Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Toughest Sport on Dirt

Bull riding is the most recognized and popular of all the rodeo  events. It is also the most dangerous. An often quote about bull ri
ding is "it's not if you get hurt, it's when." Every rider can agree with this statement.

As with bareback riding, and saddle bronc, bull riders ride with one hand and cannot touch themselves or their bull with the free hand. Doing so results in a no score.

Scoring is the same as in the other two rough-stock events. Two judges give 1-25 points for the cowboy's performance and 1-25 for the animal's performance. 100 is the maximum score, and is considered to be perfect. 

Unlike the horse events, there is no mark out in bull riding. Cowboys can spur for extra points, but just staying on the bull for 8 seconds is the main priority. After the ride ride, bull riders are aided by bullfighters/rodeo clowns who distract the bull, allowing the cowboys to get away safely.  

Bull riding requires balance, flexibility, coordination, and courage. facing down a two-thousand pound bull takes as much mental preparation as it does physical ability. Bull riding ha taken n a life of its own with the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) tour, and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Art of the Dirt Bike

Supercross racing is a form of motocross racing. Motocross races are held  outdoors on long twisting tracks. Riders must guide their bikes through natural landscape, such as hills and forests. Most Motocross tracks are out in the country, far from cities.

Supercross races take place in a stadium. Track builders truck in tons of dirt into these stadiums. Using bulldozers and other equipment, builders for jumps, whoop sections, and other fetures. Supercross tracks are are much narrower than Motorcross tracks. They also have higher jumps and more turns.

But the two forms of have racing much have much in common. Both take place on dirt. Both forms use the same or similar kinds of motorcycles. And best of all they are sports of choice for some of the toughest and most talented athletes in the world.

There is also freestyle motocross, which is basically a new version of super cross, except it does not involve racing and instead just focuses on doing stunts while jumping a dirt bike. The riders are scored by judges on the style,  difficulty of the trick, the best use of the course, and also the reaction of the crowd.

Freestyle is a very entertaining sport that requires no fear, and allot of skill in order to pull off such maneuvers and stunts. Once again as said before this is a sport of choice for some of the toughest, most talented, and craziest athletes in the world !