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Nitro Circus 20th Anniversary Tour set for Landers Center

Credit: Nitro Circus news release

Nitro Circus has announced that several action sports stars are part of its athlete roster for the upcoming 20th Anniversary Tour presented by PublicSq. Leading the charge is Nitro ringleader Travis Pastrana, who will hit the road for his first Nitro Circus tour since 2018. Joining him is boundary-breaking moto free rider Axell Hodges, freestyle motocross (FMX) champion Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg*record-breaking moto athlete Josh Sheehan, and more.  

The action comes to Southaven’s Landers Center on Oct. 12. Tickets are available now at or

In all, 19 elite athletes from FMX, BMX and more are now set to join Ryan “R-Willy” WilliamsAaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham and Jackson “Jacko” Strong for not only the biggest action sports tour of the year, but the craziest show in live entertainment. The adrenaline-charged fun will hit North American indoor arenas starting October 10th.

Travis Pastrana

Pastrana said: “I’m so stoked to get back on the road for the first time in five years! We are going all out for this tour. Everyone on the team has put a lot of time, energy, and work into making sure every stop is turned up to 11 with the wildest shenanigans and biggest stunts possible. And it’s awesome to see the best athletes in action sports come together to celebrate 20 years of Nitro Circus. I can’t wait!”

This news follows an impressive showing by the Nitro crew at X Games California 2023 two weeks ago, where a quartet of riders took home six medals, including a pair of golds.

At Ventura, Ryan Williams showed why Pastrana considers him to be, “the best action sports athlete alive today.” Williams won gold in both Men’s BMX Dirt Best Trick and Men’s BMX Mega Park, increasing his total of X Games gold medals to seven. Williams also took home silver in Men’s BMX Dirt.

Jackson Strong added to his medal total as well, winning silver in Moto X Best Trick with a trick never landed before in competition: a huge frontflip Cliffhanger. Strong now has 15 X Games medals in his trophy case (seven gold, five silver, three bronze).

Jaie Toohey – just added to the 20th Anniversary Tour lineup – joined Williams on the Men’s BMX Mega Park podium, finishing third.  Known for landing the world’s first backflip triple tail whip, Toohey now owns four X Games medals (two silver and two bronze).

Fast-rising 19-year-old BMX athlete Kaden “Dubby” Stone* took silver in Men’s BMX Dirt Best Trick and will next make his Nitro Circus tour debut at the California stops.

Two other roster additions, Josh Sheehan and BMX pro Andy Buckworth competed in Ventura as well. Sheehan, the first athlete to attempt and land the game-changing FMX triple backflip, as well as an 11-time X Games medalist, just missed the Moto X podium. Buckworth, known for his precision and technical skill, battled in Men’s BMX Dirt Best Trick, Men’s BMX Mega Park, and Men’s BMX Dirt, but he did not add to his career medal tally (one gold and one bronze) this time out.

Also joining the party for the Nitro Circus 20th Anniversary Tour are FMX icons Adam Jones, Jarryd McNeil, Harry Bink and Blake “Bilko” Williams. This heavily decorated quartet has collectively earned more than 25 X Games medals in their careers. On top of that, Jeremy Stenberg* and Taka Higashino*, who will send it at all California tour stops, have 22 X Games medals between them, while Axell Hodges**, who will ride at all dates after opening night, has seven X Games medals under his belt.

Gregg Duffy, Nitro World Games champion and the first FMX athlete to land the incredibly scary double frontflip, is hitting the road as well, along with moto veteran and Nitro World Games medalist Javier Villegas.

Kurtis Downs – an X Games BMX Big Air bronze medalist and Nitro World Games silver medalist – will also ride. Joining him is Hill Willie BMXer Andrew “Gecko” Hutchison along with skateboarding pro and Nitro World Games podium finisher Beaver Fleming.

Also set to throw down are a pair of contraptions kings who bravely launch almost anything with wheels off Nitro Circus’ infamous 50-foot Giganta ramp: self-described “professional fun-havers” Dusty Wygle and Josh Roberts.   

Bob Bakken

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