The Big Jump: The Tao of Travis Pastrana
By Travis Pastrana and Alyssa Roenigk
August 1, 2007
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Travis Pastrana knows no bounds. If that wasn’t clear in 1999, when he launched his motorcycle into the San Francisco Bay after winning his first X Games gold, or three years later when he back flipped his bike into the Grand Canyon (on purpose), then it will be when the motocross superstar makes his biggest leap yet with The Big Jump: The Tao of Travis Pastrana (ESPN Books; $21.95).
In The Big Jump, Pastrana reveals for the first time the methods (and madness) that drive him to accomplish such amazing feats. Each chapter builds to his latest heart-stopping accomplishment, including the “impossible” double backflip performed during X Games 12—the trick brought him not just gold, but legend certification.
With a foreword by Mat Hoffman, contributions by Bob Burnquist, Ryan Scheckler, and Kenny Bartram – as well as scores of never-before-seen photos and memorabilia from Pastrana’s own collection, The Big Jump is a fuel-injected ride into the heart and mind of Travis Pastrana. The book will launch at X Games 13 with two book signings on Friday, August 3rd (3-4pm) and Saturday, August 4th (11:30-12:30pm).
An excerpt of The Big Jump is featured in the current issue of ESPN The Magazine. Books are available in bookstores everywhere.
About the authors:
Travis Pastrana has been at the forefront of motocross for more than a decade, even as he has explored and dominated new sports. Although his primary sport takes him around the world, he is most happy at home in Davidsonville, Maryland, where he’s never more than five minutes from Grandma’s house.
Alyssa Roenigk is an editor and writer at ESPN The Magazine. Her work covering action sports has led her into countless acts of recklessness, including long-jumping a go-kart into Pastrana’s foam pit. A Floridian at heart and a Pennsylvanian by birth, she lives in New York City but spends little time at home.