There are a handful of moments etched into the collective memory of extreme sports fans — Tony Hawk’s skateboarding 720, and Kelly Slater’s surfing 540, to name a couple. Last year, Nicholi Rogatkin’s mountain biking 1440 was added to that exclusive list.
MTB COMPETITION 1440
While most professional mountain bike riders max out with a 720-degree spinning jump off a ramp, Rogatkin finished his Red Bull District Ride 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany with the first ever 1440 executed in MTB competition.
Rogatkin’s four-complete revolutions in the air had the announcers, thousands of onlookers, fellow riders and the American himself in awe of what had just transpired.
RED BULL DISTRICT RIDE 2017
What makes Rogatkin’s history-making jump all the more impressive is that it came at the end of a challenging ride through the city’s narrow streets in which he flawlessly executed a series of lesser, but still-impressive tricks.
Unsurprisingly, Rogatkin’s efforts earned him the top spot on the podium with a score of 92.05. Sweden’s Emil Johansson and Poland’s Szymon Godziek took second and third place respectively.