Brit Jamie Bestwick won his first X Games gold on the vert ramp in 2000, ending the three-year reign of Dave Mirra, and has proved near invincible ever since. He took Vert gold again in 2003 and 2005 (when he also won BMX Vert Best Trick), and he has won at every X Games main event since 2007, giving him a record total of eight golds.
In 2005, despite missing the first stop of the Dew Tour for the birth of his son, he still came top of the overall standings in the competition. He won his second Dew Cup in 2006 after taking first place in four of the five Tour stops and he was also named Dew Tour Athlete of the Year. Almost unbelievably, he claimed his ninth successive BMX Vert Dew Cup in 2013, at the age of 41.
Until the age of ten, when his Dad bought him a £99 BMX, Jamie had to borrow his mates’ bikes, but he soon made up for lost time. He first entered a local competition at 13, and by his late teens he was already among the best in the world. However, he didn’t turn professional until 28, when he got an offer ‘he couldn’t refuse’ from GT Bikes in the USA.
His style was perfectly exemplified by the unique moves he demonstrated when winning his record-breaking X Games gold number eight - trademark airs at height, opposite turndown flairs, fastplant flairs, downside tailwhips at height and his new seatgrab nac nac 540.
- Age: 42
- Height: 1.85m
- Weight: 79kg
- Nationality: England