Incredibly, at 46-years-old Bestwick was competing against riders half his age, showing them a thing or two in the process — not only talent wise but by way of originality. Wasting no time on his first run, he threw down a Bestwick original with a massive look down flair before charging into a barrage of tricks including a clean alley-oop 540, a downside tailwhip, a flair downside whip, an opposite flair and a huge 540 before finishing with the supremely difficult opposite 540 — a trick that’s almost unheard of on the vert ramp.
“After I dropped in it was like — Ok we’re doin’ it,” said Bestwick in regards to his spontaneity.
Continuing to defy physics as well as his age, the British transplant who now lives in State College, Pennsylvania proceeded to stun his fellow competitors and judges alike on his second attempt floating an alley-oop 540 tailwhip, a front flair, and an opposite flair into another highly charge run.
Admittedly, Bestwick was flying by the seat of his pants today, laughing, “I didn’t quite feel like me and the bike were in sync this evening but hey, I’ll take it!”
In the end, he was awarded a score of 92.66 for his all cards on the table style fist run, heartbreakingly less than half a point away from winning the event.
“Today this was my best,” he said afterwards. “It was scrappy at times and I did some things I haven't done in a year’s time, but considering the contest that just went down I feel I did myself proud.”
Let's not forget that Bestwick won a record-breaking nine consecutive Gold’s in BMX Vert at X Games before taking Silver in 2015. His 14 total Gold Medals is second all-time in X Games history, second only to Shaun White.
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