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The tranquil, English countryside will play host to Red Bull Empire of Dirt, the world’s first BMX Dirt Slopestyle contest. The event is the brainchild of Oakley UK’s head-to-toe rider Kye Forte and Oakley has jumped at the opportunity to sponsor this amazing event for the second year running.

The event combines influences from each of the BMX styles to create one unholy new discipline guaranteed to challenge the very best on the planet. In 2007 the British rain masters decided to unleash hell on our tiny island and unfortunately the event was cancelled, so Kye and the Red Bull team have come back bigger and better. Last year the innovative and downright scary course, which swallowed thousands of tons of dirt, took more than a month to build. This year it will take almost three times as long, making it a mouth watering prospect for the riders and public alike. The monstrous Dirt course features an epic dirt superpipe, huge double jumps, hips and technical street obstacles, including rails, boxes and wall rides. Like a true slopestyle course, traditionally found in freestyle snowboarding, the course has been designed to offer riders multiple lines, and infinite ways to showcase their skills, and link new combinations of tricks.

“The aim of the Empire of Dirt is to bring together all different aspects of BMX in one contest; to really challenge the rider’s versatility,” says Kye Forte, Newton Abbot local and top UK rider. “We also want to make the week surrounding the event totally memorable – both for the riding, and the social scene – putting Devon on the global BMX map.”

If the course wasn’t enough to inspire a frenzy of riding creativity – the riders list will top it off: only the best in the world are invited to ride the Red Bull course. 40 riders – representing the cream of dirt, street and ramp BMX, will come to Newton Abbot, Devon, including Oakley’s Ali Whitton.

To watch the event live or for a moving 3D animated course walk through…visit



July 14, 2008