With a first place win in Anaheim, CA and a second place in Glendale, AZ, Baldock came to the third and final event in Atlanta with an 11-point lead. But, with the unique format of the event that gives points to the Best Trick event winner, the overall championship was really open for several heavy hitters to include Brandon Loupos, Nick Bruce, and Logan Martin to take the win.
Before the event, Baldock wasn’t quick to make any predictions on who was going to win.
“I’ve done the math,” he said with a smile on his face. “At the end of the day, I really want to stay consistent the whole way through this and put down the best run I can to get in that top three position. If I can do that, I think I’ll win. But, if someone wins this and then gets best trick as well, they could take it. It’s pretty much up for anyone right now, so it’s time to go out there and get it. Honestly, I have no idea who is going to win, but it is going to be one of the Australians. I guarantee that, (laughs).”
Baldock definitely went out there and sent it. Proving his 720 double whips are anything but a fluke, Baldock stomped a flip barspin-to-whip over the first box and another perfect 720 double whip to lock in a heavy score. But, as he predicted, it was his fellow Australians going hard. Martin’s mind-blowing combo of a quad whip over the first box and 720 barspin-catch-barspin is a combo that has never been done back-to-back. With second place locked in and the Best Trick being the potential deciding factor, Martin went out again and pulled yet another 720 barspin-catch-barspin to put his bid in for the extra points. Monster Energy’s James Foster put in his own bid with a never been done 360 suicide double barspin to late downwhip. But, it was the relative unknown Jake Leiva who stomped a flip triple tailwhip on his very first try to take the Best Trick win and the extra points Martin was looking for.
After the event, Baldock was beyond hyped, and already looking forward to next year.
“I knew what I had to do, but I didn’t think Logan was going to pull out what he did, and that was just over the top, said Baldock. I just knew I had to stay consistent and get in that top three so that was what I was focused on. From the very first event in Anaheim to this one, all of us had to step it up and get out of our comfort zone and send stuff. I mean, Dawid Godziek was sending stuff that I didn’t even know was possible and now I’m motivated to go home and learn that stuff, too. I think this is one of the first steps to bring more people into BMX. Being here in front of Supercross fans and BMX fans alike, we get to show what we are about in front of different crowds and show them that they can come out and do this, too. I’m absolutely honored to be the champion of the first ever Toyota BMX Triple Challenge, and I can’t wait for next year because I know even more amazing riders will come out and the event will just get better and better.”