANYMAY, THE CONTEST did seemed destined TO BE ONE of THE GREATEST EVER, ESPECIALLY with ALL THE PROS IN attendance and A HUGE PURSE, ALTHOUGH SOME of THE CRAZIEST TRICKS EVER PULLED OFF, THERE didn't QUITE SEEM TO BE AS MUCH ENERGY AS EXPECTED. IT MIGHT HAVE HAD SOMETHINS TO DO with THE crowd NOT FULLY UNDERSTANDING wHAT THEY MERE SEEING. NONETHELESS, VERT was STILL PROBABLY THE MOST TALKEd ABOUT event of THE ENTIRE week and EXTREMELY EXTREME.
Dennis McCoy was incredible on vert with huge airs and a 900 in his last run. DMC was definitely one of the most popular riders with the crowd, and plenty of booing was heard when they announced he had only received 4th place.
VERT RESULTS: 1.Matt Hoffman (HB) 2.Dave Mirra (Haro) 3.Jay Miron (Schwinn) 4.Dennis McCoy (Mongoose) 5.John Parker (GT) 6.Rick Thorne (HB) 7.Pat Miller (GT) 8.Kevin Robinson (SE)
|Jay Miron, Ride BMX US november 1995: As corny and hokey as it seemed at times, ESPN did a wonderful JOB of pulling off the contest and exposing our sport to the masses. From the riders' point of view, the fact that bikes had the lowest prize money of any of the events seemed pretty unfair. The Games are definitely on for next year, so expect to see a little more purse money and maybe even street, highest air, and best trick competitions added to the schedule. Just imagine what would happen in a best trick contest.
Todd Lyons, www.toddlyons.com, 2007: Did you know that the X-Games were originally called the Extreme Games? This was the first one that they ever had. None of us knew what to expect. I remember that some guys got invited (like Brian Foster and Matt Pohlkamp) and they didnt even show up! The dirt contest was on a Tuesday night, so I flew in on Sunday night after a race in Waterford. MI and then flew out on Thursday to another race in Evansville, IN.
What was so cool about the first couple of Extreme Games is that ESPN put ALL of the athletes in the local dorms. So we would all get together every night and go out and cause trouble. They would typically have parties for us in the local clubs as well. Keep in mind that first place was $5,000, not $50,000 like nowadays. And it wasnt so much of a TV spectacle as it is now. So everything was more relaxed and there werent security guards everywhere at the contest and it was even free for people to come in and watch.
Ahh, nothing like a dope girl in the stands wanting to meet me! Too bad I had to leave the next day for a race in Evansville. Kennan Harkin was quick to inform me later that he swooped in on her the next night. Oh wells, thats the life of a BMXer.
Check out an excerpt from my journal entry from the night before: Then all of us went out to some club. I got kicked out for stealing beer from behind the bar. But I snuck back in. Later, Dave Mirra got in a fight with a bouncer and I jumped in & got carried out with everyone else. Then when we were out in front of the club, we started acting silly. We were doing some Extreme pissing on the club entrance. As we were leaving, the cops just pulled up. But we were out of there. Good timing.
Man, how much trouble did we cause back in the day!? Its safe to say that nowadays you wont see Dave Mirra fighting bouncers at the X-Games parties. And you wont see me pissing on the front door of nightclubs. Man, I cant believe none of us ever got arrested! Dave and I were teammates on Haro at the time. Oh, and I ALWAYS used to try to steal beer from bars back in the day.
One thing to note at this first Extreme Games is that there was no BMX street contest. Only skate street & Rollerblade street. Im not quite sure how that happened.