As a child growing up in Annapolis in Maryland in the US, Travis Pastrana lived a life of fun. “My family had a construction company so we were always building things,” he recalls. “I loved building ramps, jumping off bridges, or riding dirt bikes or BMX. We always had new piles of dirt to play with and sand piles to land in that were a little softer. It was a lot of fun.” All hewanted to be when he was growing up was a motocross racer. Perhaps it’s not surprising given that his mother, father, and most of his uncles raced motorcycles too. Indeed, since this is what the family did together on weekends, it’s also not surprising that he was able to race all the way up through the amateur ranks to achieve his life goal. “It was a dream come true,” he says of turning pro. “It felt similar even though instead of a hundred spectators at a local track, you’re in front of a hundred thousand at a big stadium. For me, it was always about the riding. It was more personal than it was about tryi...

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