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The wheels in the sky

The stadium went silent for a moment as the audience held their breath and had their phones recording a Freestyle Motocross rider speed up for a motorcycle backflip.

Bruce Cook, a member of Nitro Circus Live who lost his legs in an accident during a show in 2014, wore a helmet with the American flag on it. He hands and legs are strapped onto his customized motorcycle that allows him ride without using legs.

When the hosts were blasting through the microphones about how Cook was "really in it for the ride," Cook started to speed up, aiming at the ramp. He threw himself and the motorcycle in the air, as camera flashed and hearts raced faster.

Cook landed backwheel first on the platform, throwing his fist in the air, while the crowd of thousands erupting in amazement and excitement.

"Tonight right here, we have some of the most talented action sports athletes in the world," the host Zack "Catfish" Yankush said, "And they will do the stupidest stuff to entertain you."

The Nitro Circus Live, "an action sport collective." landed Sunday evening at the Spiegelberg stadium in Medford. The venue was switched at the last minute due to capacity issue, according to the organization.

The two-and-half hour live show drew parents, children and action sports fans across from the state and California to the last US show to Southern Oregon.

Mohana Pescatore, from Redding, California, took both of her sons and two nephews to the show. All four, between the ages of 3 and 8, were wearing Nitro Circus Live hats and eager to get their hands on the new merchandise Pescatore just bought.

"They first learned about Nitro Circus on Youtube and Netflix," Pescatore said. "They're huge fans, and we're excited to see the show."

The show began with BMX riders showing off their skills, getting down from a 40-foot high ramp in styles, using a Barbie car, a shopping cart, coolers and a whiskey barrel.

Dusty Wygle, 29, from Bend, rode a hot pink Barbie car down the ramp. Nicknamed "The Contraption King," Wygle said he's not only good at one trick, he can do "a little bit of everything."

"This is a tight-knit family, and we have a lot of fun together," Wygle said at the preshow. "This is a place where we push each other everyday to be better and to try different things. You know, keeping it exciting."

Wygle has been with Nitro Circus for 10 years and done more than 280 shows, he said.

"The wilder the crowd, the more fun we'll have," Wygle said.

Spiegelberg stadium, with capacity of 8,000, was full by 6:30 p.m. As the sun started to set, the stadium lit up with bikes after motorcycles simultaneously threw themselves in the air with oohs and ahhs from the crowd.

A professional motocross rider throws a tail whip during the Nitro Circus Show Sunday evening at Spiegelberg Stadium. [Mail Tribune / Andy Atkinson]
A professional mountain bike rider throws a front flip during the Nitro Circus Show Sunday evening at Spiegelberg Stadium. [Mail Tribune / Andy Atkinson]