No Para's at the 2013 X Games Adaptive Moto X Event

The Summer X Games is held annually by ESPN and brings together the best of the best in sports such as skateboarding, BMX, rally car and motocross to name a few. For many athletes winning a gold at the X Games is considered the pinnacle of their careers. Monster Mike Schultz, as he is known, is no stranger to the X Games podium as he has collect 5 gold's over the years in Motocross and Snocross. This win was just another career highlight for the athlete and inventor of an award winning prosthetic leg. ”Thankfully ESPN and X Games brought us all back and we’re all here making a lot of noise and hitting some big jumps,” said Schultz.

ESPN has featured adaptive athletes in the competition categories of snowboarding, skateboarding, Mono X, snocross and adaptive motocross X since 2007. Daniel Gale and the team at Adaptive Action Sports have been working hard to make sure that these athletes are included in the games and get the prime time coverage they deserve. Gale said in a recent interview that they have a great working relationship with ESPN and that they were focused on the safety of the athletes, “We went with 6 athletes who are all amputees for the race this year. The Staples Center is a very short tight course and the Para-athletes need a bigger venue to really open it up.” Gale hopes that with the success of this years event that there will be more opportunities for athletes to experience competition in the future. ”We need to get more of the major competitions to feature an adaptive category like the Dew Tour and US Open of Surfing. The goal is to blur the lines as to what is disability”

This years final race was action packed as Chris Ridgeway took an early lead out of the starting gate after a little contact with another racer. There was a fierce battle for first as Ridgeway was trailed closely by Shultz and Thompson for the first few laps. These riders had to stay focused during the 12 lap race as the course designers included a 65 foot gap jump that was a very committing feature of the race. Ridgeway held his own for most of the race and when Mike Schultz made his move and established the lead he didn’t let go.

We hope that next year X Games will have a Para Series and Class Racing event. Super Chairing will be contacting and working together with X Games and ESPN to make sure it happens in 2014.

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