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July 2, 2001

X athletes give Bristol a '10'

By Mike Nguyen

With the X Trials having reached the finish line, the question on the minds of Bristol's extreme sports fans is, of course, can we do it again next year?

According to ESPN, a return trip looks promising.

But do the athletes themselves want to make a second appearance in Bristol?

Many said they do.

Jamie Bestwick, an English stunt biker (see Bestwick profile) didn't have the greatest first-time-in-Bristol experience.

During the preliminary rounds of the bike stunt vert, he injured his elbow in a crash. But even through the pain and disappointment, Bestwick enjoyed Bristol.

"Unfortunately, I couldn't place today, [but] Bristol's been great. The atmosphere is great. Everybody's beautiful," Bestwick said.

Fortunately, Bestwick grabbed enough year-end points in the Hoffman Bike Association to leave Bristol with an overall Year End title and victory belt.

"I'm really, really pleased," said Bestwick after getting the award.

Well, the bikers seem to dig the place, so what about those skateboarders?

Andy McDonald, one of the biggest names in skateboarding, was also present at the Trials, sitting out the skateboarding park finals, but still cheering from the sidelines.

"Bristol is hot and humid," he joked, talking about the high 80s temperature and 75 percent humidity on the Saturday of the competition.

Despite the heat, McDonald said he enjoyed the event.

Bruce Crisman, another subject of an XTra profile (see Crisman story), said he was excited about Bristol.

"It's really great," he said. "Hot, too."

"I'm excited for tomorrow for my competition," Crisman said midway through the weekend competition. Unfortunately, a last day rain out robbed Crisman of his chance to shine.

But despite the rain out, ESPN thought the Bristol X Trials were a success.

While the company is still weighing options, it seems an extreme sports encore in the Mum City is likely -- and that suits X athletes just fine.

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