We’ve seen some pretty wild BMX contests over the years, but what we haven’t seen is prize money that would definitely make an impact. The Chimera A-Side contest going down in Japan this weekend has a first place prize of $90,000. Prize money amounts can be kind of secretive for big events like X Games, but we’re pretty sure this is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, payouts for a 1st place in a BMX contest, which is awesome to see. Here’s a raw cut of some first impressions and a bit of riding footage that Vital BMX put together. It’s interesting to see the reaction these guys get when they contemplate what they would do if they won. We’ll see if the money is going to push people to go bigger than ever before to win. Either way, there’s going to be a park rider and a flatland rider with a real nice chunk of change in their bank account to start off 2020.
“We’re in Nagoya, Japan and the riders are about ready to compete for the $90,000 first place prize at the Chimera A-Side! Watch them get familiar with the course and hear how they’d spend the giant cash prize. Riders include Boyd Hilder, Logan Martin, Brandon Loupos, Daniel Sandoval, Justin Dowell, Ben Wallace, Rim Nakamura, and more!” – Vital BMX