BALTIMORE (WJZ)–They call themselves Nuclear Cowboyz, but don’t be fooled by the title. They aren’t some atom-splitting 10-gallon hat-wearing yahoos.
Kai Jackson explains they’re high-flying, acrobatic dirt bike riders, and this weekend they’re performing in Baltimore.
“It’s a high-flying stunt act. It’s gnarly,” said Derek Guetter, rider.
It is gnarly, dude, and it’s coming to an arena near you. The 1st Mariner Arena, in fact, will host the Nuclear Cowboyz–a high-flying, gravity-defying dirt bike stunt show.
It’s freestyle motocross at its highest level. Along with the freestyle motocross, there’s a storyline.
“It’s a whole theatrical show with dancers, fireworks, pyro, acrobats,” said rider Derek Garland.
It’s an eye-widening adrenaline rush that lasts an hour and 45 minutes. That’s plenty of time to become a fan of the sport–not nearly enough time to figure out how to do it, according to the experts.
“It’s very dangerous what we do. We try to do it as safe as possible, but it just comes with experience. You know, just getting comfortable upside down, back flipping and all that stuff. Don’t try it at home. It’s definitely taken us a lot of years to get to this point,” Guetter said.
Technicians have been setting the stage for the show, putting together the ramps, props and pyrotechnics and making sure everything is safely assembled.
“We’re basically gonna be eye level with you on the tightrope. Everybody can see what’s going on, real up close and personal,” Guetter said.
Nuclear Cowboyz perform Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or at the 1st Mariner Arena box office.