Around 13,000 people packed WIN Stadium to watch the world-renowned Nitro Circus crew perform a range of death-defying stunts on Saturday night.
And it wasn’t just BMX and motocross bikes hurtling down the 15-metre-high Nitro Gigant-a-Ramp to perform all manner of jumps and flips on the multi-million-dollar set.
Some of the world’s top riders also took the plunge on scooters, skateboards and a range of other crazy contraptions, including a toy trike, a boogie board and a pink Barbie car.
A Nitro Circus spokesperson said the Wollongong event was the ‘‘biggest show of the regional show so far’’ and the crowd certainly wasn’t disappointed.
‘‘In a world first [BMX rider] Brandon Loupos landed a no-hander ‘cash roll’ while FMX rider Josh Sheehan landed a double back-flip,’’ the spokesperson said.
He said the crowd loved the show. They were ’’well-behaved and there were no injuries’’.
The rain held off for the evening show, which featured a cast of 40 athletes including Australian freestyle motocross rider Blake ‘‘Bilko’’ Williams and as US motocross champ Nate ‘‘the Destroyer’’ Adams.
The US riders entered the stadium to the strain of Springsteen’s Born in the USA. But the crowd really went wild when the Aussie contingent rode in to Men At Work’s Land Down Under.
But the loudest cheers were saved for the world’s only extreme wheelchair athlete, the inspirational Aaron ‘‘Wheelz’’ Fotheringham from the US.
There are nine more stops on the Nitro Circus Australian regional tour. The spokesperson said big crowds were expected at Orange this weekend and at the Gold Coast and Newcastle later this month.