Twenty-year-old British star
Twenty-year-old British star lands stunningly difficult trick in England
Kieran Reilly has added his name to the likes of Mat Hoffman, Kevin Robinson and Dave Mirra after the young British BMX star landed a world first triple flair trick in mid-January at the Asylum Skatepark in Nottinghamshire, England. Here is all you need to know:
- Hoffman's no-handed 900, Robinson's first-ever double flair and Mirra's triple X-Games gold haul will all live long in the memory of BMX fans and Reilly can now count himself amongst them after he made his first lasting imprint on the sport in his early twenties with a world-first trick.
- The 20-year-old from Newcastle first came to the attention of global BMX fans when he landed a 720 over a spine at Unit 23 in Glasgow aged just 11 and dwarfed by the bike he was riding.
- Since then Reilly signed to Bas Keep's Tall Order team, made his FISE debut in 2018 and has gone from strength to strength including a starring role in Drew Bezanson's Uncontained 2019-winning team.
- Over the last 12 months, he has positioned himself as one of the most exciting BMX prospects and is now part of the British Cycling setup - who consider him one rider to watch out for at the 2024 Paris Games.
- It was not all plain sailing for Reilly at Asylum Skatepark as the triple flair - where he managed three full backflips and a 180° rotation at the end off a custom roll-in and ramp - was landed after 13 days of riding and around 20 previous attempts, which shows just how determined he is.
- Each failed effort compounded the beating Reilly's body was taking, but it also motivated him to rewrite what is possible supported by bike stars that included the likes of Keep, Matt Jones and Kade Edwards.
- Reilly, who first started trying it in May 2021, said: "I'm constantly trying to progress the tricks I've got or learn new tricks every time I ride. When you do a double flair, you're pretty much doing a double backflip and then spinning just at the end. For a triple, you literally add another flip before you drop your shoulder and turn. It's one of those tricks you can only attempt a couple of times because when you crash, you crash hard. I couldn’t have done this without the help from Red Bull who assembled an amazing crew for me. It's a dream to be riding with a Red Bull helmet on my head. Every time I catch a glimpse of it, I'm reminded of how far I've come and how much further I want to push myself in BMX as a sport."
- Fellow Red Bull athlete Keep, 38, added: "Watching the next generation succeed and own a world-first trick is not only inspiring but pushes the whole BMX community to go big."