I GOT the opportunity to have a chat to one of Nitro Circus’ Freestyle stars Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams who has been a part of the Nitro Circus team for more than 10 years now. This Australian born performer comes across as a big kid with a very comfortable and natural approach. He has travelled around the world on the back of his sheer talent and no doubt his cheeky personality has helped.
The mother in me can’t help but wonder how these guys stay safe, considering their hectic schedules and the death defying tricks they perform on a daily basis, I wondered how they manage to stay alert.
Just 32 years old, Bilko refers to himself as one of the ‘old guys’ on the team and says he leaves learning the new tricks up to the young ones. Bilko said, “The fear is always there and as I’m getting older I let the younger, newer guys path the way with the new tricks. I stick to what I know, once you start second guessing yourself, you have to say, that trick’s not for me. The most dangerous time really is when we’re jet lagged but otherwise, we take care to get a good nights rest.”
Bilko said, “I’ve been riding and travelling together with my friends now for more than 10 years and I love it. For me I like to be at every show and I want to be on two wheels for as long as possible.”
Bilko told me that he used to race here at the Shepparton Motocross for the Victorian titles and we spoke about how there are quite a few Australians in the Nitro Circus.
Bilko said, “It’s fair to say that Aussies are the best Motocross riders in the world. Nine of twelve medals at the Texas X Games were won by Australians. We got a clean sweep (gold, silver and bronze) in Freestyle for best trick and silver and bronze in quarter pipe, and Shepparton grown Jarrod ‘McFlurry’ McNeil is the defending X Games gold medalist for Whip.”
Bilko said, “Whether you’re an action sports fanatic or just like riding your BMX, you’ll love the show. We start off the show with the smaller stuff, teaching and showing the audience along the way with replays and commentary and the show builds and builds until the audience is on the edge of their seat.”
Nitro Circus is coming to Shepparton March 19. Visit www.nitrocircus.com, follow Nitro Circus on Twitter @nitrocircus and Facebook ’NitroCircus.’