One of the country’s leading freestyle mountain bikers is preparing to showcase his skills closer to home.
Whitley Bay’s Aidan Horn will be one of stars of the Extreme Torque Show, taking place at Nissan’s Sunderland plant on Sunday, May 25, and Monday, May 26.
The 21-year-old, who attended Astley Community High School, will be dazzling the audience with a display of acrobatic dexterity, performing incredible tricks, jumps, twists and turns on his customised bike.
Aidan said: “It will be incredible to perform in front of a home crowd.
“I am fortunate enough to make a living out of something I love and it has already taken me all across the UK and Europe, so it’s great to be performing back in the north east in front of friends and family.
“There are only a few people in the world who can perform the stunts that I do.
“My signature trick is the 360 quad bar spin, where I spin the handle bars four times mid-air. A lot of it is showing off, but it’s always fantastic to hear the huge roar from the crowd.”
The show will feature monster trucks, motorbikes, drift racing, BMX, and parkour, between 10am and 5pm each day.
All of the performances are staggered and repeated throughout the day while there will also be food and market stalls, fun fair rides and chances to meet the stunt riders and visit the pit area.
Aidan added: “It’s a really fantastic event with something for everyone from little kids to petrol heads and extreme sports fans.
“We are talking about the world’s best performers in freestyling and motorsports.
“Every single person is an expert at what they do and you will see some amazing things.
“It’s very rare to get something of this quality with this variety of performers in this country. I can’t wait.”
Tickets for the Extreme Torque Show cost £15 and £7 for concessions bought in advance or £18 and £8 on the door.
They are available from www.extremeeventseurope.com