Red Bull: New Year. No Limits.
As the clock ticks down the final minutes of 2011, Red Bull will be hosting the New
Year's tradition of braking records and stretching limits. But this year will be bigger than
ever as two riders take on the challenge even after a complete disaster last year. Starting
in 2007 with Robbie Maddison jumping over a 322 ft football field in Las Vegas, the
series will now be welcoming Maddison back.
But Maddison won't be alone. For the first time the Red Bull New Year. No Limits event
will feature two riders who will both take on the 300 ft jump at the same time. Levi
LaVallee was the start of last year's New Years event but he never made it to the jump.
During one of the training sessions for the big night, LaVallee took a header on the
landing of a jump and managed to rack up some pretty serious injuries. Still, only death
can keep LaVallee from making the jump and the pressure will be even higher this year
with Maddison right next to him.
The whole crazy deal will be taking place on December 31 in San Diego, California when
the two riders will jump the 300 ft waterway between North Park and South Park at the
same time. But while the distance has been done by both riders (Maddison jumped 322 ft
in 2007 while LaVallee broke the record with a 361 ft jump last year on the same day as
his crash) not running into each other will be the biggest challenge. "Being in the air and
seeing (Maddo) jumping ridiculously far on a dirtbike next to me and not veering over,
that will be a pretty intense moment, that's for sure," LaVallee told ESPN.
By now you may have noticed two things... LaVallee will be making the jump on a
snowmobile and it'll all happen in sunny San Diego. Snow in San Diego? Not likely. So
LaVallee will be substituting the white fluffy stuff for some real green turf that will let
him get the right amount of traction to clear the jump. Of course, the lack of snow is
surely a plus for Maddison.
And neither of the riders is planning to stop at just the 300 feet of harbor that they'll be
jumping. LaVallee will be hoping to break his record of 361 ft, probably in order to
forget the ride that happened immediately afterward, while Maddison will be hoping to
break the current record of 400 ft. But for Maddison it's not about the holding the world
record. "It's more about understanding this feat and the commitment ahead to achieving
what most would consider an impossible jump," he said.
With two of the world's greatest powersport athletes putting it all on the line for this
year's Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. it's sure to be one heck of a way to kick off 2012.
Plus last year's cancelation due to LaVallee's crash serves as a reminder of how
dangerous this feat will really be. If you want to watch it all go down, free on-site
viewing will be open to everyone at both parks and the gates will be open at 6 pm. If you
can't make it to the actual event, ESPN will be broadcasting the entire thing live starting
at 11 pm eastern time and 8 pm pacific time. We wish both the riders the best of luck.