Raising the bar for Cure Kids

An amazing array of backflips, ruler and superman moves will all be on display at freestyle motocross icon Mitch McHardy takes to the skies.

Mitch will join other riders in performing at the Wheels for Cure Kids event at Fraser Cove on January 16.


Mitch has been a professional freestyle motocross rider for almost 15 years. Photo: Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ

This is the second year in a row the event, organised by FMX rider Luke Price, is being held in a bid to raise money for Cure Kids.

Cure Kids funds research into cure and better treatments for a wide range of conditions affecting children.

Others joining Mitch on the ramp will be the likes of Levi Sherwood, Nick Franklin, Jed Mildon, Jaden Leeming, Paul Langlands, Ellie Chew and Billy Clerke.

“Luke Price, the organiser, is a friend from way back. Once I heard about the event, I just wanted to be involved. It’s always feels good to give back to the kids,” Mitch says when asked why he is performing at the event.

Mitch started his FMX career jumping dirt jumps on a farm in 2001.

Asked why he started riding, Mitch says “for fun”.

When Mitch is in the air, he says keeping the bike on two wheels is what goes through his mind.

“I’m really not that sure just a lot of adrenaline.”

During his career, Mitch has done demonstrations all over New Zealand and has been overseas a few times. He

His most memorable moments consist of his first back flip, riding the foam pit, couple big jumps and also a few crashes “but we try and forget those ones”.

“Spending three months in Indonesia was also memorable.”


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