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K-Rob Breaks Guinness World Record

August 13, 2016

On August 13, 2016, Kevin Robinson "K-Rob" broke the Guinness World Record live on ESPN and in front of a crowd of over 5,000 dedicated Rhode Islanders in Downtown Providence.  The feat also made top 5 on Sports Center.  

ESPN-K-Rob Lands World Record Backflilp

August 12, 2016

From ESPN Front Row:

Saturday before his hometown crowd, BMX legend and Providence, R.I., native Kevin Robinson (K-Rob) will attempt a new Guinness World Record for “longest power-assisted bicycle backflip.”

New G-Form Blog Post

August 14, 2016

This past weekend on August 13th, 2016, G-Form athlete Kevin Robinson set a world record for the furthest in-air power-assisted BMX backflip. This stunt involved traveling at speeds of nearly 45 MPH and launching himself just under 100 feet high in the air. Kevin was able to break this world record at a distance of 84 feet, which aired LIVE on ESPN.

Sport Science: How to set a World Record Backflip

August 09, 2016

To understand the physics involved in Kevin Robinson's world-record bike flip attempt, John Brenkus and the ESPN Sport Science team break it down.

Video: Watch X Games BMX veteran Kevin Robinson smash Bicycle Backflip record

August 16, 2016

If at first you don’t succeed, trying again might just earn you a Guinness World Record title.

 

It did for 44-year-old Kevin Robinson, who went airborne at 84 feet to achieve the Longest power assisted bicycle backflip. 

 

The attempt was televised on ESPN as “America’s Navy presents World of X Games: KRob Flips Providence” on Saturday. 

X Games Gallery

August 12, 2016

X Games and seasoned photographer, Josh Kirtland, put together a photo gallery capturing the weeks of practice leading up to the event. 

20 Years in Providence

August 11, 2016

Check out this article by Bob Curley of East Side Monthly.

Providence Journal Front Page Story

August 14, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Threats of severe thunderstorms didn't stop Barrington resident and former professional BMX rider Kevin "K-Rob" Robinson from setting a new world record for longest power-assisted backflip jump Saturday in the middle of Kennedy Plaza.

The event — named K-Rob Flips Providence — aired live on ESPN with a countdown clock that started around 5:30 p.m.

Mayor Jorge Elorza, traveling on his Marin Bobcat Trail bicycle, was on hand with a packed audience of friends, family and others, several of whom sported giant K-Rob cardboard heads.

"This is exciting," said Elorza, who said he would make his own attempt after K-Rob, who has three children and is an East Providence native, performed his jump.

Robinson's son, Kevin Jr. said, "I hope he makes it. He probably will, and I just wish him the best of luck."

The 44-year-old completed his first attempt, but didn't maintain control. Paramedics rushed to him — and the audience collectively gasped — as he hit and rolled on the concrete at the end of the landing ramp.

Commentators over the loudspeakers speculated about what went wrong. The audience was told earlier that he had to hit the 34-degree-angled ramp with a speed of at least 43 mph, which he would achieve by being towed by another rider on an all-terrain vehicle. He also needed to rotate 130 degrees per second, and headwind could be detrimental to the attempt.

Robinson got up and tried again, within minutes.

This time, he successfully jumped 84 feet in the air from one ramp to the other and maintained control as he rode toward City Hall. A world record adjudicator from the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that he was successful and presented him with a plaque. Robinson only needed to clear 64 feet to set the record.

Said Robinson afterward: "Will someone break this someday? Maybe, but today is my day. ... Live your life to the absolute fullest. This goes out to the great state of Rhode Island. I love you from the core of my soul."

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VItal BMX: K-Rob Aims to Set World Record

August 09, 2016

Three years ago, Kevin Robinson retired and left an incredibly impressive career of accolades behind him. Today, he has decided to return in a huge way. On August 13th, he will attempt to set another BMX record in his home state of Rhode Island. We caught up with K-Rob to get the inside scoop about the event, how it came to be, what he's doing to prepare for such a high-risk stunt, and more.

ESPN: World of X Games Announcement

August 02, 2016

ESPN2 will televise live "World of X Games: KRob Flips Providence," the Guinness World Record attempt for the longest ramp-to-ramp, no-handed backflip on a BMX bike on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 5:30 p.m. ET. The backflip -- from Kennedy Plaza in Providence, Rhode Island -- will also be part of the World of X Games series on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Action and extreme sports have their roots in Rhode Island with the

inaugural X-Games held in Newport in the summer of 1995. 

Rhode Island native and 4x BMX X-Games gold medal winner & world record holder Kevin 'K-Rob' Robinson is coming out of his 2013 retirement to break another BMX world record right here in Providence. August 13. Kennedy Plaza. K-Rob will FLIP PROVIDENCE. 100 ft No Handed Backflip ramp-to-ramp.

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