The Biggest Attempted Front Flip in Mountain Bike History Is...WHOA

Tom Van Steenbergen didn't quite stick the landing, but he's 100% more alive than we would be if we ever tried this.

Before we proceed with video of stunt biker Tom van Steenbergen flying 72 feet through the air at last week's Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, Utah, let us remember the wise words of President Theodore Roosevelt, who said in 1910:

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

Those cold and timid souls, in other words, who never try crazy s--t like this:

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So, van Steenbergen's attempt at the world's biggest ever bicycle front flip might not technically count, but it was a helluva impressive effort, especially since he walked away unscathed and (from all appearances) without evacuating his bowels from mortal fear like the rest of us would have. And hey, no canyon can take this successful front flip away from him:

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