Video: BMXer Matt Olson nails crazy sky-high ride over bridge arches

That's one way to get out of the traffic

by John Stevenson   January 15, 2014  

Matt Olson rides Fort Worth Seventh Street Bridge 02

Here’s a great piece of stunt-riding madness from Texas as BMXer Matt Olson rides over the newly-completed Seventh Street bridge in Forth Worth on Saturday.

If there’s such a thing as a perfect day to ride a five-feet-wide concrete arch 24 feet high, this was it - sunshine, not too much wind, not too much traffic.

“When I was going up and over the top of those things, it was really a judgment call over how much and when to use my brakes and really hit that bottom piece of the slant and be able to get up the other side,” Olson told NBCDFW News.

“But the scariest part was pedaling up it. If you start slowing down you get the tip factor and you don’t have much room to fall there.”

Olson is rather familiar with falling. The 25-year-old BMX stunt rider has sustained 13 concussions, had three knee surgeries, a ruptured spleen and had his front teeth (and replacement front teeth) knocked out seven times.

Waiting Fort Worth police said there were a number of offences Olson could be charged with, but they were glad he was alive and let him off with a stern talking-to.

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Love the guy who totally ignores/doesn't see the biker going over the last arch! Applause

posted by fatsimonstan [26 posts]
15th January 2014 - 11:55

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That was what I was thinking also

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posted by giff77 [956 posts]
15th January 2014 - 11:56

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I like the bit at the end where he rides past a police car in the car park on the right Smile

posted by usedtobefaster [56 posts]
15th January 2014 - 12:15

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I fail to see how this is any more 'dangerous' than using CS2. Same width, same consequences for error.

I was told there would be Cake. Luckily there's http://TestValleyCC.org.uk

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posted by KiwiMike [362 posts]
15th January 2014 - 12:40

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BMX riding can result in injuries alas, as my broken wrist, sprained shoulder and frequently bruised hip can attest. This guy pushes the boundaries.

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posted by OldRidgeback [1941 posts]
15th January 2014 - 12:40

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Compared to Danny MacAskill in Road Bike Party 2, its a walk in the park.

posted by ir_bandito [58 posts]
15th January 2014 - 13:18

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KiwiMike wrote:
I fail to see how this is any more 'dangerous' than using CS2. Same width, same consequences for error.

I was going to say similar - 5ft wide?!

posted by AyBee [52 posts]
15th January 2014 - 13:24

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The most awesome thing about this is the group of Segway-ers underneath the bridge hootin' and hollerin'. Segway - the new rock and roll.

posted by surly_by_name [31 posts]
15th January 2014 - 13:46

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One to not show my son who's just getting into BMXing

posted by Initialised [61 posts]
15th January 2014 - 14:04

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Initialised wrote:
One to not show my son who's just getting into BMXing

Nice to see some responsible parenting.

Unlike me, who emailed the link to his son!! Surprise

posted by Super Domestique [1500 posts]
15th January 2014 - 14:12

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Sick

posted by Matt eaton [222 posts]
15th January 2014 - 14:25

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Hangers the size of bowling balls. Respect due. Applause

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posted by mingmong [177 posts]
15th January 2014 - 14:50

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Super Domestique wrote:
Initialised wrote:
One to not show my son who's just getting into BMXing

Nice to see some responsible parenting.

Unlike me, who emailed the link to his son!! Surprise

I'll show my son. We go BMX racing together, though in different age categories.

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posted by OldRidgeback [1941 posts]
15th January 2014 - 15:15

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OldRidgeback wrote:
Super Domestique wrote:
Initialised wrote:
One to not show my son who's just getting into BMXing

Nice to see some responsible parenting.

Unlike me, who emailed the link to his son!! Surprise

I'll show my son. We go BMX racing together, though in different age categories.

Cool. My son is more into MTB (likes 4x particularly) but we have just 'inherited' a bmx from a neighbour that moved out. Their son barely rode it but its scratched etc from being moved in and out the way of the table tennis table they had.

When they moved out they said 'you like bikes, have this' and so it now has been cleaned up, now brakeless (it was before really as they didn't work before I took them off!) and just needs a bmx saddle (its got one off a Carrera road bike ATM as the old one was ripped and mouldy).

Don't know its brand but its nothing special. Great for those pop out to post a letter runs though Smile

posted by Super Domestique [1500 posts]
15th January 2014 - 15:43

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Super Domestique wrote:
OldRidgeback wrote:
Super Domestique wrote:
Initialised wrote:
One to not show my son who's just getting into BMXing

Nice to see some responsible parenting.

Unlike me, who emailed the link to his son!! Surprise

I'll show my son. We go BMX racing together, though in different age categories.

Cool. My son is more into MTB (likes 4x particularly) but we have just 'inherited' a bmx from a neighbour that moved out. Their son barely rode it but its scratched etc from being moved in and out the way of the table tennis table they had.

When they moved out they said 'you like bikes, have this' and so it now has been cleaned up, now brakeless (it was before really as they didn't work before I took them off!) and just needs a bmx saddle (its got one off a Carrera road bike ATM as the old one was ripped and mouldy).

Don't know its brand but its nothing special. Great for those pop out to post a letter runs though Smile

Sounds good - I'd put a back brake on again at least. If it has a gyro so the bars can spin 360, ditch it as those things reduce braking effect and you don't need a gyro anyway.

Keep the seat really low down and only use it when you need to. Scruffy skatepark BMXs are considered cool, especially if they've whitewall tyres and are brakeless but that last is a bit stupid if you ask me. Get some nice wide steel bars.

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posted by OldRidgeback [1941 posts]
15th January 2014 - 23:04

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Initialised wrote:
One to not show my son who's just getting into BMXing

I was just thinking this, I have nightmares about him trying something like this!

posted by Sara_H [32 posts]
16th January 2014 - 0:43

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Slightly off-topic, but as a self-confessed bridge geek, after cringing to see Martyn Ashton riding the edges of a very handsome river bridge in his 2nd road bike party video I emailed him asking for its location.
This was quite some months back but unfortunately Martyn did not favour me with a reply.
Perhaps now he has been laid low with injury he may have time to work his way through his old messages, but I won't hold my breath.

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posted by K Stand Ken [28 posts]
21st January 2014 - 17:39

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