Quantcast

WATCH: BMX Cyclist Rides Vertical Loop Ramp on Staten Island Street

By Nicholas Rizzi | October 31, 2016 6:15pm
 Staten Islander Dom Simoncini was the only rider to complete the
Staten Islander Dom Simoncini was the only rider to complete the "Loop of Horrors" set up by 5050 Skatepark.
View Full Caption
Eric Isaksen

A skatepark set up a vertical loop ramp on a Stapleton street for a fundraiser — and a Staten Islander on a BMX successfully did the stomach-churning trick.

5050 Skatepark built the 14-foot-high ramp — dubbed the "Loop of Horror" — on Front Street Saturday as part of its annual Halloween event.

Dom Simoncini, 21, was the only one to be able to complete it.

"Every year we have this crazy theme thing and we thought what could we do to really step it up," said Ed Polio, owner of the skatepark. "It sounded really crazy at first."

Polio said the ramp was easier to build then he originally thought it would be and his team spent last week making it inside the park. 

It took them four hours to assemble and the event attracted nearly 200 people, including three popular BMX YouTube stars and riders from as far away as Toronto, Canada.

Though many tried, only Simoncini was able to complete the trick. He did it on his fifth try, Polio said.

"This has never been done in New York," he said. "I've seen people do it on the West Coast, I knew it was possible."

Polio and his team placed safety mats under the ramp, though one rider did fall and suffered a concussion, he said.

This year's event served as a fundraiser to help cover the medical bills of professional BMX rider Scotty Cramer who suffered facial fractures, cerebral hemorrhage and vertebrae injuries while filming a video in Las Vegas.

The skatepark donated $5 from the $15 entrance fee for him and raised $735, Polio said.

Polio said he won't bring back the "Loop of Horrors" to Stapleton's streets again but will repurpose the ramp into something different inside the park.