Ryan Nyquist came out swinging in the park contest at the Ocean City Dew Tour, hungry for a podium spot. Based on Dew Tour's new format, he first had to make it through qualifiers, then the semi-final round, and then the six man final. Considering the current state of BMX riding, simply making into that final round is no easy feat. It took a run full of barspin transfers, a 540 barspin, and a backflip over the eight foot spine just to make it in.
On his first run in finals, Ryan had a near-flawless run, until crashing on a backflip double barspin at the buzzer. When his score was read off, he was in fourth. This definitely generated some "boos" from the audience and Nyquist was clearly not stoked on it. However, he had two more runs - the contest wasn't over just yet.
On his second run, he got a flat tire shortly after dropping in. He would have to make his third and final run count.
Ryan turned it up big-time in his last run nailing insane moves like a 270 out of the curved wallride, a 540 double barspin on the big quarter, and successfully nailing the backflip double barspin on the stepdown that took him out in run one. Ryan was stoked and everyone, fans and fellow pro riders alike, were confident this run would get him somewhere on the podium. Former Dew Tour winner Mike Spinner even stated "That's it. Ryan just won the whole contest."
To Ryan's (and everyone else's) disappointment, his score improved, but not enough to move him into the top three. Once again, the audience erupted in "boos" to show their feelings in regard to the scoring.
Ryan, being the true professional that he is, waved it off and focused on the fact that he pulled an insane run, rather than that he didn't make it on the podium.
Next week, Ryan will be competing in the Vans Invitational contest in Virginia Beach, VA and, the following week, he'll be heading to Japan with the Haro Bikes team.