36 years old (Born on September 17, 1980) World Record-setting Motocross rider.
World records are nothing new to Ms Van Vugt, whose previous records include being the first woman to backflip a dirt bike, performing the longest backflip and backflipping a dirtbike over Arizona's Grand Canyon, according to Sky News.Pretty Famous is an entertainment site that uses Graphiq’s semantic technology to deliver deep insights via data-driven articles, visualizations and research tools. It’s hard to box motorcross star Travis Pastrana into one specific category.From NASCAR to motocross — and even making a mark as a reality TV star on MTV’s Nitro Circus — this guy is pretty much a modern day Renaissance Man in the world of motorsports.Recently, he’s taken his show on the road with the non-stop, no hold barred tour that is Nitro Circus Live. Think more along the lines of over 40 riders in skate, BMX, freestyle motorcross, roller blades, and more performing stunts that defy the law of physics and make for an amazing live experience.
While bringing the tour to Madison Square Garden for the first time, we chopped it up with Pastrana and got him to reveal the next record-breaking stunt he plans to land, what it’s like to finally bring the show to the states, and that one stunt he strongly recommends we don’t try at home.
Can you give us a rundown on the history behind the Nitro Circus brand?
Nitro Circus started out with the foam pit in my backyard.
Everyone from Danny Way, who was preparing for the Great Wall of China jump, to all the top guys would come to my house to learn the new tricks.
At the time, it was a new thing that no one else had access to, so we filmed everything. We got a big following really quickly, and we had a lot of fun with it.
We got picked up by Fuel TV, and then Johnny Knoxville saw it and asked if we wanted to take it to the next step at MTV.